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Faced with a growing body of evidence, TORNY JENSEN takes her Caveman Circuit Training one step at a time

Extreme Training

Extreme Training

“You must crawl. If you stand up, the bungee will fling you back against the wall. It will hurt.” The warning rings in my ears as the bungee is tied around my waist and I begin a constrained “bear walk” on all fours across the gym floor.

The bungee is designed to provide resistance as I move forward.

I’m sweating and shaking and I’m not sure if that’s because of the workout, or the fear I’ll be tossed to the other side of the room.

I’ve signed up for Caveman Circuit Training.

Personal trainer and gym owner Anna Junghans tells me Caveman Circuit Training is one of the latest trends for those who like to get hot and sweaty. “Over the years everyone has been led into this old-fashioned belief that slugging it out in the gym for two hours every day is the only way to get results, but people are finally waking up and saying, ‘Hey, how come after doing that for six months, I’m not seeing any difference?’ ,” she says. “That’s why something like Caveman Circuit Training is so popular, because it’s so effective.”

The circuit workout is similar to a boot camp – the previous incarnation of the extreme workout. In the boot camps I’ve done, the emphasis has been more on cardio, while caveman aims to improve strength, dexterity and fitness through seemingly old-fashioned workouts.

In my 45 or so minutes of “introductory” caveman training I use a sledgehammer, push tyres, lift kettle bells, do burpees and swing ropes.

At the end, I’m buggered and sore.

“That’s the thing about this sort of training, people come here and think they’re fit because they can run – but this really shows how fit you are,” Junghans says.

Junghans says the very fit often wear gas masks during microfitness short, intense workouts – to mimic high-altitude training: “It’s for people who really want to take their fitness to the edge.”

Richie Cranny from Sydney’s Platinum Extreme is another advocate of full-on fitness.

The mixed martial arts expert says more people are using combat techniques to reach their fitness goals. “The training is so diverse – you’ve got all the best elements of 78 martial arts into one. Mixed martial arts used to be for people who wanted to compete, but now the training side of it has really been recognised as a huge plus for anyone looking for new ways to train,” he says.

Cranny, who trains The Biggest Loser trainer Shannon Ponting, says fear of the unknown is the biggest factor stopping people getting involved in extreme training sessions. “When they first hear about it, and even if they really want to do it, people can be too scared to take that first class,” he says.

But Melody Carstairs from Extreme Body Gym in Melbourne says while fear may initially stop people, the ego eventually drives them into the gym.

“The majority of my clients, I would say, come here because they want that picture-perfect body. They want everything hard, and they want it overnight,” Carstairs says.

“A lot of people also initially have lazy attitude, not realising how crucial weight training and diet are. I change all that for them.”

.The professional bodybuilder and body sculptor also contends people don’t have to spend hours in the gym to achieve amazing results.

She lives by an 80-20 rule – put in the hard yards 80 per cent of the time, and give yourself a break in the remaining 20 per cent.

But she says people will not get the look they want unless they consistently work hard.

“I think the key to a sculpted look is getting a trainer who walks the walk,” she says. “You don’t want someone with perfect genetics. You want someone who’s sweated it out and knows what you’re going through.”

Written by Torny Jensen from mX Newspaper

What is a Quitter?

Definition of a Quitter

As a health & fitness business and Caveman Training Trainers we do not like people quitting on us! Now, this might seem a bit hard and unfair, but let’s take a closer look at the definition of a Quitter;

A Quitter is someone who still has sufficient energy left to complete an exercise but CHOOSES not to complete it, because it’s too hard or gets them out of their comfort zone. A Quitter is someone who quits because they can’t physically perform the exercise at that moment, doesn’t take the time to recover, get back on their feet and give it another go!

What Is It Not!
A Quitter is not someone who stops and really can’t do anymore because they are injured or thinks they might get injured if they continue.

We are all about promoting a No Quitting attitude, as long as it’s within the safety zone and doesn’t put the client in any danger of getting injured.

If you’re into hardcore training then have a look at: www.gasmasktraining.com.au www.microfitness.com.au or www.cavemantraining.com.au

The Rise of Serious Fitness

These days just about anyone calls themselves a personal trainer, and to tell you the truth, with the low standards of certifications you can’t really blame the trainers. It looks like the industry is diluting its focus on requiring certificates/accreditations for just about everything that’s done these days, making more money on many things; Boot Camps, Boxing etc. etc. If the focus would be more on creating a good Trainer from the get go, a Trainer that knows how to correct form and technique, how to speak to their clients, a Trainer that’s able to get into the mind of the client and being able to lead groups. A good Trainer like that will also be good at Boot Camps, Boxing, Group Training, Personal Training etc.

I’d say 80% if not more of today’s trainers are nothing more than an excuse for a client to show up, talk to and move the chit chat muscles without breaking a sweat. Trainers are too scared to push their clients a little harder.

Before I go any further, a little about myself; I class myself as an entrepreneur/analyst and although I passed the Caveman Training Certification I’m not a Personal Trainer myself, and I don’t class myself as one, I do however run a successful health and fitness business for over 5 years, and see trainers and clients from a bird’s eye view, and the above is my opinion based on what I see when watching videos, assessing competitors, watching other trainers in the park, watching trainers in the gym when I work out non-stop.

For years as a business we’ve been choosing quality over money and training our clients harder than the average trainer would, we’ve chosen to refund people their money if they are not the right fit for the training group, we push people till they puke.

This year we’ve made the decision to go one step further and create the toughest training centre in Brisbane called The TOUGHSPOT, this gym will provide some of the hardest hardcore training methods you can find, and they will make you scream, grunt, sweat and puke! Although we will have some of the traditional equipment, the majority will be non traditional like; sledge hammers, tyres, slosh pipes, kegs, pull up rings, gas masks (ooh yes, just wait and see what we can do with that), ropes etc. etc.

I believe you can only create athletes if you push people further than they THINK they can go, keep them working non-stop and keep their bodies guessing as to what comes next or for how long! This is The Rise of Serious Training. Happy Training – Get Smashed!

PS. We’re looking for some more like minded trainers, they are hard to find!

MMA, Martial Arts Brisbane

I’ve got a database with approx 200 martial arts business in Brisbane and the rest of Australia, I figured I’d make a nice Martial Arts directory out of it and publish it on the Internet soon.

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