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The Secret To Gorilla-Like Strength

Let me ask you a question: if Ronnie Coleman was to enter an all-out brawn for brawn “deathmatch” with a mountain gorilla, who do you think would win?

A few stats to think about:

Ronnie Coleman Mountain Gorilla
Height: 5ft 11” Height: 6ft
Weight: 330 lbs (off season) Weight: 350lbs
Diet: Beef, eggs, poultry Diet: Plants & Foliage
Supplements: Too many to count Supplements: Doesn’t take NO Xplode
Training Method: Weightlifting Training Method: Bodyweight Training

Have you thought about it?

Time’s up.

Ok, we all know that the Gorilla would rip Ronnie into pieces. Now based on the foundation that a Gorilla’s physical capabilities are produced purely by use of bodyweight training mechanisms while Ronnie Coleman’s physical capabilities are produced by lifting weights, take a look at the following:

A Gorilla is Bigger than Ronnie Coleman (size)

A Gorilla is Faster than Ronnie Coleman (speed)

A Gorilla is Stronger than Ronnie Coleman (strength)

In a nutshell, Gorillas have the 3 characteristics that would make up The Perfect Bodybuilder

…But remember, Gorillas DO NOT lift weights. They use bodyweight techniques. And this is an important fact, so listen closely:

Size – The unit amount of muscle fibers available. It’s been shown that exercises which move your body rather than a weight will fire more muscle fibers than exercises which move a weight rather than your body.

In short, bodyweight exercises fire more muscle fibers than weightlifting exercises. That’s why Gorillas have such massive arms. On a side note, I was personally able to pack on 39 lbs of muscle in just under 6 months using nothing but bodyweight training techniques. Weightlifters can take years to do that. And I’m currently on target to pass the 200lb mark..but I’ll keep you posted.

Speed How fast the muscle fibers contract. Bodyweight training exercises produce far more speed than any other form of training in existence. Look at the amazing speed of martial artists. These guys all use bodyweight training.

Strength – How many muscle fibers contract together at the same time. Look at gymnasts. They perform amazing feats of strength with their arms. Look at acrobats, who are able to hold up a stack of 6 people on their shoulders. Look at Gorillas..they have been known to be able to lift up to one TON. Now that’s power.

This should logically conclude to you that bodyweight training is THE secret to massive strength (and size). And of course this argument will bring up 2 very crucial questions:

i. What is it about bodyweight training that can produce such marvelous capabilities?

ii. If bodyweight training is so powerful, why aren’t most bodyweight trainers very strong or muscular?

Let’s answer them one by one.

Q1. What is it about bodyweight training that can produce such marvelous capabilities?

For one, bodyweight training works the muscles along a 3-Dimensional plane. Upwards, downwards, sideways, twisting, etc. by doing this, muscles get stimulated in the maximum possible way. That means max size production, max speed production, mass strength production. Lifting dumbbells up and down won’t work your muscles in that way.

Secondly, we’ve seen that bodyweight exercises fire more muscle fibers than weightlifting exercises. Just by their very nature.

Q2. If bodyweight training is so powerful, why aren’t most bodyweight trainers very strong or muscular?

The answer to this one is simple: most bodyweight trainers fail because they lack TARGET. They don’t know which exercises are best for size, which ones are best for strength or which ones are best for speed. They just randomly put together a bunch of exercises and start training. Gymnasts are very strong because they focus on strength training exercises. Rarely will you see a gymnast doing a bunch of burpees on the gym floor. First figure out what you want, then select the exercise that will get you there. Guesswork will never help anyone achieve their goals.

“So Mike, how can I gain large amounts of muscle using bodyweight training?”

In my book “The Muscle Experiment” I talk about how I was able to put on a solid 39lbs of solid muscle in less than 6 months with bodyweight training, and exactly how YOU can do it as well. Well in case you haven't downloaded The Muscle Experiment, I suggest you download it immediately and start implementing the little known techniques. This alone should put you on the road to massive size and strength.

Keep strong.

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