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Self Reliant Strength…

Self Reliant Strength…

“When you take stuff from one writer it’s plagiarism; but when you take it from many writers, it’s research.”

Now that quote is certainly a scary, funny, and interesting statement all at the same time. I mean if you really think about it not too many ideas are completely original, but instead are variations of other ideas that people have stamped with their own thoughts and creativity. That in and of itself though does make it an original thought. Ideas are great because they make the world go round, but at the end of the day you’ve got to be willing to come up with your own even if you got the idea from something that others have presented before you. So what does this have to do with strength? Keep on reading to find out.

Self Reliant Strength…Always Evolve Your Strength And Conditioning Program¬†

As I was stating in the previous paragraph you can’t be shy about coming up with your own ideas. I mean part of the reason for me writing this blog is to show and tell you how to effectively train your body based upon my own personal education, experiences, and background. I mean at the end of the day my perspective is all that I can offer you.

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However once you have the information for formulating yourself a plan you can then actively be creative with your own approach to building an effective strength and conditioning program based upon your life schedule, needs, goals, and time to commit to such an endeavor. It’s kind of like you need to be your own Michelangelo of strength and conditioning! ūüôā I mean the creativity of designing something that fits you and your needs is all that really matters at the end of the day.

For instance, let’s take a look at myself. Many people had influence over me growing up to drive me in the direction to do what it is that I do now being a strength coach. I mean personally my biggest influences were my parents and brother, but aside from my family I always watched and read about Arnold Schwarzenegger, Herschel Walker, and Paul Anderson. These were all people that had different ideas and completely different approaches to their training.

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I mean these guys were literally very different in their approach. Arnold, of course, worked to build a strong body for size and symmetry for the purpose of competing in the sport of bodybuilding. He used many tactics to do this and was very broad in his approach to achieve his goals. He was successful and went on to win many Mr. Olympia titles and ended up on the big screen in the movies.

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On the other hand Paul Anderson lifted heavy…and I mean REAL heavy weight. He loved squats and was known as the “King of Squat.” Of course he went on to become the strongest man probably to ever walk the planet in addition to being an Olympic Gold medalist. Anderson’s approach to progressively overloading his body has been adopted by many strongmen ever since he came onto the scene.

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As far as Herschel he had to be innovative at a very young age to overcome a very tough school environment. He learned how to utilize his own body resistance in order to develop tremendous functional strength, speed, power, and size. He had to learn and discover methods of resistance on his own in order to build a body that could compete at the highest level in the sport of football. As you know Herschel is the greatest college football player of all time and one of the greatest athletes to walk the planet.

So why am I telling you all of this? Well, I’m telling you because all of these guys represented self reliant strength and weren’t afraid to formulate their own ideas on training. They all formulated a method that worked for them which in turn influenced me to hopefully turn around and influence you in some of the same way if you are looking for new ideas. It’s all about finding what works best for you, your needs, and your life schedule.

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There are many ways to skin a cat and the key to successfully doing so is understanding a bit about the body while also trying to master the basic fundamental human movements such as squatting, pressing, pulling, twisting, and being able to do this while stabilizing yourself throughout each and every exercise.

If you need help formulating your ideas by allowing me to help guide you through the process then you should get yourself a copy of my latest ebook…Brandon Richey’s Unconventional Conventional Method Of Strength. It’s an ebook that offers a lot of dynamic movement and teaches you how to perform a great deal of it through more unconventional pieces of equipment. Plus there’s over 40 minutes of video to help you along in the process!


Don’t be afraid to come up with your own ideas. As long as they are principled in their approach using someone else’s plan is ok, but nothing is written in stone. Remember that most anyone can train hard, but only the best train smart my friend. Feel free to leave your questions and comments below.



I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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