El Gran Gama never lost a match and competed in some 5,000 wrestling matches. To this day he is considered by many to be the “GREATEST” fighter in history.
What’s even more amazing is the Great Gama workout.
Before breaking it down for you, let me give you a quick idea of your physical prowess.
The strength of the Great Gamut was noticed at a young age. When he was only 10 years old, he had already competed in a national strength and fitness competition (India). At this young age he was already capable of performing 500 bethaks and 500 dands. (a type of push-up exercise to strengthen the upper body)
He also wrestled every day, although he did not compete until he was 15 years old.
What are these exercises you might ask?
Well, a bethak is similar to a full squat. You do a bethak from a standing position … your feet at 45 degree angles. While squatting, roll on the balls of your feet and lift your heels off the ground. This isn’t an easy move, but it’s a great leg builder / conditioner. You should make about 60 or 80 bethaks.
In the days of the Grand Range, famous champions made between two and three thousand bethaks a day.
The wrestlers used to perform up to 1000 bethaks. At the very least, a fighter would make between five and eight hundred a day. (This is a great exercise and requires no equipment, just your own body weight.)
As he grew older, the Grand Range’s training would increase to 40 fighters, 5,000 bethaks, and 3,000 dands. All of this was done daily.
It is easy to see why the Grand Range was seen as invincible. This is a very strenuous workout. These incredible training exercises were the foundation for all great Indian fighters and as writer Percy Longhurst wrote … “The Indian system of training has results beyond the development of great strength; it creates more remarkable endurance powers at the same time. What a time increasing agility. “
Finally, in 1909, the Great Range won the Indian championship wrestling title in 1909.
He then traveled all over Europe with a circus of Indian wrestlers, facing off against all the attendees. As a result, the Gran Gama defeated some of the best-known fighters of that era.
He presented challenges to many of the greats and was willing to give up his title if he was defeated. Some of these great champions were Japanese judo champion Taro Miyake, Georges Hackenschmidt from Russia and Frank Gotch from the United States.
They all rejected the Great Gama challenge. Are you ready to face Gama’s great training?