I have been meaning to create an exercise index for a long time now, but put it off mostly because I didn't know how to house it. I want to create a separate page for "Exercises" but not sure if it's possible on this site to create the way I want. So for now, I will probably just host it on Vimeo and make a link. If anyone has suggestions, let me know. This exercise index will not be a tutorial, but a quick 20 second video of the exercise only. Tutorials I will do separately. I just want something to give people a quick look at what a certain exercise is if they don't remember or are just looking for more ideas. Keping it simple. I want to have at least 1000 exercises by the end of the year. I have 6 months, so thats about 160 exercises a month, or 5-6 new exercises a day. Shit, I shouldn't have said that now. Oh well, if I don't make it, it will still be a lot more than I have now. It won't be perfect, but it will be something that will constantly grow. Suggestions are always welcome. Here are a few samples, let me know what you think. I will work on different angles, and base a lot off of your feedback.
The following is a short training montage from TSS and a little rant I recorded while walking down Jana Pawla II Blvd in Warsaw. It's funny how people look at you when you're talking to yourself like a crazy person in public.
When I decided to hold my first kettlebell and bodyweight training seminar, I knew I would have a few hours to teach several people the very basics of the style of the training I use with high frequency in my daily life. Being a busy man with a schedule that has me traveling regularly, with limited time to get to the gym as much as I would like, and having limited equipment while on the go, I knew there was a way for me to keep things simple and brutally effective to get amazing results with a minimalist approach.
Even if I am not traveling, I regularly use bodyweight training because it makes me feel good, increases my relative strength and dramatically enhances my mobility. This, in turn, reduces any pain I might be experiencing from the rigors of daily life. Spending long hours in bad positions with poor posture can cause anyone serious body pains in their back, hips, neck and shoulders. But a few minutes of strategic bodyweight movements can help strengthen the body and reverse the pains and issues that we put ourselves through.
I regularly travel by car, so bringing a bunch of gym equipment is not an option, and finding a gym on the road is a guaranteed hassle I don't want to deal with. As long as you have your body, you have the very best piece of equipment ever invented. And anyone can throw a kettlebell in the back seat to add some external resistance as well.
In my personal training, nothing gets my conditioning to higher level than some bodyweight drills combined with high intensity kettlebell training. The problem most people make with this type of training is not having good technique with a single movement or lift, then doing it for high repetitions. This not only will give you minimal results, but can also have detrimental effects in the long run of your training.
A major, and often overlooked, aspect of fitness and strength training is alignment and positioning. If your body is in poor alignment while moving heavy loads or performing many reps, you are unnecessarily risking injury, as well as cheating yourself better results from your training. Putting your body in the best position possible allows for enhanced strength, better health and increased fitness, which is what we all want anyway...better results.
The specifics of the workshop weren't primarily geared towards crushing people with high rep bodyweight conditioning workouts. It was, however, focused on learning and teaching the fundamentals of kettlebell lifting technique and proper progressions to gain strength with bodyweight movements from beginner to advanced level athletes.
There is something for everybody, regardless of your fitness level. I show how to do beginner pushups to advanced level one arm variations, and everything in between to prevent plateaus from occurring. The same goes for other basic movements like squats, pullups, and myriad other less common bodyweight strength training movements to add to your arsenal for athletic domination.
Once you learn exactly how to do the movements with sound technique, you have infinite different programs and systems you can use to enhance your current training and athleticism. Don't continue training with horrible form and sweating through ugly reps. Take the time to learn proper technique and watch your performance skyrocket in no time. Stop skipping steps in your bodyweight strength training and continue climbing the hill instead of spending most of your time on a plateau.
To be completely honest about the videos from the workshop, they are not the highest quality. If you have seen my YouTube videos, it is very similar, and was recorded with the same camera. There are times in the video when the audio isn't very great, and there are times when I stutter, because I am not the greatest speaker. It is what it is, you will, however, get some really great audio of some of us farting and burping pretty loud as we train for a few hours. I didn't edit out all the weird stuff, it's in there. I only edited out the resting. So, if you are a TSS fan, like our style of training, and have trained for a while yourself, you know what goes on in a home or garage gym. Shit happens, you laugh it off, and continue to get strong as hell. My intentions were to put on a great seminar for those that attended. They were not intended to create a top selling DVD. But I was asked by many who could not attend if I would record it, so by popular demand, here is what I got. In the future, I will have million dollar cameras and fitness models in bikinis demonstrating exercises while I yell like Gilad, but for now, this video set is me and a few athletes training in a garage, getting strong and learning some damn good training techniques. I hope you enjoy.
The Strength Shop Kettlebell and Bodyweight Training Workshop
A comprehensive and progressive approach to increased bodyweight strength training and kettlebell lifting technique for improved posture, fitness and athleticism.
No matter how strong your passion is, if you don't have aim/direction/goals, it means almost nothing. Its kind of like having the worlds most deadly bullet, but you can't hit a target for shit. Stay focused on your goal, and make sure that everything you do is getting you closer to where you want to be. I'd like to hear what your values are in the comment section below. It's truly a great topic. I want to live my life doing what I love to do. I want to live with integrity, and build strong bonds with the people that are important to me. I love learning more about my craft because it enables me to share more and help others pursue their goals. What values drive you on a daily basis?
Are you passionate about what you do? If so, congratulations on your success. If not, I hope you find it soon.
A few minutes in the mind of Dave Tate discussing small business ownership at The Learn to Train Seminar in January.
The Athletic Domination Seminar we held in Manchester, England last weekend was a huge success! We had 17 athletes participate and all had great things to say! I want to personally thank every one of you for coming out and listening to what Sean, Z and I had to offer.
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Here's what some people had to say about the seminar...
Matt, thanks for a great day yesterday. The amount of information delivered in one day was incredible. Your ability to break down movements into their most basic form was brilliant. Partner that up with actually taking everyone through the progressions was what made the seminar so valuable. Thanks again Matt, Zoran dubaic and Sean keefe.
Spk soon Rich
Hi Matt, just wanted to congratulate you on a great Seminar yesterday. Thoroughly enjoyed it and it was awesome to actually get hands on with the exercises rather than be lectured, which really helped me develop my technique. If you do any more seminars in the UK again let me know! Definitely recommend this guy!
Matt, thanks for coming to the UK and holding a great seminar. Your progressions and teaching cues are great! Will apply them loads. Also thanks for being a great guy and spending time with us, I really appreciate it, was great getting to know you better. Had a great weekend and hope to see you at "THE STRENGTH SHOP" soon. Cheers mate!!
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You just never know who is watching, listening and learning from you, I guess. When you're a huge internet and YouTube sensation like myself, getting tens upon tens of hits every week, like dozens, seriously, you never know who is out there watching. Well, I'll keep being me and if you wanna be down, word up. Here is a little message I got today, I get them occasionally, more would be nice. Thank you.
Jan G******z May 11 at 11:07am Reporthi, just wanted to tell you that i love your workouts on you tube. i have a personal trainer ,deb *****, and she is incorporating some of your stuff in my workouts. the other day she pulled out her spare tire and had me dragging it up and down our gravel drive way, then when i told her it was too easy (yes, i always let her know cause after all, i can do easy on my own,) she took a couple big boulders from my pond and added weight, then we went walking in the woods where i got to climb onto stumps, lift some logs and walk some tree that was cut down. hahahah. it was fun. anyway, you inspire me, and i love that you just use whatever is handy to workout. sometimes i tell myself" just get up and move your freakin ass" it helps.
jan g******z; aka the jewelry ladyJan G*****z May 11 at 3:03pm Reporthi matt, the friends name i mentioned in my previous message is deb ***, not deb ***** (same person tho) she works for anytime fitness.
anyway, i am staying motivated, i am going to be 60 in october, have been overweight most of my adult life, lost and gained it back. my highest wt was 283. i am now 247. and am really motivated for the very first time. anyway. keep makin videos for you tube. i love to watch them.
Jan, I think that is incredible and I really appreciate the message. I have One client in my gym who is in similar shoes as yourself, she is one of the most extraordinary clients I have as I train mostly younger athletes. I'm sure your words will inspire many. Stay strong and motivated because no one is going to do it for you. Now get up and move your freakin ass! Thaks again, let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
I have gotten a questions about how my rehab is coming along. Here is a video I made today during training. It was a light full body day, as yesterday was a heavy full body day. I love training the full body almost everyday. Not many people can handle it, and depending on your goals, it might not be the best training style for you, everything depends. This certainly is not the best training rehab protocol for everyone, but based on my ability prior to my injury, this is what I am capable of doing now, just 5 weeks after a grade 3 MCL tear. The best thing you can do for an injury is prevent it. Smart training can help prevent injuries, but sometimes shit happens. When it does, if you are stronger, not only will the injury be not as bad, but the recovery will be much easier. If I wasn't as strong as I was before my injury, I wouldn't be doing what I am doing today. Start early and never quit, it is the best possible thing you can do.
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