Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ingredients For An Old School Workout

You don't need much for a true, old school workout.

But here are a few essential ingredients that will help you build muscle faster.

First and foremost, you will need a log book. This is absolutely essential. If you are not recording your workouts, you have no way of knowing what is working.

I have recorded practically every workout I've ever done in the last 10 years. You learn the most from your failures - but those who don't write down their workouts will be forced to repeat their failures over and over again.

Next up, you've got chalk. This is also essential - especially when training in extreme heat or cold. Mainly, you need this because it's fun to pretend you are Lebron James and toss some chalk in the air before every workout. But also because it aids your grip.

Of course, if you train in a commercial gym there's a 99% chance you won't be allowed to use chalk. In that case, you could try liquid chalk - available wherever rock-climbing gear is sold.

Next, you need something to drink. I recommend good old-fashioned milk.

Fancy, huh?

Actually, the mighty Paul Anderson used to drink milk during his training sessions. I don't always drink milk during my workouts but recently I was following a Paul Anderson inspired workout consisting of squats, bench press, close-grip bench press and chin-ups for heavy sets of five and heavy singles.

So it only seemed right to follow in Anderson's footsteps and sip on some whole milk between sets. Added bonus - the milk is from a local dairy right down the street from where I live. It was delivered to my house in a glass bottle - by an actual milk man! How's that for old school?

There are plenty more extras you can add in but these are the essential ingredients of an old school workout.

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