In this blog, we are going to look at the essentials to strength and conditioning and I will then turn you on to the lowest cost method for getting in and staying in the best shape of your life. The strength and conditioning you will achieve will go well beyond cosmetic and into strength of mind and spirit. Mixed Martial Artists, Traditional Martial Artists, Gymnasts, Power lifters, Runners, all develop what I call the warrior spirit. They are willing to push themselves, get uncomfortable and suffer for their art and passion. Mastery of the ego will also be developed as you follow the path I'm about to put you on. There's more to this than just looking good naked. If your only goal is to look good naked, then this will help you, but you'll probably fair better with a plastic surgeon. True strength of body, mind and spirit requires work. If you're not willing to put in the work, you can move on now.
We're going to split this up into two categories. Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced.
Beginner - Total Body Mastery Part 1.
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So, how do you reclaim your body? Start here: Convict Conditioning. This book by Paul "Coach" Wade is a step by step guide to master what the book calls, "using the lost secrets of supreme survival strength." Your current condition is irrelevant with this book. You can be in the worst shape of your life and still do this program. How? You start out just moving. Coach Wade will put you on a program that progresses over time starting you out with the basics of the basics. Can you do a push up? No? No problem. What about a push up against a wall? The first exercise in this program is Push Ups against a wall. What about squatting? Can you sit in a chair and stand back up? Can you lay on your back and bring your knees up? These are calisthenics. That word originates from Kalos Sthenos. It means beautiful strength. You have it now, you just need to let it out.
Here's the true beauty of it. These "simple" movements are not easy. If you're in decent shape already, you'll need to tame your ego and do them anyway. If you're in poor condition, you will discover them to be harder than you expected. However with practice, commitment and dedication, you can master these movements. And that is what you will also develop. Commitment, dedication and a unique understanding of the difference between "working out" and practicing a movement.
Coach Wade spent a good 20 plus years "inside" studying the art and science of strength and movement. It was in this time that he developed and perfected the path to "bust free of all weakness." Since being in a cell for 90% of the day, he found himself with only one piece of equipment. His body. Your body is the ultimate and cheapest piece of exercise equipment you can get. If you are out of touch with your body, Convict Conditioning is the way to go. Bar None. Pun Intended.
Convict Conditioning. Spend as much time on it as you want. Take your time with it. Coach Wade divides the progressions to strength up in to 6 fundamental Power Moves each with 10 Steps to Mastery. Each step comes with 3 Standards. So if we use pushups, there's 30 levels you will need to accomplish and work up to before you've mastered the Push Up. This could take weeks, months or years and you're entitled to take as much time as you need. What you're not entitled to do is quit. When you buy this book, study it and decide to do it, you don't get to give up. These exercises are progressions. Meaning you progress through it. You may need to tough it out at some point. It is when you do that, that you will find true strength, develop your spirit and your will. This will filter over into all other aspects of your life. Guaranteed.
Next up we will look at Part 2 of The Beginners guide to Total Body Mastery when we plug in a ancient tool to further aid you in your quest for the perfect balance of strength and conditioning.