In this vid, we do some thick bar/thick handle training, which should be part of any program where maximal functional strength is the goal. For more info, also see my write on the topic HERE.
Just did this workout With Kelly Anne DeCollibus. It was a fun workout (not for her!) and she looks great doing it. She’s a real trooper in the gym and has the ‘never say die’ attitude, and I know some guys who would not survive this workout at the pace and loads used. This workout was clearly in the “no pink dumbbells zone” and women should pay close attention there. Put down the tiny dumbells, get away from the endless low intensity aerobics, and you’ll see big improvements in your body and spend less time in the gym.
I do this exact program when the mood hits, and yes, use higher loads, but it floors me every time. This gal never fails to impress me with her strength and willingness to give it her all what ever gets thrown at her, which is a quality I demand of people when I work with them.
Just did a killer leg workout with Fitness Competitor Leah Gifford. This is was hard functional training looks like! The “no pink dumbbell zone” rules were in effect!!!!!
My buddy Jim V and I – who is a Sgt on a regional SWAT team in my area, and was on the ABC show Expedition Impossible – did what I refer to as a “functional range day” where I combine functional exercises with some basic range work. It’s similar to my P.A.S.T Program conceptually.
You can slowly ramp up the difficulty by increasing the physical difficulty, and or increasing the shooting difficulty, or both.
Might start with 10 push ups, five tire flips, engage target at 7 yards.
Progressions might be 1 min of pushups, 10 tire flips, 10 rear sled drags, and add stress/difficulty to the shooting; on the move, from cover, or other.
My focus is on the exercise component and don’t make claims to being a BTDT firearms instructor, but a performance trainer who works with tac LE on ways of improving stress training and I enjoy ad hoc “functional” style range days such as found in this vid.
Programming should still attempt to balance volume of antagonist muscles , such as pushups followed by sled rows, etc. which can reduce potential for injuries and improve training effects long term.
However, you have to work with what you have, which in this case was a truck tire, length of phone pole, sled, and a few 25lb plates.
Yes, a pumpkin was injured during the filming of this vid. My apologies in advance to all pumpkin lovers out there
And what is this Fein stuff mentioned in the vid? I cover that in my article “What You Need To Know About Caffeine!” if interested.
As a rule, I prefer to train antagonist muscle groups together (chest/back, etc) but Pam wanted to do Chest/Shoulders…
On looking at the vid, she’s doing more or a KB high pull (which is what I wanted) vs a KB swing, and I should have written it as such in the vid workout write up. Oh well….
As some may recall, I was in Panama City Panama not long ago, and made a vid training at a great club down there called PowerClub. My latest visit, I put fitness competitor Ariadna González Fontelio through my GPP/conditioning day. If you want more info on this specific GPP/conditioning day, you can view myself doing it, as well as Kelly doing it, and making me look out of shape!
As you can see, Ariadna is in great condition, and next time I train her, will need to step up the difficulty and intensity for her!
As many of you should know by now, I’m a big fan of the Prowler sled. I consider it one of the best strength and conditioning tools going, and in my view every gym should have one! The Prowler in this vid is my personal sled, and it’s a “must have” item in my training arsenal, be it for strength athletes, fitness/figure models, or SWAT teams. Here’s my “best of” vid. Next week is the BrinkZone First Annual Prowler Charity event to help the Wounded Warrior Project, so anyone in the NE region should attempt to be there!
For more info on the Prowler, go the BrinkZone Store page
I made this vid yesterday with Christina and Kelly, doing an all Prowler leg day. It’s a tough job training female athletes like these two, but someone has to do it!
Don’t forget folks, first annual BrinkZone Prowler Charity event is next week!!!!!!
Are you one of those old school gym rats who believe heavy and low 6-10 rep resistance training the best stimulus for muscle growth? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us (yours truly included, so I’m not pointing any fingers) believe that the best stimulus for muscle growth is heavy lifting in the 6-10 rep range. However, recent scientific findings show that the classical heavy and low 6-10 rep training might not be the best way to induce muscle anabolism…
Just made this vid with Michelle Falsetta. We did a whole body strength/conditioning day using some of my favorite tools for the job, such as sand bags, TRX trainer, and Prowler sled. From this vid, one can see highly effective workouts are not difficult to develop with a few key tools. If interested in more info, etc on any of them, see my recommended product page HERE.