Going Beyond The Barbell – What Elliott Hulse Thinks About Internal Energy, Yin/Yang and Bodyweight Calisthenics For Strength Training

May 18, 2013

It was an early morning and I was practicing Tai Chi in my back yard. The earth was quiet and all I could hear was the sound of the morning birds and my gentle foot steps.

My breathing was soft.

My mind was clear.

My body was relaxed.

Then, without me even realizing it, my internal energy began to sink.

It is a technique called “rooting energy” and is one of the most incredible feelings in the world. It feels like the lower half of your body is buried DEEP within the ground. Energy like a tsunami flowed up from the ground, through my legs and was released by my arms.

I honestly felt like a locomotive could have slammed into me and I would not have lost my balance.

The above experience happened to me several years ago and I have often thought about if there was a way of harnessing this same energy for the purpose of strength training.

Can we use internal energy to increase strength output?

Why Did I Reach Out To Elliott Hulse To Answer The Questions Of Internal Energy For Strength Training?

Elliott Hulse is not your typical online strength guru. He goes FAR beyond teaching people how to bench press. Elliott is a thinker. He takes everything with a grain of salt and applies what he can to his own life in order to see what works.

I’ve been following Elliott on Youtube for quite some time now and have always been surprised by his knowledge of the eastern internal energy practices. He has learned Chi Kung and inculcated these principles into his own practice called Anabolic Energies. His greatest fitness influence, his uncle, was an avid practitioner of the internal arts and exposed Elliott to much of it.

I thought to myself, “If there is one person that might know where the marriage point is between internal energy practices and external strength training, it would be Elliott.

So I decided to reach out to him and ask him my questions.

The below videos are a question-by-question contemplative conversation between Elliott and I in regards to internal energy, yin/yang, body weight exercises and a few other concepts.

I hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think in the comments section below….

How Do You Incorporate Internal Energy Into Your Workouts and Can It Make You Perform Better?


How Do You Blend Yin/Yang Energy Into Your Strength Training So That It Is Balanced and Not Overly Yang?


Everything Evolves & Changes Over Time. How Do You See The Sport Of Power Lifting Evolving Over The Next Few Decades?


SOA Is A Bodyweight Exercise Community. What Do You Think About Calisthenic Only Programs & Are You Working On Any Specific Moves (Muscle Ups, Hand Stands, etc.)?


If Someone Came Up To You And Asked, “Elliott, How Do I Become The Strongest Version Of Myself?” What Would You Tell Them?


Elliott, thank you so much for participating in the Shot of Adrenaline community. We appreciate your generosity of time and insight very much!

To learn more about Elliott and join his communities here are some helpful links below…

Elliott’s Website: HulseStrength.com
Elliott’s Youtube Channel: Strength Camp
Elliott’s Facebook Page: Elliott Hulse Fan Page
Elliott On Twitter: Elliott Tweets
Elliott’s Non-Jobs Campaign (This is a great resource for all those that are not happy with their 9-5): NonJobs.com

Show/Hide Comments (7 comments)
  1. Pradeep BC

    Hi Todd,

    I am a follower of Elliot too because of his in depth knowledge and philosophy for fitness. Its great to see both of you share and explore similar interests and sharing this with everyone.
    I must say that the fitness has taught me passion,discipline, hard work, reaching goals, failing and jumping back in, commitment and becoming stronger. It has become easier for me to apply all these basic principles in professional and personal life. πŸ™‚


    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi Pradeep,

      Yes, fitness has taught me those things as well. That’s why I like Elliott’s “Strongest Version of Yourself”. It seems to sum up what happens in fitness over time. Good stuff!

  2. Rob

    Hey. GREAT STUFF. I am a big fan (no pun intended) of Elliot Hulse. Wealth of knowledge that one. I’ve definitely frequented his YT vids.

    The great thing about this get-together is that you two share a common goal in helping others reach their potential. Whether is planche pushups and body levers, or deadlifts and OH Press, the goal of ANY fitness trainer- myself included- is to drive clients to improvement!

    Be blessed.
    Dan 3:17

  3. Marino

    Great interview am also a follower of Elliott and have bought a couple of his books. Love the interview you too are so different but yet the same lol. Keep it up Todd

    • Todd Kuslikis

      Thanks Marino. Yes, Elliott is larger than life and my style is much more subtle. Glad you liked the interview.

  4. Josh

    Good videos πŸ˜‰

    • Todd Kuslikis

      Thanks Josh!

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