There's so many debates on what implement is the ultimate training tool ever. Barbells? Dumbbells? Sandbags? Kettlebells? Bodyweight? You name it. People tend to oppose them to each other. One say: "Barbells are the best because you can always make micro adjustments in weight". Others say: "Sandbags or kegs are the best because they rock stabilizers big time what barbell cannot offer". Third say: "Kettlebells are the best because they fun and versatile and can offer unique exercises". Fourth say: "Forget about weights! Old school bodyweight strength training is the king because you learn to master your own bodyweight".
So who's right and where's the truth?
Strength training always was (and will be) a place for secrets. Secret routines, secret supplements, secret exercises, you name it. It's all about human psychology. Everybody needs secrets to believe. You can create an ordinary routine. Nobody will even notice it. Add "secret" label and BAM, it will immediately become something that people desire to know. Same thing with every aspect of training, nutrition and restoration. Secret foods, secret sleep tactics. People need secrets.
There is only one secret...
Kettlebells are one of the best implements out there when talking about gaining strength, building muscle, getting lean and attaining superhuman endurance. No matter what your goal is you can benefit from kettlebell training big time. Besides, these tools are the least place consuming after the bodyweight. You can even use them as part of your room decoration (:
You can learn from this post how beneficial is heavy kettlebell training. In two words, the heavier the kettlebell you use the more benefits you will reap. Heavier kettlebell = more strength, more muscle, more fat loss. So you need to aim to lift heavier bells with time. If your weight is 80 kg (180 lbs) and more then you will need a pair of 40 kg (88s), 44 kg (97s) and maybe even 48 kg (105s) in your training. For example, Double Front Squat with a pair of 32 kg (70s) kettlebells became ridiculously easy for me very quickly at the weight of 180 lbs. Heck, squatting with 40 kg kettlebells is not a problem any more. But there's one nuance with kettlebells...
The buzz about supplements nowadays is hilarious, in my opinion. You can read about them everywhere.
"Gain 20 pounds of lean muscle with our brand new protein!"
"Scientifically approved supplement will scorch your fat away in 4 weeks! Especially at the belly region!"
"Only our NO-booster will give that skin-tearing pump and your arms will grow bigger and 900% faster!"
How many times have you heard that? Some claims are pretty ridiculous. But people will believe those claims again and again and support supplement manufacturers. It's business after all.
But What's the Problem with Supplements?
Men's Health Huge in a Hurry: Get Bigger, Stronger, and Leaner in Record Time with the New Science of Strength Training by Chad Waterbury
Who is this book for?
Actually for anyone interested in gaining strength, building muscle, losing fat as fast as possible ranging from elite athletes to ordinary strength enthusiasts.
What will you learn from it?
Despite this book is quite mainstream it's an interesting read where you can find lots of useful information especially on training for different goals. You'll also will learn Chad's approach to nutrition and different strategies on how to get lean for a contest or a special event and much more.
- This book is fully loaded with training programs, precise exercise photos and descriptions and flexible guidelines on how to make it work. It consists of 6 training plans: Get Ready, Get Big, Get Even Bigger, Get Strong, Get Even Stronger and Get Lean. Get Ready is a lead-in plan that will assure that you will be ready for the other plans. Get Big is a plan which concentrates on building as much muscle as possible. Get Even Bigger is a plan where Chad shares his High-Frequency Training technique (which is quite better than in his articles on T-Nation). Get Strong is a plan which concentrates on gaining as much strength as possible. In Get Even Stronger Chad shares advanced techniques in gaining strength. And Get Lean is a plan that emphasizes on fat-loss.
- Chad uses full-body training in his programs exclusively and explains why. I, as a big believer in full-body training, totally support his ideas on this subject.
- High-Frequency Training is explained in a very high level. And it's one of the most valuable parts of the book. My personal results with HFT are totally awesome. But it's a theme for another post.
- Chad is always innovative in his training methods. He uses total reps count instead of conventional sets x reps, HFT, supramaximal holds, rest-pause etc. You always learn something new from him.
- As this is a mainstream book it's very beginner friendly. If I were just starting it would have been one of the best books to read first.
- Totally enjoyable reading experience.
- Part about nutrition is very conventional which is not weak point for a person that is just starting dieting. But for me there was actually nothing new.
This book deserves a place in a library of every trainee who is serious about his training. No matter what your training experience or goals you will find something new in this book. Besides, price is quite low for a 354-page full-color book. Huge in a hurry is one of the best books on subject of training.