by: Brandon Richey–Get Free Updates And Training Guides Here
Cheap Strength; Rich Gains
The belief among much of the current population that a gym stocked full of heavy duty equipment must be necessary in order for one to acquire gainzzz is still very large and very present. This is the case despite the rise and expansion of the Crossfit culture and the rapid growing rate of private gym owners that tend to fall back on the use of more traditional free weighted movements when involved in training.
So today I want to talk about not only why the need for that expensive heavy duty equipment isn’t necessary, but how it’s actually more detrimental than good in most cases.
All The Gainzzz Without All The Cost…
I’m amazed at how people refuse to accept the idea that a solid level of strength and fitness can be built without the need and the abundance of heavy duty gym equipment. In my experience with training people that have come out and are trying to escape the gravitational pull of the traditional health club there is most always a significant loss of skillful movement and coordination.
To me the root cause of this loss of skillful movement is apparent. After years of dependency on machines that run trainee after trainee through a fixed movement pattern and get people into the regular habit of not having to coordinate and think about what they are doing when moving and lifting is the reason for the decline in performance in much of the current training populous.
The fact is that folks would rather just go hit the leg press, the hack squat, or the smith machine rather than trying to stabilize the barbell and to master a more dynamic movement that is required from something such as a kettle bell in order to acquire a so-called “workout.” The same goes for their “cardio sessions” as well.
Let’s face it, if you are going to step up to train with purpose then you are part of a small percentage of the population. The fact is people are lazy and you can see the “lazy” epidemic spreading everywhere throughout society as a whole.
If you don’t believe me then just go take a walk through your local mall this holiday season and notice how many people will just walk right into you having no clue that they are coming into your space due to the fact that they are lazy in their “awareness” of their given surroundings. People have dumbed down their proprioceptive sense of awareness in society and a lot of this is to blame on the lack of focus and coordination that they regularly neglect in their daily lives.
Even the people that are supposedly “in shape” and regularly go to the gym demonstrate this lack of awareness. To go a step further it’s also obvious with these same folks when you watch them attempt the execution of a primary lifting movement such as a deadlift or squat.
The lack of a proper squatting pattern or proper hip hinge when deadlifting can be seen time and time again with people that tend to train with a regular dependency on machinery rather than trying to effectively master the smooth execution of moving a free weight, or their own bodyweight for that matter.
The reality is that everyone would just be much better off training in learning how to execute exercises that require nothing more than their own body resistance. The truth is that being able to perform squats, push ups, pull ups, etc. at a high level will no doubt translate over more effectively in every other major movement when practiced with regularity.
There is no substitute for one to master his or her own body resistance and once one he or she does the mastery of handling an external load during a major lift comes at a much easier price. The fact is that real world functional strength can be practiced with very little to no equipment and the benefits are huge.
You can work to master your own body resistance just about anywhere and if you prefer the use of equipment then simple tools such as kettlebells, dumbbells, medicine balls, sledgehammers, etc. are great for training hand/eye coordination, mobility, power, and reaction time depending on how you decide to leverage these tools for a certain end result.
The bottom line is that you can acquire the gainzzz at virtually zero financial cost. Remember the value is not in the equipment, but rather in your knowledge and how you apply it!
I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Do you utilize a minimalist approach to training in terms of equipment? If so post up in the comment section below. Keep training smart.