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.
As regular readers of the BrinkZone should know by now, I’m a big fan of sled work. Drag sleds are a “must have” item in my view, but the Prowler sled takes sled work to the next level. The Prowler sled has become a staple of many people’s training. However, although many who use the Prowler know what an amazing conditioning tool it is, I find few appreciate it as a true strength tool. It’s like viewing the squat as a conditioning exercise, but failing to see the squat as a movement for developing maximal strength!
The Prowler uses virtually every muscle in your body, either directly or indirectly, and is as basic as it gets. Why do so many people put a few little weights on it and run the thing around like some aerobic toy?! But seriously, the Prowler is great for conditioning (using lighter weights and pushing for speed) but it’s also great for strength and hypertrophy. If you have access to one, load that bitch up with all the weight you can stand, and push it 75-100’ for 2-3 cycles with 3-5 minutes between sets. Tell me if it’s not one of the most brutal leg workouts you have ever experienced! I find heavy Prowler work translates very well into other areas of strength training and or conditioning work.
Finally, don’t forget about my First Annual Prowler Charity push off. Great prizes, fun time, and for a great cause!!!
Info on the competition HERE
Below is a recent max Prowler day for yours truly. My new personal best on the Prowler sled O death…did that weight for 3 cycles (75′) with 3 – 5 mins between “sets.” I had serious case of Prowler flu by the end of the last cycle.
BTW, today (June 14th, 2012) is the last day for this free download, then the page closes.
Report: The 6 Forgotten Factors Of Hypertrophy
Just read a free report called “The 6 Forgotten Factors Of Hypertrophy” by IFBB Pro Benjamin Pakulski and Vince Del Monte . I was immediately drawn to their honesty pointing out that there’s no magic programs. Programs are either based on proven scientific principles or bro science. Anyone follows my stuff knows how I feel about Bro-Science…
You can download the report from here:
==> The 6 Forgotten Factors of Hypertrophy Report < — Download here.
Stephanie is an NPC Figure Competitor. We did this yesterday at Golds near me. She was trooper and pushed hard through any challenges! No “toning and firming” silliness here!
Note: It’s hard to judge depth from where I was standing, but on seeing the vid, she have could have gone deeper. I thought at the time she was hitting right at parallel which is fine when working with 3-6 1RMs, but she was above it on the back squat.
“why haven’t you heard about this yet?” and that is exactly how I feel about Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 program for raw strength. I can see how it’s probably far less intimidating to go with whatever everyone else is doing, like the latest bikini body in 30-days program, Zumba/Kickboxing class/Yoga class (all in one now!) , P-90X, or the latest Jillian Micheal’s DVD because your neighbor (I’m not your neighbor), BFF, co-worker, etc did it and so why can’t you? You might be the same person who thinks a powerlifting program like 5/3/1 is only for powerlifters, but it isn’t. The way this program is written (simple), everyone from the relative beginner to an experienced lifter can bust through a training plateau (we’ve all been there), set new personal records, and get a whole lot stronger… man or woma
It’s only week 1 for me on Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 Program, billed as: “The Simplest and Most Effective Training System for Raw Strength” and I’m already having a blast. Course, if you know me, it doesn’t take much to get me excited about barbell training, but the combination of simple, effective, and raw strength sealed the deal for me. As a mom juggling two jobs, a simple, efficient, and effective training program is the only kind of training I really have the time for. In addition, 5/3/1 lines up perfectly with my goals, to get stronger in the big lifts: squats, deadlifts, bench press, and overhead press (OHP). And although the program enjoys plenty of popularity among powerlifters who use Wendler’s 5/3/1/ program to prepare for meets. I see absolutely no reason why I can’t try it! In fact, I’ve always admired the brawny powerlifting culture: it’s somewhat hidden from public view, but full of heart.
I’m often asked about my Body Building Revealed (BBR) Program, and I’ll send them to the sales related page which has a full description of what the program is all about. The problem is, BBR contains so much info and so many resources for those looking to change their physique, even describing it takes up a lot of space! I decided to make a brief but very specific vid that gets right to the heart of what BBR is all about.
Per a prior vid using some of the same tools (TRX), I decided to do a new vid with more details on how to get an effective workout at home using simple tools, such as a TRX Trainer, SandBags, etc. For me, this type of workout is more a supplement to what I do in the gym, outside, etc, but it’s a perfectly good workout for many, depending on your goals, etc. People are always looking for new whiz bang fancy program or piece of equipment, etc when they can get a better workout using a simple program using these tools.
If you want more information on TRX, sandbags, etc, see the Recommended Products section of the site.
I’ve always wondered just how it is those fitness models and figure competitors get so darn lean for photos and competitions.
I recognize there’s a lot of photo editing that does go on to get models looking so perfect for covers (see here: but for those gals that do decide to compete in a teensy weensy bikini, there’s not much “editing” they can do, other than to look their best, after all that diet, preparation, training, posing, tanning, etc etc.
In preparation for an upcoming photo shoot, I put myself through a temporary “cut” to drop some body fat and look leaner for the pics (more shredded, ripped, etc).