As Convict Conditioning author Paul Wade is quick to point out, the bridge is one of the best and most essential of all bodyweight exercises, yet it is also one of the most overlooked and underused. If you want to unleash the power of your posterior chain, this DVD can help you better than any other resource. Paul breaks down various bridging techniques in an easy to follow progression that can help anyone build an iron spine.
CC was probably the best resource on bridging I've ever seen. But I always felt the section on bridging was lacking for some reason. Don't get me wrong, it really laid out the importance of bridging for health and strength and has enough information to get anyone started but, when compared to other sections detailing the Big 6, I thought it could use more detail believe it or not. This was probably due to the fact that most people in Western culture have never even heard of the bridge. So how do you detail the history of this move, the importance of the exercise for health and strength, as well as give solid instruction on form and technique while trying to get us Westerners up to speed on what a bridge even is in the first place while keeping this gigantic book to 300 pages? With all things considered, I believe Paul Wade did an excellent job. But I still wasn't completely satisfied. That was until I ordered this DVD.
This is the ultimate course in bridging. If you agree that the bridge section in CC was somewhat lacking, you'll be more than pleased with this DVD and manual. The amount of new information, theory, and principles will fill in any gaps you may have thought there were in CC. If you're in a different camp than me and were satisfied with the bridge section in the book then you're in for a real treat! This DVD isn't a re-hash of the material you already know and it goes into much more detail. The 10 commandments for bridging adds more information than you could imagine. If you apply those principles you'll definitely up your game. This is a must-have if you plan to TRULY master the bridge.
I picked up my copy of this DVD the week it came out, viewed the DVD and read the manual several times, then applied the principles in my workouts. This review comes from someone who has spent time practicing what's in this product and giving adequate time for results. This DVD has inspired me to change my routine to something more effective, no longer pairing inverse work with bridges; improve my form with proper head placement and a unique way of activating the glutes which also promotes greater strength and flexibility; utilize a different tempo from the other movements of the Big 6 in order to milk all the benefits of the bridge; and improve my breathing, getting rid of short, choppy breaths almost overnight. I feel muscles working I've never felt before and, although this isn't the best gauge for how effective a workout is, I'm sore in spots where I haven't been sore before. And I'm talking the good sore, like the day after you attempted the ab roller for the first time even though you can do hundreds of crunches, not the bad sore like what you feel as the result of an injury. The physical results are pretty nice too! Before this DVD was released, months of diligent work on straight bridges finally gave me the full "horseshoe" on the back of my arm. I didn't expect much else from the bridge except maybe more flexibility. So imagine my surprise when I was told my back is more muscular and toned than ever before despite having done thousands of pullups in my day. All it took was one month of working these principles hard for someone who sees me everyday to notice a change in my body.
The CC DVDs have gotten a bad rap for a high price tag. "Who would pay $70 for a thing on pushups?" That's a fair criticism. There's a lot of instruction on pushups available, although a lot of it isn't very good. But that argument doesn't apply here. There aren't many resources available on bridging outside of CC. Coach Wade has stated many times over that the single most important exercise you can do is bridging so in my opinion the small amount of money I invested for the best bang-for-your buck exercise in existence is money well spent. This DVD will allow you to milk every beneficial ounce bridging has to offer. And it just so happens that it this is one of the lowest priced DVDs in the series. Buy it, you won't regret it.
I STRONGLY RECOMMEND ALL THE CONVICT CONDITIONING DVD SERIES AND BOOKS TO ANYONE LOOKING TO GET SUPER FIT, AND DEVELOP POWER AND STRENGTH FOR A LIFETIME. AT THE TIME OF WRITING THIS REVIEW, I AM NOW A DEDICATED STUDENT OF CONVICT CONDITIONING AND KETTLEBELL TRAINING.
FOR THE DISCIPLINED AND SERIOUS PRACTICIONER, CONVICT CONDITIONING WILL PROVIDE A LIFETIME JOURNEY OF FITNESS AND HEALTH.
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