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Old School Strength

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Grant Norris

Founder & Owner of: Heavy Barbell

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Healthy Living Writer


Okay so everyone wants to be old school strong. Whether you admit it or not, you think that being able to deadlift cars or carrying supermodels out of a burning building is awesome. However, it seems that old school strength is something that we’ve lost. How many guys out there are actually old school strong?

So what is Old School Strength?

  1. The ability to pick up heavy things and then walk with them (farmers walk, yoke carry, sand bags, small children, not so small children, dumbbells, barbells).
  2. The ability to pick up and put heavy things overhead (clean and jerk, log press, overhead press).
  3. Squatting and doing it for high reps even though you don’t want to.
  4. Deadlift for reps, for heavy singles, for heavy triples. You can do these anyway you want as long as they get done.

Now we need to have a discussion about how you should put these into a program. One of the best ways to build old school strength is by using Jim Wendler’s book 5/3/1. It uses basic linear progression and progressive overload to get you jacked and strong, which is the only way you actually can get huge. All of the information you need is online already, so a basic search will have you on your way to deadlifting a Civic. In strength training there really isn’t anything new under the sun, there are just better applications of similar ideas. Here’s the link to the program: 531 Article

Another way you can get strong is to use a methodology like 5×5, which once again is another way to use linear progression and progressive overload. The only issue with this is that there’s no waving of intensity, but if you’re new to lifting that really isn’t a big deal. However, if you are an intermediate and would like a way to use 5×5 without having to go up in weight every week try out this wave.

Week 1: 6 sets x 4 reps @75-80% of 1RM

Week 2: 5×5 at same weight

Week 3: 4×6 at the same weight

Week 4-6: repeat week 1-3  but 5-10 pounds heavier on each movement.

Obviously you can’t track reps on weighted carries, but you can do a similar three-week wave where you change the distance or weight:

Week 1: 4 trips x 10m

Week 2: 4x20m

Week 3: 4x30m

Week 4: I think you get it

Okay so now that you have two ways to get the girl of your dreams, implement one of them and stick with it. If you program hop you won’t get stronger.

Included Sources:

Jason Blaha 5×5

Jim Wendler 531


Article Credits: Grant Norris

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

(For Fitness, Bodybuilding Bloggers & More)
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10 Comments
  1. JackedFinance 6 months ago

    great article!

    Any other advice to supplement my getting jacked in regards to nutrition?

  2. Aaron Williamson 8 months ago

    nice job mate

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  4. Nate Hale 8 months ago

    Jason Blaha is a liar, fraud and pedophile.
    He has been proved to have stolen valor by claiming to be ex military, never graduated from high school, has no degree, scammed the government claiming he was disabled and claims to be a reptilian alien breeder.
    You should remove the link to his program that he plagiarized and link Reg Parks 5×5 which he ripped off.

  5. Naturalbodybuilder.com 9 months ago

    Progression is the name of the game and 531 and 5×5 are some great programs.

  6. Broken Crayons 9 months ago

    Great post!
    Loved it 🙂
    Check out my blog

  7. And a very special doctor if you are going to look like that guy up top

  8. The Nomad Gem 10 months ago

    Is it bad if I am a woman and want to be old school strong 🙂 ?

    • melanotan2sale 9 months ago

      No it is not bad at all, women dont realize they have the same muscle tissue as men, only difference is testosterone amount in men and women, this is even recommended to achieve your goals.

  9. lwcaveman 1 year ago

    There you have it. I guess the next step is: get to work.

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