[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:
I thought you were more into the bodybuilding/aesthetics side of things? I know you used to be really into olympic lifting and all and were very sucessful though.
Well to be clear, I was never a bodybuilder at heart. However having a nice looking physique always had been a fantasy of mine because I grew up as a fat kid.
Strength and power as always been my true interest and it still is. Now I’m finding ways of having the best of both worlds. And sandbag, sledgehammer and other odd object lifting (I’m going to buy a few barrels later on today) fits very nicely into that purpose.
BTW, I just got back to the olympic lifts yesterday after 2 years without them. I was pleased to get an easy 110kg on the power snatch. Not very strong, but after 2 years of only doing bodybuilding training I feel good about it.
The trouble w/this kind of training for the average guy like me (I have a family membership at the YMCA because it’s cheap and I can work out there everyday if I want) is that I don’t have access to heavy heavy sandbags.
Well you can keep one at home and do some lifting in your backyard if your climate allows it.
What’s a good substitute? Right now I’m working on increasing my dumbbell clean and press.
I find Dan John’s Tabata thrusters to be very effective.
You can also perform Zercher walks, farmer’s walk and the continental clean and press (either with dumbbells or a barbell).
That’s an awesome power snatch!!!
Cool. Thanks. I’ve been doing the farmer walks at the YMCA where they have heavy dumbbells.
I’ll use the army bag idea since I have one.