The day before Thanksgiving Day, during the winter of 2014, I got an email asking me if I would like to participate in the Texas Army National Guard best warrior competition. It was the first round of qualifiers and my company's leadership had nominated me.
While reading this article, I want you to remember one thing... Strength is king. Now I didn't say mass or size, but Strength. When dealing with strength, we have to remember that strength is relative to body weight. For example, a 130 pound gymnast that can bench press 225 pounds is relatively stronger than 300 pound American football player who can only bench press his bodyweight.
Whether you’re a recreational athlete, amateur athlete, professional athlete, or military personnel, we all have the same desire – to increase our strength, power, stamina, work capacity, and/or endurance.
Theodore Roosevelt said it best and StrongFirst put it right on their website, 'Do what you can with what you have where you are.'
Right outside of the amazing little town of Jackson, Wyoming there is a large blue warehouse standing on top of a small hill. This warehouse has the unique ability of turning men and women into elite outdoor athletes.
While we all want to be big, strong, and fast, most of us forget that in order to be an athlete, we have to be durable as well. There’s no point in trying to do cool stuff (or continue to do cool stuff) if you’re hurt all the time.
I read somewhere that 'There are four things you need to do in the gym to get stronger: Squats, Deadlifts, Pull-ups, and Dips' so I used those 4 exercises as the foundation of a 7 week strength program.