You Forgot to Add the Other Weight

"Hey buddy, you forgot to add the other weight"

This is what I heard from people when I first started experimenting with "Chaos" movements.
At first, it really irritated me.

I wasn't irritated because they were telling me, I was irritated because they were telling me while I was in the middle of my set.

Do you know how hard it is to perform a Chaos Overhead Lunge with 45lbs on only one side of the barbell, and carry on a conversation at the same time?

In order to prevent some future questions, especially while I am executing my set, I am going to do my best to explain "Chaos" movements and why I "forgot to add the other weight".

I picked up the concept of "Chaos" Training from the Diesel Crew.

To keep it very simple, the overall concept is to build a bridge between traditional structured movements that happen in the gym and the random movements that happen during sports.

These random movements often put us in uncompromising positions that our bodies may not be able to handle.

"Chaos Training" is a method used to train our bodies to overcome those uncompromising positions. It actually forces the body to work in multiple planes of motion versus just up and down or left and right.

Lets take the "Chaos" Lunge as an example.

Imagine you are a running back hitting a hole, and as you plant your foot in the ground, a linebacker hits you from the side.

What do you think will prepare you better to adjust to that hit?

A traditional lunge where you just move forward and backward ....

or a "Chaos" lunge where you are moving forward and backward
and you have to stabilize your body from falling over because you only have weight on one side of the bar.

I am sure the answer is pretty clear.

I want to use this forum to once again thank the Diesel Crew for developing the "Chaos" Training manual.
It has certainly added a new element to Advanced Training.

As we move forward, I will continue to post more clips of our group performing such movements.

For those of you that missed it last time, here is a clip of a "Chaos" Overhead Lunge.

What Kind of Exercises Do You Do?

If you ask anyone in our program to tell you what type of exercises we do at Advanced Training, they would have a pretty hard time telling you.

Why?

Well, could you easily explain something like this? .....



How Do You Compare?

People keep asking me, "What are Power Points?"

To put it simply, Power Points are the way Advanced Training measures your overall training level.

The Power Point number is derived from your bench, squat, and pull-up max.
The higher your max, the higher your Power Points.

Why do we use the bench, squat, and pull-up max to determine power points?

There are actually a few reasons.
  1. I wanted to look at the athlete from every angle (Bench - Upper Body Focus; Squat - Lower Body Focus; Pull-Ups - Relative Body Strength)
  2. I wanted to level the playing field between the big athletes and the small athletes. In our system, doing 40 pull-ups is as good as benching 400 pounds.
  3. I wanted to separate the Good from the Great. The Good only excel at 1 or 2 of the lifts. The Great excel at all 3.
    • For example, the good bench 300+, but can only do 10 pull-ups. The great bench 300+ and do 25+ pull-ups.
Enclosed is a list of the Top 10 All-Time Power Point Holders of Advanced Training.

How do you compare?

(Max Numbers for Bench and Squat Based off of Theoretical 5-Rep Max)

Rank
Name
Bench
Squat
Pull Ups
Power Points
1
Morano
379
517
29
1.186
2
Consolmagno
305
409
41
1.124
3
T.Clohessy
333
431
35
1.114
4
Martelle
344
475
26
1.079
5
Blanco
383
473
16
1.016
6
S.Armato
313
427
26
1.000
7
McCombs
284
439
27
0.993
8
Morales
286
390
27
0.946
9
G.Amerosi
271
385
29
0.946
10
S.Roman
260
412
26
0.932

Its the Small Things that Matter

Being a member of Advanced Training is more than moving weight, conditioning, and taking your game to the next level.

Its also about building relationships, making connections, and making the world around you better.

In 2010, some things happened that made me proud to be a member of Advanced Training. Some of the things were very little things, but its the little things that count the most.

Its the little things that make Advanced Training different from other programs. Its the reason the program has remained so strong. Its the reason the guys keep coming back.

Here is a short list of those things:
  • Dom Martelle woke up alittle earlier 3x a week to drive John Pallis to 5AM workouts. At that time in the morning, every second of sleep matters.
  • Billy Blanco drove back to the gym on his day of to get Coach Mahoney's shake mixer. He then drove it to my house so I could have it for my next lift.
  • Billy Blanco got a jump stretch band to help him stretch out his lats (which were like bricks).
  • The Igneri brothers got sponsored so they could start a Flag Football Team.
  • Drew Olsen brought Gary Fiore a training program to help him prep for college tryouts at his new school.
  • Drew Olsen brought the entire Advanced Training Team lacrosse balls.
  • Chris Igneri filmed the entire Strongman Competition.
Like I said, the list is small.

But its the small things that matter.