Savage Strength by Mike Gillette

Strength Training – What Do You Want To Accomplish?

As Told To Critical Bench by Mike Gillette
Strength Training:Over the years I have trained everyone from military and law enforcement personnel, executive bodyguards, competitive fighters, to regular guys looking to get strong.
And along the way I have helped all of them attain some pretty incredible results.  But for most people, the whole idea of Strength Training is pretty subjective and seems to mean a lot of different things.
So before we start talking about exercises, programs or techniques, I need to make sure that you understand just whatmean when I talk about strength.
So my first order of business is to define just what strength is and my approach to building it. 
 After all, we need to be on the same page, speaking the same language, so stay with me…
For me, the whole idea of strength starts on the inside and moves out from there.
 It’s all about what you want to accomplish.
Many people talk about strength but what they’re actually talking about is the visual approach
 to training.  Meaning… they just want to look good.
  Now I don’t have anything negative to say about that, it just holds absolutely no interest for me
 as a singular goal.
So when someone tells me they want to ‘get in shape’
, I have to ask them what they mean by that.  What does ‘in shape’ mean to you?
 What’s the desired outcome… the end goal?
I have had some people look to me because they want me to tell them what their goal is.
So I have to draw things out further and say, “Okay, what do you want out of life?”
 “What do you want from your relationships?”  “What do you want from yourself?”
Now why do you suppose I would ask such questions?
 Why would this have anything to do with strength?
Here’s why… If you want everything you can get out of life, you need to be strong.
  If you want long-term, healthy relationships you need to be strong for other people.
  If you want to achieve anything meaningful in life for yourself you need to be strong for YOU.
Here’s the thing… just looking good doesn’t get anything done in this world.
  A spray on suntan and a nice set of abs can’t do anything.
Capability is what counts…  Performance is what counts.   So getting strongreally strong,
 is what gives you the ability to make yourself and your corner of the world better.
I have a saying… “Dont Pump Iron Become Iron.”  And this what I want you to do…
 to become like iron.
Become strong so you can start making the world a better place.
  You need to remember that your body is designed to do this, to adapt,
 to get stronger and stronger.
So let’s get to work making your body fulfill its intended purpose.
You gotta see this INSANE STRENGTH feat video!!

 introduction from the Savage Strength Training Manual.
  I wanted to share it with you to open up the conversation and get you thinking about
 what it is that you want to accomplish with your Strength training.
What’s your reason for working out?  How will becoming a stronger person help you live a
 more fulfilling life and allow you to serve others?
For me becoming stronger physically, mentally and emotionally are all connected.
 Acquiring real strength makes me a better father, husband, friend and athlete.
I’ve always said that I’m a “powerbuilder” who wants to be strong and look good though.

 If you are too, I invite you to consider this.
If you train to become strong, you still build muscle and burn fat but that outcome is actually
 a side effect of your training, not the actual goal.  On the flip side if you train just for aesthetics,
 you may sculpt the body you desire but you’re not ensured the strength to match.
I’d love to hear your comment below.  Perhaps you can better express what I’m trying to convey :)
Keep training hard,
Mike Westerdal

About Mike Gillette – Author Bio and Pics

Mike Gillette's Savage Strength Training
Former SWAT Commander and Executive Bodyguard, Mike Gillette is a relentless student of the human factors which allow people to succeed against overwhelming odds. In his line of work, these ‘odds’ have centered on threat management and peak performance training methods.
His research and experiences have taken him through many different worlds and disciplines. They have ultimately produced a body of knowledge which has been put to use by clients ranging from armed professionals to ordinary people who must operate in extraordinary circumstances.
Mike’s knowledge was first put to the test after he was injured in a climbing accident in 1984. This came just several months after he had left active-duty service as an Army paratrooper to attend the University of Arizona on an ROTC scholarship. With a broken back and screws holding his ankles together, Mike was discharged from military service.
This was hard to take for someone who had received perfect scores on every one of his Army fitness tests and had run his first marathon on a dare.
The next four years were a combination of discipline, experimentation, and disappointments. But through diligent study, pain and hard work, Mike had restored himself physically to the point where he could enter the field of law enforcement.  As distinguished graduate of his academy class and with several academy fitness records under his belt, Mike was selected to attend a police fitness-trainer pilot program.
Mike excelled as a trainer, and would eventually become one of the most highly credentialed tactical trainers in the United States, with over 25 different Use-of-Force and Weapons Systems instructor designations to his name.
In 1995, concurrent with his law enforcement and training duties, Mike returned to military service in a part-time role. Following a rigorous selection process, he was accepted into the 194th Long-Range Surveillance (Airborne) Detachment and full ‘jump’ status.
This was a significant milestone for Mike, who had been told 11 years earlier by an Army surgeon that he would never run again, much less jump out of any more airplanes.
Post-9/11, Mike was been tapped to provide threat management training and consulting to a variety of high-risk public and private-sector clients. He is also recognized as a subject-matter expert for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the areas of counter-terrorism training and threat assessment. Mike’s current duties include regular assignments providing close-protection for CEOs and high net-worth individuals throughout the United States and abroad.
Often sought for his distinctive commentary, Mike has been featured by such media outlets as Forbes Magazine, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBS-TV and Fox Television’s “America’s Most Wanted.”
Mike Gillette has been active in the study of martial arts for decades, having earned advanced black belts in Japanese, Filipino and American martial arts styles.
In 2010, Mike was inducted into the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame. Mike has also, by necessity, pursued a life-long study of strength and conditioning methods and is considered a master practitioner of mind/body power. Through his sometimes unnerving public demonstrations, Mike provides real-time validation of his training methods.
Mike’s current mission is sharing his unique mind/body improvement techniques with the world through his newSavage Strength Training System.
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