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I don't discriminate when it comes to training. I use what works and discard the rest. From bands, to bodyweight, to barbells; they all can have a place in an exercise program. Much of it depends on the goal but the likeability factor cannot be overlooked. If you don't like the exercise, you're not going to do it. So I think its important to match the tool to the individual. Same goes for the training program itself. Some people enjoy training as hard as they can, others feel more comfortable leaving a little bit of "gas in the tank." The fact that you do something, is more important than what you actually do. Training needs to be-come part of your lifestyle, something that you look forward to doing. This is the stuff that changes peoples lives! From the teenager that finds self-confidence to the senior citizen who no longer needs to walk with cane, everybody can get stronger, improve themselves and Be-More.
I have found great passion when it comes to all things strength. I have studied, practiced and trained many exercise modalities. This study continues today. I will also be a student of the Physical Culture.
Below are a few of my favorite ways to build strength and conditioning.
Kettlebells actually preceeded the barbell and the dumbbell. People lifted kettlebells long before "fitness centers" ever exsisted. It's a primative tool that combines strength training and cardiovascular work. Kettlebells make up a large portion of my training and I believe they are about all of the exercise 80% of the population needs. Effective, efficient and fun, there is not a more convenient tool.
The industry has grown to know the term "free weights" as barbells and dumbbells. "Free weights" distinguish from the exercise machines but are not limited to just barbells and dumbbells. Free weight means that the weight is free from attachment - just you and the weight. There are many different weights to lift and there are many ways to lift to them, not everything is "weightlifting."
Weightlifting is an Olympic sport that consists of two lifts - the snatch and the clean & jerk. In these movements a barbell is taken from the ground to arms-length overhead, in one quick motion (two for the C&J). Training the "quick lifts" and their many variations will build power, strength and a certain amount of athleticism, as these movements require a high degree of balance, coordination and flexibility. There is no greater test of full-body strength than lifting a weight from the ground to overhead.
Powerlifting is a sport that consists of three lifts - the squat, the deadlift and the bench press. You've got 3 attempts to lift the most weight you can in a single repetition. Whether or not you compete, or perform 1-rep max lifts is not important. These are great exercises that address large groups of muscle and give you more "bang for your buck". Everybody wants to optimize the results of their exercise efforts and if building muscle and/or burning fat are part of your goals then your should squat, press and pull.
Bodyweight exercises are the most important of all exercises to learn as they allow you to train with little or no equipment. The most basic of all movements, is simply manipulating your body. Bodyweight efficiency is first prioty for health and fitness. Your flexibility and cardio-vascular training fall under this category as well. These are exercises you can do anytime and anywhere. Every exercise you do first starts with moving your body.
Indian ClubsLike the Kettlebell, the ancient Indian Club was a once-prized exercise tool that fell on hard times. Once a favored training device of royalty, military, elite athletes and enthusiastic amateurs alike, the club became relegated, by the 1930s, to dusty attics, damp basements and the moldy memories of old-school fitness diehards. In its final, most refined incarnation, the Indian Club had been developed, in turn, by British, German and American military and civilian experts into a highly sophisticated system of restorative health drills. The unique circular weight lifting movements of the Indian Club were considered to promote not only greater overall strength and flexibility but to act as a magnificent "neural tune-up" for the whole body.
In your life outside of the gym, you don't always have the luxury of lifting balanced, precision engineered barbells. Everything in the gym was designed for lifting - the things in your garden, living room or garage usually aren't. There are times when you need to lift and/or carry unwieldy objects and the good news is there are ways to train for that! The concept of odd-object training has gained recent popularity but this is how men trained before there where health clubs.
Our hands are our tools, and hand strength is important not only in sport but in life in general. It would be impossible to name all the functions of the hand. You use your hands all day long, in almost everything you do! Virtually all athletic endeavors require strong hands, but how come so few train grip? At Be-More Training we understand the importance of strong hands, and we take our grip training seriously. A firm handshake goes out to all of you who agree!
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