Triathlon Pain Caves: The Iron Cowboy’s Dream Home Gym Tour

Triathlon Pain Caves: The Iron Cowboy’s Dream Home Gym Tour

(insistent knocking) (dog barks) – Hey it’s okay big guy. What up, dude? Come on in. (western cowboy music) My name is James Lawrence, I’m the iron cowboy and this is my gym. It just came into my head 50-50-50. 50 ironmans, 50 states, in just 50 days. – That’s about 10 you’re good. – Past 48 hours, I did two ironmans and five hours of sleep. – I’m like how are you doing? He’s like, “done”. So I don’t really think he’s good. – Ten, nine. – Let’s go from three. – Yeah, three. – Guys they’ve lost (music drowns out speaker) – James said he can’t feel his legs. – He’d sit down, he was asleep. He was so crazy to watch. – One, two, snoring. You do one, two, three snoring on a bike you crash. – And all the sudden he’s like, “I can’t do this”. – I stopped chasing society’s dream, and I went after my dreams. – All right guys this is my gym. I’m the Iron Cowboy. This is where all of the hurt, the sweat, the pain, everything happens. I absolutely love it. We built this because I was sick and tired of having to get permission to go to the places, and do my training, and do some filming and some social media and all that stuff. So we just wanted to workout in peace, and have a good time. So we’ll start here this Guys if you’re not strength training you’re not performing
to the level you can. Everybody says this is a endurance sport, it’s not. This is a strength sport. This is a muscular
endurance-strength sport. If you’ve ever been at an Ironman event, if you’ve ever done an Ironman event, if you’ve ever done a marathon when you get to the finish line you don’t hear people saying, “oh man, I felt so good ” but I just couldn’t get my heart rate ” where it was stopping me, ” my heart rate was so high
my lungs were gonna…” No they’re not saying that! They’re saying my legs are so heavy. I was carrying bricks around that course. What was stopping them was their strength. Their muscular endurance, that was getting in their way. Take out a swim and do strength training. There we go, there we go. – Yeah. – This machine I love it. It’s my smith machine. We do squats on here, we do bench on here, yes it’s bench. Here’s one more rant piece I’m gonna do, Women! Ladies! You cannot put on mass. You cannot bulk up. Lift heavy weights. For crying out loud, lift heavy weights. You wanna be strong on the bike, lift heavy weights. It’s okay you cannot put on mass. Lean muscle mass. You know why? You wanna burn calories when you’re sleeping and what not, you do your strength training. You will burn calories while just sitting there doing nothing. While you’re recovering, while you’re doing it. You wanna be strong on the bike, you wanna have power. Powerful run legs coming off the bike. You’ve gotta do this kind of work. So off my platform. Love the smith machine. I love controlled things. On this side of the gym, we’ve got weight machines. That I use specific for hamstrings, specific for quadriceps. One of the biggest mistakes people make in triathlon, in weights and strength training is an imbalance between
quads and hamstrings. And so you’ve got to do single leg work. You’ve gotta work the front and the back. It’s so important. I know I’m getting a
little bit passionate. It’s just who I am, I get fired up. Single dumbbells, double dumbbells, the med balls, the stability type work. We’ve seen a lot of people
blow out their shins and so we actually do all of our box jumps on padded mats that we stack up. It really helps to save your shins. And then off season I love to do CrossFit. Now I get it CrossFit’s the devil. Stop it. Stop with that nonsense. CrossFit will make you an athlete, CrossFit will make you functional, CrossFit will make you look good, but here’s some hard hardcore rules when it comes to CrossFit. Forget ‘wait for time’, scrap that. Work on technique. Be the last person in the gym. There’s no such thing as ‘RX’, there’s no such thing as the white board. It’s you and who you are. And there’s just so much
value in being athletic, different movements side. In our sport everything, Bop, Bop, Boom. Straight, straight, straight, right? That’s what we do in our sport. But movement side to side, athletically doing the different movements it’s gonna turn you into an athlete. It’s gonna make you stronger. We got a fun rig here, obviously lots of TRX stuff. The heavy bag is sometimes fun to do some rounds on that. And you know, just again be agile, be an athlete. A lot of body weight stuff, a lot of bands. We got jump ropes that
are great for calf work. Stability, just blowing stuff up. Hanging doing a lot of ab work. Dude, who doesn’t love a six eight pack whatever you want, whatever your jam is. But that’s the thing, you know what no offense to
you big hardcore cyclists out there. But my goal is not to man-orexic. That’s just not my goal. I wanna go out there I wanna look good, I wanna perform well, and trust me it takes strength
training to perform well. These machines right here, obviously all of our heavy
lifting are kettlebell work. Which is a lot of fun. We’ve actually got a really cool girl, that’s gonna be coming to Cross, coming through this summer. She’s trying to break the world record for the most kettlebell sessions, three hours at a time. She’s gonna come here, we’re gonna throw around
some kettle bells, she’s gonna teach me how to do it. But she’s gonna set a world record. So cool to be part of that. Obviously we’ve got our machine that I talked about specific for quads, hamstrings, squats for the overall legs. You’ve really got to emphasis those. And you’ve got to separate them out so that you can have that balance. We get so so focused because of what we do when it strengthens our quads, that it leads to injury. And so having that balance between the front and the
back is so so important. And everybody has to have
one of these in their gyms. (western cowboy music) This is the fun part. And then when you get
tired of riding your bike, you jam out on one of these. You go have some fun up in
these mountains in Utah. It’s unbelievable. Block weights. Tactical training vests
when you get too strong and unbelievably massive. You wanna add some difficulty, you throw on the vest. Do some running, some intervals, kind of a fun CrossFit thing. Triathlon gets so boring. So stagnant we repeat, repeat, repeat. That’s why I like to add
in that cross training. Doing different elements, fun stuff. We’ve gotta have some
playfulness in what we do. If not what’s the point. And this type of stuff
we do a lot off season. In the winter really get creative and have fun. Couple cardio machines here, and then we’ll head upstairs. But this one is a lot of fun. Stepper. If you’re going into a course that has a lot of hills, challenging terrain. This thing is unbelievable
to get your calves blown out. Really get some elevation gain. Rowers is a really fun, different way to do some cross training. Some good cardiovascular stuff. I love these machines, this thing cranks up to 30 degrees. Which is a ton of fun. And also all of the treadmills that we have go to negative six. And that’s awesome to train for a race that has maybe a marathon you’re doing that comes out of a canyon, has a lot of elevation drop. People are shocked they
get up into those races. They don’t train, they just train flat. And then they totally
blow out their quads. And that sucks. That leads to injury. So you wanna kinda train and do things that you
would do in a normal race. And you wanna try to simulate that. And because we do have
a long indoor season, love the treadmills that go super steep and super declined. This machine is a ton of fun. For all you data geeks out there, this thing reads off of power. So it demonstrates how
much power you can do. We do a lot of swim work, that early catch is important. Those lat muscles pulling down, gives you out a good watt reading. So you can get consistent pressure. A lot of cable work can be done here. Lot of side, core, stability. Lot of fun. I’m getting ready right
now for a ski race. A 40 mile back country ski race. And so I’ll be doing a lot of the pulling. And so this is good, good kind of cross training we do. This is my downstairs playground. We’ve got another area. Let’s go upstairs and
check out the upstairs. (western cowboy music) So this is where most
of the work gets done. The stuff that matters, the hard work. The grueling long sessions in the winter. Some are my favorite though. Because I love riding our bikes indoors. So we’ve got the two treadmills, we’ve got two bikes. Guys, it sucks to train on your own. You get inside you’ve got
an early season Ironman, you’ve got five or six
hours worth of running and biking to do on a long brick session. So I said I don’t wanna do it by myself, so I created an environment
where my friends would come and hang out. So we’ve got these two treadmills up here. Again they go to 30 and six. It’s just fun. You can break yourself on these. Two spin bikes with power on them. These are my wife’s bikes. We’re huge fans of Fezzari, they’ve been taking care of us for years. Just a Cr3 road bike, my wife’s tri-bike. This bike here they don’t
even make this anymore. Ellsworth specialized in mountain bikes, but for one year they came out and built a tri bike that
was called the Coefficient. And this is actually the bike that we broke the 2010 Half
Ironman world record on. So that’s kind of a
sentimental piece to me. It was the beginning
of my journey in 2010. Which was a decade ago. I’m just completely
humbled to still have that and to still be racing, and still be healthy. And having so much fun a long the way. Actually these here is a
decade worth of hard work. Most of these are
Half-Ironman, Full Ironmans. Co2 over here, Kona. On the wall, Kona 2014. And 70.3 world champs. I just realized today
I am missing one metal, it is gone. And it’s from another 70.3 World Champs when it was in Clear Water Florida. Cause I did Clear Water and I did Vegas. Obviously some that are
really special to me would be my … very first ever full distance. This little tiny guy right here. 2008 my very first ever full distance, it was the Vineman. And so this was really
the start of our journey where it has meant so much to us, changed our lives. It was the first time
I did a full Ironman. I was like this is what
I’m supposed to be doing, and it broke me. Like I was a disaster. Great swim, great bike, but fell apart on the run right? Like I had no idea what I was doing. This one here is my PR. Ironman PR. Cozumel Mexico. It’s one of my favorite races ever. I’ve done it five times. Just had an unbelievable race that day. It was a month before we went to tackle the full Ironman world record. This one means a lot to me, too. It was my very first marathon. Salt Lake City Marathon. This metal right here was
truly the start of our journey. I had done a four mile fun run, and it wrecked me. Like four miles wrecked me. I had no idea about running, I’d never heard of triathlon really. And my wife said, “Dude,
you are absolutely pathetic. ” You’re pathetic! ” Those four miles should not wreck you.” And she said, “I just signed you up for ” the Salt Lake City Marathon.” And we trained together for
like four or five months and suffered through this. And so this metal means a lot to me, because it really was
the start of my journey. One of the very first tough things that I did as an endurance athlete. And it’s really where I
fell in love with the sport. And I was like I am not
gonna allow this moment to define who I am. And if you had met me on that day, no chance you would’ve said that I would’ve went on to have and do, and experience what I did. And so I’m grateful for the suffering, I’m grateful for the failures. I’m grateful that I didn’t
give in to that moment, and not go on and do what I believed I was capable of right. So that’s a really cool win. (western cowboy music) But let me take you
through some of our bikes. This one here Fezzari will get mad at me, but this is a prototype. It’s not even out on the market. I’ve been playing with it. It’s a one piece frame, super light-weight, 27.5 tires, tons of comfort, hard tail, lot of fun on the mountain. All mountain. So I love, love riding this. This is the new version of the bike that I rode up Mount Kilimanjaro. 20,000 feet in the air that was an unbelievable experience. This is one of the Wingman Air, this is one of the versions of the T5 that Fezzari makes. This is very similar
to the one that I rode in the 50 which we set that record on. These two bikes here. This is my wife’s and
then this one’s mine. It’s called the Empire. It actually won bike of the year. Road bike of the year
unbelievable bike again. One piece frame, molding, disk brakes, the 28 tire thickness. Dude, so stable. So fast. I absolutely love it. I don’t know, do you
remember power cranks? (laughing) You remember those? – No. – No? Oh man. – What is that? – Let me show you. So the bike is obviously a one speed. You seriously don’t
know about power cranks? – Not a clue. – So these are probably
the best training tool on the planet, I don’t even know if
they make them anymore. But it’s got adjustability
for crank length, right? But what’s interesting is each of these is independent of each other. You know when you’re
doing a single leg drill, and it goes like, “click, click.” and there’s that dead spot, right? And if you learn to be
an efficient cycler, cyclist you eliminate that dead spot. And you become so more efficient. And that’s how these guys produce power. If Triathlon Taren didn’t know about it, and dude it’s a special piece and he should know about it. This is my T5. My racing bike. I have found that this
combination of tubeless without a disk is so much faster. This bike is just raw speed. But any aggressive fast
bike is rarely super, super comfy. We were just on the largest
film production in TV history. A race called the Eco-Challenge. It was in the back country of Fiji. It’s gonna be 10 episodes on Amazon Prime, coming out in September of this year 2020. And trust me it’s going to be a must-see. I am not allowed to say how we did. What we did. But just know this bike was unbelievable. Full suspension, two niners,
eagle eye on the back. This thing was unbelievable. This thing was caked in mud. This thing did everything
we wanted it to do. And it’s one of the most fun bikes I’ve ever been on in the mountain here. So a lot of cool stuff coming. Fezzari does an unbelievable job cranking out different bikes. Taking care of us. Been partnered with them
for at least five years, and just stoked to be with them. So this is kind of upstairs playground. What we do, where we do a lot of the work, a lot of the sweating. And I’m just stoked and blessed to have such a playground and to be able to do this. You’ve seen my gym, you’ve seen my house, you’ve seen a little bit of my bling, and now it’s time for you to get out. – So what’s up Trainiacs, that is the Iron Cowboy’s studio. Thanks for having us here, you’ve got something
special to share with us for what’s coming later this year though. – I have hopefully a gift for everybody. And I have gone through my career and one of the best
things that I got to do was suffer. – This is what we as human
beings can actually do. – We have designed a race, here in Utah. And you’ve experienced
a little bit of Utah, so far it’s unbelievable, it’s rugged. We’re standing at 5,000 feet. Our race goes up to 13,000 feet. I wanna invite every Trainiac who wants to challenge themselves, wants to find out who they are, wants to have an experience. We have a half distance
and a full distance. It’s called the Guardsman. So it’s a challenge you’re gonna do it, we wanna extend an offer
to all you Trainiacs. 50% off. We’re gonna probably have a
link in the description below, and the code is gonna be, “Trainiacs”. We invite you out to Utah. It’s August 1st, and it’s gonna be an experience. You wanna challenge yourself, you wanna have a good time, you wanna see some unbelievable views come visit us in Utah. We’re gonna put on an unbelievable event. I’ve invited Teran, we’ll see if he comes or not. I don’t know. I know he’s a got a goal. A big goal. We always try to make it to Kona. Kona’s a magical place but so is right here in Utah. Another cool thing
we’re doing cash prizes. We’re gonna be on the race course, you don’t have to win. Just you got a smile on your face, you get some cash. You’re in last place, you get some cash. And if you finish the course, last year we only had 10% finish, if you finish your name goes in the drawing for more cash. So come to Utah, have an experience. Link below, click on it. Register, August 1st. 50% off all you Trainiacs. – Awesome, man.
– Thank you. – Thanks for having us.
– Absolutely.

53 thoughts on “Triathlon Pain Caves: The Iron Cowboy’s Dream Home Gym Tour

  1. Wow and this is the home gym? I want to see the rest of the house now LOL. Is that space a garage? But I saw a car parked in a garage so… I know his property has to be amazing. Killer gym!

  2. This man is a STUD
    disagree on the smith machine for squats and bench IMO power rack is the way to go
    Excited to research him more
    Thanks Taren another great video

  3. When my coach gets fussy about me lifting and doing crossfit, I'm telling her that IC said it was ok 😉 Seriously, thanks for this video. For sure needed to see this today.

  4. Cowboy I’d follow you to the edge of the cliff your the man. I use your energy powder it’s amazing nice to see your gym. One day I’ll get to ride with you. Happy you said the truth about CrossFit.

  5. ME (edit: muscular endurance) is KEY! I have added this into my training the past few months and it's made a world of difference. Also, a ski erg would really round out your gym.

  6. Was super intrigued to watch the documentary but after watching this guy joke about cyclists being "manorexic", I think I'll pass.

  7. Met the Iron Cowboy at Myrtle Beach back when he was doing his 50 IM's in 50 States. Got an Iron Cowboy t- shirt ! Bonus ! Awesome guy👍

  8. Ok, who are the ass clowns that leave thumbs down? Have you nothing better to do with your life! Get your fat ass off YouTube and go outside!

  9. I can’t believe he’s advocating leg curls and leg extensions. I am 100% for strength training but why not keep it functional and dynamic?

  10. Im honestly not that impressed by this guy. He has loads of money and is on loads of steroids.
    Taren is much more impressive to me as an inspiration.

  11. Taren, worst video you’ve ever done. This guy is a true world class ass. He sure loves himself though. This entire video should have been laid out all over the cutting room floor.

  12. Marathons, triathlon and cycling has a lot to do with muscular endurance, however your vo2 Max is much more important( oxygen carrying capability) than strength. At the end of a mararhon, people say they legs hurt so much because their lactate threshold is low, and that has a lot to do with ur blood(hct, rbc, hgb percentage/count)

  13. I’m 5 minutes in and knowing who you are, now what your gym looks like and your mindset on training, CrossFit, strength and function, life…. I AM a total fan!

    Thanks for speaking the TRUTH!

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