Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Club swinging-what a powerful feeling!

Hey strength seekers
I was captivated by bodybuilding as a teen.  Big muscles, that pumped feeling.  As a teen I wanted to have my arms be stuck out at 180 degrees because my lats were to huge, I wanted my legs to wear out the insides of my jeans and be mistaken for tree trunks, I wanted my biceps to look like Mt. Everest and my chest as huge as a keg.  Didn't you?  Oh the days...  All this and I was only 135 lbs going into high school.  I did get up to 188lbs  by senior year in 91, and a massive 200 in 97.  That's 9 lbs in 6 years.  Good stuff.  I soaked up the muscle mag information.  Couple years later, I started taking martial arts classes.  My focus changed.  Once again I found myself searching for info on MA training and how to get more flexible and stronger.  The journey to physical and mental betterness(probably not a word) is a lone journey.  I've found most trainers and teachers are soo engulfed in what was and are hell bent on keeping it that way.  Which does nothing for the students growth.  So, I believe you have to be your own student and teacher, which is a lifelong pursuit.  Define your goals, research what you need, strength, flexibility, power, body control, and then test what works for YOU!  By all means take peoples advise, but test it and see if it works for you.  Okay, from bodybuilding to health and strength.  I use all kinds of strength and conditioning tools.  Barbells, clubs, maces, kettlebells, sledgehammers, bodyweight, etc.  Yes, I sell some great equipment, but it's not all I use and I don't want you to think that I do.  But, I can tell you that the clubs,maces and grip stuff compliments my other training and vice versa.  One thing in particular is club swinging.  I remember when I wanted to get a pump in one bodypart, so I'd do endless biceps curls, or bench press and cable crossovers! Now, when I swing clubs the feeling I get is a more powerful upper body unit.  Not one bodypart, but the entire upper body, add leg movements with the clubs and then the entire body gets rushed with a feeling of strength.  Another way to use the clubs and mace is instead of doing bench press for warm ups, swing the clubs and/or mace for a warm-up then get to benching.  During your bench pressing, between sets, swing some more, I feel this will help with strength and recovery.  Stay strong!  New Plate loadable clubs will be listed this week.  Here is a sneak peak.
Gods Peace & Strength
Ryan

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