Bodyweight Strength Philosophy – Part 3

Harmony Cardenas

This will be the final and third part to “Bodyweight Strength Philosophy”. I want to talk about how the fittest men in the world train. If you look at how the fittest men in the world train, you need to first decide what is being physically fit? Physically fit is not treadmill walking or spending all you’re gym time bench pressing.

Going to the gym three times a week even four times a week will get you gym fit and by gym fit I mean fit enough to go the gym and do your workout, for most men and women it’s about looking good, they really don’t care how fit they really are; and the funny thing is most people that go to the gym will tell you they are fit and in shape.

The more people that go to the gym and exercise think that it’s okay to stop and get a little fast food for a depleted body, you have seen it; two big macs, large fries and a diet coke, yeah the diet coke will help.

Really fit men and women would never eat fast food after a workout, but will go out drinking for the night; I can’t figure out the philosophy behind the build up the body; then the tear it down phase.

The fit men and women you see on television and on the covers of bodybuilding magazine are usually young and the women have never had children, as for men they spend tons of money on supplements and a lot of men spend money on steroids.

Moving to bodyweight type training and the benefits of physical fitness and how they will make a man into a physically fit man or break a man down into a physical mess.

The military will whip men and women into shape in record time in boot camp and these men and women win or fail, they push or give up.

The military doesn’t use split routines, they don’t use one day on and one day off schedules, they don’t train one body part a week, they train recruits to survive and they need them to be physically fit to do that, even today, with the fatter recruits they still use the same methods, train everyday; push hard and don’t give up.

Prisoners, depending on their situation and where they are in prison depends on how and when they train, and if you look at the fittest and some of the strongest prisoners you will find they train every day, they train outside, they train in their cells, they train when and where they can.

As far as the so called prison fitness books, there are three that I have seen that are actually written by real prisoners, not some made up by a marketing genius that would have everyone believe that prisoners train like a gymnast. Prisoners and some prison gangs train everyday for function and violence, not looks.

I said it before, men that train just for strength will have a problem if they ever come across someone who is physically fit.

Back to the gym, most men spend more time resting in between sets and walking to the water fountain, that’s why a typical gym session is about an hour, ten minutes of actual training – fifty minutes of rest and water.

People are under the philosophy that the more you rest the stronger you become, I have a different philosophy; the more you train the stronger you become.

Here’s an example, P90X workout, I have been told that the P90X workout is whipping people into shape. I’m for any workout that can get people moving. The workouts are long by my training standards, I like to get in and get the most done in the shortest period of time.

I gave a P90 X supporter a simple test – do 100 prisoner squat thrusts ( squat thrust with a pushup) as fast as possible 10 minutes is good 8 minutes better and under 5 minutes your moving and world class fit. The result, he never finished in the 10 minute time limit.

Strength is built by keeping your muscles under more tension than normal, the longer the tension on the muscle, the stronger the muscle will become, plain and simple. But, the added benefit and this is where you need to pay attention.

The more you can do in an anaerobic state, the stronger you will become physically and mentally, when you are depleting the body and muscles of oxygen and are still able to keep going that’s where real physical and mental toughness is built.

Toughness Builds Winners

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