Showing posts from June, 2014


Happy Father's day guys!


Direct Assault Arm Training

I read your article on about building big arms, but I was wondering what kind of training routine accompanies that arm routine? I can't figure out a workout program that incorporates that routine without over training.


My Answer: Just follow an abbreviated routine (3-4 sets per body part) for the rest of your body, and you'll be fine. You won't overtrain on this workout. This concept of overtraining is just making you fearful and limiting your progress in the gym. If anything, you can use short term overtraining to achieve long term progress in size and strength. As long as you vary your program from workout to workout, you can accomplish this. You cannot change workouts without a rhyme or reason, however. I go over how to plan acute phases of overtraining in my book Strength and Physique, V1.

I like your arms workout article a lot on the site. I want to give it a try for a change in my workout and also as a good arms sh…

Strength Training Exercises from Martial Arts

So I've been watching this TV series on National Geographic called Kung Fu Quest.  It's a fascinating show where a couple of martial artists go train in different systems of kung fu.  In this particular episode they trace the origin of karate to white crane boxing:

At the 48 minute mark, they go over traditional karate strength training exercises: stone hammers, sanchin steps, stone locks and dynamic tension.

I've always found traditional martial arts strength exercises to be fascinating, because martial artists use a lot of strength exercises that predate the advent of dumbbells and barbells.  Martial artists practice a wide variety of body weight exercises and partner-assisted exercises meant to build strength, mobility and flexibility.  Different disciplines, for example, have their own push-up variations:

The original purpose of exercise was martial.  Exercise originated from the martial arts and from warrior cultures.  Prior to industrialization, the idea of exercise…

If Asians Said The Stuff White People Say

Because lolz.