An Odd Implement for Surprising Strength: The Slosh Pipe
The Slosh Pipe is a device used to increase your squatting strength. A slosh pipe is basically a large plastic bottle with holes drilled into it. You fill the bottles with water (or other liquid) and then place them over your legs or feet while standing in front of a mirror so that they are submerged in the liquid.
You stand there for a few minutes and then try to lift yourself out of the water. If you succeed, you have just increased your squatting strength.
If you fail, then it means that you need to improve your technique and learn how to hold the bottle properly in order not to sink into the bottom of it when lifting up.
How To Use A Slosh Pipe For Squatting Strength?
To use a slosh pipe effectively, you must first understand the correct way to hold the bottle. When holding a slosh pipe correctly, you will feel like you are floating above the water. This allows you to get a better grip on the bottle and thus increases your squatting strength. However, if you do not hold it properly then it may cause you to sink into the bottom of it instead. After you fill the bottle with water, grab it by holding your hands over the mouth of it. Now lift it out of the container and you should notice that you are a little higher than the water level. This is the proper way to hold a slosh pipe for strength.
Holding the bottle at this level, lower yourself into position on top of it. At this point you should start to feel how the gripping allows you to get a better grip on it. Next, lift and hold the bottle straight up with your legs.
Do NOT push with your feet or the pump will not work properly.
Breathe in and raise up just enough to clear the bottom of the bottle. Once it clears bottom then you should start to feel a pumping action in your legs as they try to push themselves off of the bottle. Hold this position for about 2-3 seconds then release back down slowly.
Make sure you have a good solid grip on the bottle at all times. If you feel like you are going to lose your grip then stop immediately, readjust your hands and try again. Hold for another 2-3 seconds then release back down.
You should be able to perform 3 sets of 10 pumps within a period of about 20 minutes. This will increase your strength enough to perform one more full squat within that time period. Continue using the slosh pipe for about three weeks then go back to squats without it.
You should notice a difference in your ability to do a full range of motion squat.
Muscle Building Facts And Myths
There are several commonly held beliefs about bodybuilding and weight training that just don’t hold up under scientific scrutiny. Here are some of the most common ones…
MYTH: You have to workout every day or you will lose all of your gains.
FACT: You make the biggest gains in your first year of training. After that, you start to reach a plateau. However, this does not mean that you stop getting stronger.
If you train consistently, you will continue to gain strength for many years without any break.
MYTH: Lifting light weights will not help you gain strength or muscle.
FACT: When you start training, you may see dramatic increases in the amount that you can lift, even with relatively light weights. As you get more experienced and your muscles get stronger, it will take heavier weights to make any further gains. But, you can still make increases in strength with light weights as long as you are consistent.
MYTH: You should always wait until your muscles are completely recovered before working the same muscles again.
FACT: As long as you allow your body to recover for at least 24 hours between sessions you do not have to worry about your muscles never getting enough time to recover. In fact, if you only work your muscles once a week you will not see any significant strength gains.
MYTH: If you want to get big, you have to eat big.
FACT: This may sound logical but, it does not take much food for you body to maintain its current size. You may be eating more than enough as it is. To gain more size you need to increase your calories but this can be accomplished by eating just a little bit more food each day rather than forcing down massive meals.
MYTH: Skipping a meal will save you from eating too much during the day and prevent fat gain.
FACT: Your body has a very good idea of when it is going to be fed again and will start to conserve calories. By skipping a meal, you are actually slowing down your metabolism which can lead to increased fat gain.
These are just some of the most common myths about building muscle and exercising. There are others but, as long as you remember that just because something sounds logical does not mean that it is true and you should always look at things from a scientific perspective, you should do fine.
Weight Training Tips
Just a couple more quick tips to help you get the most out of your weight training program…
Always warm up before starting your real workout. This can be anything from jumping rope, to walking on the spot or something more formal like some easy stretching. The point is to get your heart rate up and blood flowing through the muscles you are about to work before you begin.
Start slow. Whether you are new to weight training or you have taken a break from it, never rush into your old routines or try to do more weight than you used to do. It takes time for your muscles, bones, joints and tendons to get used to the increased workload.
Start slow with lighter weights and work your way up gradually.
If you find yourself struggling with a certain weight or exercise, don’t fight it. If you can’t do more than a few reps, then the weight is too heavy. If you can’t do a certain lift at all even with assistance, then that muscle isn’t ready for what you want to do.
Listen to your body and give it time to adjust.
Stick with the same routines for several months before changing what you are doing. Your body gets used to what you are making it do and changing things too often will lead to less then optimal results. As long as you are seeing improvements in strength and weight, then stick with a routine.
Make sure to take at least one full day off from the gym every week. Your muscles needs rest to recover and get stronger. Working the same muscles everyday will not lead to any additional gains.
There you have it, a complete guide to weight training. In time, you will see results if you are patient and consistent. Good luck!
Always remember to work hard but, always make time to play hard as well!
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