So, I turned 50 this past October. Since then, I have found myself doing lot of reflecting, and what keeps blaring at me is how much increasing my strength has improved virtually EVERYTHING about my life. Everything. That is a really BIG statement. If you know me at all, you know that I choose my words pretty carefully and try to avoid general statements like “Improved Everything”. But it has. Not in ways that you may think either. It is not only about looking a certain way, fitting into a certain size or knowing that I could probably out-run, out-last, and if needed, overpower most threats that could come up. Even though those things are nice. It is a well being that comes with growing stronger even as I am growing older</e
I found Pavel Tsatsouline's teaching in 2007. I was 44 years old, and in pretty good shape. I had recently completed my NSCA-CPT training and had started working as a Personal Trainer, I felt healthy and fit, although I did still have pain and limited range of motion in my neck and shoulders as well as numbness in two left fingers all due to a roll-over accident when I was 24. I read "Enter the Kettlebell" and "From Russia with Tough Love, bought a kettlebell, and started to get strong, really strong. As I gained strength, I lost pain and gained mobility…just like MAGIC! Today, I know that I am stronger at 50 than I was in my 20s and 30s, and I have the privilege of helping other people learn to get strong as well. I get to witness people put their new strength to good use in virtually every aspect of their lives. They do not tend to turn into “brutes” either. People who learn to develop strength, who push through their own personal limits and commit themselves to themselves…read that part again…get strong and carry that strength in humble and meaningful ways. They are young parents, retired professionals, busy executives, school teachers….they come from all walks of life and are discovering that as Master SFG, Mark Reifkind, said “Strong fixes almost anything.”
Next week, I will discuss more about the applications of strength. The very real ways in which strength improves my life everyday, and some simple ways to start getting stronger right now!