Has life got you down? Are you pissed at your wife but want to avoid a fight? Someone at work busting your chops? I’ve got just the thing for you that will put all that in the rearview… so much so you won’t give one fuck when you’re done:
Lift Heavy Iron and Hit a Heavy Bag
Why? How? You ask? I’ll tell you.
First, lifting heavy shit is the privilege we have as men born with testosterone filling our bodies. Pushing a five rep heavy bench, or pulling some heavy deads that make you strain makes you feel like King Fucking-Kong.It activates that central nervous system in ways that jogging will never do. It puts on muscle if you eat right and do some nice mix of sets/reps/ and weight. This post on gaining weight and muscle by Mark’s Daily Apple has some great stuff. I’ve been doing doing Tactical Barbell for six weeks (one cycle, just started my second) and added at least 10 pounds to my major lifts (squats, deads, bench). Good stuff. Plus, depending on where you are in the cycle, you aren’t completely spent and you can mix in HIIT stuff (some days you are totally cashed, so skip the boxing).
Second, mixing in high intensity cardio is good after lifting some iron, but if you’re really salty about your day, do what me and Joe Rogan recommend: hit your heavy boxing bag doing three minute rounds (3 minutes on, 1 minute rest) until you’re wrung out. Maybe that’s 5 rounds, maybe it’s 10, do whatever it takes. It can save you from saying or doing something dumb. When you come back home or inside, you’ won’t give a shit about how bad your day is since you just turned poured out all that negative energy on your punching bag. You won’t have any energy to fight. The volume just got turned down, and that’s a good thing.
Don’t have a bag? Don’t want to go down to your local MMA gym (may I ask why not? For me, class times just don’t work in my life, otherwise I’d be all over that like Oprah on a twinkie)? Look on Craigslist. I just looked at my local one, and they had multiple 80 pound bags from $25-$50. I have mine hanging in my garage ceiling on a chain. Get some wraps (I went with the long Mexican style, some like them shorter) and gloves, I have these (below) – they aren’t the most expensive, but work damn well.
Now, if you haven’t taken a fundamentals boxing class like I have (and highly recommend if you have a boxing gym in town), watch some videos like below. Then hit away my brothers, fucking hit that bag like you mean it. Throw some kicks in too if you want. Or spinning backhands. Whatever floats your boat. You’ll feel better, I promise. Oh, and it’s a workout, but it isn’t that jogging bullshit or Insanity, it’s a man’s workout. If you want to call hitting something a workout, it’s mostly just a good time. Have at it bromigos!