For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 16

Posted on by Ben Bruno

I know I normally make this video posts at the end of the week on Friday, but I will not be able to do it then and wanted to be sure to get something up this. Plus, I don’t think as many people want to take the time out of their weekends to watch videos so it probably works out better midweek anyway. In any case, while it has been a short week since the last edition of For Your Viewing Pleasure (be sure to check it out if you haven’t already), we have another stacked list full of awesome stuff. I’ll stop blabbering and get right to it. As usual, I did not post any of my own videos but please be sure to subscribe to my You Tube channel to check out my new videos as they come up. I just posted two new chinup videos so check those out.

Now let’s get to the list. If you are in the Northeast and are getting dumped on with snow, it’s a great time to sit back, relax, and watch some inspiring stuff. Getcha popcorn ready!


Jen Grasso does a 52 rep goblet squat with 53 lbs. Here Jen busts out 52 reps with a 53 lb kettlebell as a finisher. This is extremely impressive anyway, but the fact that she does this at the end of the workout is even more impressive. The weight on goblet squats is somewhat misleading because a 53 lb goblet squat is much harder than using a barbell. This takes incredible core strength in addition to leg strength, endurance, and mental toughness. Jen is an absolute maniac and I love watching her stuff. She just started her own You Tube channel so I highly recommend you subscribe HERE.

Bret Contreras deadlifts 405 lbs for 15 reps. I have mentioned it several times before in these video posts, but I think high rep deadlifts are one of the hardest things you can do in the gym. Couple high reps with heavy rep and it gets downright brutal. It takes a blend of strength, endurance, and mental toughness to pull it off. Bret demonstrates all of those traits in this awesome set.

Nick Tumminello gets monkey strong. Here Nick puts on a huge display of explosive upper body strength as he navigates a climbing wall. This adds a whole new dimension to standard chin-ups and things of that nature, increasing the difficulty substantially. This looks like a fantastic exercise, though I think it’s probably too difficult for most people. Very impressive stuff from Nick.

Martin Rooney dominates his powerlifting meet. Here Martin sets state records for age and weight, as well as total. Not a bad day. Here Martin proves that you can be strong and still be quick and nimble. He is very well-rounded and it’s always fun to watch his stuff. He is a great example of walking the walk and leading from the front.

Michael Keck films a brutal upper body workout. Here Mike busts out heavy inclines, inverted rows with chains, HEAVY dumbell rows, and rack pull-ups. Here Mike demonstrates some awesome strength on some awesome exercises. That makes for an awesome video.

Mike Robertson discusses scapular stability. Here Mike talks about the importance of scapular stability and shows examples of exercises to improve it. I highly recommend you employ some of this stuff into your program.

Steve Hammond deadlifts 500 lbs. Hitting 500 is always a great milestone. Congrats to Steve on this big accomplishment. This is even more impressive when you consider that Steve is a professional pitcher. I can count the pitchers I know who can deadlift 500 lbs on one finger. I’m not saying they aren’t out there, but it certainly ain’t common. This is bigtime strength.

Bret Contreras does heavy single leg hyperextensions. Here lives up to his reputation as the king of the posterior chain with this impressive display of hamstring and glute strength. This is actually a very difficult exercise with bodyweight alone but Bret makes it look simple even with very heavy weight. I really like this exercise but I never really even considered loading it like Bret does.

Neghar Fonooni does hand to hand kettleswings with 20 kg. Here Neghar demonstrates get power and coordination by making a complex exercise look effortless. If you have ever tried this exercise, then you know it’s not nearly as easy as she makes it looks.

Jen Grasso does Valslide slide pushups. No girly pushups for this girl. This is yet another impressive display of strength and core stability.

Frankie Addelia and Coach Dos show a brutal core exercise. Here Frankie shows an extremely advanced core exercise called “Aerial Core.” I have no doubt in my mind that I would fail miserably if I tried this, but it’s cool to watch anyway. This is an incredible display of strength and body control.

Bret Contreras does reverse lunges on the lever squat machine. Here Bret introduces a cool unilateral exercise on the lever squat. I had never seen these done before so it’s always cool to get new ideas.

Smitty Diesel gives a great tip for improving pushups. Try this out.

Tom Conner trap bar deadlifts 700 lbs with ease. Here Tom rips 700 lbs off the floor like it’s nothing. I reckon he could got a few reps with this weight, which is just ridiculous.

Cressey Performance client Becca busts out some awesome front squats. Here Becca does Anderson front squats with 135 lbs to great depth using nice form. Oh yea, she’s a 15-year-old high school sophomore. Wow. I tip my hat to her.

Neghar Fonooni does a kettlebell complex with two 20 kg kettlebells. That’s 40 kg. That’s 88 lbs. She only weighs 123 lbs. Yea, she’s strong. Really strong.

Mike Robertson talks about foam rolling. Here Mike discusses the importance of foam rolling and shows some awesome techniques for foam rolling the upper body.

Joe Hashey gives 3 great suggestions for improving your bench press. Who doesn’t want a bigger bench press? Here Joe shows you some simple tricks to get it.

Zach Even Esh does a hybrid bodybuilding workout. Here Zach blends together some bodybuilding, strongman, powerlifting, and bodyweight training into a pretty cool workout.

Jaime Rodriguez does “skater squats.” Here Jaime does some heavily weighted skater squats. I had tried this exercise several times in the past but I did it holding dumbells and found it very awkward. After seeing this video I tried the goblet hold and it was much better. Great stuff from Jaime.

Dave Rak does band-resisted TRX rows. I am a big fan of using band tension for this exercise because it forces to pull fast and accelerate through every rep. It is quite difficult but Dave makes it look simple.

That’s all for this week. If you missed the Exercise of the Week, be sure to give that a look as well. Thanks to everyone that sent me links. Please continue to do so because it only makes this weekly post better. Also be sure to follow me on Twitter for new updates. I have been better about updating it so that is a good way to say up to date.

Have a good week, and train hard.