By Paul "Coach" Wade - featuring Brett Jones and Max Shank
Paul Wade's Convict Conditioning Ultimate Bodyweight Squat Course explodes out of the cellblock to teach you in absolute detail how to progress from the ease of a simple shoulderstand squat—to the stunning "1-in-10,000" achievement of the prison-style one-leg squat. Ten progressive steps guide you to bodyweight squat mastery. Do it—and become a Bodyweight Squat Immortal.
This home-study course in ultimate survival strength comes replete with bonus material not available in Paul Wade's original Convict Conditioning book—and numerous key training tips that refine and expand on the original program.
Whatever you are looking for from your bodyweight squats—be it supreme functional strength, monstrous muscle growth or explosive leg power—it's yours for the progressive taking with Convict Conditioning, Volume 2: The Ultimate Bodyweight Squat Course.
Paul Wade’s Convict Conditioning system represents the ultimate distillation of hardcore prison bodyweight training’s most powerful methods. What works was kept. What didn’t, was slashed away. When your life is on the line, you’re not going to mess with less than the absolute best. Many of these older, very potent solitary training systems have been on the verge of dying, as convicts begin to gain access to weights, and modern "bodybuilding thinking" floods into the prisons. Thanks to Paul Wade, these ultimate strength survival secrets have been saved for posterity. And for you…
Filmed entirely—and so appropriately—on "The Rock", Wade’s Convict Conditioning Ultimate Bodyweight Squat Course explodes out of the cellblock to teach you in absolute detail how to progress from the ease of a simple shoulderstand squat—to the stunning "1-in-10,000" achievement of the prison-style one-leg squat. Ten progressive steps guide you to pushup mastery. Do it—and become a Bodyweight Squat Immortal.
This home-study course in ultimate survival strength comes replete with bonus material not available in Paul Wade’s original Convict Conditioning book—and numerous key training tips that refine and expand on the original program.
Whatever you are looking for from your bodyweight squats—be it supreme functional strength, monstrous muscle growth or explosive leg power—it’s yours for the progressive taking with Convict Conditioning, Volume 2: The Ultimate Bodyweight Squat Course.
In Paul Wade’s Convict Conditioning system, no matter what kind of movement you’re working on, you focus on a chain of ten progressive exercises. When you master one exercise, you move on to the next, and so on. Because the later exercises build on the earlier ones, they are sometimes called the "ten steps". When you reach the tenth exercise, you will be just about as strong as it’s possible for a human being to be in that movement. For this reason, the tenth exercise in any chain is called the "Master Step". How this all works will be crystal clear if you’ve picked up a copy of the Convict Conditioning bodyweight book.
Leg training is vital for every athlete. A well-trained, muscular upper body teetering around on skinny stick legs is a joke. Don’t be that joke! The mighty squat is the answer to your prayers. Here’s why:
• Squats train virtually every muscle in the lower body, from quads and glutes to hips, lower back and even hamstrings.
• Squat deep—as we’ll teach you—and you will seriously increase your flexibility and ankle strength.
• All functional power is transmitted through the legs, so without strong, powerful legs you are nothing—that goes for running, jumping and combat sports as much as it does for lifting heavy stuff.
Most trainees learn how to squat on two legs, and then make the exercise harder by slapping a barbell across their back. In prison, this way of adding strength wasn’t always available, so cell trainees developed ways of progressing using only bodyweight versus gravity. The best way to do this is to learn how to squat all the way down to the ground and back up on just one leg.
Not everybody who explores prison training will have the dedication and drive to achieve strength feats like the one-arm pullup, but the legs are much stronger than the arms. If you put in the time and work hard, the one-leg squat will be within the reach of almost every athlete who pays their dues.
But the one-leg squat still requires very powerful muscles and tendons, so you don’t want to jump into one-leg squatting right away. You need to build the joint strength and muscle to safely attempt this great exercise. Discover how to do that safely, using ten steps, ten progressively harder squat exercises.
The wise old Chinese man shouted to his rickshaw driver: "Slow down, young man, I’m in a hurry!" If ever a warning needed to be shouted to our nation of compulsive strength-addicts, this would be it. You see them everywhere: the halt, the lame, the jacked-up, the torn, the pain-ridden—the former glory-seekers who have been reduced to sad husks of their former selves by rushing helter-skelter into heavy lifting without having first built a firm foundation.
Paul Wade reveals the ten key points of perfect squat form. The aspects of proper form apply to all your squats, and they’ll not only unlock the muscle and power-building potential of each rep you do, but they’ll also keep you as safe as you can be. Bodyweight training is all about improving strength and health, not building up a list of injuries or aches and pains. They are so fundamental, we call them the Ten Commandments of good squat form.
Obey the Ten Commandments, follow the brilliantly laid out progressions religiously and you simply CANNOT fail to get stronger and stronger and stronger and stronger and stronger—surely, safely and for as long as you live…
The production quality and extreme detail in this DVD and Manual is unmatched. Max Shank and Brett Jones do an incredible job demonstrating all the exercises clearly and with an highly enviable skill level. Again, like the Push Up set, this is a reference DVD and manual, not a follow along workout. I keep going back to watch/learn/experiment with the basic form and with the variants and hidden steps on this DVD regularly. The path to mastery just got a whole lot clearer. Many people get hung up on the route to the 1 leg squat (pistol), but after watching a few critical pieces again, I have been able to help my clients progress with their squatting patterns as well. I was able to use some of the hidden steps and specific cues with my clients the very next day to great success. Of course, in the interest of professional and personal curiosity, I had to pause the DVD at several times and try many of the drills right then as well. Even though I've been doing bodyweight and weighted pistols for some time now, I found that the cues and ideas from the DVD set helped me further define strengthen my patterns, as well as better explain intricacies to my clients. Besides - I now know that there's so much farther I can go with this powerful movement. This is a great series in terms of superior instruction, information, clear presentation and also in terms of quality and detail. My only complaint is maybe 2-3 edits that are cut slightly short (other people might not even notice). The atmosphere of the entire package is a unique welcome change to the usual fitness aesthetic.
My whole team uses it. We can work out effectively anywhere and I mean anywhere!
Having read both Convict Conditioning and Convict Conditioning 2, the complementary DVD series is an excellent translation of the big six movement progressions into a simple to follow DVD. The demonstration of movement progression through the 10 levels is well described and easy to follow. As a Physical Therapist it is a very useful way to teach safe progressions to patients/clients and other professionals. I have already used Volume I (the push up progression) to teach high school strength coaches how to safely progress athletes with pressing activity and look forward to using volume 2 with these same coaches. I think anyone who studies movement realizes very few athletes can properly squat with two legs, let alone one.
You will not find an easier way to teach the squat. Well done again Paul. Look forward to the rest of the series.
Andrew Marchesi PT/MPT FAFS
Let me make a statement first-I am not a world famous coach and my credentials won't impress anyone. That said, I have some things to say about this product.
The "bad": Yes, it is a bit pricey, and for experts/exercise veterans maybe some revelations aren't earthshaking. However, when you consider the sheer volume of information and the quality of the production--the price is well worth it! It is hard to put a price on having visual manifestations of every step of the series, the variants and nuance of theory performed before your eyes at your whim! Besides, it is nice to know there will be at least one resource out there that gets "it" right and codifies all the main movements that an individual needs to get strong.
The only other "negative" is that I would have liked to see some additional information in the manual or variants, but the package as is still provides a lot to think and work on.
I own the Push-up Volume as well and have no reason not to purchase the remainders--Keep up the great work!
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