Double Post so here is short read for anyone visit my log.
Moving North of Vag
I canâ??t take credit for this name. I wish I could, but both the idea and the name come from my good friend Jim Messer. Jim and I have been friends since junior high, and we have the kind of friendship that doesnâ??t require us to talk every week. Or even every year. This is more of an idea. A concept, if you will.
Jim started training with the 5/3/1 method without my knowing it, and heâ??s had great success. He emailed me and let me know about this. Hereâ??s part of an email he wrote to me:
I feel compelled to tell you that after a few months of using the now-legendary 5/3/1, I have now moved somewhat north of being an utter vag. I fked my body up pretty badly last winter, stopped all physical activity, and thought that was pretty much gonna be it. Just another skinny fking wimp. Itâ??s been a really long time since Iâ??ve felt this good physically. By God, last week I puked in my mouth and almost blacked out squatting. Iâ??d thought that time in my life was over.
After I stopped laughing, I began thinking about his statement and about how many people seem to be moving and staying well south of vag. To quote Black Sabbath, this is a symptom of the universe. Then I started to contemplate how one stays in the Northern Hemisphere of the Holy Holes. What followed was the training template Iâ??ll show you now. Itâ??s very simple to follow:
Warm-up: foam rolling, static stretching and jumping rope (or something similar).
Lift Weights: 5/3/1; keep it basic and strong.
Condition: Run hills, push Prowler.
Thatâ??s it. Do this 3-4 times a week and you wonâ??t fall into the trap of being normal. Youâ??ll be strong, healthy and in shape. You wonâ??t make New Yearâ??s resolutions because youâ??ll be living it every day. You can eat that final piece of pie and not count carbs because you just ran 20 hill sprints for the third time this week. You can wake up and not feel like shit because youâ??ve actually taken the time to foam roll and stretch. You actually have some traps from deadlifting. You donâ??t fall for fitness trends, because you know what works. You stop caring what people say on the internet, because youâ??re always making progress. Youâ??re always moving forward toward something.
People ask you how to train, and you answer, â??I look at what you do, and then I do the exact opposite.â??
Youâ??ll actually be able to move because your feet will be fast from jumping rope. You wonâ??t be out of breath all the time. Youâ??ll be able to take on any physical activity you want. Youâ??ll be different once youâ??ve spent time straining to get a rep PR in the squat or pushed a Prowler for 40 minutes. Dealing with the idiots at work or your boss will no longer be an issue. Itâ??s hard to bring a man down after heâ??s had three weeks of personal records in the gym. Itâ??s hard to get mad at the guy who cuts you off in traffic after youâ??ve left your lunch on top of the hill after bear crawling up it. Who cares about all that meaningless stuff? When your training and your life are moving forward, you certainly wonâ??t.
It doesnâ??t take a lot to do this. You already give 8-10 hours a day to your boss and to your work. To boredom and to people and organizations that couldnâ??t care less about you. Then your family and friends get the rest of your time.
What about you? Do you really think so little of yourself that you canâ??t sacrifice an hour or two, 3-4 days a week, for yourself? This â??meâ?? time isnâ??t spent shopping, watching TV or getting on the internet. Youâ??re spending it reinvesting in your body, building strength, and building character. Kicking ass and training consistently â?? and with some balance â?? will do wonders for both your body and your mind.
Get rid of all the meaningless crap in your life and your training. Get rid of the things that bleed your energy in the weight room and in life. Whatâ??s better for you? The Prowler or a stroll on the treadmill? What do you think is going to make you better?
Donâ??t fall for the crap that people are peddling on message boards, in magazines or on TV. Get your shit in order, and get your training in order. Start kicking ass, and take out the crap that doesnâ??t matter. Start doing and believing in the stuff that works, and do it today and forever. You want science and studies? Fuck you. Iâ??ve got scars and blood and vomit.
This is a call to arms for some of you. It is for me, too. Stop all the things that make you a pussy and steal your energy. Get your life back.
Something that pisses me off, it happens to be the first comment of where I found this article.
I think guy missed the whole fucking point of what Jim was saying…
Now, for what I am saying…how will you fucking know if it will work if you don’t get smash fucking weights? Try…Fail…Fail better…Try again.
I started out with BSF, that shit was horrible (the O lifts were great, but there was too much volume and intensity at one time, one good thing about it is that it didn’t have us kids maxing out every day, although it did have us doing rep maxes every week). That program had so much shit that I was doing every day that I am surprised I could play football. Or, even think. I give my father props here. If he hadn’t fed me the way, he did when I was in high school, I probably would have fucked myself up from going overboard. No wonder I gained so much weight when I stopped all that shit at once, I must have been eating my dad poor. But, I digress.
I hear it all the time, even from some of my friends. cough**cough Does it work? I don’t know why you donâ??t go bust your ass for a few months and try it. If it works, you’ll see if it works, if it doesn’t try something new. Kind of like a science module. It takes about 5-10 hours for a basic economics module to run. I may get impatient, but I can’t stop that shit after thirty minutes to check if it is working. I run that shit until it is done or fails That is what I did with BSF, I busted my ass with that shit for 10 months, didn’t work. I kept at it for a year; I finally started seeing results (this was through the summer). The program failed at its purpose So, I switched, found something that worked (thanks to Dave Tate) and stuck with that tell I graduate. It let me do my sports and get stronger at the same time.