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September 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey all you hard core followers!

I first want to say how much I appreciate you reading and staying up to date with my blog posts!

As long as I know I’m helping someone out there become a better athlete or overall person, I’m satisfied!

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Live Aggressive and Get Strong!

Travis

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Brazil – Game Time!

September 8, 2010 5 comments

Gametime!

Well, the game came and went in a flash!

This was one of the most interesting football games I have been able to partake in.

The level of athletes playing in this game was far beyond what I had expected.

Guys hit hard!

They were aggressive, fast, and quick.

For the game of Football still being young in Brazil, the level of play was very high!

Here’s a highlight of the game…  There’s no sound BUT it’s probably in all Portuguese so you wouldn’t understand anyway.. LOL!

You can see the last bit of my touchdown…

Let’s give you a breakdown of the game…

On our first drive, I caught a 65 yard bomb for the first TD of the game!  I thought it was going to be easy after that…

It was an ongoing battle the rest of the first half and we went into halftime with a 6-0 lead.

Our main focus was to shut down their running game and we did a heck of a job doing that!

In the second half, the game remained very close.

I started playing more defense at Free Safety and got in on quite a few tackles.

Damn I miss football!!!!

It all came down to the last quarter.

They ended up scoring on an intercepted pass and then on a run inside the 10 yard line.

We had to come back and came through with a drive late in the fourth to tie up the game.

They had a chance to win the game on a last second field goal and they missed just to the right!

We were on offense first and took the ball from the 25 yard line and scored in just a few plays.  We hit the extra point to go up 13-7.

Then, they came back and scored on a 3 and goal.

Both teams use up their time outs.

They were going to go for two to win the game.

We knew they had a strong running game so we were all keyed into an all out blitz.

I was going to gun in from the outside and try to stop anything and everything they brought.

Just when the ball was snapped, I rushed in full speed and as I did, the QB turned and threw the ball straight to the side line!!!

SH*T!!!!  I thought!

Game over….  They had a man line up a yard from the side line as if he wasn’t even in the game!

They broke the huddle with 10 guys and nobody even noticed the receiver standing inches away from the sideline….

This was an ILLEGAL PLAY!!!!

In order for it to be a LEGAL play, all 11 players MUST of broken the huddle.

Or at least after having played football now for over 19 years, that’s the way I understood the game….

After the play took place, there was absolute pandemonium on the field!

The players from Rio stormed the field!

Refs were being taunted, players were yelling at each other, and fans going ballistic!

It was crazy!

I couldn’t understand a thing anyone was saying since it was all in Portuguese!

Too bad we had to lose on an ILLEGAL PLAY!

I’ve never seen anything like it!

There was a ruckus that ensued for about 20 mins!

But it was to no use, the game was over!

In the end, I had a hell of a time and I really look forward to helping the players on my team become better athletes.

In the next few days, I will be taking some of the athletes from the Arsenal through some hardcore training workouts.

I will be showing them the basics of program design for improved athleticism, strength, power, and speed.

This is the part I’m truly looking forward to!

Stay tuned for some video footage real soon!

LIVE AGGRESSIVE and GET STRONG!

Travis

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Brazil – Day 1

September 5, 2010 5 comments

Wow,

What a start to an amazing trip!

As soon as I stepped foot off of the plane, Coach Orlando, the man responsible for creating and bringing this football league to Brazil and keep it GROWING  was there to pick me up and we headed straight to practice where the team was just finishing up.

Instead on being done when I got there, they were super excited and wanted to see what I had, so I ended up suiting up and running plays for about 2 hours!

It was nuts!  I even got interviewed by their local news!   I may be able to get my hands on that later!

But, I felt great!  I feel like I’m in top condition, fast, quick, and very light on my feet.

I feel better than I did in college ball.

I’m actually going to be suiting up Tuesday night to play in the game and let me tell you, I’ve never been more excited to play ball than I am now!

I never thought I would put pads on again!

I thought I was done!

This isn’t the NFL by any means but every single one of these guys on the team want to play and play their hearts out.

American Football is still a brand new sport in Brazil.  There’s very little knowledge about basic technique and drills for football.  That’s what I’m helping them out with here.

As for the strength and conditioning side of things, there’s a way to go on that as well.

In the next few days I’ll be taking these guys through basic dynamic war up drill,  and recovery methods as well.

I’m here because I CARE and I want to help make a difference in this league!

5 years ago, there wasn’t A football present in this city.

People had no idea what football was.

Over the last few years, teams have been growing and the skill levels and knowledge has become great as well.

There are now 14 teams across Brazil.  2 Conferences and 2 divisions in each conference.

Here’s the game I will be playing in on Tuesday ===>  www.lbfa.com.br

I can’t wait to unleash my knowledge to help benefit these guys over here!

They are so eager to learn which makes it even better!

I like to talk about commitment and dedication a lot, and I tell you what, these guys are 110% into it and to be brutally honest with you, they have more passion and drive that some young athletic teams do in America!

What an opportunity these guys have!

What an amazing opportunity I have!  To suit up again and throw on the pads again!  I wouldn’t give this up for the world!

I can’t wait to get the ball in my hands again and see what I can get done!

I feel stronger, faster, and quicker than I ever did in college!

I can blame that all on the intense training I’ve been committing myself to over the last few years.

In the next few days, we will continue to prepare more for our upcoming game on Tuesday!

Stay tuned for more coverage and film!

Enjoy this video now!

Travis

Live Aggressive and Get Strong


PS –  Hopefully I get some good coverage of the game on here in a few days as well!

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16 Minute Workout For STRENGTH and Muscle

September 2, 2010 Leave a comment

I can’t believe how many people use the excuse, “I don’t have time to workout!’

I got a heck of a workout in today in 16 mins!

I knew I was crunched for time as I have a TON of things to do before I roll out of the country tomorrow for Brazil!!!

I didn’t use my lack of time as an excuse to skip my workout!

If I only had 5 mins I would’ve figured up somehting EFFECTIVE to do with my time for a training session.

It can be done!   NO EXCUSES!

In an instance like this, sometimes you have to “free-flow” your workouts and get in what you can.

It’s a controlled mess as I like to say.

BUT, There’s still a “method behind the madness”.

Work of important lifts and leave the useless crap alone.

Here’s what I did in 16 mins….

1A) Bench Press 225 x 3 mins – get as many reps as possible in 3 mins

2A) TRX Atomic Push Ups x 20

2B) Overhead Squats x 20

3A) Pull Ups x 3 mins – get as many pull ups in 3 mins as possible

4A) TRX Atomic Push Ups 2 x 20

4B) TRX Knee Tucks  2 x 20

5A) Overhead Squats 2 x 20

6A) Recline Rope Row x max set

After my workout I had about 5 more mins to spare so I got some SUPER stretching in.

My hammies and hip flexors get tight as hell!

Make sure you’re stretching kids!

So, I’m super busy getting ready for the Brazil trip!

TONS of awesome training footage coming real soon!

I will have some special workouts for you as well and ALSO a HUGE announcement to make when I get back!

I’ll be posting in Brazil so no worries!

Live AGGRESSIVE and GET STRONG!

Travis

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Brutal Combo Training For Extreme Strength, Muscle, and Power Gains!

August 28, 2010 4 comments

You know, there are countless amounts of tools to use for BUILDING  STRENGTH, MUSCLE, and ATHLETICISM out there.

What to use, what to use….

Hmmmmm….  Perhaps…

Kettlebells

Ropes

Chains

Bands

Dumbbells

Barbells

Sandbags

Rocks

Kegs

People….

What happens when you want to use two at the same time???

Brutal Combo Training is what happens!!!!

I love messing around and one day, with all this messing around I was doing I discovered a really cool and innovative way to combine two different types of training tools into one.

Most people think if you’re training with kettlebells, you have to just stick with kettlebells for that particular exercise.

Why not mix it up a bit???

Well, I’m ALL about breaking the rules so I started to combine tools together to create some really awesome effects!

I have seen my strength, power, and conditioning go up for sure from doing these crazy combo exercises.

Power Combos are pure BRUTALITY!

A lot of them load you up in a different way that really forces your body to work harder to adapt.

With many of these combo movements, the core idea is to create an imbalance in the body to force it to work harder.

The other great thing about these Brutal Combo Training moves is that they are limited to only your imagination!

I say throw out the training books and journals every once in a while and get FREAKIN’ real!

Do some experiments to see what will really make you stronger and get you to be a better overall athlete!

Some of these exercise combos you may have already seen, but some of them you may of never even thought of!

These are JUST a handful of the Brutal Combos I came up with in my “harcore test kitchen”, The Forged Athlete Gym

Check out Part 1…

These are highly unconventional and TOUGH, but DON’T be afraid 😉

Get after it!

Live LIFE AGGRESSIVE and GET STRONG!

Travis


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Building Upper Body Strength and Muscle w/ Bands and Ropes

August 26, 2010 1 comment

Two simple tools you can add to your arsenal to make some of your lifts not only stronger but more challenging are ropes and bands.

I’m all for unconventional training that really pushes you beyond your means.

You should be well aware of this by now!  😉

Today’s training day was NO different.

I added in bands to assist in my bench press and I added ropes for my rows.

For the bench, I did reverse band bench presses.

What reverse band bench presses do  is help you increase the amount of weight you work with on the bar.

At the top of the lift the weight is at its actual weight – HEAVY.

When you hit your chest, the weight is significantly less due to the tension in the band pulling up on the weight.

This is great for working on explosive strength as you must accelerate through the entire lift.

The weight gets heavier and heavier near the top as the band losses tension.

So if you slow down, you’re in trouble!

Reverse Band Bench Pressing  is a great way to add tons of weight to the bar.

After a few mini cycles of doing this from week to week, you will see an increase in your overall bench max for sure!

I usually rotate it in and out on a weekly basis.

Now, to superset with that, I got the homemade sled out and did some bent over hand over hand rope rows.

These kick ass and will kick your ass at the same time!

Hand over hand rope rows are very challenging!

It’s easy – grab the rope and pull until you get the sled to your feet.

The rope length I’m using is about 40-50 ft.  It’s a good enough distance to where it really pushes you, especially when you have enough weight on the sled.

I’ve been asked about where I get my bands and ropes from…

For my ropes, I would contact a local boat store – I paid $1 per foot!!!  This is INSANE pricing!  Most places you’re looking at about $2-2.50 per foot!

Check it out!

For the bands, I go through Performax Bands – Dave “The Band Man” Schmitz created these and he’s a real innovator when it comes to bands training.

Check out his site here for bands and packages for training ===>  Performax bands 4 You

You see, it’s these types of unconventional means that can make a HUGE difference on your results.

You can stick to doing your regular bench presses and bent over rows but whats the fun and challenge in that?

Throwing these types of modalities into your progress (THE RIGHT WAY) can make a big impact on your progress!

I’ve steadily seen my bench increase over the months with implementing the reverse band bench press into my training every few workouts as well as seen my pulling strength increase from adding in the rope rows.

Two very good tools to use – Bands and ropes!

Here’s my Training Day:

1A) Plyo Push Ups 5 x 8 – Multiple variations

2A) Reverse Band Bench Press 5 x 3

2B) HOH Rope Rows 5 x 1

3A) Prowler Sprint 2 – 30 yard sprints x 4 rounds

3B) Full Overhead KB Swing 4 x 4 rounds

3C) Ring Pull Ups 8 x 4 rounds

Another great day of training in the books!

I’m feeling STRONG!

Live Life Aggressive and Get Strong!

Travis


PS – My Brazil Trip is right around the corner!

I’m getting pumped!

Stay tuned and BE READY for awesome training footage to come!

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Get That Swagger Back!

August 24, 2010 1 comment

You ever have those days where you feel weak?

After a workout you feel like a failure?

You couldn’t hit your max, the weight was light, and you feel like you just didn’t get very much out of the workout…

I have those days ever once in a great while.

For the most part, I know everyone does!

I’m sure you do to0.

I bet you can visualize right now a particular workout that left you feeling this way.

There’s nothing wrong with that because it happens!

But you know what, the next workout after that, you’ve got to GET THAT SWAGGER BACK!

You see, I like to preach that training is like a battle.

Everytime you must be prepared and ready for ALL OUT WAR!

It’s you against the iron…

Two people enter…  One person leaves….

Who will it be???

Sometimes like I said above, we get beat.

We get DESTROYED….

Sometimes we lose battles….

But what makes us a true winner, is getting back up, and winning the WAR!

You know those workouts where you just have to dig down deep and find something you never knew you even had???

It’s the training sessions I’m talking about where you thought you couldn’t even go one bit more but you did!

It’s these sessions where you discover a whole new part of YOU.

A stronger You!

A better You!

You GET THAT SWAGGER BACK!

These “swagger workouts” are the ones that keep you coming back for more.

They push you!

They change you!!!!

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to get up to my level and take your training a little more seriously.

If you don’t understand me still, maybe this is the wrong blog for you!

I want people that understand where I’m coming from.

I want people that have a serious attitude towards training.

I want you to be the BEST athlete you can be!  NO Questions Asked!

To do so, you’ve got to find your SWAGGER!

Dig deep and see what you’re made of!

Today’s Training forced me to find that SWAGGER once again….

Check it…

1A) Seated Box Jumps out of foam 5 x 4

2A) Front Squats 5 x 5

3A) Sandbag Clean and Press ( I had to DIG deep for this!)  4 x 5

3B) Hanging Leg Raises from Rings 4 x 10-12

4A) Back Extensions 3 x 12

Get that Swagger kids!

Live Life Aggressive and Get Strong!

Travis


PS – Feel free to share some of your workouts where you were forced to DIG a little deeper than you thought you could go…

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