For a fat burning hit, wrestling physical conditioning encyclopedia pdf massive conditioning bang, and some appreciable muscle, do complexes. If I ever recommended a workout that cut fat and built muscle at the same time, I’m not sure I’d believe myself.
After all the late night television hucksters, I’m not sure what to believe anymore. But then, last week, a student came up to me during the transition of our workout and asked, “Coach, can I get a copy of all the complexes for my dad? The rest of the guys in the fire department want to do them, too. So, without buying a plastic gizmo or a DVD of me in a tank top sweating to bad music, let’s discuss complexes. After eight years in a Catholic elementary school, I moved on to a public junior high school and discovered how sheltered my life had been. Southwood Junior High in South San Francisco was a far cry from the quiet confines of my parish school with the good Irish nuns. One thing we did have at Southwood was a fabulously simple weight training program.
On one particular day, our instructor, Mr. Freeman, due to a short class period for an assembly, simplified things even more. We just had to do power cleans, military presses, and front squats for eight reps followed by a short rest as one’s partner did the three exercises. Then we’d do them for six reps before finishing with four. Without the bench press, this workout sounded easy. He added one little thing, though: You couldn’t put the bar down once you started the three lifts.
It’s that back-to-back brutality that adds up, my friends. I choked on those last reps of the front squat trying to figure out where I left my lungs. That was my first complex. The roots of complexes are fairly deep.