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You see it every day, people getting all rude and crazy-acting over things they can’t control, the person driving too slow in front of them. No matter how close they tailgate the other driver, he is not going to go any faster.

So what’s that got to do with training?

Only everything! Somethings cannot be rushed no matter how much a person thinks they should.

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It takes time to get really strong, no one will get as strong as Bud Jeffries, for example, in only a few weeks or months. He has trained hard for many years.


One question I get pretty regularly from new guys is how many days a week he should train. For our training system, I recommend three days a week for most people.

They want to add training days because they want to go faster. They don’t want to wait for their bodies to do what they do during the process. It takes time and hard work, which both go against the “popular” culture’s impatient world view.

You can want a strong body all you want, you can think you are entitled to it; but you aren’t. If you don’t patiently do the hard work over the course of months and years you will never get it.

You have to eat clean, get plenty of quality sleep, hydrate properly, and handle the stresses of life well on top of all the hard training it takes to get really strong.

You can’t download a strong body, you have to earn it.


Each week I get an assignment from my Mace Coach, Rik Brown, this was part of my “homework”. I did 6 rounds, these were the last two.

That would depend on if you had access to weights or not.

If you do have weights, stick with the barbell.

You can load a barbell heavier than dumbbells, kettlebells, etc.

My choices would be

(Kendrick Ferris, Jr.)

  • squats
  • deadlifts
  • bench press
  • press
  • cleans

If barbells are not available, use odd objects, for the basic lifts mentioned above.

Odd object lifts  are way harder than an equivalent amount on a barbell lift.

(Martin Jancsics )

Modify the movements to fit the type of object you are lifting.

The most basic of all exercises are done with your own bodyweight.

  • squats
  • push ups
  • pull ups/chin ups
  • lunges
  • dips
  • planks

(Will Deleon)

There are many ways that your life can depend on how fit and strong you are, whether it is an emergency situation, a physical confrontation, or just daily living. Sports and competitions are important, but not as important as the quality of your life overall. You have to be able to move your own body or external objects as the situation requires it day by day.

You don’t need a bunch of different exercises, but whatever you choose, always give 100% effort and focus to it.

Be consistent and watch what happens!

Note: All testing is individualized working from each athlete’s training journal, in particular their last test scores**. If they have  hit the target number of reps on the last ten minute test, they progress to a 3RM test this time. when 3RM approach or exceed previous 1RM, then a new 1RM test is given.

general warm up (10 minutes)

Adex club front cleans x 30 reps

walking lunges x 100 feet

side shuffles x 200 feet

resistance band suitcase deadlifts x 20 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

deadlifts set up and light reps

test #4


No conditioning/accessory work this week


uchYou train hard, eat clean, get enough sleep so you should be doing great, right?

Not always! Let’s look a little closer at why performance is not improving.

  • Myth #1–I can take several  weeks off and come back as strong as before. Usually upon returning to the gym I hear people say things  like, “I can’t believe how much strength I lost.” No kidding, what did you expect? You might train hard while you are there, you’re just not there enough.


  • Myth #2-I can do other types of training on what should be my rest days and still excel in my lifting. Rest days are there for a reason, and it is not to play other intense sports between your lifting sessions. Some light active recovery is fine, but if you over do it, you will pay the price in decreased performance in your lifting.

Without consistent training and sufficient rest you will never be as good as you could have been.


general warm up (10 minutes)

clock push ups x twice around the clock

Adex mace BTN stretch x 60 seconds each side

sandbag BTN walking lunges x 100 feet

tuck jumps x 10 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

back squats set up and light reps

strength (20 minutes)

back squats x 8/8/8 reps

conditioning/accessory work (2 rounds)

resistance band hamstring curls x 20 reps

dumbbell step ups x 20 reps