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I was watching the CrossFit Games the other weekend when I saw the final event - the rope climb. It proved challenging to many competitors. For those that have never tried it, climbing a rope with your hands and feet is a lot more technical than you might think. In this video I go over several different ways to climb a rope, and how to train for it. I hope you find this useful for your training. Stay safe and good luck! -Jim Bonus: Check out another rope climbing video from 2006 where I climb up with 60 lbs around my waist! (Strangely enough, I'm wearing the same outfit...) - *******www.youtube****/watch?v=SArLgOOVXRg
  • 26 Jul 2010
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Here's a video of a two finger chin-up on rings with the index fingers, then the middle fingers. These weren't perhaps the strongest ones of the night, but they're a pretty average representation of my strength in the skills now. Notice how much faster (and stronger) the middle finger chin moves. The rings make this skill easier than a bar, as the apparatus rotates with the pull. I've been working this skill casually at the end of my upper body workouts. After my pull-ups or chin-ups are exhausted for the day, I'll pull some low reps with various combinations of fingers. I would suggest starting easy with this type of skill. Injured fingers are a pain to heal. And finally, because I know people will ask, I'm currently tipping the scales around 180 lbs. Hope this gives you some ideas! Good luck with your training! -Jim www.BeastSkills****
  • 13 May 2010
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Hey guys, this is Jim from BeastSkills**** Starting April 1st, 2010, my friend, Josh Courage, is undertaking the monumental challenge of biking across America. He is raising money for the Children's Miracle Network. He starts his journey in San Francisco on April 1st, and ends on April 30th in Washington D.C. Why am I making this video? To ask you to help! I can't be there along the way to cheer him on, but you guys can. If you meet him along the route, help him out, and send me a picture of it all, then I will send you a FREE Beast Skills T-shirt! (www.cafepress****/BeastSkills) Of course, if response is overwhelming I will have to limit the T-shirt give-away, but don't let that stop you from helping! You can make monetary donations to the Children's Miracle Network, as well as find out more information on his site - *******ridingwithcourage****/ Thanks so much for any and all support you can provide!
  • 1 Apr 2010
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I competed in a powerlifting meet this past Saturday. I've been going through Wendler's 5/3/1 program for the past two months with great results. I planned to finish with a bench press of 300 lbs and a deadlift of 500 lbs. Nice clean numbers, and longtime goals. I hadn't moved these numbers yet in training, but the lifts I was making these past two months indicated I could. The bench press felt really strong. Probably good for another 10 lbs, at least. My sumo deadlift technique is new and needs some work, but it felt pretty good too. I placed 2nd in my division and had a great day of lifting. Onto the next competition! (and a 600 lb deadlift!!)
  • 1 Apr 2010
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Take 2 of the Regulation Perfect One Arm Push Up (RPOAPU) challenge. Read the description and see the first attempts here - *******www.youtube****/watch?v=6be97lMZUPM After that first video, I was told this skill and challenge needed to be more of a multi-joint movement, instead of the single-joint movements I was doing. Today, I tried grooving the skill on a bar in a power rack and progressively lowering it. The first clip shows the bar about an inch off the ground. The second clip, I swung the camera around best I could to show another angle. I also put my feet up on a mat to get it more in line with my hand. Arms were a bit tired after all the attempts, so that's all for today. Taking a break from this for the next week in prep for a powerlifting contest. Leave your comments! Thanks!
  • 19 Mar 2010
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I received a message the other day about a challenging new skill - the regulation perfect one arm push up (RPOAPU). The description as I've read it - "A left arm RPOAPU looks like this: You get into the push up position. Your body is in a perfect line from head to the heels. No bending front to back, no bending side to side and no twisting is allowed. Feet together. Now bring your hands together and place your left hand directly under the center of your chest. Place your right hand behind your back. Keep your body perfectly straight, lower your chest down so that your sternum or right side of the chest touches the inner ridge of your left hand. (The same contact point that one would use to strike with a martial arts ridge hand.) Push back up." alternately I was given this other description - "-chest squared to the floor -elbow in -hand under the opposite side of the chest (outer edge of the hand on the floor, not whole hand.) -feet together" The description is a bit confusing, and there is no one who has done it yet, but presented here are four attempts at what I believe the skill to be. Success? Let me know what you think in the comments!
  • 17 Mar 2010
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On February 28th, 2010, Primal Fitness in Washington, D.C., held "DC's Most Primal Competition" - a multi-event test of strength, power, speed, agility, and endurance. Here are my two attempts at the first event - the Overhead Anyhow. Get as heavy a weight overhead any way you can. I chose the Continental. My 255 lbs lift won me 1st place for this event! Clearly I had some fun with the editing of this video. Enjoy and good luck with your training. -Jim www.BeastSkills****
  • 4 Mar 2010
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On February 28th, 2010, Primal Fitness in Washington, D.C., held "DC's Most Primal Competition" - a multi-event test of strength, power, speed, agility, and endurance. Here is the second event - a sandbag/parkour race. Increasingly higher boxes with 120, 100, and 80 lbs bags in front, respectively. Get to the top of the 8 foot tall box in back, then turn it all around. First is the video of my buddy, Josh Courage. Next is me! Very close finishes all around. I came in 3rd place here by less than a second to two guys who outweighed me by 20+ lbs. This was a fun one. -Jim www.BeastSkills****
  • 3 Mar 2010
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In 1954, Roger Bannister was the first man to run a sub-4-minute mile. Within 3 years, 16 other runners had also. The psychological barrier had been broken. The one arm handstand pushup holds a similar mystique. While some say it is impossible, others are busy training for it. I've been working my one arm handstand a lot, and my pressing strength is the best it has been. Here now is some work with the assisted one arm handstand pushup. I'll say I prefer the 2-3 finger assist the best.
  • 30 Jan 2010
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Hey guys, Jim from BeastSkills.Com, just reviewing some rings from RingTraining.Com. The new EXF Rings are the 3rd version of rings that has been offered by the site. Lots of new innovations - rubberized grip, S-Hook system that allows doorway mounting and easier ceiling mounting, as well as measurements on the straps.A great piece of equipment I'd recommend picking up for your workouts - *******Tinyurl.Com/Y9fd6as - We use them at my gym extensively and they work great and last forever.
  • 18 Dec 2009
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Inspired by Yury Tikhonovich and his one arm muscle-up in this video: *******www.youtube****/watch?v=Xj48SlxgU1Q I wanted to try a similar skill on the rings. As you see, I try various grips for the pulling and assisting hand. Like Yury, I kick into it as well. If anyone can do the skill without an assist, post it on Youtube!! Have fun with it, and good luck with all your training!
  • 1 Aug 2009
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Hey guys, just posting a quick video showing my fingertip handstand from a month ago (with only 8 fingers used). I've worked up to this point by practicing pushups on my fingertips, then elevating my feet over time to put more weight on my fingers. The balance isn't too difficult, but it's definitely hard on the thumbs. Have a cool handstand variation? Post a video response! And check out more at *******www.beastskills****/
  • 22 Jun 2009
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PushingPastAutism is a one day event (May 16th, 2009) in which participants do as many pushups as they can in four hours. For event location and details go to *******www.pushingpastautism****/ This video will show you proper pushup technique and give you advice for training and participating in this event. Articles referenced: Jason Armstrong - 2,409 chin-ups in 12 hours: *******www.recordholders****/en/list/chinups-armstrong.html Chad Waterbury - Heavier Weight, Less Time: e_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/heavier_weight_less_time Good luck to all participants!
  • 12 Apr 2009
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Hey guys, here's an exercise to try that will help strengthen up your chest and shoulders for the maltese position on rings, as well as for the backward roll on rings. The hands are right by my hips, palms facing down. My arms are slightly bent and I'm pressing them tight into my body (against my flexed lats) as I press towards the ground to hold the position. Give these a go! And of course, check out more at *******www.beastskills****/
  • 13 Mar 2009
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Hey guys, just a quick tip for those of you working on the planche. If you don't have a set of parallettes, try a set of dumbbells or pushup handles to work your exercises on. I've found it's less wear and tear on the wrists. More tips and exercises for the planche to come!
  • 9 Feb 2009
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Learn a handstand! Learn a muscle-up! Learn a front lever! And much more!!! I'm holding a seminar on March 1st, 2009 for all those in the Philly/Jersey area. It will take place at High Performance Gymnastics Training Center in Chalfont, PA. The beginner seminar (8am-10am) is best for those just starting out with acrobatics and gymnastics. Register here: ********www.regonline****/63367_695262J The advanced seminar (10:30am-12:30pm) is best for those who have a bit of experience and want to improve their handstand/ring work. Register here: ********www.regonline****/63367_695247J Contact me at BeastSkillsJimgmail**** with any questions. Space is very limited! Register today!
  • 9 Feb 2009
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Hi guys, this is Jim from BeastSkills**** (*******www.beastskills****/) I know this is a long shot, but I wanted to see if any of my fans lived in Tortola and wanted to meet up for a training session. I'll be there the end of January on a family vacation. If you're there or will be there, contact me! - *******www.beastskills****/contact.htm For those of you not in the BVI, I'm confirming details on a new seminar in the U.S. and will announce plans soon. Have a happy 2009 and good luck with your training!
  • 5 Jan 2009
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Remember the peg board in your old P.E. class? Here's a video of me playing around on one - showing some variations from the standard "hit every single hole" climb that most are familiar with. For those of you lucky enough to still have access to one, try some of these exercises for a bit of variety in your workouts. Some of these exercises can even be performed on a standard chin-up bar. Have fun and good luck with your training!
  • 17 Dec 2008
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