Today, I have another FANTASTIC interview for you (if you didn't see the first one with Ben Bergman, check it out here.) Today's interview is with one of the best representative that the world of physical culture has to offer. Many people strive to improve in their craft, yet Logan strives for great skill in all. His title as the Physical Culture Renaissance Man is well earned, and we can truly see why in this interview. Check it out! Also, be sure to check out his website Legendary Strength.
Alright, Logan Christopher, the Renaissance man of the physical culture world! Really man, you seem to have done it all, how do you manage to keep up with so many different styles of training?
From the beginning pretty much I wanted to be good at it all. I guess it is in my nature to seek variety rather than specialization and thus my training reflects that.
I like to think like Leonardo Da Vinci. Most people don’t realize that much of his greatness was because he was so good in different fields. It was his study of nature and anatomy that made him such a great painter. This led him to being the original Renaissance man. Thus I aim to bring that to training, in that the more I do the more of a base I have with which to become better at different things.
It’s a choice that I’d rather be 80-90% in all forms of training than 100% in one. Of course, there’s a few specific things I do that allow me to become good at lots of different things without spreading myself too thin.
There’s too much to do at any one time so I rotate training styles over time. Right now I quite focused on heavy weight lifting and short bending. Before that I was focused 90% on bodyweight training and hand balancing with a little kettlebell juggling thrown in for fun. Once I hit my current goals I’ll get back to more bodyweight since I have lots of goals there.
Doing the proper physical and mental training helps me reach my goals faster and then move onto the next thing.
You have some pretty extravagant strength feats to your name, yet you constantly push yourself to improve in strength. Does it ever seem difficult to crank out that extra effort for training, and what keeps you motivated?
It’s really not about effort. It would be effort NOT to train and go after my goals. This is what I do. Its tied into my lifestyle so heavily that I couldn’t stop. Not only that but my business relies on me continually getting better.
That being said, sure there are times when I don’t feel like training. But it is an ingrained habit so that never happens for more than one or two days max than I’m back at it.
The difference between me and the average person who struggles with motivation to train is that for me it is tied into my identity and lots of high level beliefs and values. If a person is just trying to train harder they’re working on a lower level of behavior change, which won’t work without tremendous will power and often fails in the end, IF you don’t put the proper beliefs and values in line with it.
How has your introduction to physical culture changed your life, and the lives of people you've trained?
As previously mentioned this is what I do. I can’t even really imagine what my life would be like without it. But it wasn’t always this way. I use to be a weak and scrawny kid. I didn’t even weigh 100 lbs. when I entered high school. I was also not very happy back then and had zero confidence. For me everything got better with physical culture.
As for others, I get reports almost daily of how what I teach has helped people to attain their goals and feel great about doing it. I think outside the box compared to most trainers and many people love that as it is so different.
How do you see true physical culture progressing as a community in the next 10 years?
I think real physical culture will become more mainstream over time. There will still always be people doing ineffective training, but more and more will find what really works. With that I’d like to see more competitions in different areas of physical culture. I think that would help everything build to a higher level.
I’d also like to see more on an emphasis placed on mental training, going much further than mental toughness and visualization, throughout the community. That’s something I find hugely important and thus and focusing on. Look for my future book Mental Muscle on the topic.
I know that the 1000lbs bridge is a goal of yours (yikes!). What are some other goals, or plans, for the future?
I’ve got lots of goals. Right now I’m working on:
When I hit some of those I’ll have more things to focus on like the front lever and press handstands.
What do you love most about what you do?
What first comes to mind is achieving a big goal. It’s just a thrilling rush to achieve something you’ve been working at for such a long time. This year I did my first ever tiger bend, my first standing ab wheel rollout, and lifted over 1000 lbs. in a rack pull. To see all the work you’ve been doing pay off is just a great feeling. Then you move onto the next goal and do it all again.
Do you have any special tips for the readers here?
Lots of them and that’s why they should check out my website :) Seriously though, here’s a few principles that guide my training.
Choose a performance based goal. Even if you want to gain or lose weight you’ll get better results in my opinion by tying that into what you can do. You can use what other people say as a guide but choose something that motivates you from within.
Don’t get married to one tool (bodyweight, kettlebells, etc.) Don’t get married to one set and rep scheme. Don’t get married to any ideology. Almost everything works to some degree, although some things are better and others.
Listen to your body. It takes practice to do this effectively but you’re training your body to get better so don’t you think taking its feedback would be useful?
Eat quality food. You need the proper fuel to do great things. It is much harder to recover or take action when you’re feeling sluggish from what you eat.
Use your mind. Its way more powerful than you think. People have died from believing they would. Placebo knee surgeries worked as well as real surgeries. If you can tap into this power lifting more weight is EASY!
And how can we find you online?
The best place to go is to http://www.LegendaryStrength.com. That is my main website where you’ll find regular new articles, videos, all my courses and more. Make sure you join my email list to get five special reports to improve your strength, health and mind power.
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