The Missing Links: Training the Hands, Neck, and Core

This is a mini-review of Ross Enamait’s new DVD, The Missing Links.  For those who are unfamiliar with his methods, Ross is a master at “low tech, high effect” training.  His other materials completely changed my exercise philosophy.  A few years ago, I went from long, ineffective sessions characterized by weight-room chatter and plodding jogs, to short, intense workouts that often leave me panting on the floor.

His workouts are tough, but I’ve really come to appreciate the results!

This time, Ross focuses on the oft-neglected hands, neck, and core.  He stresses that strengthening these areas are not only crucial for fighters and martial artists but for overall fitness as well.  Anyone living in New England can appreciate the need for a stable core, strong grips, and a flexible neck after all the shoveling this winter!

If you get a chance, check out his website and this new title.  Even though some of the exercises won’t be new to experienced martial artists, there’s a lot to be learned in this two DVD set.

About moaimartialarts

Lucky enough to grow up with the martial arts, I have felt their positive influence throughout my life and am especially interested in sharing these experiences with others. I enjoy working with youth and adults to give back some of what I've received. If you would like to learn more about Uechi-Ryu/Shohei-Ryu Karate, or if you want to find people to train with, please contact me. I am the head karate instructor for the Meriden Martial Arts Club.
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5 Responses to The Missing Links: Training the Hands, Neck, and Core

  1. Samuel Weber says:

    If you want to see some really effective ways of training the neck, I suggest you look at the training regiment of Formula 1 drivers. During cornering up to 4 g’s of lateral force act on the head and helmet combo to produce a weight of 24kg(53lbs)upon the driver’s head. They must use special training to cope with it or else they get a broken neck.

  2. Curtis says:

    So I’m a card carrying member of ross’s ‘puke you breakfast’ club. I just started doing 1/2 burrpees (no pushups since the a/c separated) using fingertips on the drop to get the hands going again.

    1st set. No issues. 5th and your fingers start to collapse. Not sure if that’s in his books or videos but it works.

    • shoheiryuct says:

      I LOVE fingertip burpees! I’ve been practicing them for awhile now, and they still give me trouble.

      One thing I notice though is that I can’t do them as fast, so they help me to pace myself during longer burpee challenges (e.g. 100 burpees, max burpees for time, 10×10 burpees/medicine ball slams).

      When you say 1/2 burpees, are you doing squat thrusts? I think they’re a little harder, in a way, because you complete the motion faster. That means more jumping!

      • Curtis says:

        Just no pushup. Shoulder still isn’t cooperating but that will change after the surgery.

        You’re right on the more jumping part. I’m doing the two 50day workouts back to back as a challenge. After the first set in the second workout you’re making sure the bucket is close enough!

        After watching the belt test video, the competitive nature told me that I have more work to do…

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