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And, fellow - or dame, hehe - fitness fanatic - -
What I'm about to say might come across as highly contradictory in two regards, one - to build brute upper body strength, there's many good ways - but none of what I normally talk about involves isolation (never) - and certainly never taking the LEGS away.
If you've noticed, and everyone on my list has for sho - training legs and back hard and heavy is really what builds upper body strength, not simply training the upper body, doing endless sets of bench presses, curls, lat pulldowns and so forth which build fake strength if at all (for the most part - the last exercise being the biggest culprit - that strength neither lasts, nor is it practically useful in many or any ways).
Test yourself on pull-ups and the lat pulldown, chances are excellent if you've got half a brain you'll figure it out on your own, anyway, but now?
What I'm here to tell you?
To build brute upper body strength?
Sometimes, just sometimes, you take the lower body - OUT OF IT - and away - unless it's for balance mostly, and sometimes not even that
My forearms are singing and ZINGING right now, my friend.
I did a fairly long lumberjack workout, lots of club swinging in all directions.
What you might find strange is this - towards the end of it, I sat my ass down, put on some movie or the other - and continued.
What do I mean?
Well, bruce Lee for one had this habit of constantly swinging a dumbbell around at home, no matter what he was doing, every so often he'd lift it, and it wasn't "especially" heavy either.
Its the reps that build that real functional strength, I've said this forever, Lee knew it, of course.
It's NOT one time lifts - thats the lazy man's way out a lot of times - not always, but look at truly fit people, chances are they do lot more other than powerlifting, if they even do that at all.
Anyway, Lee would often swing his club around at all odd hours.
Me, I was sitting there trying not to bash a 10 kg club against the ole puter. Hehe.
And let me tell you, its one thing bringing the hips and waist into club and all lumberjack work and workouts - you should do that - I've said that in Lumberjack Lodestone Fitness amongst other gems you wont want to miss.
But sometimes, you take the lower body out of it, and believe me, you're not isolating - you're still working the entire upper body as a whole.
And it works GREAT as a finisher.
So do pull-ups throughout the workout! MY!
And of course, the classic example of taking the legs away is one of the most brutally effective exercises out there, sometimes most gym goers cannot begin to do, and run away from - and something even less common than pull-ups.
The almighty handstand pushup, and that one exercise should explain the entire post to you!
And thats the message for now.
Read, apply, and train - HARD!
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I give it to you straight, not only that - in a manner you must listen to, and cannot miss - and in a brutally frank manner that just flat out WORKS.
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