by Thom Van Vleck
Recently, Kevin McAllister asked some of his fellow HASA athletes for their training routines. Some of them were so important to development of the all round athlete I felt I should include them in this newsletter.
Here was Larry Ventress’ response:
Off season: Lift like hell, throw a little bit
In season: Lift like hell, throw a little bit more
Results: I still stink
Post season: Depression sets in
Results: The oreo cookies come out
Post Cookies: Feel guilty about not training and eating too many cookies.
Results: Lift like hell, throw a little bit and get ready for next year.
It’s a vicious cycle! Hope this helps, Larry.
Al Myers replied: I also “cycle” train like Larry, but mine goes like this.
Off season: Powerlift as hard as possible to get stronger and tighten up all tendons/muscle groups
Early season: Throw as hard as possible and loosen up all tendons/muscle groups
In season: Pull or tear some major tendon/muscle groups.
Next year: Start it all over again!!!
Now, I will include Mitch Ridout’s “King of Beasts” Training Routine for the Highland Games. Mitch believes strongly in the “KOB”. It dictates a focus on recuperation. Mitch say, “It is during the recuperation phase that muscle is actually built, the act of working out actually tears down muscle. Look at our friend, the mighty Lion, the KING OF BEASTS. He will lay around all day getting up only to eat, have sex, or to deal with competition and he carries a mighty frame of muscle.” Now, I can tell you….. I have watched Mitch train and he fervently believes in the KOB philosophy. I have also had to listen to him sleep. That guy can fall asleep before his head hits the pillow and his snoring will rattle window panes. I also know that he follows the eating part religously, eating copious amounts of red meat in one sitting. As for the sex part, you would have to ask his wife or Kevin McAllister as I do know Kevin invited him to “sleep” over one weekend when Kev’s wife was out of town.
COMING TOMORROW – THE DETAILS OF THE KOB TRAINING SYSTEM
CREDIT: Braemar Stone Tablet, Volume #3, Issue #1