Answer this question. When it comes to your fitness routine, are you a sheep that does what everyone else does? Do you follow the latest and greatest or buy the system with the best marketing campaign? It's time we rebelled against the current onslaught of fitness magazines and routines that don't even look great on paper (and much less so when you try them out). It's time we followed routines that can give us real strength, real endurance, and real power.
So many plans and routines have the best intentions but don't quite hit the mark. The first thing these routines promise you is a beach ready body or a set of sexy abs or whatever the hell they're trying to sell you.
The results are important, but what you actually need is a realistic plan that will get you there while using real weight, incorporating functional bodyweight exercises, developing real grip and hand strength, and burning a hole in your lungs in the process, turning you into an unstoppable machine.
Of course there is no ONE way to do this, but a handful of them instead! That is what Unconventional Training Methods (also known as "Mad Methods") are all about; these methods include the best ways to build all around strength, endurance, raw power, and provide enough variety to entertain you for a lifetime.
A routine built around Mad Methods will not only be fun, it will also allow you to break free of conventional gyms, throw away your muscle magazine workouts, and help you build a ridiculous body.
The great thing about unconventional routines is that simplicity is key. They can be as simple as picking up a Macebell and swinging it for a couple of minutes or as complex as picking one exercise from each Mad Method and kicking your own ass with it for 30 seconds at a time. Add some heavy kettlebell work, weighted gym ring work, and a few key barbell exercises for a full body routine that will leave you stronger and fitter than ever.
The conventional world of fitness has convinced trainees that they need to do this much cardio, spend this much time in the gym, lift weights for this many reps, and blah, blah, blah. What if you could get all the results you ever wanted from a few 30 to 45 minute workouts a week?
Under an hour of working out?!? It sounds crazy, but when you train with high intensity and use the Mad Methods wisely, you'll see what I'm talking about. Go ahead and try to use some Battle Ropes for more than 60 seconds intervals. Give the Heavy Clubs a whirl for time. Try some Kettlebell juggling with a 32kg (70lb) kettlebell for more than a few minutes and you'll see what I mean.
Don't give in to pretty workout plans and routines that sound great but lack the substance to turn you into what you really want to be: a machine! You don't become a machine by training at sub-maximal intensity and talking your way through a workout with some fancy machines and pretty dumbbells.
Do you want to workout just to say you workout? Do you enjoy failing to progress to weights that are heavier than you currently use? Do you really feel your conditioning is increasing to higher and higher levels?
If not, than it's time for a change. It's time for a rebellion! Use the Mad Methods, invent some of your own, and together we will rise up against the same old, boring stuff you're used to. We will start anew carrying Kettlebells on our backs, Battle Ropes over our shoulders, and Indian Clubs in our hands... Are you ready to join My Mad Methods Community?
Try the following substitutions for a kick ass rebellion to the norm:
- Instead of Spin Class, try a Kettlebell Class
- Instead of 45 minutes of cardio after a workout, try 15 minutes of sprints - with Battle Ropes and Macebell Swings
- Instead of a 30 minute jog, try 15 minutes of Kettlebell Juggling
- Instead of stretching before a workout, try 5 minutes of Indian Club Swinging
- Instead of grippers from sports equipment stores, try set of Macebell and Heavy Club exercises
- Instead of the Perfect Push Up, try push ups on a pair of Gym Rings
|This article was featured in the August 2010 Issue of the My Mad Methods Magazine. The article"Build The Ultimate Unconventional Home Gym" was written by Mark de Grasse. You can purchase this article by Clicking Here.|
Mark de Grasse is the owner of MyMadMethods.com, My Mad Methods Magazine, and My Mad Methods Productions. In addition to being a certified trainer specializing in kettlebells and bodyweight training, Mark is also the chief editor and designer of both the website, magazine, and My Mad Methods Productions DVDs. Find out more.
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