A tough Functional lower body workout I did with Geri Villalona, IFBB pro athlete and trainer. This workout shows how I like to incorporate various functional training tools such the Prowler Sled, sand bags and Slayer Barbell, into a lower body workout. Geri was a trooper! If interested in more information, vids, etc, on what’s used in this vid, check out the BrinkZone Recommended Stuff section of the site.
If you have watched my videos over the years, you know I’m a fan. Here’s why; Sandbag training is some of the most productive “functional” training around. The sandbags Ultimate Sandbag takes sandbag training to another level. They have handles and grips, and are very well made. The number of exercises you can do with the sandbags is virtually endless. A must have for home gyms and those who want to take their functional strength and fitness to the next level! I use them with teams I work with and clients at all levels, and keep a small, medium, and large bag in my home gym. If you watch the various vids on the site here, you will see I use these bags for a large variety of training. I have added additional vids to watch below, and if interested in more info, click HERE
In this vid, I cover what’s often a major peeve to coaches and trainers world wide, and one reason many often fail to make progress in their goals. Don’t be one of those people!
I put this together as a fun and tough way to use the various grips I have into one challenge.
The Grip Gauntlet is a fun workout and killer test of grip strength to boot. Check out my buddy Sgt. Jim Vaglica doing the Grip Gauntlet in the vid below.
No, I can’t complete the Grip Gauntlet! Jim has the grip to weight ratio of an orangutan and he didn’t get through it, but I think a few more tries and he would.
If you’re interested in some of the grips shown in this vid and or want to see my discussion on the importance of grip, thick bar training, etc see these articles/vids for more information:
Latest person to go through the BrinkZone Gauntlet, aspiring fitness model and bikini competitor Genevieve Byname shows what effective efficient whole body GPP, conditioning, endurance, and metabolic work looks like. No “toning and firming” nonsense here, just hard work that yields results. All the tools used in this vid can be found in the BrinkZone Approved Stuff section of the site BTW. Those are the tools that get best bang for the buck people!
Wanna see more “victims” of the BrinkZone Gauntlet? Click HERE
“Will, if I just had this piece of exercise equipment I would start working out” or “Will, I can’t afford a gym membership right now” are common comments I get.
People often say if they only had X they’d start an exercise program. In this vid I cover no cost (no excuse!) options for exercise.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has become very popular recently, but what is HIIT training? Who will benefit from it? What’s the difference between HIIT and interval training? Is it superior to aerobics? In this show we answer those and many other questions about HIIT training with researcher Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan.
Podcast with Dr. Ryan can be found HERE.
Do women need special exercises different from what men use? Some trainers, magazines, and programs often recommend “special” exercise for women. What’s the truth?
My latest article in Police Magazine (June 2013 Vol 37 #6)
By adopting more functional training, tactical law enforcement units can improve their effectiveness and extend the longevity of their operators.
In recent years, there has been a paradigm shift in how the tactical community approaches its fitness training. The majority of this change has come from the individual operators looking to improve their general physical preparedness for the job via an emphasis on more functional training.
Functional fitness is all the rage these days in the civilian gyms, and it has recently found some acceptance by various branches of the military as well as law enforcement. Everyone and his mother has jumped on the functional fitness or “functional training” bandwagon, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
When at the Arnold Classic, I’m always on the lookout for something new and interesting for training equipment, and this year didn’t disappoint. People can get a taste of what I got to see in my recent vid from from 2013 Arnold Classic. On the Expo floor, I saw The Kettle Clamp, which grabbed my attention and I investigated. Glad I did! The Kettle Clamp allows you to convert any dumbbell into a Kettlebell, but there’s FAR more that can be done with The Kettle Clamp.
To be honest, I’m not a big kettlebell person. Although I do use them semi regular, they are not a central part of my exercise programs. I could see however The Kettle Clamp would not only allow me to convert the dumbbells I have in my home gym into KBs, there was plenty of other benefits to having a pair of Kettle Clamps in my tool box. Here’s a recent workout I did using The Kettle Clamp:
In this workout, I do a GPP/conditioning workout in two blocks:
Pull ups and farmers walks
KB swings, grappler press, dead lifts using Fat Gripz
I took no time between exercises and tried to take less than a minute between rotations.
More info on The Kettle Clamp go HERE