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Is there something that you need to bring back to your training routine? What was old must now become new.
Is there an exercise - or series of exercises - that you used to perform routinely as part of your training regimen that has now faded away? For 6 months? A year? Two years?
I recently brought an exercise back into my routine that I hadn't done in about 3.5 years.
What is the secret, magical exercise you brought back? And what powers does it hold?
It is - wait for it - the SAND. BAG. GET-UP. That's right, the Sandbag Get-up - or SBGU for those indoctrinated in the ways of the SBGU.
The SBGU is awesome. The SBGU is hard. The SBGU is simple. These are three great principles for a great exercise - or series of exercises. Effective, hard, simple. BOOM - incredible recipe.
What is a SBGU you ask? Well, my friend, it's quite simple. You pick up a 40#, 60# or 80# sandbag, put it over your shoulder, lay down, and get back up. Simple right? Sure - in theory, but in practice it's a damn hard exercise that primarily focuses on your core, your lungs, your mind and your legs. And all in about 10 minutes! Put 80# on your shoulder, lay down and get back up for 10 minutes. It's effective.
Look, if this thing were an infomercial for the SBGU - you'd already have bought 3 of them - even if I told you that you have to fill them yourself. Wait, I have to buy it AND fill it up!? How do I get more of these super simple sang-bag thingys that cause me to work extremely hard?
I first learned of the SBGU through the Mountain Tactical Institute's founder and head coach, Rob Shaul (back then it was just called Military/Mountain Athlete). Rob incorporated this incredible exercise into multiple work capacity and stamina sessions and included it as part of his Operator Ugly fitness assessment, which is a series of strength and work capacity based events.
I did SBGUs often for a period of 5-5.5 years, always seeing improvement in my overall core and leg strength while doing them - and certainly improvement in my work capacity.
Well, some of it was my job. I was extremely busy for 2+ years and it takes a bit of work/coordination to lug around the sand-bag and find a good spot to use it...most regular gyms don't have a place where you can just get insanely sweaty/dusty and then leave.
Some of it was - you guessed it - they were just hard. SBGUs are very challenging...it was easy to leave them out of my programs.
The reasons I started doing them again, however, far outweigh why I stopped doing them a few years ago.
What exercise/training run/ride/swim have you stopped doing that you used to do? Is it a hill run? A hill ride? The extra 10 minutes of paddle board work in the pool?
I'm guessing you've got the time to layer those key exercises/training sessions back into your training program, and that in most cases - you SHOULD layer them back in.
If you've deliberately left something out because it's hard and slightly inconveinent...consider adding it back in as you head into the summer months of training - it just might make the difference you've been looking for.
Train hard. Train smart.
Talk to you soon.
The ability to fully digest and absorb protein means the difference between killing or maximizing your muscle gains and fat loss, as well as your overall hormonal balances and your levels of energy, inflammation, and health. So understanding exactly how it works, and how to keep it working, or get it working, properly is very important.....
When it comes to cholesterol, virtually everyone is aware that too much LDL cholesterol is an indicator of heart disease and that optimizing LDL/HDL levels is critical for heart health.
People avoid foods that are high in cholesterol, exercise, lose weight, and try countless other methods to lower their LDL – which are all met with varying levels of success. But, despite all this, heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the USA.
Today we’re going to discuss a simple, science-backed alternative solution to lowering LDL levels – and it’s all about protein.
Growth Hormone (GH or HGH) is one of the most important hormones in regard to muscle gain and fat loss for men and women:
It increases muscle mass, increases protein synthesis, strengthens bone, internally makes your metabolism “younger,” and is, to a large degree, “anti-aging” in its effects. And it does this in large part by stimulating the uptake of amino acids in the cells.
In fact, GH is so closely tied to amino acids, that not only does GH stimulate the uptake of aminos, but taking aminos stimulates the release of GH to get the cells to take in the aminos.