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Smark Healthy: The Jeff Cobb Workout Session


Hello, marks and smarks! Has anyone recovered yet from PWR Special: Homecoming? Tell me how, please.

GCP's back again with the newest segment on Smark Healthy, the Smark Healthy Workout. The local wrestling scene has its fair share of vlogs, so it seems only appropriate that we get in on this as well. And what better way to kick things off than with a very special guest, Ring Of Honor's Jeff Cobb!


Jeff Cobb was in town as he took part in Saturday's PWR Special: Homecoming. He co-main evented the show in a PWR Championship match against Chris Panzer and QUATRO. Despite coming up short in his title fight, Cobb won over the audience with his display of athleticism and sheer, brute strength. He held a Suplex Party that left many wondering how his opponents managed to survive against him. Please come back, Kuya Jeff.

Anyhow, this workout session materialized only because a spot in his very hectic schedule opened up, and even then, it was significantly reduced. The previous two hours allotted for us was cut to just one. Such is the life of traveling wrestlers. It didn't matter, though. The point of the article was how to sneak in a workout whenever possible. We started past 4 p.m. and ended just before five, and I could still feel the aches in my body two days after the fact. Without further ado, here's the inaugural Smark Healthy Workout episode.


Here are a few notable points from the episode:

  • Light weights and high reps are a great way to get the blood pumping and make the muscles pop out better.
  • His strength and conditioning are handled by Syndicate Gym in Las Vegas.
  • For Jeff Cobb, there's very little merit to going heavy a day before a show. It causes unnecessary fatigue leading into a match.
  • Make do with what's available. Sometimes, the gyms that are available don't have some more specialized equipment, so find a way to still get your reps in.

As a non-wrestler, this has got to be one of the most unique experiences I could have had with a visiting talent. What made it even more special was that it was with Jeff Cobb himself, one of the true embodiments of the matabuff physiques. I was awestruck with how he just naturally walks light, despite his size. There is no doubt that he has sheer power in his body, but is surprisingly so attuned with his movements. You could even call him graceful.

We went through the Jeff Cobb workout, something that the guys in Syndicate Gym in Las Vegas fine-tune regularly. We started doing power cleans at 60 kg for four sets of ten, which is no joke, especially when it's at the very first circuit. He actually accommodated us by lowering it to 40 kg, a more manageable weight for people not yet built like him. Let me tell you, I was heaving by the halfway mark.

I had to take longer breaks because I honestly needed to keep myself from puking. I kept thinking to myself that I wish I did more conditioning work. We were joking around, filming content, but I really was struggling.

Man, Jeff Cobb's "light workout" kicked my ass.


But it was fuuuuuun!

Even if I knew beforehand that I'd make a fool of myself in front of him with my (lack of) conditioning, I would have still gone to that workout without a moment's hesitation. No way in hell would I pass up the chance to learn from someone with as much experience and athleticism as him.

When I found out that Jeff Cobb suddenly had a free slot in his schedule, I immediately asked PWR's media relations coordinator for an opportunity to do this workout feature. Just a day before, I thought that I would have to forego the opportunity to work out with Jeff Cobb because he had a full day of media to get through.


But when life gives you a chance, you shoot your shot. The worst that could happen is it doesn't push through. Despite my sore body the following day—with my bad shoulder and my back killing me—I regretted nothing. I seized the opportunity and ran with it as much as I could.

Let's face it, how many fans can say they've had Jeff Cobb look at them while they're out of breath, and hear him say, "Ginusto mo 'yan?



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The members of Smark Healthy have various fitness backgrounds. However, as a precaution, we always advise our readers to seek the help of a trained professional when first executing these exercises. Proper form and technique—not just the weight—are the foundations of getting dem gainz safely.

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