There is something awesomely primal about lifting a hunk of metal off the ground and heaving it about with abandon. Onnit realise this and it is reflected in their savage kettlebell designs.
On a previous post I reviewed their Primal series bells as being the most awesome looking kettlebells out there in the marketplace.
But I think they have just outdone themselves.
Introducing to you iron gamers out there that like to lift in style – The Werewolf Legend Bell.
I’m a recent convert to hemp protein from whey and I have become a huge fan of Hemp Force from Onnit.
So why my conversion from whey to hemp protein? Basically it came about out of pure curiosity, a need to drop a little weight and some old fashioned keyboard research.
Why my need to hone in on Onnit’s Hemp Force? Simply for the fact that I had such success with Onnit’s T+ and Alpha Brain. Trying their hemp protein blend seemed a no brainer.
Also the added ingredients that are blended with the protein base were conducive to what I was experimenting with when I was using whey protein.
Arthur ‘The Iron Master’ Saxon was born Arthur Hennig in 1878 in the German town of Leipzig.
Born eleven years later, Arthur “The Iron Master” Saxon was in many ways the antithesis of Eugen Sandow.
Despite taking a very similar route in the iron game, both were German strongmen in European circuses, Saxon’s motivations were purely based in strength whereas Sandow concentrated on the aesthetic body.
Learning the Craft
Not the consummate academic, Saxon at the age of 14, dropped out of school. He promptly took up strength training with weights made by himself out of stone.
Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1946, Boyer Coe was a top-line bodybuilder of the late-Sixties, Seventies and Eighties.
His name is synonymous with perseverance, consistency and endurance and these traits helped him form his legendary status amongst other old school bodybuilding greats.
It is these qualities that helped make him a four-time Mr Universe, seven-time Mr. World and Mr. America champion.
All this without some of the natural genetic advantages other champions possessed.
Historical record says that Boyer started his iron game career at the tender age of 14 at the Lake Charles Gym.
His ambitions were high even his formative years. His fellow friends and trainees all knew of his desire to one day become a future Mr. America.
You might wonder why I am reviewing Alpha Brain from Onnit Labs. To the average trainee, supplements for brain function seems to have little to do with muscular development training
What has a nootropic supplement have to do with strength and conditioning?
Well, as more advanced trainees inherently know there is an important connection between the muscle and the mind when seriously developing our bodies.
From Sandow to Schwarzenegger, Hepburn to Karwoski, and Kazmaier to Pudzianowski, all bodybuilding, powerlifting and strongman champions have spoken to some degree on the importance of the muscle/mind connection when engaging in training and competition.
Alfonso Alexander Zass is a legendary strong man, and one of most prominent during his era.
He was born in 1888, a native to Lithuania. Although he was only 5'4 feet tall and weighed 165 pounds and not very muscular, he made up for his physique with his awesome strength and endurance.
He was known for his strength, surprisingly enough, he didn't engage in any weightlifting, which lead some to wonder how he had grown so strong. He earned his name "The Amazing Samson" because of the many different feats of strength he would perform. He is well know also for being a significant proponent of isometric exercise which was his primary training method. He is a man of many other talents aside from those of a strong man.
Unless you are a real fan of Seventies bodybuilding, you might not readily know the name Casey Viator. A true muscular behemoth and the youngest man to win a Mr. America title at the tender age of 19, Casey's legacy is not as iconic and memorable as someone called Arnold.
But there is one photo of him that still does the rounds of muscle blogs and forums that is iconic. The photo of his seemingly astounding physical transformation in the 1973 Colorado Experiment. Despite all Casey Viator’s lifelong accomplishments in bodybuilding, the first thing everyone associates with his name is the famous, or infamous depending on what side of the fence you sit, Colorado Experiment.
Sadly Casey passed away on September 4 of 2013, due to cardiac arrest. He was only 62 years old. And his life and career have been filtering through my thoughts and reflections ever since.
Well, another year is in the books. And I am sure you have a set of strength and health goals for the coming New Year.
But do you really?
The reason I ask is while most of you most likely have strength or muscular development targets, I don’t know if all of you have made these goals with improved health in mind.
Over Christmas I read a series of articles written by John McCallum in the Sixties with just this topic in mind and it got me thinking about my health in relation to my strength
I am doing this Onnit T + review for a reason.
I have an age related confession to make. As of last month, I am now the wrong side of forty-five years old.
This isn’t a problem for me.
I look pretty damned good for my age.
Sure there’s a healthy dose of gray in my beard and a few further streaks are showing in my incrementally receding hairline. But all in all, I have taken pretty good care of myself over the years.
But at around forty-two years old I found that my workouts weren’t quite as enjoyable anymore. My strength levels were still pretty consistent but my energy levels were definitely lower and I was taking longer to recover.
There is a certain elevated level of respect held for the age old champions of the body building scene. Currently there are a ton of different chemical methods for bodybuilders to cheat their way to being huge. Years before all the breakthroughs in bodybuilding science there was the great Jack Delinger.
Deligner is a legend amongst body builders that set the precedent of being an All-American bodybuilder. This Oakland born beast claimed several impressive titles in the mid 20th century with an unparalleled level of dedication and commitment for the sport. He embodied competitive spirit and skill in his training and got an early start to his success.