Hip Hop Like Training Is Dead
” Hip Hop is Dead“
In the past few years I’ve heard this sentiment repeated over and over again.
At first when Nas said it, it was a clever marketing ploy to proclaim himself the saviour who would bring the art form back from the living dead…
But since then it’s stuck and is often repeated by rappers who believe hip-hop has lost it’s soul and is no longer what it used to be
Despite their lamentations let me be the first to say Hip-hop isn’t dead
It’s like every other art form which has grown and evolved.. Run Dmc sounded nothing like Rakim and Wu-tang sure as hell didn’t sound like Eminem
The reason I am telling you this is because you can liken Hip-Hop to strength training
When I first started lifting 18 years ago… everything was bodybuilding.
If you trained in the gym you followed bodybuilding protocols where you would do endless sets and reps all in effort to completely annihilate your muscles -
Though these marathon workouts helped us built muscle they were a serious waste of time.
Nowadays we know better. We have discovered that their is an upper threshold for volume which yields the best result for building muscle
We also know that prolonged training sessions impact the hormones negatively and that we should try to be in and out of the gym within a 45 minutes -FLAT
The last and posibbly biggest advancement since the old school era of training is the sheer number of options available to the lifter looking to get bigger, stronger and leaner
Walk into any gym and you are given a plethora of options when it comes to training. Want to increase conditioning pick up some kettlebells, or perform bodyweight HIIT training
If that’s not your cup of tea and you just wanna get strong
You can train using a powerlifting or power building template
As you can see the options for are limitless
As you can see evolution is a good thing. Let the old school look back at their time with the blurred vision of nostalgia, your time is now
till next time
Go Big or Go Home