9/26 – GreenStrengthIV Training Log

Monday 9/26

Session 1

KB Arm Bar w/ Bent Press
36 2×3/3 preses

TGU
53 3×1/1
62 2×1/1

KB Single Arm Swing
79 5×10/10 = 100 total (9min)

Single Arm KB Press Ladder
62 x5-4-3-2-1
62 x4-3-2-1
62 x3-2-1
70 x2 79×1
79 x1
*All sets unbroken
(35 total presses per arm)

CTB Tactical Pull Up
5x 3-3 = 30 total

Belted Sled Drag Forward & Backwards
110 x15min

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GreenStrength Food was definitely consumed before this second session.

Session 2

Belted Sled Drag Forward – 2x40yd & Backward x40yd
Single Leg Deadlift – 2×5/5

Belt Squat + Belt Squat Goodmorning
150 x8 squat x8 goodmorning
150 + 26 3×8/8

Sumo Deadlift (Wk 2 – Hard Day)
365 8×1 (60sec rest)

Then conventional pulls
365 3×5

Axle Bar Military Press (split stance)
60×8
110×8
120×8
125×8
130×8
135×8

T-Bar Neutral Grip Bent Row
25×15
50×15
75×15
100×15
125 2×15

Dips
45 4×10

Prone Incline KB Scap Shrug
62 4×12

Ring Supine Row
3×12

Axle Bar Curl
60 2×10

DB Side Raise
15 2×15

Band Pull Apart
Black Band 2×15

KB Swing
106 2×10
106 2×15

DBL KB Farmers Walk
88 4x40yds
*Little rest if any between superset and very small rest between each round

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I’m Hurt, Banged Up, Overused…On to the next phase.

Last weekend I competed in the TSC and the Texas Five Grappling Tournament. Over the last couple of months I have discovered many things in my body; mainly fascial problems that have lead to asymmetries, that lead to overuse, injuries, etc.. This is common in pretty much everyone we see as we always want to push ourselves rather than build ourselves. I am just as guilty of this and sometimes it takes a moment like this to readjust and proceed forward correctly. With that being said, I went into the TSC with a few goals, and met them with flying colors.

I started Saturday morning at the TSC, weighing in at 186 lbs.

Deadlift – Ultimately this was going to be the moment for my 600lb pull, however I had to be smart and stay within my current limits due to my recent physical condition. I pulled 535lbs very easily. Missed 560 on my 3rd attempt due to a few things but who cares? I stayed smart and didn’t fight, just sat it down – veteran move!

Pull Ups – This was much tougher than I had anticipated, based on the nature of the pull up training I was used to (usually KB weighted pull ups/not for max reps). The metabolic effects of a true dead hang max pull up set are tough. Remember this was no kips and crap like that. I pulled out 20 reps hitting my goal.

Snatch – Again, I had to be smart here with my injuries, especially due to the fact that directly after the competition it would be time to grapple. I allowed myself one set down of the bell towards the end and still snatched 109 reps in 5min.

While this wasn’t my original Elite Class – 600lb Pull and TSC World Champ, I was able to accomplish goals while keeping my ego in check!

FIVE Grappling Texas 2 | www.mikecalimbas.com/BJJ/FIVETEXAS2

Next we jumped in the car and drove 30+ minutes to the grappling tournament where I competed in 3 total matches. The first was a GI match where I lost by points: 5-3. I made the first move and then made the first mistake, and he was able to capitalize.

The second match was against some punk in No-Gi who had no business being out there. His hand fighting tactics were punches, literally. The match was stopped as he was warned to STOP HITTING ME. Once we restarted, I face planted him, took his back, gave him some Rader face choke moves and waited for the ref to see the tap :).

My third match was against a Lovato BJJ teammate of mine for 1st in our division. This match was my favorite part of the day because A- he is tough, B- I have a lot of respect for him, C- I was able to win with a kimura.

This physical challenge was a blast and I highly advise others to set an event, challenge, or goal, and make it a priority. I had goals, accomplished many, spent great time with friends, and deff uplifted my spirits during this weekend. Going after something creates character, strength, and brings fulfillment in life.

So now onto my next phase…. I am going to take the next 3 weeks to do only these things….

-Rocking, Crawling, Neck Nods, Soft Rolls, Myofascial Release Techniques

-Yoga 2 X Week (Wed night, and Sunday with Green Strength’s Budokon teacher)

-Viking Warrior Conditioning 2 X Week

-Simple and Sinister 3 X Week (just practice TGU and keep swings moderate in volume)

-Strength Session 3 X Week – only these movements

*Day 1 – 5 total rounds with 4-5 being top end sets

DBL KB Clean x (2, 3, 5)

DBL KB Press x (2, 3, 5)

DBL KB Front Squat x (2, 3, 5)

Weighted Chin Up x (2, 3, 5)

Pistol x (2, 3, 5)

*Day 2 – 5 Rounds with 4-5 being top sets

DBL KB Swing x5

DBL KB Clean x5

DBL KB Reverse Lunge x5/leg

Single Arm Snatch + Negative of Press on way down x5/side

Weighted Tactical Pull Up x5

*Day 3 – 5 Rounds with 4-5 being top sets

DBL KB Snatch + Negative of press on way down x3

Single KB Press x3/side

KB Renegade Row x3/rows arm

Rack Pulls (below knee) x3

Over Under Grip Pull Up x3/each side

Schedule 

Sun – Viking Conditioning, Yoga

Mon – Day 1 Strength

Tues – Simple and Sinister, Rocking, Crawling, Walking (These can be done everyday – however they are done for sure this day)

Wed – Day 2 Strength, Yoga

Thurs – Viking Conditioning, Simple and Sinister

Fri – Day 3 Strength

Sat – Simple and Sinister

Morning Coffee Post | FIGHTERS!

Just finished sipping on my cup of coffee and have to admit to the world I broke the rules and drank it black… Not adding butter will quickly lead to the world completely destroying your life through social media. So hack this concept – FIGHTERS training there asses off with high intense, high anaerobic, high aerobic, high volume, WORKOUTS in addition with their fight training. Sounds like a recipe for producing a tough, possibly lean and ripped, fighter who is performing at a non optimal level and frankly they have no clue. Thankfully my guys understand this and trust in the process that when they come into the gym for “S&C” its about 3 things

1- Always leaving feeling better than when you came in – maybe its just you feel looser, or a sense of endorphin rush. That is a hell of a lot better than feeling like your going to throw up and shaky as you walk.

2- Practice Makes Permanent | Perfect Practice Makes Perfect – Always strive to get better in your movement/exercise. The goal is to continue to practice with the mindset of increasing the quality of practice each time.

3- Move Your Body With ZEN – Even after heavy deadlifts and chin ups its always great for fighters to finish up with playful light movement. This is where rocking, crawling, hanging, tumbling, rolling, corrective exercises, or even laying in a still state and slowing down your breathe and mind come in handy. Now do them!

When fighter buy into this approach they really become vocal about just how good they feel, how they don’t suffer as much pain or chronic tightness, how they don’t feel lack of energy or rundown, and how they feel stronger all around in life.

Well, what about conditioning? Leave that for the fight training. Be specific to your event and specific in nature to the demands your body will face…AKA SPARRING. Besides, I believe in swinging kettlebells and carrying heavy ass weights as part of strength training. Needless to say this combination will have you in shape regardless.

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STOP OVERTRAINING NOW!

Active rest for the grip….

This is predominately for my grapplers but everyone can benefit from good grip training. Here is a simple #GreenStrength way of adding some active rest into a 20min kettlebell every minute on the minute workout (EMOM).

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Place two heavy kettlbells by your side and wrap towels around the handle of each bell. During the rest portion of your remanding minute hold the bells in a farmers walk fashion by the towels. You can add in small movement both forward, backwards, and lateral. After this workout you will feel you grip, forearms, biceps, lats, and you’ll be exhausted from using tons more motor units in the process.

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