View Full Version : Anabolic Bruiser Conditioning Manual PUBLISHED!
11-18-2003, 11:36 AM
It's hard not to be involved on the internet and not run into the name - Doug Szolek - these days. Although it appears that he's rapidly etched his name as one of the top 5 up and coming strength coaches in the industry, he's been hammering at it for years. I know... and if you're involved with Martial Arts, for instance if you own a copy of the video fighting course called Shock-Ability (http://www.rmax.tv/shock.html), you know how long he's been in the Game too.
There's not much that cannot be said about Doug. He's been with me for over 5 years... traveling across the country, willing to demonstrate at the drop of a hat - fisticuffs, grappling, Body-Flow, Clubbells. Basically - he has moxy - will travel.
I've seen him evolve from a young man in love with physical culture of all types, to a strong-man who has carved his own unique contribution to the world of fitness, strength and conditioning, martial art, but most importantly... health and lifestyle.
I'm proud of all of his accomplishments, prolific at 23 just amazes me.
When he first grabbed a Bruiser Class 45lbs. Clubbell, the lights in the back of that large melon of his shone with solar power and I knew something was afoot.
His new manual on 2-Handed Clubbell Training with the Bruiser is a highly critical contribution to real-world size and strength which he so aptly names: Functional Hypertrophy.
It's here. It's a whopping 80 pages fully photographed... and it's impressively crafted by this thoughtful knuckledragging giant.
CLICK HERE to read about Coach Szolek's 45lbs. Training Manual: Anabolic Bruiser Conditioning. (http://www.circularstrengthtraining.com/abc.html)
Congratulations, Doug. Really, brother. Well done. I'm proud of you. Now get over here so the old man can show you what age and treachery can still do. :twisted:
11-18-2003, 12:36 PM
I’ve just had an advanced peek at the latest offering from RMAX.tv Productions, a book on 2-handed heavy Clubbell swinging called Anabolic Bruiser Conditioning. Like its author Coach Szolek, the book is solid and full of insights into what it really takes to get strong! For anyone who has ever picked up a 45 pound Clubbell and attempted to do anything with it except put it back down on the floor, this little book is a real eye-opener.
I’m no authority on heavy lifting (or Functional Hypertrophy, as Coach Szolek calls it), but I have been using Clubbells for a while and this book left me with a very visceral sense of where my training is taking me. This is about getting strong. Seriously strong! In fact, there is not a single exercise in the whole book I can do…at least not with 45 pounds! But for us weaker mortals, we have the 15-25s to help us work up to the Big Guy. In fact, I immediately tried doing some of the movements, using first 15 pounds, then up to 25 pounds. What a blast! And to see them done with a 45 is truly awe-inspiring!
There is simply so much room for exploration and fun movement sequences in Circular Strength Training with Clubbells, a person could easily feel overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of it all. Well, Coach Szolek brings them into sharp focus and helps us get a handle on the possibilities. This book has picture after picture after picture, with precise step-by-step instructions, of 55 different exercises! I felt like a kid in a candy store; so many goodies, where do I start?
Well, there are included program selections; but what you are really left with is a way of approaching strength that will serve to enrich your journey and make it all the more enjoyable. I seriously doubt there are very many people walking around as strong as Coach Szolek. And if you are one of those few, I seriously doubt you will not find something to inspire and challenge you to realize even greater strength…and have even more fun with the strength you already enjoy.
If you want to be as fit and strong as you possibly can be, get this book! If you want a whole lot of good ideas and pointers on different Clubbell movements, this book has them to spare! Or if you just want to grab your Clubbell and resurrect your inner Knuckledragger, this is as good a guide as you could ever hope to find. And if you want to explore the outer reaches of human physical potential, be prepared to be both sobered and amazed by what you find here. :shock:
Thanks Doug! :D
11-18-2003, 02:04 PM
I look forward to getting, reading and putting Anabolic Bruiser Conditioning into practice. Thanks for this great contribution to Strength and Conditioning.
11-18-2003, 04:58 PM
Dear Coach Szolek,
I have your first book and enjoy what your have to say. I look forward to getting functionally buff :D . Your are the same age as my young bro and its amazing guys your age are doing great things. Inspiring. Well I hope to meet both you and Coach Dan in the future as I live in Portland, Oregon and hope to attend the NW cert. I was wondering if you could tell me about your experiences in general about the ROSS IDP as I am also interested in eventually becoming a ROSS guy.
11-19-2003, 05:14 AM
Congratulations, bro!!! You are an inspiration to us all!!
11-19-2003, 01:14 PM
Already ordered my copy !!!!!!!!!!! awesome..
11-19-2003, 05:10 PM
Many Thanks Guys :D
You know I've always said that I'm not doing this to show you that I can; I'm doing it to show you that you can.
This manual is a big step for me in learning how to communicate my passion for Breaking Gravity. Because it's easy to do big things within yourself, the challenge and the privilege is in revealing the greatness of others. I hope that in some small way Anabolic Bruiser Conditioning will enhance the lives of all who read it.
Thank you, gentlemen for you're support. Now go and grab your heaviest Clubbell and get to work :wink:
11-19-2003, 07:00 PM
Does the program require more than one club to perform?
Looking forward to seeing the book!
Josh Henkin, CSCS
11-19-2003, 07:13 PM
Do I have to use the 45? other CBs
11-19-2003, 07:56 PM
Anabolic Bruiser Conditioning consists of Two-Handed Clubbell exercises. That is two hands on one Clubbell. You may use which ever Clubbell you are capable of using. Many people have reported that they enjoy the ABC lifts with their Heavy Class Clubbell (25lbs.). And I've had others tell me that they are seeing good results from lifting their Welter Class Clubbell (15lbs.) ABC style. It all comes down to where you are on your path of human potential when you start learning your ABCs.
Let me know if that clears things up a bit,
11-22-2003, 01:01 PM
Great book. Lots of great exercises. Love how you use only one ( right side ) on the page to write. Easier to read. Only thing I would mention is should have had it with a spiral, so when one opens it, it can stay open on the table. Overall, great job. Cannot wait for your next book :)))
11-22-2003, 03:42 PM
Just got the ABC book and wow, pretty awesome stuff :D ! This will really exemplify the marriage of strength, grace and agility. Beautiful work! Did I mention your a beast lol?
11-24-2003, 08:22 AM
The ABC Maunual is phenomenal!! While looking through it, I had the feelling that there is going to be a lot of "conventional" weight sets lying around gathering dust. If you want to have the kind of dynamic strength needed for real life and sport you NEED this book.
Thanks Doug for taking the Bruiser work to the next level.
-Brandon Jones, CST
11-29-2003, 12:06 PM
..and please don't bounce a Bruiser off my skull for suggesting it...is there any chance of a video/DVD where you demonstrate the key exercises several times from different angles? IMO, a book/video combo package would be the perfect way to increase the market and spread the word...I firmly believe that once a video of your approach got into the hands of, say, Black Belt magazine, or MMA.tv and word got out, the sky would be the limit.
Just a suggestion - I realize the move to video is a big leap and a major pain to accomplish. But I feel your material is worth the effort.
Congrats on yet another major contribution to the literature and annals of CST, Doug!
11-29-2003, 02:13 PM
Thank you guys for the continued support and kind words :)
As for your suggestions:
The spiral bind is a good idea and will be taken into consideration as subsequent editions are published. This first edition is more of a way to get the info out there as quickly as possible to do the most benefit in the training of the reader.
As for the video, I definately agree with your sentiment that it would help the overall acceptance of the material. Stay tuned to CST Mag. and Forum for news on related products to be the first to know.
Off to continue my OCS training. Thanks for the good vibes to energize my work 8)
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