Embarrassed that it's taken me this long to finally get this live, because it's just such a fun one! Logan Christopher and I had both presented at the 2nd annual Health and Strength Conference this past summer and had a lot to catch up about. Topics covered include nootropics, herbal supplements, some very wild adventures that Logan had in the Amazon while visiting and learning from native people, the mental component of training, his presentation at the conference, my presentation at the workshop, and much much more. Hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did! You can listen using the video below, stream directly from the site by clicking here. Or subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher and never miss another episode (there's two more in the works already by the way)
BTW, Logan's awesome company (formerly called Super Man Herbs) is now called Lost Empire Herbs. Click here to you'll see many of the items we discuss there. Oddly enough I've actually gotten more accustomed to the Hercules formula and can offer a useful tip - don't mix it with too much water (I drink mine from a very small mason jar half full of water). AND do NOT sniff it before trying to drink it. I even hold my nose!! So much easier... its not for everyone but I like its gentle but intense and long-lasting energy boost and it seems to really help my endurance during a workout. Here's a video on demand recording of Logan's presentation and a link to his book, Mental Muscle
Honored to be on the Grip Strength for Greater Triumphs is my 16th post over there, and it's still always exciting. If you are visiting because of that post, then thank you very much for clicking though. There's a video below that demonstrates a drill that I hinted about in the blog post. It's a fun way to add a little bit extra grip and coordination challenge into a pull-up training session or a circuit.Blog again today! :)
The idea below is best if you're already able to do 5-6 solid pull-ups as the "hard part" is more jumping up and negotiating the unusual grip, and switching around. You'll also notice that the side NOT holding on to the towel will pull harder. If you're working toward a one arm chin up, you can also add this drill into your training (using a chin up grip) and then over time grab the towel lower and lower with one hand. It gets much more difficult VERY quickly... we could even say exponentially more difficult if you have a longer towel!
Ladders, ascending, descending make for great workout structures. I like to use a descending ladder when going a little on the heavy side, so that each rep is super high quality every round. The following ladder workout is a little different since each round is has some unchanging "bookends". Each round begins with 20 Kirsty Grosart!)swings, and each round ends with one handstand practice attempt and hold (thanks again for those awesome handstand blocks,
The fun thing about this full body combo is how much it can be altered - I chose a "medium heavy"for the 20 swings (a 26kg I happened to have indoors already) and a medium weight for the presses and thrusters (a ). Decided to use the 26kg for the squats though - and that was fun. I could go heavier on both , but allow for more rest between rounds, OR I could go lighter on both and challenge myself to complete the ladder with the best possible form--but in the least amount of time! Let me know if you decide to try it, and if you make a cool modification of your own!
I warmed up with some floor mobility exercises - ankle circles, shinbox, bretzel, plow, lightarmbar, and a few halos from half kneeling. For fun I did a couple of getups with the then... the ladder fun began.
I'd gotten it into my head that for a few workouts I wanted to do at least 100 swings with the. For my size that sounds like a lot, but it's actually not too bad--after training with for many years and having solid form with swings (which I am still improving...)