Alex Skinner – @AlexSkinner5
Do you ever feel like your training sessions are becoming mundane and old? If you’re going to the same gym everyday, doing the same lifts, week in and week out, it can be easy to lose sight of your goals and your purpose. That is why it is crucial to follow a quality program that is constantly pushing you to level up and try new lifts. Here at IVB we break the mold daily by challenging ourselves and keeping our body guessing.
I believe the best way to keep things fun and interesting is by doing some “Man Shit.” The strength you gain is commonly referred to as “practical” or “real world” strength. This carries directly over into life. When you need to chop wood, move a fallen tree, or push your buddies car that has ran out of gas, are you going to be fit enough to do these real life tasks? Doing “man shit” in the gym is going to help train you for situations like these. Taxing your posterior chain and gaining pure brute strength will make you an all around STRONGER human being! Your GPP (General Physical Preparedness) will improve and you will see a direct correlation to the outside world, as well as on the platform.
The best part about training this way is that there are hundreds upon hundreds of things you can do. From pulling vehicles with a harness to flipping tires, we do it all here at IVB and you should to.
Below is a list of my favorite ways to to train GPP
- Farmer carries
- Dumbbell or plate holds (to the side or overhead)
- Low/high sled pushes
- Sled walks/sprints
- Walking lunges
- Tire flips
- Overhead carries
- Vehicle pulls/pushes
- Single arm farmer carries
- Single arm kettlebell carries (To the side or overhead)
- Belt squats
- Belt marches
- Reverse hyper
- Atlas stone lifts
- Yoke walks
The list can go on and on. But the point of the matter is that training does not need to be stagnant. Switch things up. Grab some buddies and challenge yourself at least once or twice every week with some sort of GPP work. The strength will carry over immensely into your big 3 lifts as well as real life strength. Don’t limit yourself to just one style of training, always be open to try new things and grow!
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