I’ve received many questions about various feats of strength. Mainly what is the best way to get good at doing them?
The answer is of course to work on the feat itself.
There are other exercises that can build your strength and transfer over but nothing takes the place of actual practice of the feat itself.
And that means you are going to need the materials to do it. Just yesterday I plunked down $60 at the hardware store for a bunch of nails and bolts. (Grade 5 Bolts and 12” Spikes in case you’re wondering.)
Considering progress here is one of my main goals it was an easy decision to make. I had some easier nails but I needed these exact bolts and nails as that’s what I’m primarily working on.
Without these tools I wouldn’t be able to do what I have to do to get stronger and better. There is nothing I can do with a barbell, kettlebell, or bodyweight exercises that would help me as much as bending these nails.
Now you may or may not be interested in doing feats of strength. But the same thing applies no matter what you’re doing. Do you have the right tools for the job?
For a lot of purposes this is an easy answer. Everyone has access to bodyweight exercises of all kinds, and as long as you know what you’re doing, you can achieve most purposes.
However, bodyweight exercises cannot help you achieve everything and anything. Other training tools have their place. Each one can be more or less effective depending on the end result you’re looking for.
Make sure you have the right tools of the job. That way you have no excuses.
P.S. One of my favorite tools is the kettlebell. In fact, I currently own 14 of them. If you want to get one tool that’ll last forever and has huge benefits check out Dragondoor kettlebells.