Training 1.0

22 Mar 2012 by Chuck, 1 Comment »

“Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.” -Greg Glassman

Hey, check out my hot wife over there! So, it turns out that these “major lifts” and “basics of gymnastics” are pretty good to go; and form follows function. Moving heavy external objects and controlling our body through space are very fundamental to a solid exercise program.

What’s the quick and easy test for a movement being worth it’s weight? Is a large load moving a long distance? If both of those can be met, you’re right on track. If we can hit both of those and also do it quickly, then that’s money in the bank. Snatch, yep. Clean and Jerk, yep. Sprinting, yep. Kettlebell swings, yep. Burpees, yep. Curls in the squat rack, go choke on something.

“It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic,
Of all things physical and metaphysical,
Of all things human and all things super-human,
Of all true manifestations of the head,
Of the heart, of the soul,
That the life is recognizable in its expression,
That form ever follows function. This is the law.” -Louis Sullivan

Train like an athlete, pursue performance, and work actively to be stronger and faster. If you do these things, looking good will come as a byproduct.


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