Boxing, ballet and the light dumbbell connection

While researching on the connection between Boxing and the light dumbbell routine, I stumbled across a fantastic book called “The arc of boxing. The rise and decline of the sweet science” by Mike Silver. The book starts with an overview on the history of the development of modern boxing. The…

Sandow´s progression table

Eugen Sandow was for a while an authority on training advice. Like all authorities he is not infallible. He may have claimed something that in light of new evidence seems out of date or wrong. Thus, it is justified to critique his training method, to refute or even to modify…

Reflections on strength training

Why should we lift weights, move our bodies against gravity or tense our muscles in particular ways? The modern answer would be to make yourself look good on Instagram, to fake a smile into the camera semi nude and wiggle around your enormous butt to gain a lot of new…

Isometrics and Mindfulness practice

I am very fond of the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn. If you never heard of him and his work, I would reason he extracted the practical aspects of Buddhism and provided a modern theoretical foundation that incorporates scientific evidence. His work centres around the practice and cultivation of “mindfulness”.  It…

Dave Bolton Interview (Author of “Lost Secret to a Great Body”)

Dave Bolton is the author of the marvellous book “The Lost Secret to A Great Body”, which is an in-depth analysis of the training method of Prof. Attila and Eugen Sandow. He is also an accomplished Martial Artist, having fought in national and international kickboxing competitions, where he was part…

The exercises of Attila and Sandow – forgotten for a reason?

A few days ago I came across a video of someone demonstrating a few classical dumbbell exercises (of Attila and Sandow) and he concluded that these exercises may be forgotten for a reason, because they put too much stress on the joints (in this particular case the elbow joints). I…

Nei Gong and health: stability

This is an older article of mine,  which seems worth reposting. My aim of deconstructing and freeing the Nei Gong methods of deceptive vocabulary and abstract concepts, is to unveil the knowledge specific for health oriented movement training to ordinary people. I do not claim to be a master, just…

The effects of “NO LOAD” training

Lately I came across a new interesting study* which compared weight training to resistance training where participants contracted as hard as they could through the full range of motion without using any load. This is one of the training principles of Focused Muscular Tension based exercises, see http://dhyana-fitness.at/wordpress/focused-muscular-tension-exercises/. One of the…

Focused muscular tension exercises

My favourite way of exercising is using your own muscular tension. It goes under a few different names, but I prefer the term “focused muscular tension exercises”, because it encompasses all different modes of training. How you use the tension is different between systems. There are exercise systems where one…