So, I was slogging up the stairs today to complete a particularly grueling stair workout – one that makes Ivan Drago’s stairmaster routine in Rocky IV seem positively pale by comparison.
As I sweated, huffed and puffed my way up them seemingly never ending stairs – I was reminded of a saying that an all time pro wrestling great Karl Gotch made.
That being this – conditioning is your best hold!
Now, for those of you that don’t know, Gotch was a Belgian wrestling legend – as well as a trainer in his later years, and if there ever was a guy that was a FANATIC on conditioning, it was Karl Gotch.
He was once reputed to have done no less than 9000 Hindu squats – non stop at that – and though I’ve managed 500 at a go, 9000 is something that has always remained quite beyond me!
Of course, I haven’t made it a goal – and I’m sure I’d get there if I made it a goal, but still – it’s telling that a highly skilled pro wrestler known as the “God of pro wrestling” in Japan would make that comment, don’t you think?
While Gotch started out as a freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestler, he later started to train in the art of Indian wrestling as well – and MANY of the exercises that are included in the 0 Excuses Fitness System are indeed ones that Gotch advocated for strength and conditioning purposes – and taught his trainees on a regular basis as well.
The Hindu squat – the bridge in all it’s variants – and the Hindu pushup, to name but a FEW.
And back to conditioning – just why did Gotch consider it so important? Just why IS it so important, so to speak?
Well, because you can have all the skills in the world, for instance – but if you’re tired on the mat – or between rounds in a boxing match – or even while completing the last leg of an “ironman triathlon” – or what have you – well – guess what happens.
You LOSE – – to put it rather bluntly.
As far as combat athletes are concerned, put two athletes with roughly the same level of skill in the ring – and I’ll bet you my bottom dollar that it is usually the better conditioned guy that wins the majority of the time as opposed to the stronger guy.
That isn’t to say that strength and skills aren’t important. Of course they are – but conditioning, as Gotch said, is truly your best hold when you’re really “up against it”.
A mind that is relaxed and calm in adversity can always figure a way out – and a superbly conditioned body is one of the things that leads to this state of mind in the “heat of battle” as it were.
And let’s not just limit ourselves to athletes.
Lets talk about the average Joe – you – the person reading this newsletter.
How many times have you woken up in the morning – to feel great – only to have that “dog” tired feeling return within a couple of hours – or even earlier for some folks?
Wouldn’t better conditioning and superior levels of stamina, for one, help you get through the work day – and beyond – better?
Think the benefits stop there? No they don’t – they extend all the way onto a better “romp in the hay” as it were, and while yes, this is certainly a PG related dispatch, the fact remains that superior conditioning helps you perform – and feel – better, way better in ALL areas of your life, bar none!
And even if it’s just looks you are interested in – – well, you’ll only really get that twelve pack if you’re superbly conditioned, my friend!
So while strength is definitely an important part of your workout routine, ANY workout routine that focuses solely on strength and NOT conditioning – or just “flexibility” and not conditioning – is seriously lacking – make no bones about that.
That’s one of the gripes I have with “yoga schmoga” – for instance – while you definitely build a lot of flexibility in yoga, there is zero to little conditioning going on – and contrary to what folks believe, yoga is NOT the best way to lose weight if you’re seriously obese – or even just somewhat overweight.
Why, you ask?
Well, good question – and I’ll have more on it in a future dispatch. For now, it’s adios – and if you work out today – make it a super one!
P.S. – As I have said before, one of the best things about the 0 Excuses Fitness System is the focus on “strength and conditioning – as well as super flexibility” – in an “all in one” routine. Dont believe me? Well, check out the testimonials page if you don’t – and then grab YOUR copy of the System right here – – https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/