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"Unconventional" Strength Training


"Unconventional" Strength Training

This group is for training variations. Sandbags, sledgehammers, kegs, stones, tires, thick ropes etc is encouraged!

Members: 128
Latest Activity: Feb 16, 2017

Discussion Forum

Homemade equipment. 2 Replies

Started by Joe Hashey. Last reply by Joe Hashey May 11, 2009.

Wish List 4 Replies

Started by Joe Hashey. Last reply by Bill Long Feb 20, 2009.

Where to get the crazy stuff? 1 Reply

Started by Joe Hashey. Last reply by Jerry Shreck Jan 7, 2009.

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Comment by Drew Henley on November 27, 2011 at 12:40pm

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Comment by Drew Henley on November 21, 2011 at 6:20pm

Great resources this week. Articles & Videos You Should See 11-21 at Henley Sports Performance - Let me know any thoughts or comments you have.

Comment by Drew Henley on October 31, 2011 at 7:49pm
New post up at with a link to a good article on sandbag training, which is an excellent form of "unconventional" training. Hope you enjoy it.
Comment by cesar silva on March 26, 2010 at 11:21am
hi, i training mma fighters and use so much unconventional training; is very hard, motivational and specific for them...
Comment by Jim Greulich on February 21, 2010 at 10:22am
Just a follow-up on the ropes. I purchased a 1.5" x 50' polydacron rope on line for $106.50 all in. (email them for quotes, or 706-540-0862). As a tabata exercise it's tough for my high school soccer girls. They started getting whipped after 3 groups. BUT, they loved it, and are motivated to master it! 40' is enough for them, so I tie a knot at 40' and flung it around the plate rack at the knot. The boys (football) found it just as exilarating and motivating and used the full 50'

So a 50' is the most economicaly purchase in my opinion. You can shorten it with a knot and go full distance without the know. More proof, that when you lay down a new challenging exercise that looks fun, is simple to learn and a good fast burn, they will gobble it up. Thanks for all your help and suggestions.
Comment by Jerry Shreck on January 18, 2010 at 7:37am
Go to any big farm, call tire places and ask them about the closest tire yard, talk to anyone who deals with big tires. You will be able to get the old ones for free.
Comment by Craig Miszewski on January 15, 2010 at 3:13pm
I am looking for some tires in norther V.A. can anyone help with some suggestions on places to look?
Comment by Jason Bergmann on January 11, 2010 at 8:56pm
I've used both the 2'' and 1 1/2'' ropes. The 2 inch is great to improve grip strength but very few sports require that much grip strength and with the 2'' the grip tends to fatigue and limit the effort applied after a few rounds. the 1 1/2'' allows for more explosive force to be applied to the rope and gives the athletes the ability to reach their conditioning limit before their grip goes out.
Comment by John Mitchell on January 11, 2010 at 8:46pm
Our girls and freshmen use the 50' 1.5in rope. Older guys use the 2" rope. Some of my softballers and v-ball players will use the 2"
Comment by Jerry Shreck on January 11, 2010 at 12:13pm
I agree with Joe; 1 1/2" rope would work well and for high school especially the girls you can even go down to an inch. The majority of them probably have not done much with the upper body as far as conditioning goes. Keep the whips and swings easy at first.

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