In troubled times like this, people who decide to train tend to make one mistake; they training like athletes and not warriors.
To be fair, it’s difficult to know the difference. Look around the internet. There’s a ton of information out there on how to train for any number of sports. Believe me, I know. I’ve looked.
So when someone decides it’s time to start lifting, they go to the internet and plug in a search. What they get, though, is solid advice on how to train for general strength or for sports in general, which is fine.
Once again, I’m reading Pavel Tsatsouline. I can’t help it. I like the Mad Russian.
Right now, I’m readingÂ The Naked Warrior,Â his book on calisthenics. Mostly, it focuses on just two exercises, which doesn’t do much for me, but it does talk a great deal about the concept of “greasing the groove.”
I’m sure Tsatsouline isn’t the originator of the idea, and I know I’ve heard it for years, but the basic idea is that you do a submaximal lift with a lowish number of reps and before you realize it, you’re stronger than you realized.
It’s made me wonder if it’s the key to being “farmboy strong.”
What are the essentials of strength training? What do you really need in order to get strong and fit?
Obviously, I’m biased, but what follows is my simple take on the absolute essentials to get strong. Bear in mind that this is just one take on what the essentials of strength training. It’s not intended to be the last word on the subject.
Plenty will disagree, but here is an exhaustive list on what are the absolute essentials.
Is it the king of overhead pressing, or just a pretender?
The overhead press is one of the most important movements in resistance training. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a barbell, a dumbbell, a kettlebell, or a big old rock. It’s important.
Once upon a time, the measure of strength wasn’t the bench press, but the overhead press.
While it’s prominence has fallen in many ways, the overhead press is still pretty damn important. Even while focusing on the kettlebell snatch, I’m still making it a point to press with a kettlebell too.
There are a lot of people who claim that pressing with a kettlebell is the bee’s knees.
Everyone needs to train. In my not so humble opinion, everyone needs to get off their butts and do some kind of training.
But the problem is that there are a lot of different ways to train, and most people don’t really have a clue how to deal with the plethora of options. Especially when there are so many scams floating around in the fitness world.
So what do you do? Luckily, I’ve done some thinking on the topic.
Traditional lifts are often traditional for a reason.
I’ve written a lot here in the last few weeks about unconventional training methods. I’ve had a love affair with them before, but I got in my head that what I needed was pure, raw strength, so I turned to the barbell for that.
Now, fate has returned me to the loving embrace of things like kettlebells and sledgehammers (which is now my new band name).
But I’ve also come to realize something very important, and that’s how we probably shouldn’t turn our backs on conventional training methods.
While I spent a good bit of time looking at recent studies on strength, there was one that I wanted to find that I wasn’t having any luck on. You see, in Pavel Tsatouline’s books “Enter the Kettlebell” and “Return of the Kettlebell,” he makes reference to a soviet era study by a scientist named Voropayev.
He uses the study a great deal to illustrate how kettlebells can be used to develop strength.
The question is, what does the study actually show? After all, Tsatouline doesn’t exactly quote it.
But it’s something that we kind of need to know, right?