Back to Deadlifting…Never should have left

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Started deadifting again about six weeks ago, hardly deadlifted in the previous year. Been using a double overhand grip since I started again, it definitely works the grip more. Keep the increases small, 10-15 lbs a workout.
I don’t increase the weight until I can do 5 sets of 5, keeping the rest periods to under 3 min with a goal of 2 min. I only did 3 sets this workout, I just listened to my body, the grip was starting to slip on the last couple of reps, so the next workout I will go for 5 sets of the same weight.
When I do any type of bodyweight training I keep the rest to 1-2 min. The suspension trainer is awesome, I made it for under $35, I will be making a video soon showing you how you can make one, it is very simple.
You can get a killer workout with it, and it is great for warming up, you just adjust the angle of your body to make it harder or easier.
Oh and by the way, it is ok to to do some isolated exercises, like barbell curls or skull crushers or anything for that matter. While the whole functional movement craze is great, “bodybuilding” exercises aren’t all bad. The problem was most people always trained their body as isolated parts and many times on machines, which gave people “gym” strength, but they were not able to transfer it into real life or on the field. Get your core strong, learn how to do full body movements such as deadlifts, squats, kettlebell swings, snatches, cleans and many others, learn how to move your body as a whole unit. If you can’t do a pushup without your ass sagging, you might want to stay away from the concentrated curls and the tricep pushdowns, until you can.

Get Hardcore!
Craig

P.S. an awesome resource for hardcore training is the Underground Strength Manual CHECK IT OUT!

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Outlaw Kettlebell Competition May 2011

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Here is Garrin Clark and I doing the Dominant Male Challenge, 2 min of long cycle, 2 min of jerks and 1 min of double snatches. Garrin crushed the competition in all of the weight classes. I had a great time, and so did everyone else. I only trained for 2 wks, due to an injury, I thought about not competing, but I already paid, and I’m glad I did. I lifted much better than I thought I would. Sometimes you just have to say “what the fuck” and do something your not that comfortable with….you just might surprise yourself and like it!
Remember this, “comfortable” for the most part means status quo, not much changing going on, great things usually don’t happen when you are “comfortable”, so I say to you “get the fuck out of your comfort zone and enter a competition” of…anything. Post a comment on what you are going to do.

-Sly

p.s. by the way, sign up on the right and get your free copy of Freak Strength, it will definitely get you out of your “comfort” zone

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2011 Great Lakes Kettlebell Championship

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2010 Southeast Michigan Kettlebell Open

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My goal was to make it the whole 10 min, at 4 min I didn’t know how I was going to make it, but I did. The energy of the competition and all the great people there is how I made it. I was sky high all day yesterday. Now I will work on pacing and will get 64 reps and a ranking next time. Then it is on to the 20 KG bells. Get out there and compete in something, you will be pushed to a new limit. Who cares if you suck at whatever you choose to compete in. You will meet good people and you will learn, then you will be better the next time and so on and so on. In my first comp in September I didn’t even do one proper rep, but I met some great people and started training with them, a special thank goes out to my trainer Ken Blackburn, it is an honor and privilege to train with him. I will do at least 4 comps in 2011, by the time of Nationals, I will be completely transformed. Not because I’m some great kettlebell lifter, far from it, but just because I decided to go out there and compete. Let go of your ego (fear).

Sign up for something and tell everybody about!
Craig

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Get up and Train!

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Ok, there’s probably a good chance that you basically ate a whole lot of good food, and had some adult beverages yesterday. I had the food but no beverages, since I was at the fire station working. So today I will start the day with a great way to get the metabolism going, stand in the cold for 3 hours collecting money for MDA, it’s actually great seeing how generous people are, and it is definitely for a great cause. Then I will watch this video a couple of times and go to the Hardcore Garage and train. The guy in the video is Ross Enamait, he is a freakshow. Watching his videos always lights a fire under my ass, and also has provided many great training ideas. So watch the video, go train and ask yourself this question “did I train hard today”
Let me know.

Get Hardcore!
Craig

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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I’m thankful for you taking the time to visit my page. You and your family have a great Thanksgiving Day!
What Thanksgiving Day would be complete without this song by Adam Sandler, sorry I couldn’t find an actual video that would embed….Enjoy!

Thank You
Craig

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Joe DeFranco’s Worlds Strongest Athlete 2010

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Check out this montage from Joe DeFranco’s Worlds Strongest Athlete 2010. Joe is one of thee best trainers in the country, and is a dead ringer for Dana White.

If you don’t want to train after watching this…..then you should probably go get yourself a shake weight and a Malibu Barbie Workout DVD, cause Hardcore Garage isn’t for you.

Get Hardcore!
Craig

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Kettlebells and Supersets

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So I did a couple of sets of this last night, it is a great way to get a full body workout and definitely elevates the heart rate.

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Thank You Veterans

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Kettlebell & Bodyweight Workshop with Matt Wichlinski

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Hey Everybody, if you want a chance to train with a Madman, go to the link below and find out how.
Click this Now!

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