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The Everyday Program

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6 weeks ago I started doing overhead presses everyday in a program I called my #quarantineroutine The reasons for doing the same lift every day were twofold: 1) to inspire the members of BKC to continue training during the shutdown 2) just to see if I could. Conventional bro science tells us that we cannot train the same muscle groups every day. I’ve never really questioned that logic because it seems to make sense. Your muscles need time to…

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Top 3 DIY Equipment (Quarantine Routine part 5)

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Here’s my top 3 recommendations when it comes to DIY equipment, plus some training commentary on each… Sandbag Pull Up Bar Dumbbell / Barbell I keep coming back to strongman style of training in these articles because this is where it really shines! Everything you see today in strongman competitions started with homemade equipment! A bunch of dudes in garages and basements, making weird things to train with. To us, a sandbag is not an unusual training tool. In…

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Quarantine Routine – The Problems with Training at Home

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With gyms being closed for over a month now you’ve either continued your training at home or you’ve stopped entirely. In parts 1–3 of this series I laid out the why and how for your quarantine routine. In this article I will discuss how to overcome the problems of training at home. Before I opened BKC, I trained at home. In fact, I grew up with a home gym in my parents basement. I trained for my first strongman…

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Quarantine Routine part 3 – Stone Lifting

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By now you’ve started to get bored. About 1 month in and most all of your household projects have been completed, you’ve Netflix’d and chilled, and you’ve established a quarantine routine. There’s still hours in the day where you’re wasting time scrolling FB or playing video games. You feel like you should be doing something more productive with your time. You know you could be doing something more fun. In part 1 & 2 of this series we discussed…

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Quarantine Routine part 2

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In part 1 of this series I laid out several reasons why it’s important to start your quarantine routine with no expectations. Why you should start this new routine immediately, regardless of the uncertainty of your day. With drastic changes in your schedule, that could change again in any minute, the fact that you did something was more important than what you did. In part 2 I will discuss why you should be training MORE now and how you…

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What Injury Has Taught Me

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What Injury Has Taught Me By Chris Steele I have an injury. My right shoulder. I said: I have an injury. I did not say that I am injured. My shoulder is injured, but I am not. I’ve learned a lot from this injury. The most important thing injury has taught me is to separate the injury from myself. I’m sure that sounds strange to some, but by treating the injury this way I’ve found the freedom to keep…

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DIY Gada / Macebell

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The Gada or Macebell is an ancient training tool popularized in India. It was used heavily by wrestlers and strongmen, and continues to be a choice training tool for many. The benefits of Gada / Mace training are focused primarily on the upper body, especially the grip, arms and shoulders. The dynamic nature of club swinging also provides an extra challenge in coordination and mobility. Not to mention it’s fun! There’s also the added benefit of being able to…

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The Quarantine Routine

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With gyms across the state and most of the country closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, how do we go about establishing a new routine? A quarantine routine. There is no easy answer to that. All I know for sure is that we must keep training. There will obviously be major changes, but anybody who has joined a gym before or even started working out has already dealt with such changes. Remember what it was like when you first…

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Training Through Set Backs and Injury

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Bad things happen to everybody. We’re all going to get hurt (mentally and physically), get sick, get into a car accident, someone we know is going to cancer, pets and loved ones are going to die, and at some point we will slowly degrade until one day we die too. It could be a pretty bleak outlook, especially if you are in the midst of one of those stressful, depressive situations. Or if you’re injured and can’t train the…

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My StrongFirst SFG Experience

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by Craig Cusic, SFG The Night Before It’s Thursday December 5th 2019 2:00pm. I’m laying on top of my freshly made bed staring at the ceiling waiting for Jackson to get home from school. My bag is packed (triple checked), Southwest.com has been visited at least five times, hotel reservation confirmed (again), Uber app downloaded, every bit of info I need written on paper and stuffed in my wallet. Not just in my wallet, but in the secret spot…

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