Your Guide to Keeping a Hard Charging Body
Dear Fellow Strongman,
I get asked this question all the time… “You lift so heavy and do so much hard stuff – don’t you hurt or aren’t you afraid you’ll have pain later?”
My answer is always this: “I know guys who are 70 years old who worked hard all their life and they live with some joint pain. I also know guys who are 70 years old who sat behind a desk all their life and live with joint pain. You can be strong and keep your body from degenerating but end up with some pain because of overwork. Or you can be weak, let your body degenerate and end up with pain because you don’t have the strength to keep everything together.”
I come from being a Massage Therapist in my professional life and I’ve spent thousands of hours working on athletes and people with every conceivable muscular problem…
All of this has lead me to pick up tips, exercises and tricks over the course of the last 18 years on how to balance the body, align the structure, rehabilitate and prevent most of the nagging injuries that the hard life incurs.
I also know 20 year olds who don’t do too much of anything and live with muscular and joint pain. 25 year olds who work hard but can’t keep their spines in line enough to stay pain free. And 30 year old powerlifters who stay constantly dinged up and in some level of pain from super heavy training. And 35 year old martial artists who do massive volumes of endurance work, sparring and technical work and end up hurting. 40 year old strongmen who train with crazy angles from odd object lifting or put out massive amounts of pressure bending steel who get jacked up pretty often. And 50 year old fitness enthusiasts – some of whom train heavy and some of whom train light and they still end up in pain. Most of this stems from overwork or under circulation or lack of flexibility or muscular balance or lack of finding the exercise that will keep whatever particular joint or muscle problem you’re having in check and pain free.
Is it wrong to train hard? Absolutely not. People who train hard have pain just like people who don’t ever work hard.
But what if there were a Way to be Strong, to Live Hard and Keep the Pain in Check?
Make no mistake about it if you push the world class levels you’re going to incur a little damage here and there, but there are things you can do to stop it.
There are things you can do to make each joint more mobile, flexible and to balance and rehabilitate the muscles surrounding it to keep you from hurting.
Make no mistake about it – when you live hard you get some wear and tear on the body, but if you’re in constant pain you’re doing something wrong. You’re damaging your health long term and you’re impeding your performance. No matter how tough you are when that pain creeps up on you you’ll subconsciously limit how hard you push and therefore how well you perform.
It will limit the way you live your athletic career, making you old before your time, keeping you from conquering the new challenges you’d like to take on. Many of you are already living with some type of pain, maybe you have an injury that’s been nagging you for years. Maybe you work incredibly hard with whatever training you have but you don’t recuperate so well. Maybe you’re already holding yourself back because of the damage you’ve incurred from some other part of your life.
If you want to live a full life and I don’t mean in just athletic success, but in life with your family, in business or whatever else you’re involved in, then you need to do something about those problems.
They say time heals all wounds – but time doesn’t get you back to normal or better than normal which is what we’re shooting for with the right work behind it.
The human body has miraculous healing powers but only if you stimulate it in the right way.
Don’t Think You’re Too Tough to Need Preventative or Rehabilitative Care
Don’t think you’re too young to start it and prevent these problems to begin with and don’t think you’re too old to get off the couch and do something about feeling better.
It’s wonderful to have immense strength, it creates a life of physical vitality that is difficult to comprehend unless you participate in being that hard, but it doesn’t mean much if you can’t get out of bed in the morning. Or you can’t walk your dog or if you have to move like you’re made out of stone instead of the fluid grace that a human ought to move with.
When you’re young unfortunately no one tells you that you’re going to have to do some maintenance with the body you have to keep it up to speed. Nearly everybody on the planet knows that if you own a car you’d better change the oil every 3,000 miles or so. Why? Because if you don’t the car dies prematurely. And if you don’t start taking care of the joints and muscles that you have then some part of you dies prematurely.
But with simple exercises, a solid overall plan and an emphasis on smart planning then you can take back control. Why not start with that today?!
So why should you listen to me about this?
Many people have said I’m a genetic freak – that I’m simply lucky to be able to tolerate the things that I do, but that other people can’t. That just ain’t true. Yeah – I was always a big guy, but I put my body through every type of hard core, athletic, over the top stress you can. I’ve done things that no other human can do or has done and come out on the other side nearly pain free. Why?
I think there are many factors in how I train that have contributed to it.
All of which I’m explaining to you in these DVD’s. AND – the exercises that I’ve done have helped keep in control and reset the muscular and joint problems I’ve incurred from the incredible stress I’ve put on my system.
Most people think heavy weight destroys you, yet I’ve done quarter squats with nearly 2,000lbs and back lifts with nearly 4,000 and full squats with 1,000lbs and incurred the pain that all those things cause. However I’ve been able to fix it.
The Secrets to Minimizing if Not Eliminating the Majority of the Damage and Pain You Get from Over Taxing the Human System.
But don’t think I’m just a heavy lifter who’s trying to teach you how to manage the stress from big iron. I’ve also done thousands upon thousands of reps of bodyweight exercises, kettlebell training, heavy bag work and many other high rep, high incidents of over use styles of training and come out nearly unscathed on the other side after rep workouts that cripple most people.
I don’t say that to brag. I say that to share with you that I ought to be done for. But I’m tougher than I was at 18 even though I’m in my 30’s and have no more pain that the average 18-year-old. I’ve been blessed to be in touch with some of the greatest minds in strength and conditioning from many different avenues of thought and picked up training that will help you fix whatever damage your sport may put on you.
Don’t think this is just about exercise either, it’s not. I played football, grappled, wrested, done Highland Games and No-Holds barred fighting and have first-hand knowledge of how those things can put a hurt on you. If you let it. If you don’t do something about it.
Here’s part of what you’ll learn in these DVDs –
- Why strength work is essential to keeping the body pain free
- Why multiple stances and grips are essential to balancing your general body muscularity and keeping your joints in line.
- How Jeff Martone rehabbed the most destroyed shoulder I’ve ever heard of
- How I rehabbed my own shoulder after cracking the joint during a college game
- Why cable training may be the ultimate in joint protection
- How to do high reps and not wear out your bones.
- When and how to put the knees over the toes to help strengthen the knees and when not to.
- A practical level of volume that yields the least wear and tear on the body.Exercise pairings that are disaster waiting to happen for your pecs and shoulders
- A dozen exercises for rehabbing the shoulder
- 20 exercises for fixing the low back
- 10 exercises for fixing the forearms and elbows
- 10 for fixing the knees
- The intimate connections of the hip, low back and abdominal muscles and why you have to pay attention to all of them
- One of the stupidest looking exercises that you’ll ever do and should do in the shower that’s also one of the most useful low back stretching exercises I’ve ever seen.
- Practical flexibility and rehab of the shoulders
- Restacking and resetting your own spine
- 10 more exercises to help fix the neck
- What to tell your massage therapist to work on if you’re a hard level athlete
- Light dumbbells to rehab your bicep tendons
This set is 3 DVDs with over 50 exercises covering every joint in the body as well as specific advice about your total training to help you rehab, prehab and keep that finely tuned engine revving without the knocks and pings you may be living with day to day. If you have shoulder, low back, neck, wrist, knee or elbow that needs work, you need these DVD’s.
YES Bud, I want it! I want to keep my body in prime working order, avoiding new injuries as well as rehabbing old ones with all the moves and exercises found on these three DVD’s.