I asked a few of my fitness friends to contribute guest posts this week. Today’s post is from Ryan Magin. Ryan is a muscle building and strongman training expert from Florida.
Strongman training is an awesome way to train for gaining muscle in the fastest time possible. It combines strength, endurance, and explosiveness all in one complete package.
One of the major benefits of strongman training is the equipment is very easily attainable, and can be had for FREE or at bare minimal cost.
I discovered this style of training after attending a seminar with NAS Strongman champ Tom Mitchell. He put me through a workout that taxed my body and made me sore in places I had never felt before. It was at that point I knew this type of training has a place in my quest for gaining muscle.
Here’s a few reasons you should try it…
- Equipment is FREE to obtain or bare minimum cost
- Unlimited variations of exercises
- It trains your body to function in a unstable environment
- Gives you a huge mental edge over your other competitors (if you’re an athlete)
- Develop usable strength not just pretty muscle
Here are some of my favorite strongman exercises to get you started:
#1 Tire flips–
Tires can be had for free by calling up your local tire yard and asking for them. They are a great full body exercise that works the posterior chain to the fullest as well as developing extreme mental confidence.
#2 Farmers Walk–
Is another great full body exercise that will pack on massive amounts of size to your legs arms and upper back. Farmers walks can be obtained by using 2 heavy dumbbells and carrying them for long distances.,. or you can purchase specific handles online for very cheap.
#3 Sandbag Loading–
This exercise is awesome for developing explosive power and is great for athletes, all you do is fill a bag with sand and lift it to a high platform. I recommend using a heavy duty military duffel bag that can be purchased for less than 20 bucks.
As you can see these pieces of equipment can be had for very little cost and have a huge carryover in packing on muscle size and strength you just can’t achieve by staying inside your local gym.