I initially linked to the Hannibal for King video as just a Hub Post but, upon further review (and awe), I have deemed it more than worthy of a full blown blog. So here goes.
I finally caught up with my DVR this past weekend, and one of the shows I had been waiting to enjoy was Fuel TV’s “Training Day” special with the Blackzilians. In essence, the show consists of cameras follow a day of training with the team (shocking, right?) and includes interviews sprinkled in with the likes of Rashad Evans, the Reem, Vitor Belfort, and other Blackzilian notables.
The show itself was interesting, although fairly unremarkable. By now, I think most MMA fans are aware of the story that a group of fighters left ATT about the same time as Evans had his falling out with Greg Jackson, and they came together in Miami to form the Blackzilians. Even with that, it is still always somewhat interesting to hear the personal stories about the inner workings of a high-level MMA gym, and to get a first hand look at the kind of coaching that generally takes place.
Things got really good, however, when the show featured the workouts being demonstrated by apparent YouTube fitness legend Hannibal for King, who lead the guys through a series of strength exercises that none of them were generally able to do. And when I say “exercises” I feel as though I don’t do Mr. for King justice. For instance:
That doesn’t even make sense to me. It seems like gravity should be preventing this. Thankfully, Reem didn’t try to do anything like that, or else the bars would have fallen right to the ground. In fact, during the show, no Blackzilian was daring enough to try that move, although they did do some other fascinating pull-ups and freakish exercises that hurt me to even dream about. From the small bit we saw, it looked like Tyrone Sprong had the most success of any Blackzilian imitating some of Hannibal for King’s moves.
I have no idea if things like this, or having abs that are harder than a brick wall for that matter, will translate into success any additional success in the cage. That being said, this was one of the most impressive physical displays I have ever seen. Plus, the Reem looked visibly impressed by some of the things Hannibal for King was pulling off, which is a massive accomplishment in and of itself. If only grabbing the cage and lifting yourself up by it was a legal maneuver…