Road to the Beast Challenge Day 4

Posted on December 22, 2009. Filed under: Beast Challenge | Tags: , , , , , , |

Short Day

Goal: Light, Build Perfect Repetitions. Working on “Long Spine” and “Bone Rhythm”

Focus: Squat, Press, Pullup, Planche, Front Lever

Practice, Practice, Practice.

The Training:

50lb Sandbag Jerk

50lb Sandbag Squat

50lb Sandbag Rotational Deadlift

Lock-Offs (Pull-Up Position)

Straddle Planche Assist

Front Lever Assist

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Road to the Beast Challenge Day 3

Posted on December 21, 2009. Filed under: Beast Challenge | Tags: , , , , , , |

Where’s Day 2?

Day 2 was nothing home to write about, just rested up and made sure everything was okay for Day 3.


The Flushing of Adrenaline through my system as I listen to Five Finger Death Punch cranking throughout my room. The Drums roar loudly, sounding like the chanting of the All Blacks Rugby Team, as they do their Historical Haka to intimidate their opponents out of action. That is what is going through my head, ready, exhilarated, and will reign triumphant when the day comes.

For now the training commences, tricking my body to unleashing the potential I already have. Novelty is King, but He who does too much, does too little. My focus as always is on the press, the pullup, the pistol, with side benefits of the planche and front lever.

To this end, my goal is to find the proper variants that will keep me glued and ready to practice the skills necessary to not only make these goals easy, but almost tension less. Thus, in the log you’ll see that there is much more practice with partials than full repetitions. I believe that by breaking down the movement into it’s subcategories (bottom, middle, top) I can pump more work in, but get better quality out with less wasted energy.  Again I’m sporting a small 5’2 Frame, so got to make sure it’s all working right and using the right amount of energy.

The Training

Palms Press w/ 24kg

-Bottom 3 reps (Eyes and Head following bell, Standing)

-w/20kg Middle 3 reps (Eyes and Head following bell, Sitting)

-Full 1 rep (Eyes and Head following bell, Standing)

Chinups w/ 80lbs

-Bottom 5 reps

-Bottom Hold (Head Tilts)

-Middle 5 reps

-Middle Hold (Head Rotations)

-Full 1 rep


-Supported Closed Chain One Legged Circles, Holding Opposing Leg in Front w/ different Foot Positions (Inversion, Eversion, Neutral)

360 Pulls

-Back Lever Hold (Breathing)


-3 Position 1/2 Straddle

KB Clean & Jerks w/ 24kg

-Regular repetitions

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Road to the Beast Challenge.

Posted on December 11, 2009. Filed under: Beast Challenge | Tags: , , , , |

December 16, 2009

The Road to the Beast Challenge is a grave one. Arduous and fraught with vines the size of stone pillars – the task is to take me a mere mortal to the heights of the few, who have climbed to the top to reach one of the highest pursuits. To tame the untameable.

I am starting at a bodyweight of 151-154lbs, a body fat percentage of 12-15%, and starting numbers that would have me tremble at the mere mention of them because the bridge is long and narrow and climb steep and dangerous.

I begin with a 36kg KB Press, 36kg Weighted KB Pistol, and an Untested Weighted Pullup approximately at bw+80lbs. I stand at a measly five foot, two inches, which many would call an advantage, but I call an undertaking. A beast press, pistol, and pullup, which is 48kg, or to the uninitiated 106lbs, and at my size,  is still a large task and one that I choose to undergo.

Throughout the following weeks I will share my training philosophies and why I chose to do it in such a manner. Enjoy the trials and tribulations and follow along me the path to Taming the Beast!

I’ll leave you with this awesome video of Marcus Martinez from MBODYSTRENGTH playing with the beast like it’s a chew toy.

His blog is here

Darryl Lardizabal

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