Let's talk Training.. Strength Style

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Let's talk for a minute about one of my favorite pastimes.

Strength Training

Arthur Saxon was "The Man"

I've been "lifting" as it were for 10+ years, but it wasn't until the last 3 that I actually learned how to lift smart and make the most of my gym time.

But before I get into that, like all things White Collar BJJ, it's time to tell a story.

For the better part of the last 10 years I've been plagued with some manner of repetitive stress injury, tendonitis, nerve pinches, impingement, etc. Basically I chalked this up to part of the process of strength training. You train, you get injuries, it's impossible to avoid.

Well I learned something three years ago.

Strength Training should not involve injuries, in fact if done right it can be virtually injury free.

How did I learn this?

Well I was invited to a cardio conditioning training session by a local trainer, after years of strength training I was amazed at how "ineffective" my power generation was when really put to the test in a functional setting. This guy had me doing all manner of challenging activities, from jumps and lunges to explosive push ups and all manner of band pulls.

You get the basic idea, thank you Mr. Wikipedia

End result I was beat to hell, but loved every minute of it. So I asked him where he learned this stuff.

He then walked out with a set of VHS tapes from Juan Carlos Santana and said "Watch these, you'll learn something."

So I did, I watched them all, I learned a bunch, but didn't really understand how to put it together into a cohesive plan.

That's when I purchased "The Essence of Program Design" and attended a Combat Training Seminar at IHP. This was all well and good, I learned a lot from my time with JC and his team, but the "Essence" still  wasn't perfect, it really wasn't built for the needs of a Combat Athlete.

Well JC solved that problem.

Enter "Strength and Conditioning for the Modern Gladiator".

JC sums up the entire training plan development process from "Essence of Program Design" and provides examples and plan guidance geared toward the combat athlete.

I could sit here and type on and on about the quality of JC's planning process, or the success I've had using his methods, but in the immortal words of Napoleon Bonaparte,

"Un bon croquis vaut mieux qu'un long discours,"

Or.. "A good sketch is better than a long speech."

In this case it's Hazmat before meeting JC and training in his circuit style...and after 1 year of intensity circuit strength training..

Thanks JC!

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Clay said...

I love JC's stuff.

Anonymous said...

So what you're saying is....JC's program is better than a triple blade & a bottle of nair for pesky body hair? :)
ha- thanks for the post- and for the entire blog! I visit several x/week. Good stuff always.
An old, busy guy like me gets a little bent reading the mags, watching the vids and thinking everyone in the world spends 24/7 on the mat ala Jacare or something.
It's good to hear someone's thoughts who lives in the "real world."
Good training to you-

hazmat said...

No problem Bill.

Actually it's waxed, after the umpteenth time I had hair ripped out by accident rolling I decided I'd rather have someone take them all off at one time then my training partners "piece meal" :)

Glad to hear you enjoy the blog, I have great fun writing it.