How hard you find things matters not. How hard it is for others matters even less. When was the last time you were motivated by someone, who had it easy in life?
All the great stories ever written, from old-fashioned love stories to sci-fi hero epics, need that one magic ingredient, always so easy to find. Suffering, hardship, injustice, incredible if not impossible odds to succeed, for any story to be great.
Yet here you are complaining things being unfair, how it is harder for you, easier for others. Compared to the great stories which inspire us, very few of use ever experience it hard to a degree that it would inspire a great story.
Let us assume for the sake of argument that the odds you face really are incredibly unfair and you are not being a drama queen. If you really have it that much harder than others, I absolutely want you to succeed more than anything. If it were a movie, though, you — the main character — would never know how many you inspired by your journey. All of us would recall how you faced your challenges, so we could better overcome ours. Your hardship would be our comfort, your failures would be our inspiration and your victories would bring us joy.
Now, let me ask you again. How hard do you really have it in life? How unfair are the odds? How impossible would your chances be if your life would be a movie? Why is it again that you believe things should be easier for you, and who would be inspired by your actions when facing hardship? Remember, it is the journey which matters. Start your journey today!
— Marck Goran Lorencin
All the reps • My Friends
There is hard to go wrong with opting for a bit of old school pump on the bench. Arguably I come from a different era as I was born during the golden era of bodybuilding. While squat and deadlift still count as more badass exercises in my book, there is always bench press to fall back too, win some comfort and get your daily pump award.
My friend Sina here is an expert in problem-solving through the mystic arts of old school pumping of any kind. I am half joking here, of course, leaving the exact truth unspoken and reminding everyone that having fun while working hard isn’t something to ignore. Let me end in the style of the legendary Chuck Norris line, how many reps did my friend bench? All the reps, all of them, my friends!
You may want to reconsider your dedication and hard work. You really should.
Here is an example you don't hear every day. When I came to the gym at 6:00 today, my friend Sašo had already burned 1.000 kcal on the airdyne, then went on to join me in whatever I had on my menu. He came at 5:00 and started pedalling by 5:10 to wait, to wait for my lazy ass coming at 6:00 in the morning.
Truth being told, this is far from normal. I am not saying this is necessary or the way to go. Yet like I said it does make one reconsider what dedication and hard work really means.
There are no weights involved here, only power you yourself generate. Basically, it is you against you. The stronger you pull on the way up, the stronger you get pulled down …and there the magic happens. Inertia of the rotating flywheel points to the opposite direction from the force you are generating when you change the direction of your movement. When you are using weights the force of gravity is a constant, here there are no weights yet the force with which you get pulled down can be greater than the force of gravity because of the acceleration you yourself generate while pulling upwards. That being said, it is entirely up to you how hard you want to make this …the idea though, at least how I see it, is to be a savage when you use this machine.
This is a unique machine — full disclosure — it was provided to me by Anže Skaza’s company free of charge. I am experimenting with it on my own and am not bound by any agreement how to present my findings and/or advice regarding its use. As far as I am concerned that is the only way anyone should test and review any equipment.
Obviously, an exxcentric kBox machine is not something the majority will ever have available. You can emulate what I am showing here with the use of bands. While not the same, it will have a similar flavour. You can try speed deadlifts at light weight, something in the range of maybe 20-30% of your max, combined with rubber bands attached on the sides of your bar, to generate additional downward pulling force on top and to also to pull you down faster. kBox allows me to start my pull quite low, meaning you would need to add quite a bit of deficit to your deadlift setup.
I did both variants just to compare and they both allow for speedy and explosive movement which is what every athlete needs in their training. Both variants allow for high speed of movement, weight version feels more natural and what we are used to feeling when lifting a certain weight, while kbox has an entirely unique dynamic defined by how strong you pull in the opposite direction of that spinning flywheel. Once you get going, there is a high eccentric force at the beginning of and the end of each pull. Instead of just trying to lift from the floor you need to additionally fight hard not to get slammed into the ground, while theoretically, you can rest on top of each banded deadlift there is absolutely no rest once you get going on kBox. It can be as brutal as you make it.
Marck Goran Lorencin
PS. One additional side-note regarding ROM (range of motion) for how I prefer to execute my deadlifts in general. As I do not train for a competition style of execution, where there are certain rules for what counts for a valid lift, I am not obliged to follow competition rules. I much prefer a slightly shortened range of motion, not fully extending my hips on top and thereby always maintaining high tension throughout my core as opposed to and loosening of core tension the majority seeks when reaching their fully extended hips. If you have your reasons for the need to fully open your hips that is fine as long as you actually know why this is good for you, or needed for that matter. I do not compete in any strength sport, I do, however aim for highest performance while at the same time managing risks involved with training at the highest levels of any kind.
Her abs really put all of ours to shame. It is hard to believe that she gave birth a little over a year ago.
Martina is an exceptional athlete, she has always been one and for the time being ultra distance is her focus. While she primarily trains outdoors she still does regular strength maintenance even during competitive season and finds it hard not to join my high intensity sessions when possible. Days ago it was 5 years since she became a part of Gym Justified.