Safety, efficiency, AND a heavy load while squatting and overhead pressing: Are you serious? With the landmine thruster you better believe I am! Here's how to get the job done.
by Keith Diedrich
I went into yesterday's workout with a 5-day layoff from exercise and felt remarkably fresh. The break was inadvertent as I had traveled over the weekend and had caught a bit of a cold so I wanted to recover from that before attempting to workout again. I was in a bit of a predicament as I had missed a shoulder workout from the previous week and was slated to train legs as my first body part in the current week. In giving this some thought, I aggressively elected to recruit both muscle groups in my first workout back to the gym! Now I certainly wasn't going to do a full shoulder workout combined with a full leg workout--that would have been overkill. However, I did want to get the most bang for my buck with my first workout back and incorporating the landmine thruster was a sure-fire way to do this.
About the Author
Gym Owner and Personal Trainer, Keith Diedrich has a B.A. in Exercise Science and has been professionally involved in health and fitness in various capacities since 2005.
"My initial thought about Keith was that he seemed very casual and not as frenetic as other professionals. I quickly learned that he was gauging my stamina, movements, and technique. He wasn't after a fast burnout, but he wanted to exhaust every muscle every time. He said we were working on a "mind to body connection." With this connection I'd be able to gauge whether a set was 15 reps or 20 reps regardless of the initial "goal of 15!" I believe much of my gains came from Keith always seeing my potential even when I couldn't." ~ Saul "Mr. Biceps"
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