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Non-gym training with Adex mace http://cavestrong.net from Frank DiMeo on Vimeo.

One of the statements that caught my attention when I first found CrossFit in 2004 was that nature punishes the specialist.

Over the years I have learned from numerous coaches and athletes who are very accomplished in their respective sports, whether it is Powerlifting, Strongman, Underground,  Olympic Weightlifting, CrossFit and more.

In the overall scheme of things we need to make a distinction between training just for general fitness and training for a competitive sport.

Being able to lift, run, swim, climb, jump, carry, fight, etc. are all part of a generalized approach to fitness.

This approach can be extremely useful in daily life, especially as the world gets crazier, it seems, every day. You never know what you might encounter, and this is a way to be better prepared.

However, if you a competitor, it is vital to be a specialist in your sport. The things that are great for generalized fitness will not be helpful, for example, in getting a big total in Powerlifting.

It is important to know why you are training and what your goals are before you begin your training journey.

If you are already training, and decide to change from generalized fitness to a competitive lifting sport, you will need to dial in your training to fit that new goal.

Make smart choices and follow through on them.

 

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Twice a year, the number of people running seems to go up, especially for overweight people.

I was an avid runner myself for a number of years, but after a partially torn Achilles tendon, I looked for others ways to do my6 endurance work. I don’t do any long runs any more, and with the exception of short shuttle runs, I don’t do any.

I am not against running when it is done with correct technique by those who are already in reasonably good  shape already. The thing I see that is so bad for people is very out of shape, overweight folks running. It almost makes me wince just to watch them. I know they are really pounding their knee joints, at least, and possibly setting themselves up for a heart attack or stroke.

They would be better off with a quick-paced “power walk”, kettlebell swings, Battling Ropes or with sled pulling. I am a big believer in these alternatives to running.

I would like to concentrate on sled pulling right now, since it’s health benefits are not as well-known. I will cover sled exercises in several posts in the near future, but first, let’s look at how you can make a sled aka tire pull for next to nothing.

Watch this and learn how to make this simple but effective piece of traini9ng equipment