“Old is Gold!”
Modern Bodybuilding strategies are awesome.
Present-day dietary plans are also great.
But have you ever wondered about the ancient civilizations’ muscle building?
Yes, that’s when you will put your finger beneath the teeth…
…Because you’ll be surprised by their crazy workouts and dietary habits.
And today we have something that will make you feel like you are in the “Spartan” age.
7 insanely epic and vintage bodybuilding tips that you can use right now:
#1. No-Excuse-Policy to keep going
In our times, there are many excuses while workouts like “today I am feeling some hangover”, so I won’t be able to continue in the gymnasium. Moreover, there are more cheat days in our workout design than ever before. In other words, we have ample amount of flexibility in our regime.
But not in the case of ancient times:
Yes, even hangover wouldn’t excuse you from one of “Philostratus” fitness lessons. This Greco-German gymnastics guru noticed that people couldn’t train as effectively while under the influence of any kind of intoxication. But even then this master didn’t use to stop the workout of his pupils and make sure that they complete their schedule; however, he was fine with less intensity on those days.
So the crux of the no excuse policy was to get rid of “The all or nothing mentality” and keep training to get in the shape.
#2. Lift “Hot boiled Cauldrons” to build Endurance
“Your willpower constantly needs to be checked!”
And what’s another way to check it than lifting a hot boiled kettle over the head? Yes, you heard it right, the ancient Chinese sport of cauldron-lifting involved picking up metal pots filled with burning coal. Contestants at that time used to lift them high above to showcase their endurance.
This test of forbearance can sometimes turn out be deadly; King Wu of the Qin Dynasty broke his kneecap while performing this stunt and died a few month later.
So take full precaution and clearance from the doctor before trying these kinds of lifting.
#3. Don’t Over-Train to avoid overuse injuries.
Many of us think that bodybuilding is all about doing a series workouts over and over again. Especially, the teens, after seeing celebrities, spend a lot of time on only one group of muscle which is probably the best way to call- overuse injuries.
Let’s see what our classical books of fitness have to say about over-training?
One of the world’s oldest medical documents (as believed by the historians, but the exact time period is not known as of yet), the Indian “Caraka Samhita”, manifested the benefits of physical training but at the same time signaled the necessity of moderation:
“According to this age-old text, excel of physical exercises cause exertion, exhaustion, consumption, thirst, bleeding from different parts of the body, shortness of breath, cough, overuse injuries like joint pains, fever, and vomiting.”
So it’s better to make a cycle of exercise for each of the muscle groups to avoid overuse injuries.
#4. Take it easy on Barley for flexible body
“Put down your carbs and no one will be hurt!”
Yes, this notion is not new and was prevailing in the Roman times as well; there was a dietary trend of consuming dense barley porridge with beans in Roman gladiators for a beefed up physique when Claudius Galen- a celebrated physician realized this practice is making them too flabby for serious combat and hence, criticized the same.
Since then this age-old proved formula of low-carbs is working perfectly for the bodybuilders of any era.
#5. Put Natural Oil in your daily workout routine to get a tough skin
Remember bodybuilders at the contests flaunting their jaw-dropping body with lots of shiny greases?
Yes, this idea was incepted in Greek times where sportsmen and athletes were encouraged to oil up their body not only at the time of exhibition but before every workout as well. They were well known to slather themselves in natural oils before exercising which gave their body a distinctive shine.
Here’s the bottom line:
“The scholars of that time claimed that this practice of greasing the body with natural oils not only prevented athletes from getting cold but toughened their skin, at the same time.”
So what are you waiting for; start greasing yourselves with olive oil before workouts.
#6. Run through Sahara for extra Stamina
“I am sure; you might have seen sportsmen running through sands with tires tied from their waist!”
You will be surprised to know that this hardcore practice of exercising was also present in the Greek era. This kind of regime was recorded in the works of Anacharsis, a Mediterranean philosopher who spent much of his time traveling through Athens during 6th century BCE; his books show the detailed description of how Greek sprinters trained themselves.
Their training was somewhat like this:
“They didn’t believe in training their sprinters on hard and resistant ground rather, found the vulnerable sand fit for them to run & jump and that too with the load as large as possible. In other words, they were convinced that extra stamina can only be achieved when marathoners feel tough to get the grip for running.”
So to achieve stamina like ancient Olympians do practice on the sand system.
#7. Do Breath Control Exercise to improve Exertion
“The Human body requires exertion!”
Yes, and Chinese physicians knew this phenomenon as the 2nd and late 3rd centuries witnessed their medical proficiency which was arguably not less than that of Hippocrates. In the same era, Hua Tao, a well known medical genius, designed a special stretch by the name of “Tiger Pawing” to help expand the lungs and improve respiration.
Moral of the tip:
Proper breathing plays a vital role in personal well-being so don’t invest your whole time in iron-lifting and perform some stretch in between for breath control.
Now it’s your turn:
You have just seen the amazing ways in which our ancestors workout and diet.
Now it’s time to imply these tips in your routine and share your feedback.
The first step?
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