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The Truth About Your Body’s Potential!

The Truth About Your Body’s Potential!

Paul Anderson by ETSU Photos

Imagine being able to have almost super-human strength! Thats right, I said super-human. Now when I say super-human I certainly don’t mean being able to punch a runaway train in the nose to stop it dead in it’s tracks like Will Smith did in the movie Hancock, but I am still talking impressive feats of strength. For instance, you may have heard of a world strongman who happens to be from my small hometown in Toccoa, Georgia by the name of Paul Anderson. Paul Anderson is probably the closest man to super-human, in terms of strength, that ever walked the planet.

Paul Anderson understood the truth and potential behind the human body’s function. Winning Olympic gold in 1956 Paul even impressed the Soviets in the face of the cold war with his demonstration of overwhelming power in the Olympic weightlifting event. He went on to perform exhibitions across the nation with his favorite lift, the back squat. He had a squatting ability that is still unmatched today by performing his favorite lift with well over 900 lbs. for 10 repetitions! Now that isn’t Hancock or Superman, but you’ve got to admit its close.

So why am I telling you all of this about Paul Anderson. Well you see the key to strength is all about training movement and variation in order to stimulate the nervous system. I think that a lot of people don’t think of strength and fitness in terms of conditioning themselves systemically, but instead they want to fatigue the muscle to complete failure. The truth is that if you want to improve your strength in something you have to practice and practice often. The key is to not train the muscle to absolute failure, but to challenge the muscle with intense weight and vary the intensity and volume each training day. Olympic lifting, kettlebell training, squatting, deadlifting, or just improving the number of push-ups you can do at once all have to be practiced frequently. Many articles and right out of textbooks on Paul Anderson reported that he would squat 3 to 5 times a week depending on what he was doing in his training at the time. This is the perfect example of strength training to achieve unlimited strength and power!

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I’m Brandon Richey the Strength and Conditioning Pro!



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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