Many of us travel often as part of are jobs and are faced with the
dilemma of what to do to stay in shape while on the road. Sure,
many hotels these days have gyms. However, they are not made for
serious trainers like us. More often then not, they contain little
more than two treadmills, a pathetic dumbbell rack that goes up
to whopping 25lb dumbbells, and some kind of machine circuit that
will do more harm than good. Fortunately there is an alternative.
In addition to doing excellent bodyweight drills such as: one-legged
squats, handstand pushups, one-arm pushups, and janda sit-ups, you
can take your cardio up to the next level by executing the "Mahler
The "Mahler Body Blaster" is a full body bodyweight exercise
that takes the "burpee" one step further and works just
about every muscle in the body. When done for high repetitions (25-30)
it will burn fat and increase muscular endurance tremendously. In
addition, there is a great deal of body awareness that is involved
with the proper execution of the "Mahler Body Blaster"
which is highly beneficial to any athlete. This drill will get you
winded fast so do not be surprised if you get fatigued after only
Here is how it is done.
Start off by going into a full squat
From there, go into a backward roll
Quickly reverse the movement and get back to your feet
From there, jump forward into the top position of a pushup
Do a pushup to complete the move
Now reverse the movement and repeat for twenty-five reps straight.
Make sure you do this exercise on an empty stomach, as it is a
real puker to say the least.
Of course, you do not have to save the "Mahler Body Blaster"
for the road. You can benefit from it anytime and feel free to
incorporate it into your current training regimen. I often knock
off ten to fifteen reps at the end of a workout as a finisher
or do a few reps on my active recovery days. If you are an athlete,
especially a combat athlete, add this exercise to your arsenal
and work up to twenty-five reps straight. You will be amazed with
the muscular endurance that you acquire.
Live Life Aggressively!
Mike Mahler is a strength coach and a certified kettlebell
instructor based in Santa Monica, California. Mike has been a
strength athlete for over ten years and designs strength training
programs for trainees all around the world. Mike has a regular
training column in Fightscene magazine (www.fightscene.tv).
Mike is currently working on his new video and manual entitled
"Mahler's Aggressive Strength For MMA." Check www.mikemahler.com
for more info and release dates. Email questions to Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.