When we think of Ronnie Coleman we think of him in MetroFlex at the hottest hour, midsummer, with a barbell in his palms and a herd of angry plates on each side, rattling, as though trying to break free. The rap music shaking the graffiti-covered walls almost drowns out his cries of “Yeah, buddy!” and “Ain’t nothin’ but a peanut!” When we think of Coleman, Warren, and Jackson, we think foremost of their all-out training with crippling weights, winning the war of man versus metal Texas-style.
RATED: TEXAS HARDCORE
- FOCUS ON THE FREE-WEIGHT BASICS.
- PLACE YOUR TOUGHEST EXERCISE AT OR NEAR THE START OF YOUR WORKOUT WHEN YOU'RE STRONGEST. FOR INSTANCE, START YOUR BACK ROUTINE WITH DEADLIFTS AND YOUR LEG ROUTINE WITH SQUATS (PERHAPS AFTER A WARM-UP SET OF LEG EXTENSIONS).
- USE THE HEAVIEST POSSIBLE WEIGHTS FOR SETS OF 10-12 REPS.
- EXTEND SOME SETS WITH FORCED REPS OR DROP SETS.
- MAKE SURE YOU'RE 100% FOCUSED ON THE SET BEFORE YOUR FIRST REP AND MAINTAIN THAT INTENSITY UNTIL YOUR LAST REP.