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Original Strength Paperback – May 3, 2013
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Suffice it to say that I have lived in overwhelming pain for almost fourteen years. Many doctors and therapists told me that I would never recover, that I would live as a cripple the rest of my life. Through 2009 I continued recovering, albeit agonizingly slowly, but then I suddenly plateaued, unable to resume almost all of the activities which I enjoy. The simplest things, even sitting, were extraordinarily painful. After 105 doctors and therapists, I was genuinely afraid that I had recovered as much as my body was capable.
But in March I read "Original Strength." I began the program immediately, and literally within minutes of my first experience with OS my spine was moving more freely than it had since before the accident. The lack of mobility, especially in my head and neck, the blurred vision, the disorientation, the burning pain and weakness and dysfunction, abated quickly. My sciatic symptoms, which at times only allowed me to limp in extreme pain, have almost disappeared. Many of the exercises that I was unable to do for these fourteen years suddenly do not aggravate my symptoms; many of the activities which I previously could not do, now are performed easily and without pain; I am training aggressively for the first time in almost a decade-and-a-half. I have a freedom today that I simply would not have without OS.
More importantly, I have been using this with my training clients and athletes to great effect. Even my 101-year-old client can do this program, and her walking gait, sleep/wake cycles, activity levels, and quality of life have improved dramatically. Put simply, THIS STUFF REALLY WORKS.
Tim Anderson, the author, as well as the rest of the OS staff, want to reach as many people as they can. Their presentation is casual and conversational, such that even an exercise novice would understand these basic principles. In the hands of an expert, truly miraculous transformations can occur.
If you are skeptical, as I was, read the book. The results are astonishing. After years of suffering, I am confident that I will make a full, and truly miraculous, recovery.
Others jump in with both feet and follow the latest fad of intense exercise. The fad's marketing doesn't mention the injuries or burnout that waits around the corner. The large majority do nothing at all and the country gets weaker and sicker.
"Original Strength", by Tim Anderson and Geoff Neupert provide another option. The authors want us to reconnect with our God-given gifts of movement and natural strength. They acknowledge that we have to get older but they want you to know that we don't have to age and decay. I have Tim Anderson's two other books, "Becoming Bulletproof" and "Pressing Reset." This latest book builds on the other two.
The prescription is simple. Learn to rock, roll, nod, crawl, and cross crawl. You then reset your body with these movements in as little as 10 minutes a day. They contend that this all most of our current sedentary population would need to recapture their strength and mobility. The book also shows you how to incorporate these movements into a weight training program. It's called a "reset" or a "preset" (depending on when you do it.
I have added this program to my own routine. I've done this for a couple of reasons. At 55 yrs. of age, I've got a lot of mileage on my body from life and exercise. I've practiced law, started schools, and I currently run a fitness training studio for women (Brownstone Fitness).
My days start at 5 AM and end at midnight. I can't afford to be stiff and tight. Our physiology reflects our internal state and I have to be "on" for the clients and my family. Tim and Geoff's methods help me do that. I have also brought the program into the warmups and travel routines of the women I work with.
The six-pack and muscular arms are nice but teaching people to regain the movement and grace that God intended is a more important part of my mission. "Original Strength" is a critical and foundational tool in my toolbox. Well, it's time for a reset warmup, some kettlebell cleans and squats and some spiderman crawling. Tomorrow I'll reset and do The Sulaxmi Exercise Method. If you run, lift weights, do yoga, or have no program, pick up the book and start to look, feel, and perform better.
I'm 46 years old, in spite of being a martial artist for many years, having the flexibility to still throw head level kicks, etc. In recent years I have had some issues with stiffness and soreness in my back, largely due to the odd positions I end up in during sleep. Doing hip-circles, stretches, k-bells, nothing I tried would loosen my stiff back.
Two days of rolling around on the floor and I am right as rain again?
It cannot be that simple, but my back has not felt this loose, this good in years.
Feeling all the other benefits too, I feel better, move better. Been doing the program for about a month now.
It's a lot of good for so little effort.
I cannot Spiderman crawl (well) yet, so I haven't completely exhausted all this program offers.