You don’t need a review of this book because you probably read it. And I don’t want this to be just another review because my serious training started after reading this book. Besides, it’s not just a book anymore, it’s bible for many lifters and tranees. And I’ll be brave enough to say that it is one of the best books ever written on strength training. This post is for all younger lifters and trainees who haven’t heard about this book or for some reason haven’t read it (what is a big mistake). Yes, it’s blast from the past but it is well worth it. Dinosaur Training has its own pluses and minuses and I want to discuss them in detail.
Oftentimes you can hear a phrase like: “I want an upper body like gymnasts have”. Well, it’s no surprise, especially if you look at someone like Yuri Van Gelder (see the video below). Gymnasts have upper body strength and musculature as well as bodyweight control that have no match. So how to develop such body? Coach Christopher Sommer tries to answer this question with his book.
Who is this book for?
This book is for all the people that want to learn literally how gymnastic bodies are built. For all the people that are brave enough to look outside of the box and learn something new and useful. For all the people that want to know how to train to obtain some awesome skills like, for example, planche or front lever. Continue reading
“Convict Conditioning. Great book, totally awesome read and golden mine of information that you can use in your training. You can agree or disagree. It doesn’t matter because Convict Conditioning is a must read for everybody who is serious about their training. You will be able to find tons of useful and entertaining information there.”
Those are the exact words that started my review of the original Convict Conditioning. Well, recently I was lucky enough to read the sequel – Convict Conditioning 2. Can I apply same words to the second part? Well, yes. But I wouldn’t be so univocal and straight-out. Why? There are reasons. Read on and you’ll understand them. Continue reading
Who is this DVD for?
This DVD is for trainees who are already got acquainted with kettlebells, mastered basic exercises and are hungry for more. Basically, this DVD is for everyone who is intermediate or advanced level in kettlebell training. Nevertheless, beginners will learn a lot of new and useful information too.
What will you learn from it?
You will learn tons of information on technique and performance tips. Here’s a list of exercises that are demonstrated on this DVD:
Double kettlebell drill with the bells outside of the feet: Continue reading
Convict Conditioning. Great book, totally awesome read and golden mine of information that you can use in your training. You can agree or disagree. It doesn’t matter because Convict Conditioning is a must read for everybody who is serious about their training. You will be able to find tons of useful and entertaining information there. What’s so special about it? And why even bother with bodyweight training? Read on and you will find all the answers. Continue reading
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, and losing fat as fast as possible ranging from elite athletes to ordinary strength enthusiasts.
What will you learn from it?
Despite this book being quite mainstream, it’s an interesting read where you can find lots of useful information especially on training for different goals. You’ll also 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 at 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 rep 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.
- The part about nutrition is very conventional, which is not a weak point for a person that is just starting dieting. But for me there was actually nothing new.
This book deserves a place in the 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, the price is quite low for a 354-page full-color book. Huge in a hurry is one of the best books on the subject of training.