Weightlifting. I love it. I’ve been doing it for the last 16 weeks, using a personalised template created by Joe De Franco, trainer to NFL athletes, WWE wrestlers and all-round sick heads. The results have been amazing. This good, in fact:
However, the stimulus for growth needs to be changed. Weights have served their purpose thus far, now it’s time to turn to GymnasticBodies.com for their Foundation One program.
“Foundation?” I thought when I first heard it. I was happy to admit I didn’t need no simpleton, foundation workout plan. Until I heard the guy who created it say “My guys do shoulder dislocations with weight up to 45 lbs,” immediately shutting me up and forcing me to examine the holes in my game.
I started the workout today, and it consisted of core contractions, scapular work, rowing movements and pressing movements. It was more difficult than I expected, for such ‘simple’ requirements, so indeed I have my work cut out. I’ll be de-loading every 4th week, and I’m confident the gains are going to come, both in strength and mobility. The program features a mobility component to each and every exercise you perform, and you use your rest time as mobilising time – something I have never done before. I’ll keep you posted on how this goes. If you’re interested in this type of training – very little equipment coupled with astounding results – check out this pull up program I used to increase my reps.
Continuing with the gymnastic theme, a twitter companion of mine posted this video up last week.
So now I have come up with #twitfit – you challenge someone you follow, or who follows you on twitter, to:
- who can learn a physical movement or its progression, the fastest
- see who can complete a single set with the highest max reps
- who can hold a position for max time
- or any other way you can compete against each other online
The only rule is that you must post video proof of you doing the exercise, post it to twitter and hashtag it with #twitfit. I have challenged Mr Physical Origami himself, Dan Clugston to learn the above Back Roll on the rings; first person to complete 1 repetition of the back roll, with no band for assistance. Excellent, considering neither of us can do it yet, this should be interesting!
Catch you tomorrow,
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