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Strongman Training Can Boost Your Gains in the Gym

Anyone that knows my training philosophy knows that I always preach about sticking to the basics.  Plain, vanilla, old school strength training.

Bench Press.  Deadlift.  Military Press.  Squat.  Build your training around those 4 lifts and stay away from the gimmicks and trendy sh*t.

But the beauty of running your own training business is that you are the boss; you can break your own rules!  Using strongman training strongman trainingis a great way to do that.

Strength Camp Saturday is how Primal Strength Camp was born.  These are the days when strongman training and odd objects come into play; a true test to see how our gym training is transitioning to an uncontrolled, outside environment.

At Primal Strength Camp, we use kegs, sleds, ropes, chains, and other unique tools to challenge our abilities to the extreme.  Odd objects don’t have handles, or uniform shapes and sizes.

It is one thing to grab a bar and lift it over your head with weight firmly attached.  It is entirely different to lift a keg filled with water, where the resistance is dynamic and fluid, forcing your body to not only lift the weight, but use an enormous amount of strength just to stabilize it.


It is one thing to carry 45lb plates around your gym, but it is not the same as loading up a pair of farmers carry handles with 125lbs in each hand and struggling with each step.

Pulling in a sled hand over hand with rugged rope across uneven ground is a far cry from your seated row on an amazingly smooth cable machine.

Strongman training is brutal.  It truly tests your ability to harness brute strength and pick up heavy sh*t.  You use your entire body throughout the course of a workout and muscles and movements that you don’t normally utilize in a controlled gym routine.

Its simplicity is eye opening.  Carry something heavy.  Flip something heavy.  Pick up something heavy off the ground, and move it somewhere else.  The movements are not earth shattering, yet the benefits can be staggering!

Perhaps the most important benefit of strongman training is its ability to forge unbreakable mental toughness.  It forces you out of your comfort zone and presents new challenges that you will not get by training in a “box”.  Odd objects will humble you.  Mentally, after one of these sessions, I’m totally wiped out.

I’m reminded of the training montage from Rocky IV.  The big bad Russian with all of his fancy equipment got whooped by mentally invincible Rocky, after he trained in the cold and snow, with heavy logs and a buggy.

After a day of training outside in the elements, shouldering sandbags and battling with heavy chains, I feel like a monster.  Strongman training, and the anguish and mental stress it brings, only makes me more prepared to dominate my next gym workout.

You think your strong?  Think your tough?  Want a challenge?

If you are ready to be humbled, incorporate some strongman training into your regimen.  Once a week is fine.  Any more on top of your normal gym routine is a recipe for central nervous system fatigue and injury.

But using it responsibly and strategically will help you in the long run, both physically and mentally.  Besides, aren’t you tired of doing the same ol’ sh*t all the time anyway?


— Tank

How Bad Do You Want It?

Ask any given person this question about something that they view important in their life and they will all probably tell you the same thing.  “I want it really bad!”

Truth is they are lying to themselves.  

They might really believe they want it.  Maybe it truly is their dream.  But what are they doing to make it happen?

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When it comes to proving how bad you want something, actions speak louder than words.

Be the person that takes action.  We all have it in us.  You have it in you to be 100% successful in anything you do.  Just use the key ingredients and get started.

My journey started a long time ago.  I started out wanting to be an elite distance runner.  I remember being in college out running in 100+ degree Texas heat every day, while my friends were at the pool partying, looking at all the hot women in bikinis.  After I fell in love with the iron game, I remember being at Gold’s Gym on Friday nights at 10pm while most people were out on the town having a good time.  I was a loner with one thing on my mind, to get bigger and stronger.  As I speak, I’ve been on “vacation” for the past two days, yet I still worked in 500 pushups yesterday and I’m writing this post for you now.

Sacrifice.  Dedication.  Passion.

You want it bad?  Prove it!  Put in the work.  Make the sacrifices.

Everyone is capable.  You owe it to yourself to be successful, to fulfill your dreams.  Don’t make excuses.  Don’t half ass it.  Don’t cheat yourself!

If you don’t live up to your potential, you will regret it, I can promise you that.  Regret can be a painful thing to live with, especially when you could be living a life with success instead.  Now think about that and ask yourself…



Who Do You Want To Be?

Alright guys.  Listen up.

I am HUGE on motivation and harnessing the power of the mind.  Those with a strong mindset and driven personality will go further in this life than those lacking unbreakable mental toughness.  No way around it.


Take the time to watch this video clip.  If this doesn’t get you pumped up, man, I don’t know what to tell ya.  Really listen and think about his message.  Apply it to your own life.  If you’ve lost that hunger, now is the time to get it back.  Time to make a stronger you!


— Tank