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The strongest people I know advise being strong from every direction, from every angle, and just strong all over.

If you skip rotational strength and just do linear exercises, you are missing out on a lot.

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Of course not! Just add this to it.

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The first time I heard tendon strength mentioned as a focal point of training was back in 2004 at a Russian Systema school here in my city. The instructor, Saulius “Sonny” Puzikas, had served in Special Operations (Spetsnaz) before the collapse of the Soviet Union.

He knew what mattered in the real world when. it came to training, and I took his advice.

Tendon strengthening is part of our training here at the Cave.

Since that time I learned many others  focus on tendon strength, especially those who do Strongman training. While other strength sports also realize the importance of it; I have learned the most from Strongmen.

The latest issue of Milo has an excellent article on this subject by Dr. William Crawford.

He stresses building a solid  foundation of full ROM movements, then adding heavy partial lifts and carries. We use these often in our training, in fact, I increased their use after having some tendon injuries. I have not had any other injuries since that time.

Tendons do  not heal as fast as muscles, it is wise to protect them.

Strong tendons won’t make you bullet-proof, but they will definitely help you train safer and get much stronger.


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Just a quick recap of my training/coaching experience between martial arts, military, and fitness adds up to around 40 years or so. That in itself is not a big deal, I just love what I do.

Over the years I have trained many different people from all walks of life, with all types of personalities.

Most have been great to work with, except for the “geniuses”.

Of course they are not the type of genius you might be thinking of,  no, these are the self-appointed geniuses

Here’s how you can spot them

  • they will come to your gym,. and look like they are really trying hard
  • they will ask  lots of questions
  • they will partially pay attention to what you teach, as long as it doesn’t disrupt their pre-conceived ideas
  • they will follow none of your advice that pertains to anything outside of the training session they are currently doing
  • this is especially true of your input about consistency in training, rest/recovery, sleep, eating clean, supplementation, and handling stress
  • they will usually ask the same questions you answered for them last time, and still not take your advice

They are so smart, in their own estimation, that your advice goes unheeded. Often times they will ask why they can’t make progress in certain areas, and I wonder why they bother sometimes.

Can a “genius” make progress?

Yes, if they wake up and start taking their coach’s advice seriously.

I am so glad I don’t have a gym full of geniuses!

I’ll close with this anonymous quote:

“If you’re the smartest person in the room; you’re in the wrong room”