Over the past couple evenings I’ve been re-watching some old Muhammad Ali fights, as well as footage of how he trained for his fights.
Ali ran with heavy combat boots to lighten his feet. Believe me, when you run in heavy boots, then put on a pair of boxing or wrestling shoes, you understand what it means to “float like a butterfly.”
Ali chopped down trees as well as the wood from those trees. He skipped rope, shadow-boxed and did bodyweight calisthenics. He did NOT lift weights.
Back in the day, this type of training was the standard for boxing.
Boxers entered the ring with athletic, functional physiques. They never overdid it on the muscle front because they knew they “gotta be able to move.” Not only that, they needed to be able to fight for long periods of time.
The same is true of gymnasts. Although they are muscular, even ripped, this comes as a result of using their own bodyweight. Moreover, gymnasts know when to call it quits on various exercises because, if they overdo it, they get too big and this “bigness” interferes with their ability to move with ease.
Bigger ain’t necessarily better.
A deer’s legs are not as thick as a powerlifters or bodybuilders, but who are you going to bet on in a jumping contest?
A deer jumps high because it is tendon dominant rather than muscle dominant.
Muscles wear out quickly. Muscles also lose size and strength quickly.
Tendons, on the other hand, are different.
Once you develop tendon strength, you have it for a long, long time. You can do things that people who train with weights cannot imagine.
Yes, you will gain muscular strength, but your primary concern is strengthening and conditioning the fascial network throughout the body. The fascia and tendons reign supreme. They are the keys to becoming superhuman.
Beware the counterfeit muscles. Focus on the tendons and fascia instead.
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