Train till you puke…
…if you are serious about your training
Over the years, various exercise programs and diet regimens were developed and marketed to the public promising easy results. Just look at how many television ads promise tight abs, buns, and thighs in just a matter of days even by just sitting down. Even more dangerous are the pills being marketed as fat burners that will instantly make the average Joe or Jane super slim and sexy without any effort. On the other hand, there are also ads for clever exercise machines that actually focus only on a specific muscle group. Some of these are even modified such that they can accommodate other exercises that the machine was never actually intended for. As a result, a lot of people end up frustrated and fell short of achieving anything with their bodies because there was really no motivation to get fit.
Enter the Caveman training. Caveman training goes against the “modern” approach to fitness. It does not focus on exercising muscle groups one at a time. It exercises the whole body. It is not apologetic. It drives its students to the best that their genetics will afford them even if they have to scream, puke, or faint. It dares its students to do the work that their bodies were designed to do. In other words, the Caveman training will not accept defeat. There can only be commitment. It will not accept anything else but the will to strive to be the very best.
Caveman training is called as such because its philosophy is to get back to basics. In the old days when a lot of the comforts that technology affords us now were still inconceivable, people actually did physical work. Back then, people had to run, climb, and hunt to survive. People had to wake up early in the morning to plow the field, push and carry rocks and lumber, row boats, or climb mountains. Those were the days when people do all that work because they needed to in order to survive. It attempts to do just that. Caveman training will require students to do a series of exercise routines. Most of these only require the students’ body weight but they were carefully planned and selected such that they will challenge the multiple joints and muscles similar to what cavemen had to do. It combines strength training with cardio workout and everything else in between. Whether it is carrying sandbags, rolling large tires, or pulling oneself up with a rope, all the exercise routines will surely push even a seasoned athlete to his limit. The key is to make the body move and exert the way it was supposed to.
The exercises included in Caveman training involve the coordination of large muscles groups across multiple joints. This is contrasting the usual exercises done in the traditional gym where machines just target a specific muscle or movement. In real life, people do not just flex their arms to carry weight. It involves the synergy of the arm, shoulder, core, and leg muscles to effectively carry that weight. Therefore, to be effective, exercises should be able to train all the muscles required to do an activity. Studies suggest that muscle memory plays a major role in increasing strength. According to these studies, increases in strength occur even before there is muscle hypertrophy. To illustrate, a person who exercises his biceps solely using weights or machines without actually doing specific movements involving the use of the other muscles groups such as the shoulders, core, and legs might actually be less strong than a person who is trained to effectively use related muscle groups during exertion.
Caveman training can be done by any person at any age. It appears as a strict and daunting exercise program, and it is. It will not cuddle its students. It will drill them until they break. But in the end, the students of the caveman training will surpass everything they thought they can be.