- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Xulon Press (May 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626974616
- ISBN-13: 978-1626974616
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 101 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
Just to see how it goes I made it a daily routie for my 8-year son, who though is trying to be sporty cannot boast best of movement type or biggest/stronges body. No genes to boast either... :) (Parents and those working with children will udnerstand me). Anyway, about 8 months ago he joined a swim team, quite late for his group, with all the other kids being well ahead of him in terms of stroke development. During these 8 months my son managed to learn all the strokes and improve qualty of them so well that he has just being promoted into advance group where kids have spent more than couple of years to reach that level. As I have said before, my son does not have good "swimming genes" in terms of body type or movement, but I have a feeling that two things were beneficial for his development - crawls (leopard) and rolles (neck). I maybe wrong, but somehow I can see connection between those movements on the ground and in the water...
As far as comparing BB and OS... the exercises are basically the same, but explanation and background are more detailed. Plus, OS has a chapter on position of head which is quie usefull given current controversy on this subject... Thus, I do believe it is beneficial to read this book even if one already has BB.