Back to the Roots of Training

Keep it simple, but keep it hardcore. No gimmicks and no fluff. Clear out the clutter with these 12 principles, then get your butt into the squat rack.

I’ve been on a mission the last few years to get back to the roots of training; to get back to when training was fun, simple, and most importantly, free of the fluff and crap that has polluted my world.

Back to a time when training was about strength, about moving weight, and moving bodies. About being proud of an added rep or 10 more pounds. Where performance and kicking ass are more important than how you look. Where people eat to live, not live to eat. Where trucks are pushed and sleds are pulled. Where reps and weight are counted, calories are not. Where running isn’t "cardio, it’s part of training and if you’re going to walk for your conditioning you best have something on your back or in your hands.

With that in mind, here’s a list of some simple rules that we follow:

  1. Squats are walked out.
  2. Lift-offs are not given on the bench press.
  3. If you’re going to overhead press, it will be done standing.
  4. No straps unless you are hurt or doing a hang variation of a lift.
  5. You don’t debate about organic/non-organic.
  6. Squats are done with a barbell on your back; this is assumed and are not called “Back Squats.” You don’t say you’re going to take a “standing piss” do you?.
  7. No need for music or training partners or “the right atmosphere” to train hard.
  8. There are no 8-week plans, rather yearlong goals and decade long achievements.
  9. All you need is a rack, barbell, platform and some weights.
  10. You realize stretching doesn’t make you slow or non-explosive.
  11. You realize physical strength can develop mental and spiritual strength.
  12. You never fall for gimmicks; principles last forever.

Now there are quite a few more of these, but you get the picture. The point is this: training has become over run with people telling us how we need to think, how we need to train, and what is acceptable. Don’t bring your gimmicky elements onto my platform.

And please, don’t try to sell us on how hardcore you are or how dedicated to strength you are. Your lifts and your silence do more talking than your Internet chatter and bravado.