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Big Time Functional Fitness:  The P.P.T. Rule For Getting In Tip Top Shape!

Big Time Functional Fitness: The P.P.T. Rule For Getting In Tip Top Shape!

I just recently touched on an element of training that I like to refer to as the P.P.T rule that I like to utilize with my athletes on a fairly regular basis. I often have a different approach with a lot of my clients and athletes when it comes to fitness and strength and this particular method can certainly fall into that category.  If you like training outdoors then this should be right up your alley. Take a minute to read and include this strategy into your strength and conditioning program if you are a fierce competitor that likes beating up on the competition! Feel free to let me know how it works for you my friend.

The P.P.T. Rule-Physical Training Strategy:

Once again spring and summer are fast approaching and the outdoor weather is certainly proving to be ideal for training conditions.  If you are looking to enhance your athletic performance, or just to build a substantially fit body then you have got to get outdoors and implement the P.P.T. rule! So what is the P.P.T. rule? This is a simple abbreviation for a training strategy that I like to use with my athletes. It means that you have to Push something, Pull something, and Tote something. Thats right, it’s that simple my friend.


If you are looking at a training routine to implement outdoors then this is a smart and simple way of doing it.  The great thing about this is that you can really apply the use of kettlebells, sandbags, dumbbells, and even elements from your own garage such as wheelbarrows and tires. Along with these tools of strength you can really utilize the outdoor space to implement the P.P.T. strategy.  The great thing about this strategy is that it can be structured any number of ways. I like to do this outdoors, but if you have the space available within the walls of an indoor space then you can use it to your advantage just the same.


If you are trying to figure out a good way to apply this then start really simple. You can make it as simple as picking 3 different exercises. Simply choose one pulling movement, one pushing movement, and one toting drill. From here you can work on gauging your training by controlling the volume of these lifts and exercises to optimize your workout.  Make sure that you get creative. The only other piece of equipment that you may need would be a stopwatch. This is only essential for managing strict work to rest intervals so that you can get a punishing workout that will yield you big time results. The P.P.T rule is no joke and I promise that you will notice a drastic difference in your personal level of fitness and strength, as well as, passing the eyeball contest if that happens to be part of your training goal.


This is only one strategy of many that I like to feed into my program for many of my clients. It is strategies just like this and more that I like to also get to my Elite members all the time so if you haven’t already become one then start now by getting my FREE downloadable training guide the “10 Step Method To Strength: Mastering The One Arm One Legged Push Up.” Along with this you will receive my FREE newsletter and tons of FREE training strategies just like this one! Start your smart training today my friend.


I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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