Athletic Strength
Seek Strength and Receive More
by James Bullock

Seek Strength...Athletic Strength

Here is the bottom line… far too many people are doing body building programs and are as weak a new born baby fawn.

I am using the term body building loosely, because there is actual body building, and then there is what everyone thinks is body building. The latter is what I am referring to here.

I have seen it a hundred times over, the chronic scrawny guy mercilessly working his imaginary biceps into further nothingness. This type of pathetic soul will use the “newest” training techniques such as atomic drop-sets.

Sense my sarcasm? Good!

Years ago I was that guy. I trained arms for three hours three times a week. I thought I was seriously hardcore at the time. If I could meet my D-bag self from then, well, I would slap the hell out of him. Alas I did eventually learn through the epic process of trial and error.

I started researching the methods of the top athletic strength coaches and stopped doing arm days, calf days or body part specific days in general. My focus turned to developing athletic strength first and foremost in all forms.

My training was based on movement patterns, ranges of motion, and skill based lifts. My arms actually went from 16 inches to 19 and a half inches in less than two years, and it was a side effect due to heavy rowing and pull ups.

I lifted heavy and often. The only direct arm movements I did were heavy hammer curls and heavy tricep extensions… very rarely mind you and more for injury prevention than anything.

I pressed, pulled, rowed, dead lifted, did squats, did Olympic lifts, did strong man lifts and the list goes on. Everything heavy and often, which means low reps and a great deal of volume. I had always wanted to be big, but since what I had been doing for a while wasn’t working I only wanted to be extremely strong at everything.

Well a great side effect to all of the high volume and heavy lifting was an enormous gain in size. I was 197 pounds in 2004, 220 in 2007, and 350 at my heaviest and leanest.

Most people who do body building programs out of the magazines fail to realize that professional body building is a life style not a workout. Same with strong man, power lifting, Olympic lifting or any variation or hybrid form of them.

Likewise if you are going to do any program (and I mean ANY) you must treat it as a lifestyle, it makes no sense whatsoever to bust your ass in the gym day-in and day-out only to sabotage your progress with horrible nutrition choices or piss poor recovery protocols.

In my relentless quest for athletic strength I received all the size I wanted years ago. Through many great epic successes and failures I have come full circle, and now train others to reach their athletic strength and size goals as well.

Life is good…

Strength and Honor

James Bullock


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About the Author

James Bullock is the head coach for Irondom Performance Systems and Combative Sciences. He's written programs for athletes and non-athletes alike, including numerous world record holders in various sports. Combative Sciences was found in 1999 and is the culmination of decades of martial arts training. 

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