These are all arguments that have been going on forever.
My take: your squat is based on your needs.
Want massive legs and definition?
We’ve been squatting since we came into this world and nobody taught us how.
But in terms of the lifting aspect of a barbell squat…where did it start? Why did it start?
Always dig and know your ‘WHY’? It will make you more passionate and connected to your lifting.
I love this stuff. Enjoy.
Craft Your Lift.
My new love is the Snatch. Its variations include, but are not limited to the Power Snatch and even the Snatch High Pull.
Whatever the case, the Snatch is a lift of beauty displaying not only Power, but precision and technique.
That said, here are the top 10 alternatives for any athlete looking to gain the benefits of Power/Speed Strength without having to learn the technical aspects of a Barbell Snatch.
6. Broad Jumps
4. Depth Jumps
1. Box Jumps
I wouldn’t recommend putting all of the above, let alone more than 3 exercises together in a training session. Oppositely, any of these exercises performed individually within a program over time with gradual progressions and loads will benefit any athlete looking to improve their Power Development (Jumping, Sprinting, Striking, Lifting).
Keep these in mind and you’ll be tearing it up on the field, the platform and in life in no time.
Evolve or Die.
Video Piece on Legendary Strongman, Bill Kazmaier.
He seems like a gentle giant…but remember, don’t mistake kindness for weakness.
I heard he’s coming to town. Hmm?
Strength Seekers, in training, as in eating well, as in sleeping, as in studying, as in saving money and investing – it gets hard.
Sometimes, we get lazy. I’m not really sure what steps we took to carve out this path of Sloth, but I’ll share a powerful video and concept that’ll hopefully light a fire underneath your ass and get you going.
Here, the SealFit Coach + Commander, Mark Divine breaks down, Laziness as, “A Feeling of Incompetence”.
CONSCIOUS INCOMPETENCE (+ REALIZATION)
CONSCIOUS COMPETENCE (+COURAGE)
UNCONSCIOUS COMPETENCE (+MASTERY)
Hopefully, a brief understanding of where we fall within this continuum helps you as much as it helps me.
Bruce was always concerned with efficiency and effectiveness in the martial arts, strength training and movement, in general. Aside from being well-read into his books regarding philosophy, martial arts and nutrition, Bruce read tons into Kinesiology/Physical Education and Physiology.
Here’s a small slice of Bruce’s training that would be a great template for all Strength Seekers involved in the martial arts, Strength Sports and Bodybuilding and general fitness.
“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
Movember is just around the corner, and if you’ve spotted me at the head of your class, or in a one-on-one setting, just the same, then you’ve caught my face-fur harvesting in progress. This lack of contact with my razor, is all a means of setting the groundwork for Movember, when I’ll be raising funds towards Prostate Cancer Research, as well as doing everything in my power to create an awareness towards men’s health. My moustache, during this time will literally and symbolically, change the face of Men’s Health, while creating awareness and solidarity surrounding the matter.
One of the initiatives in this year’s Movember 2013, is “MOVE“.
MOVE is pretty much a call to arms for all Mo’Bros and Mo’Sistahs supporting the Movember Movements. It demands that each and every one of us, literally “Move” – in all forms.
In other words, it’s physical activity; it’s MOVEMENT; something that will make all of our lives that much better in quality and hopefully, longer.
I, therefore challenge all of you, men and women Strength Seekers out there to get off your asses at some point for duration of Movember and Move.
Watch the video below for details + Stay Twuned to all of JD Training’s Social Media for tips and propaganda surrounding this very important Movement next month…
Evolve or Die.
1. IT STARTS THE SUNDAY NIGHT
2. BE WISE, EARLY RISE
3. WALK OR HIKE
4. MIX UP A COLD, ENERGIZING SMOOTHIE
5. WRITE DOWN AND MAP OUT YOUR WAR STRATEGY
Have A Strong Monday.
The problem with our thinking is that we see too much of the hurdles and effort required to achieve all of the above.
In saving money, we believe that we have to save 100s or 1000s of dollars at a time. We feel we have to pay just the same amount of cash, effort and attention towards our debts and loans.
The same can be said for health and fitness-oriented goals in life.
If we’re overfat, seemingly “unfit” or lacking in core strength and range of motion, we view the climb in all of its entirety.
Before even getting started, we mistakingly forecast and waste our time looking at the pitfalls of weekend junk food binge eating, birthdays and cake, late nights spent during overtime at work and lack of time to prepare food, that are ahead. We think of the cost of “healthy groceries” and where that money might better spent towards. We look at the early hours we’ll have to set our alarm clocks to, just in order to get up and reach the gym to actually exercise and train. We then wonder, “what’s the point?…why even bother?…”
Fact of the matter is, this is what I call “Getting Ready (To Get Ready) Symdrome”.
We’re taking too long expecting perfect conditions, circumstances and alignment of the stars to start doing what we ought to be doing immediately.
Friends and Strength-Seekers, whether it’s landing your dream career or vacation or having that perfect healthy, fit and capable body, just get started on the path NOW. I mean physially, actively and aggressively — start ACTION now.
It sounds cliche, but Nike had it right with their marketing campaign, commanding you to “Just Do It.”
A dollar a day counts and goes way further than waiting for that perfect time to suddenly find $10,000 in your bank account.
Cutting back just 1/2 of your grains at lunch and dinner, replacing them with whole, natural foods, like fruits and veggies or even quality protein, will have tons more of an effect than trying to buy the most perfect organic, free-range, hormone-free, sustainable groceries, supplements, cooking utensils, books and classes en route to eating “clean” (whatever that Hell that means, nowadays).
Getting your ass up, actually, better yet – Jumping your ass out of bed, into your car and starting your Joint Mobility Work at the gym before your training session will kick start your day. Get FIRED UP.
Refer to this post, constantly.
The Mind and Body work together; synergistically and symbiotically.
Every horse starts wild, before they’re trained to pull a carriage.
It’s what I promote during your low and high points of training,
Stop getting ready to get ready. Stop being paralyzed while wasting time to analyze.
Start Action Now.
Small pieces of the puzzle everyday add up and create the bigger picture, friends.
Evolve or Die.
The latest craze in fitness tends to be pushing high volumes, training to barf and training to seek and find soreness.
Although the tools to obtain these goals are indeed often, “functional” per se, how is being out of commission and promoting dysfunction in movement, body and mind really functional?
Recently, I caught a small preview clip of two of my most well-respected instructors/rehab specialists/Movement Purveyors – MovNat’s Erwan LeCorre and Physical Therapist, Gray Cook, sharing dialogue together in a preview clip of a DVD previously released.
From that small snippet, I realized that even the giants whose shoulders I stand on, share the same perspective with me – More is not Better, Better is Better.
Treat Strength as your Journey, not your quick-fixed instant gratification.
This is what training should be; progressive, skill-based and smart.
After all, any fool can use brute force to move a weight, but not everyone can do it intelligently, effectively or efficiently.
Here are the two conversations that struck chords with me:
Instead of giving you answers or my interpretations on the matter, I’m leaving them open-ended for you to lessons away from.
Here are some shots of what went down recently…
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