Bruce is back with another piece of compelling advice…
“The Most powerful fighter is an ordinary man with laser precision focus.”
Obviously, he was talking about his craft — fighting — but the lesson must also be applied to health and fitness…
The most efficient trainee is an ordinary person who uses laser precision in their exercise selection, progression and workout protocols.
Bruce Lee taught us to be wary of dogma. That’s the first step in opening the mind enough to search out and use the best tool and the best approach for a specific job.
But once the tool is decided upon, you also need to focus on rock solid technique.
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
That’s another Bruce-ism that underscores the point. Grooving perfect technique in a given exercise is going to set you up for the NEXT exercise in the progression. In order to truly understand that, you have to realize that we aren’t JUST training muscles (or burning fat) when we exercise… We’re training the NERVOUS SYSTEM.
And that’s serious business. Your nervous system is what drives EVERYTHING else. When it’s firing properly, it opens floodgates in the body that allow you to train in a way that slaps on muscle and rips off fat.
But if you mistreat your nervous system, it’ll throw on the parking brake and your progress will come to a grinding halt. That’s why we take quality of coaching so seriously. You need PRECISE instruction and coaching cues if you want to get full benefit from your training.
We’re very careful to provide that type of quality coaching when we introduce you to a new exercise or training method. Unfortunately, that seems to be the exception rather than the rule for a lot of coaches online.
But there are a handful of people that we trust wholeheartedly to provide instruction on this site. And one of them is our colleague Dr Kareem Samhouri. He’s not only a true master of human movement, he’s also a fantastic teacher. And that’s a powerful combo.
Dr K is also maestro of many tools. We’ve both been members in Kareem’s Double Edge Fat Loss mega-site for the past few months and the variety of tools, methods and exercises he provides is mind boggling.
So when it came time to present the T-Pushup with dumbbells, we knew just who to call…
Not only does Kareem have outstanding coaching cues, he understands exactly what we’re driving at. He knows that the nervous system is the keeper of the keys. And he’s comfortable with blending multiple training tools and approaches to reach a PRECISION training solution that would be impossible if we were mired in dogma…
So let’s check out the T-Pushup with dumbbells. Keep in mind that this is being presented as a ramp up towards the Side Plank Thrust…
Like I said, superb coaching…
And I’m sure you can see the relationship of that exercise to the Side Plank Thrust we looked at last time. Once you’ve built up your ability to stabilize on one dumbbell and lift the other towards the sky — using perfect form — you’ll have developed the kind of core stability that’ll allow you to easily blast out reps of the Side Plank Thrust.
But hopefully you also saw how we snuck in under the radar — training the nervous system every step of the way to be ready for the next progression. That means that everything stays firing at 100% and that we’re able to draw maximum fat burning and muscle building potential out of our workouts.
When you skip steps and force the nervous system to compensate, you throw a wrench into your body transformation potential…
“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
Get rid of the faulty movement patterns. Banish your body’s imbalances. Build your foundation properly using whatever tools are best for the job and you’ll unlock your full potential.
Stay tuned… we’ll be back in a few more days with more information about the importance of the nervous system in your training and how you can fuse bodyweight workouts with dumbbells for some serious body transformation results.