the joy of strength training


November 22nd, 2007 at 12:47 am

How to be hard as nails

Ten ways to be the toughest girl or guy in town:

gubernatrix looking grim in the grim challenge!1. Train outdoors in all weathers. Rain, wind, snow, hail. Train when other people just stay in bed.

2. Add a ‘finisher’ to your workouts. Train your socks off, until you are lying on the floor, literally unable to do anything more. Then do another exercise.

3. Train till you throw up. If you haven’t puked, you’re not working hard enough. Hill sprints are one easy way to make you feel truly nauseous.

4. Take part in a challenging event, the tougher, colder, muddier, the better. Try Tough Guy, Grim Challenge or similar.

5. Get yourself a beast skill like muscle-ups, L-sits, one-arm press-ups. Basically a bodyweight strength exercise that makes people go ‘wow!’

6. Go swimming in the sea in December. Without a wetsuit.

7. Learn a fighting art.

8. Train in the most basic accommodation possible. Like an unheated shed or a deserted wasteland. Not health clubs that give you a free towel.

9. Are your friends scared of training with you? Why the hell not?!

10. Ignore pain. Pain is just weakness leaving the body!

So, how tough are you? 😉

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  • 1

    I misread the title as “How to be hard as snails”. That was confusing.

    Lala on November 22nd, 2007
  • 2

    Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it…

    gubernatrix on November 22nd, 2007
  • 3

    Does a homemade obstacle course built in the
    backyard count? lol
    It’s getting pretty damn cold over
    here and I’ve been out working it lately.

    MonkeyMan on November 23rd, 2007
  • 4

    Homemade obstacle course? Cool! What’s it consist of?

    gubernatrix on November 23rd, 2007
  • 5

    Train HARD, play HARD, fight HARDER.

    Don’t act tough, unless someone disrespects you then unleash HELL!

    Nice one Gubes.

    In Training


    Vanders' on November 23rd, 2007
  • 6

    Well put as ever, Vanders!

    gubernatrix on November 23rd, 2007
  • 7

    I have a ladder at the start, some cones set up to run around, a climbing rope tied to a tree, an old
    swing set that now gets used as a pullup/dip
    station, tires set up to run thru, a makeshift
    climbing wall, a small sand pit with logs waiting
    to be carried and/or thrown.
    I do a few log thorws, carry one of them around
    the house while running and then do the whole
    circuit again in reverse. Starting with the
    carry, stopping to do some throws and so on.
    It’s not perfect, but it’s a good workout.
    Sorry for the long post! lol

    MonkeyMan on November 25th, 2007
  • 8

    Wow, that sounds brilliant! What made you get into training that way? It’s somewhat unusual.

    gubernatrix on November 25th, 2007
  • 9

    Mostly harkening back to my days in the service.
    I think that’s where the inspiration for the
    O course came from.

    That and the fact that I am a big fan of variety
    in training. I need something to keep me from
    getting bored quickly.

    MonkeyMan on December 4th, 2007
  • 10

    I’m the same. Sometimes I worry that I am changing things up too much. On the other hand, I am just training to be fit and strong generally, not for any specific sport or exercise. So in a way it doesn’t matter what I do so long as it’s a decent exercise and I work hard!

    gubernatrix on December 4th, 2007
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  • 12

    I thought the headline said how to be hard ass nails, and I thought to myself, “what the heck are ass nails?”

    bill obobe on February 1st, 2009
  • 13

    Excellent! I wish more people had this attitude. I think it’s kind of the dirty secret of the strength conditioning world that most of this stuff really isn’t that complicated.

    Dont’ get me wrong, I can ramble at great length about energy systems, proper loading parameters, macro and micro cycles etc…

    It doesn’t change the basic fact that it really isn’t that complicated to load up a barbell and lift it. It doesn’t take much – besides a little discipline and motivation.

    Chris - on February 11th, 2009
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    Harry Day on February 11th, 2015


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