Oh baby, this is a subject dear to my heart! Are you all familiar with the training stones used by Chou Tzu Ho Sifu and Uechi Kanbun Sensei? Rik Lostritto Sensei affectionately known as Los Hombre del Stones (from this moment on) introduced me to these wonderful torture devices. They are according to my friend, Dr. Ken Leistner (truly the point man of high intensity training in this country) very similar to training apparatus used by climbers. Rik and I will have an article on them in a forthcoming issue of Milo (check it out at www.ironmind.com
) Also for anyone that's interested check out my article in Sept '98 Inside Kung-Fu on hand and grip strength training.
Tendonitis!!!! UGHHH!!!!! Power cleans are one of my favorite movements yet is seems every time I get up in weight I get an annoying tendonitis of the brachioradialis. Now I've gone from being a dinosaur doing PC's to an armadillo doing hundreds of 10 lb. hammer curls.
Bill San, couldn't agree more about the use of supportive gear in lifting. Unite karateka and burn your belts, straps, wraps, etc. I stopped using all of the above alltogether (except for above mentioned tendonitis - in high rep movements like side bends where it just isn't worth the nominal stimulation to my grip relative to prolonging tendonitis.) Now some years later, I'm much stronger in basic movements like d.b. rows, squats, trap bar dead lifts, cleans, shrugs, etc. and never use any supportive gear (Oh I guess if you count compression shorts.) The real payoff is that I'm beginng to feel the enhancement of power in my girdle vessel area. I think part of that is also that I don't believe in doing hundreds of reps of ab work - manual labor! I much prefer heavy bent leg sit ups with a plate behind the head, heavy side bends, and simulated "shoveling" with a bar weighted at one end. All wonderful stuff, and as a side benefit you too can have that much sought after T'ai Chi Master pear shape.
Good and "painless" training,