(This article originally appeared on Original Strength)
By now it’s no surprise that Original Strength is the perfect answer to dissolving your aches, discomforts, tightness, and movement issues. But did you also know that it’s your sword and shield for use in epically crushing weakness?
Yeah, not just getting stronger, but straight up punching weakness right in its stupid face.
There are two. And really, they’re not secrets. Just practices that you may not know about yet. Sorry if you were expecting some dark arts sort of stuff.
1) Utilizing resets between sets of any given exercise
2) Experimenting to find the right reset for the right exercise for YOU
The first is important because many relegate the resets to a warm-up or cool-down only and miss out on the benefits of doing them WITHIN their training, which can help you and your body figure out how the resets connect to various strength and athletic movements. Call that reset inception if you will, but it works like crazy.
The second is important because one size NEVER fits all if it’s something worth wearing. Don’t fall into that trap. In fact, you might find that what would seem to be the most obvious reset might not be the one that helps you the most.
Using the principles of Original Strength (crossing the midline and stimulating the vestibular system specifically) in tandem with the training principles found in StrongFirst leads to awesomely quick gains in strength and improvement in technique, regardless of the movement.
I recently spent the last few months training hard for my SFG II certification in Italy, and for those who know anything about it, they know that one of the biggest hurdles that candidates face – in addition to the various technique tests and that one must pass – is the half-bodyweight one-arm military press.
The approach many people take to it is to press and press and press some more – a good approach to improve pressing power, but one that overlooks the fact that in order to pass the cert, you must still pass your level one skills and the other level two skills, 9 of which are overhead (single snatch, double snatch, the snatch test, double military press, Turkish Get Up, windmill, bent press, push press, clean and jerk). That’s a lot of overhead work and it can lead to plenty of issues *IF* you’re adding more and more work on less and less of a rock-solid foundation. As Master SFG Dave Whitley recently said to me “I’m all about making hard stuff easier”, which is exactly what this article is about. It will be hard. You will have to train. But you can make it easier.
Here’s a short case study based on the most recent training of yours truly. I’ll spare you all the details of my training program and focus specifically on the military press and how I found the right reset FOR ME to improve it.
Here was my uber-scientific approach.
I tried a reset and shortly thereafter would press my 32 kg bell (36 kg was the test weight). If the press got shakier/weaker, I knew it wasn’t for me. If the press got stronger, faster, and floated overhead with less struggle, I knew I was on the right track.