Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Black Iron Avoidance

 Recently I met three  guys who wanted to learn about training and being a strength coach. They also wanted to get bigger and stronger.  Two of them did Hatfield's 80 day program which is a NEVER fail program to get bigger and stronger.

Hatfield is a genius. His programs are amazing.

Anyway, the third did some kind of waffling back and forth between internet programs and some kind of phases of programming that had names that I never heard of in my life. Naming this and that and you need to do this to be explosive and this to be quick and this and this. Hmmm .

He needed to spend time doing one thing: getting stronger. He's weak, man! And he never made any appreciable progress while the others got much bigger and stronger. You could see the difference in their physiques in just a few weeks. The other guy? Same physique, same strength, same everything.

Everything is easier when you are strong. But people will go to any lengths to "avoid the Black Iron", as Marty Gallagher says.

Fess up. You dread the ringing in your ears and quivering legs of a killer squat workout.  You love the thought of some bosu ball pushups and some burpees and such. Fine, that's your bag.

But if you are strong in the basics; the squat, press, deadlift, bench press and the bent over row, then that type of training is not a problem for you.

However, the burpee bosu ball crowd can not squat 475x17 at 185 (as Rob Wagner did raw when he was in his 20's) no matter how many of those silly little workouts that they perform. It doesn't transfer over. If you love that stuff, great. But don't say that it is the end all be all of health and fitness and all that is holy in the soft ass world that you love to dwell in. It may be your world, but it isn't the most effective world for anything.  You feel wonderful! You aren't sore at all! You should walk around sore after a training session, dummy.

And being strong in the basics? That is true strength, and it is strength that transfers over into LIFE, what you need to be able to do to hack it day in and day out.  But most folks? That effective training protocol is what most avoid because, well, hell, I do not know why they avoid it. I have to think that they just can't hack the pain. That they can not turn that wonderful pain into pleasure. Because those feelings are true pleasure.

Ah, maybe it is better just to  forget it. Like my buddy Jimmy Anderson always says, "It don't matter.". Meaning that you can't change the way people really are, deep down inside. You either embrace the pain or avoid it. Simple as that.

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a year...it's for life. Whether its training or your family or your job...it doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.