Chris Shugart, it’s funny that I read the GPP article by Tate and also found out about Matt’s book about the same time. I liked Tate’s article, but wanted to see more stuff rather than sled pulling. Matt’s book fills in all the gaps.
Joe, thanks for the info! I’ll check out the Dinosaur Files article. That sounds great because I don’t want to give up my weight training, but would like to incorporate both techniques.
Scott, I have Staley’s strength training book for martial arts, but it doesn’t address bodyweight exercises. But it is a great book about the use of weight training for martial arts. I have to say that I don’t participate in any combat sports, but I wanted this book since it would help with overall conditioning. A friend of mine is going to teach me how to wrestle soon, so it will be good to be in condition.
Jake, I actually found out about Matt’s book after reading an article in a magazine called Combat Fitness. I’ve always admired the guys who participate in no-holds barred fighting for their superior conditioning. And I’ve always wondered how they got into such good shape. Well, I was at the bookstore over the weekend and saw this magazine. So I checked it out. It had an article by Matt about various pushups you can do. Some of them are brutal. So I looked for his site and ordered the book! I don’t know about any other recommendations other than his book and the magazine. Although, some of the things they recommend in the magazine are outdated, and I wouldn’t recommend following them.
I started incorporating the “Royal Court” of exercises (Hindu Squats, Hindu Pushups, Back Bridge) into my daily routine. Matt recommends doing them every day for about a month before adding his supplementary exercises (various pushups, squats, handstands, bridges, ab exercises, etc).
If you want to be in better condition and be functional as well as look good, I recommend this book. Hopefully, this will help me perform much better in other activities. And if someone participates in combat sports, then you will need this type of conditioning.