Sunday, June 5, 2011

THE Strictly Strength Experience

Brian South @ 395#(Before SS)
I recently asked some of the studs and studettes in the Strictly Strength Class to give their thoughts and opinions about their Strictly Strength experience thus far.  It is important to ask for feedback in order to get a sense of what is good, what needs improvement, and where to take the program as it continues to grow.  Needless to say, I was stoked to hear what Strictly Strength-er, Brian South had to say about the programs!

 
I had been a CrossFitter for a little over a year before joining Travis Holley’s Strictly Strength Project.  At the time, I was really enjoying my 3x/week class but was looking for something to take it to the next level.  I always thought being stronger would help my regular CrossFit WODs (it’s always easier to move lighter weight faster right?) and I was also sure my technique needed some work.  Through the course of the 8 week project, Travis gave close personal attention to every aspect of my lifts: mental prep, setup, posture, breath control for core stability, tension during down phase, explosive lift phase, etc.  Furthermore, Travis was able to strengthen and reorganize my lifting technique to emphasize the optimal muscle recruitment.  I now feel extremely confident, secure, and safe moving big weights even beyond my one rep max.  I now know what to think about and focus on during the entire lift (I can still hear Travis yelling “Knees out! Hips back!”).  Furthermore, Travis’ tips and tweaks were a huge asset to my ability to lift big weights! I added 60 lbs to BOTH my back squat and deadlift and another 20 lbs to my shoulder press.  That’s 140 lbs to my CrossFit Total in 8 weeks!  The results speak for themselves.

After the project, I knew I had to join the Strictly Strength Class.  These are bi-weekly sessions designed to build on the fundamentals of the project and get you scary strong.  They are not for the faint of heart and they are most definitely “not another MetCon.”  Travis purposefully puts each Strength WOD together in a calculated manner with a clear goal in mind.  Furthermore, he does an outstanding job of keeping the workouts engaging and fun.  It’s not squatting till you puke twice a week.  We beat on tires with hammers, toss sandbags, swing kettlebells, do all kinds of crazy pull-ups and push-ups, sprint pulling sleds, and even use “The Prowler.”  The workouts are brutal and challenging but truly awesome and are guaranteed to get results.  In the month that I’ve been in the class I’ve already added ANOTHER 10 lbs to my back squat.  Do I even need to say that I can’t wait to retest my deadlift next week?

Thanks to Strictly Strength and Travis’ programming I am now unequivocally stronger and fitter than I’ve ever been in my life.  I feel like there’s a beast inside me that’s been unlocked.  I am an ANIMAL in the gym now.  I’m like an attack dog off the leash tearing through WODs.  I’m a pissed off gorilla tossing plates around like pocket change.  Trust me, you WANT to do this.  You will not be sorry.

The next Strictly Strength Project starts
Saturday, July 2nd!!! 
Information regarding the PROJECT or CLASS can be found HERE
CLICK HERE to enroll and reserve your day and time

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