Quick reminder : although I studied Judo for several years whilst in High School, the majority of my training more recently has looked much more like that of a Strongman than that of a Combat Athlete.
This week we're looking at the differences between these two approaches, and the type of training that's required in order to be successful in the ring.
If you're involved in any form of combat, you'll be well aware that your training differs somewhat from bodybuilders, casual gymgoers and the vast majority of other athletes.
This week we're going to discuss what these differences are, and - if you're a combat athlete - how to train in a way that's going to help you win fights; not simply look as though you should. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other thanGrapplefit's Barry Gibson.
Shoulders seen better days? Grab The Rotater. Beautiful thing.
Scott Andrew Bird is a writer, photographer and a guy who just loves this stuff. He's been at home in front of a computer for more years than he cares to remember (OK, 30) and is now making amends for years of many mistakes noted in the De-constructing computer guy articles (part 2) on T-Nation.
Stalkers may wish to track his every move via Twitter or Google+; everyone else is cordially invited to hop over to his online home. Enjoy.
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If you ever wake up with that 'just run over by a truck' feeling, you need a copy of Tim Hull's Functional Correction Manual. Not only will it help you to locate and repair the problem, it'll help prevent it happening in the future.
When it comes to body transformation - whether that's an increase in strength, packing on a bit of muscle or losing a bit of excess fat - this is the perfect place to start. Dr Berardi's Precision Nutrition.
If you've ever watched a Bruce Lee film and marveled at his strength, speed, agility, endurance, flexibility or muscularity, this book should take pride of place in your collection. Unlike many other writings covering everything from Lee's training methods to nutrition, this book is based not on the recollections of people around him; but on Lee's own notes. Brilliant.
For a full list of what we're reading and watching at the moment, just head over to the Recommended Books & DVDs page. See you there.