IF YOU HAVE — NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!!
Back In January, I sat down and made a list of my goals for this year. One of them was to sell my Warrior’s Gym equipment I had in storage. One of the rotating banners here on the blog announces that sale.
It’s probably been 6 months since I originally posted the notice. Since that time a few contacts were made. Some about getting a couple pieces. Some about my offer to donate it. A couple serious inquires about the whole lot but once details and real ability were fleshed out, these did not came to fruition.
It’s nearing the end of the year and it’s time for me to fulfill THIS goal. I want to find a new home for this great load of commercial exercise equipment.
Further information in greater detail is here. Let me tell you a couple of things before you go there.
As the information will tell you, although the equipment is dated it was new when put into storage and the facility where it has been kept is climate controlled and most of the selectorized equipment is covered in industrial plastic wrap.
Based on the way I presented the information to announce sale of it, I have to tell you, I’m surprised that more people have not contacted me. This is really an opportunity of a lifetime.
I made it very clear I was looking to sell it all at a price that would be reasonable and fair and help the one who would put it to good use. You can search all day long at commercial equipment broker sites and see for yourself what kind of money they get for the same individual pieces. And you can go to gyms all day long and find out that they use these same pieces to outfit their clubs today. Date equipment was purchased does not matter — the condition of the equipment does.
I did provide a general figure of what the equipment was worth. The figure was conservative, I believed, and I asked anyone who could show I was wrong to let me know. I never proposed what I would actually take for it because I figured anyone with common sense could read between the lines of what I was saying and, with a little bit of research, figure out what would be a fair and reasonable offer to make. Perhaps, I was wrong.
On the chance that I was, let me get the ball rolling and throw out .30 cents on the dollar as a starting place.
Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.
Got quite a few emails about my comment that I believe overtraining is (another) sissy modern day concept — and BS.
Many of you who commented couldn’t believe I said such a thing. You think I should explain myself — “if you can,” you snidely add. Apparently, you’re concerned young kids following my BODY advice might be “mislead.” Going by your training standards today, you might be right. Young kids who follow my advice would be mislead in how to become champions — winners. And God knows, we can’t have any winners in our culture today. Not when kids are “lead” to be losers.
I found it interesting that the majority of you commentators seem to think you also read that I said rest or recovery is not necessary at all. Along with disagreeing with me by believing overtraining is possible and legit, you support your believe by chastising me, “You know rest is important for the body to recover, Warrior, so I don’t understand why you would put forward any idea that it is not.”
Yes, Einsteins, I do. I do know rest and recovery is important. I never said they were not. I never put forward any idea as you imagine. You read something into what I actually said that was not there at all.
What I said — and absolutely still stand by — is that overtraining is not possible unless you believe so in your mind. Oh, and it is BS.
Like most of the modern day theories intended to stifle action but stimulate a lot of yakkitty-yak, overtraining is one of those state-of-the-art suppositions that keep people from doing the THREE tried-and-true things they actually most need to do to build up their physiques or their physical strength:
Train. Train Hard. And TRAIN HARDER.
For good measure you might want to throw in a fourth thing if the three above don’t seem to be working.
Number Four: TRAIN EVEN HARDER.
Training is what people of all ages, young and old, need to concentrate on before they think too much about doing anything else — including the silly idea that they might be overtraining. Actually doing the exercise work at hand will do wonders for your body you would not believe. I guess, though, this isn’t a training method scientific enough for today’s trainers and trainees. On the other hand, thinking and talking too much can actually prohibit training altogether. Go figure. Walk into any gym today and see this self-evident truth at work for yourself.
Young recruits today think they need supplements like pro-hormones and NO2 stimulants before they even go to the gym and experience what it is like to grab the iron and throw it around for awhile. In my mind, a long while, say 3-5 years, for starters. Maybe after they put in that kind of time and commitment they can start having some serious thoughts about what might be important next.
I must get 50 emails a day asking me what is the best prohormone, and what is most important, working out? OR food and supplements? And they do not mean food and supplements to go along with the working out they would do at the same time. They mean — is it more important to eat food and take supplements OR workout to build my body? Yes, fellow warrior, you are understanding me correctly in the way I’ve written this. Somehow or other these kids have the idea that they can eat food and supplements without working out and build their bodies that way. Exercise might not be necessary according to the newfangled bodybuilding theories they hold.
This is a direct result of the fraud and idiocy the health and fitness industry perpetuates, to sustain their desire to keep people ignorant, stupid, and confused. If a young kid is going to be mislead, and potentially do harm to himself, it is the modern day crap that it is going to cause it, not me saying overtraining is bs. My advice will actually help the kid!
Back in my bodybuilding days it was typical to train bodyparts three times per week, including even the compound exercises — squats, deadlifts, bentover rows and heavy bench. I continually and progressively got huge and strong (all the monsters I knew then did too). Gritting, grinding, grunting, gnarling and growling were training concepts regularly witnessed, but overtraining? Never heard of it.
Train big. Eat big. Get plenty of good, sound rest. Period. All kinds of bodybuilders and strength athletes thrived off this simple three part formula. This was before they had all the theories, all the science, all the trainer certifications, and all the mad, over-the-top chemical experimentation that goes on today.
During my sports entertainment career, for over 5 years of a practically straight-through tour of duty, I traveled on a plane nearly every day, never missed any hardcore HIT workouts (no less than 6 days per week), survived on 3-4 hours sleep a night, and ate mostly 5-6 cans of tunafish per day (and practically nothing else when I could not find eating establishments that served good, clean food). Many times I would go 24 hour periods without any other kind of food — no carbs, no fats…just tuna out of the can.
That’s 24 hours where I would have also executed my workout and performed a wrestling match. I worked nearly every night of the year, pushing my body and energy reserves to the absolute limit. My success was dependent on my physique and physical conditioning. It was not something I could leave to chance or give silly, half-ass attention to. The limited caloric intake and the extreme workload never manifested anything but the most positive effects. My body ALWAYS took whatever exertion I subjected it to and it responded by getting better and better over time even though the mental and physical demands became greater and greater at the same time.
The problem with young people today is that they are doing too much theorizing and talking and not enough damn work. It’s no mystery that athletic champions in any sport put in a lot of hours — a full day’s work of 8-10 hours working on what needs to be done to succeed at the highest level.
How all this BS started that the body of person working out with weights can only handle 90 minutes of training a day only a few times per week, and the remainder of the time should be spent laying around eating gourmet health foods and shoveling down expensive supplementation, I don’t know. But I do know it is all BS because I speak from experiences that undisciplined, weak-minded individuals and skinny fitness-training theory freaks never had. All of this nonsense came from out of the minds of midgets who saw big money in marketing easy muscle building strategies to the masses of lazy, afraid-of-hard-work losers like themselves.
Sounds like excuses to me. Damn pathetic ones. Ones not tolerated around here. Get to the gym, shut the fuck up and train your guts and brain out. Your body will tell you when it needs rest and recovery. When it does, give it some.
But don’t be a slave to its whining. Your best and most effective muscle building workouts will be when you least feel like going to the gym. Don’t be a sissy to soreness and hard work — or even pain. Try it — I promise, if you are serious about building muscle, you’ll love it.
If being big and muscular was natural, we’d all be big and muscular. Your goal to be huge is not natural and your body is going to try and come up with all kinds of excuses because it does not like what you are making it do. Tough shit. Engage Mind over Matter and go back and torture the crap out of it again.
Any kid out there training 5, 6 or 7 days a week and doing everything and anything, giving it his all, keeping his attitude positive, paying attention to what his body is telling him, drinking gobs of milk and not worrying about whether he has the new age supps — now, that’s a kid you do need to be afraid of. There’s a kid you will want to keep your eye on. Why? He’s been mislead, and he’s certain to be a future champion — and warrior.
Kicking your OWN ass is the best way to discover what it takes to kick the ass of your competitor — in any game or sport. Leave your OWN blood and guts in the training arena and your opponent will leave his on the battlefield.
Your Founding Father of Kicking His Own Ass in the Gym,
~ Bob Hoffman
I’ve got a lot to say about Body. I’m familiar with the subject quite well, for a long time.
I was in 8th grade. One day, I stumbled into the tiny weight room at our high school. My relationship with the 13-station Universal circuit-training machine crammed into it changed my life forever. When I started I couldn’t bench press 40 pounds of the 300 pd stack. I was so skinny I didn’t even have any ass to help keep my pants up. By the time I had that meeting with the high school guidance counselor I told you about, I could push or pull every full stack of weights on every station of that machine a couple of dozen times — and the superstar quarterback’s girlfriend…she was now mine.
Exercising my body continues to empower my life for 38 years, now. It’s taught me incredible self-discipline and the power of setting and achieving goals. And it energizes every minute of my life, even my sleep.
Your body is a machine. A remarkable one. Our Creator handed us one classic vehicle to take us through this thing called LIFE. What a Masterpiece! More so than any man has ever made. From the moment you were conceived your motor has been running. You don’t have to remember to turn it on and off. The power is always on. It’s operation is self-regulating. It has its own cooling and heating system. It has its own built-in maintenance system. It’s great at adaptation when something is being repaired. It has simple needs and can utilize a variety of different fuels. Most of us never have to replace any parts. It’s built for activity and movement. It needs exertion.
You need to exercise. You need to eat healthy foods. Period.
Your body is built for it. Demands it. Craves it. You have to exercise and eat healthy if you want to live your best life. If you don’t make time for those two simple things, you lose — you lose more time to live a longer life. And the quality of your living can really suck in the meantime. If you are young right now, living longer might not mean much to you. Trust me — it will one day. If you don’t make time for health and fitness now, you’re going to make plenty of time for dis-ease and illness later. Science is not out, anymore, warriors. It is in. Exercise for the human body is a must. And if you aren’t doing what you must — you sure as hell are not much of a warrior.
I’ve done it all. HIT. Volume. Powerlifting. Olympic lifting. Bodybuilding. 6 days a week. 6 days a week/twice a day. Four days a week. Three on/one off. Two on/One off. Whole body. Body parts. Rest/ Pause. Supersets. Tri-sets. Giant sets. Core. Circuit. Bodyweight. Calisthenics. Kettlebells. Old-School lifts. Cardio. HIIT. Sandbags. And when it comes to food and nutrition — I’ve tried everything about it, too.
I was doing Core and HIIT training every night in the ring before they even came up with cute names and marketed them to be something popular. And my brand was HARD-Core, as in Kick-the-Ass of your Core, not some of the silly fluff they do today. Sandbags? Try picking up a fat, wobbly 250 pound guy over your head into a Gorilla Press Slam (sometimes after he’s been knocked silly or out by the clothesline you just gave him).
In Ultimate Warrior E-zine’s BODY, I will tell you about the different methods and the knowledge of my experiences. I’m old school — the classic stuff works best. Always has. Always will.
I’m going to start simple and go from there.
For now, let me say this:
They all work. Everything. Anyone of the fitness methods can work depending on what goals and resources you have. And yet, none of them work — if you don’t do them!
Daydreaming does not cut it. Watching all the videos, being a member at every online exercise forum, buying all the popular supplements, wearing all the stylish exercise clothes, reading all the books, knowing all the terms and exercises and equipment — none of these work. There’s only way to get any of the exercise methods to work — WORK!
Keep things simple and basic. Stay away from complication and confusion. If you are new to fitness, and don’t have your mind set to one form of exercise conditioning over another, or just aren’t sure, take the time to try different things.
Go to one of the familiar fitness equipment stores. Spend some time getting a feel for different equipment. If an employee is breathing down your neck and won’t shut up trying to pitch sales on things, tell him to shut up and leave you alone to experiment on your own. Tell them if you need or want help, you will let them know.
Invest time to setup trial workouts of each. Get week’s pass at your lcoal gym. Try a class. Take a weekend workshop.
The best thing you can do in any new venture you undertake is invest the time to learn things for yourself. Don’t just take the word of someone else as the best or final word. When you learn things for yourself, you know things for yourself — you obliterate wondering and what-ifs. You don’t stay confused — you get sure about what you are doing.
If you want to jump right in, a beginner cannot really do anything wrong. Pay attention to what you are doing and concentrate on the movements. Be serious and don’t let yourself be distracted. Exercising can be fun, but it’s not something to haphazardly play around with. Start slow and light. Build up from there. Trust your instincts — they will teach you more than any certified expert with plaques all over their walls.
Stay away from personal trainers who aren’t worth a damn. Most aren’t. I’ve never met one who is. One sure sign is if they yack while they are training their clients. Stay away from clowns like this. Run the opposite direction. Fast. You’ll waste your money and time — and have nothing to show for it. My advise — you are better off without one. Or hire me. I’ll set your ass straight.
For my money, you can’t go wrong with weight-training.
If you’ve never weight-trained before my advice is to spend a couple of weeks of doing exercise with only your bodyweight. Learn how to “feel” the muscular function of each muscle before you use any resistance. Go to a book store or go online and learn how to execute exercises properly. Print out diagrams and use them. The ability to do this is more important than anything else to your long term success — and overall enjoyment.
Flex and relax, contract and extend each muscle in the true line of action in which it operates.
Do this with all the basic exercises. Use compound movements. Compound movements involve more than one joint and one muscle group. Squats, deadlifts, bench press, power cleans, barbell curls, close-grip bench, chin-ups, pull-ups, dips, bent-over rows, standing calf-raise — these are compound movements.
Really get down how to squat properly– it’s the most important, growth stimulating movement you will do. If you don’t learn anything else — learn how to do squats properly.
When you are ready to add weight resistance, stick with the compound movements and focus on increasing the weight you use on the movements over time. Progressive resistance training. This is what works.
As for frequency, a good, simple plan for beginners is 2 full body workouts twice a week or 4 workouts/week, hit each bodypart twice — Monday and Tuesday on, Weds off, Thursday and Friday on, the weekend off. Split the compound exercises up so you do half one day, half the other on this four day plan.
Do 5 sets of 5 for Bench, Squats and Deadlifts. Work up in weight four sets. Your fifth set should be heavy enough that you just get the five reps. On all the other exercises, no more than 3 sets of each exercise and shoot for 8-10 reps. Same thing about working up in weight — first two sets used to work up to your final weight. The 3 sets aren’t for monkeying around. Bust it out!
On chins — DO CHINS. Don’t start with pulldowns on the damn lat machines. Learn how to do chins — and if you can’t, look around on the net and find the methods people use to build up strength and ability.
Keep a journal and record what weight you use and how many reps you do, so you can know in future workouts what to do to “progress.”
Don’t eat junk food. Cut it. ALL OF IT. Throw it away if you have it in your house. NOW.
For cardio, go outside and run. If I catch you on an elliptical machine, I’ll clothesline you. Stay off cardio machines. If you can’t run — walk. Incorporate brief bits of jogging, then running, when you are able.
Keep it simple and basic. This is key. Trust me.
That’s all for now. More next time.
I know what I’ve provided today prompts more questions — send them to me.
There’s so much to work with and get into here when it comes to Body. There so many variables to factor in when it comes to making your exercise effective, I’m even hesitant to provide the little bit of information I have.
But the important thing is to START, and I did want to give you something in this warmup edition of the E-zine.
For those of you who need a blunt, no bs kick in the ass to START in the first place, I have my Warrior Workout START Kit.
It’s helped a lot of people get their heads on straight about the necessity to exercise and where, when the grip meets the bar, the real responsibility lies to get the job done.
I offer “Bolt-Ons” with it — and without it. These are personal correspondences with me, including even phone calls, where you ask questions and I provide answers.
Send me your questions. It’s spring. Time to show off that 8-pack. Oh, you don’t have one of those? Sorry, I just figured every warrior body did.
Ok, quick review. What’s the most important thing we learned today, students?
Right!!! –WORK is what works.
Your Founding Father of Kicking His OWN Ass in the Gym,
Aristophanes, a classic playwright, wrote, “let each man exercise the art he knows.” The heroes of his plays were resourceful, independent-minded and self-reliant. (Nearly all the plays are part of the Great Books.) As I was thinking about the subject I wanted to write about in this post, it seemed to me a perfect fit to impose some creative liberty on his classical words to create this post’s title. After all, what greater piece of art is there than the human body you own.
Spring is here. Summer next. Sunshine. Heat. The beach. The pool bar-b-qs. Shorts and tank tops. Bathing suits. Time to shred the winter wardrobe and get outside and have some physical activity and fun. What about you?
Every single day someone writes and asks me “how” to get in shape and live a healthy life.
Frankly, “how” is easy. A “fitness trainer” search on Google digs up 2,680,000 links. “Fitness training” pulls up 34,600,000 links. “Exercise advice” pulls up 23,000,000 links. All these same searches at Amazon bring up over 20,000 books and dvd products. Google “exercise science” and 33,100,000 links pop up.
That’s a whole hell of a lot of “how.”
Makes you wonder why then there are approximately 127 million adults in the U.S. who are overweight, 60 million obese, and 9 million severely obese. And what about all the other millions who do not do any exercise at all and miss out on the great life-quality benefits.
What’s missing? Same thing that is always missing. The unvarnished truth and people’s unwillingness to accept it.
My Warrior Workout START Kit is the truth. The kind you sometimes are not in the mood to hear, let alone accept. But it may just be the very thing that pisses you off at yourself enough to finally inspire you to get up off your ass and get your health and fitness act together once and for all — for good.
It’s time, isn’t it? Too much time has gone by already, and time has this funny thing about it that once it is gone you never get it back. If you want to better the quality of your life (well, do you or not!?), START with bettering the great piece of art you already own — your Body. Exercise WILL do this. I promise. If you are ready…START now…purchase at paypal.
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