Wendy and I both did our workouts today. Check out our Instagram page :_ultimate_exercise to see some photos and videos.
My WOW: MedX Overhead Press, Bent Fly (jrep halves), Lateral Raise (jrep halves), Thick Bar Curl, Triceps Press, Thick Bar Reverse Curl, Formulator Flex/Ext, Trap Bar Squat
Wendy’s WOW: Pushups, SuperSlow Systems Pulldown, MedX Overhead Press, Barbell Squat, Manual Neck Extension, TSC Neck Flexion.
I am finally coming out of an extended period of ER work (lots of partners on summer vacation) as well as tons of activity with interviews and phone consults, so I added a few movements and did a Trap Bar squat to finish off. I feel great tonight, but will report back in the next couple of days.
Speaking of interviews, I have recently finished podcasts with Dr. Joseph Mercola (www.mercola.com), and Ben Greenfield (www.bengreenfieldfitness.com) which should both be up in the near future. I will try to give a heads up when they go online. This Thursday I will be doing a live interview (also recorded) with Diana Hsieh, Ph.D (www.PhilosphyinAction.com). We will be discussing the effects of government controls in medicine in general and emergency medicine in particular. I am certain some exercise discussion will also take place, but for anyone interested in what the current healthcare landscape looks like from the inside out, check us out at 9pm EST live, or check out the recorded podcast at your convenience. Finally, I will do an interview with Dave Asprey at the Bulletproof Executive (www.bulletproofexec.com) on September 11th, so keep an eye out for that podcast later in the Fall.
After our workout (and some back to school shopping) we came home and cooked some burgers on the grill. Afterwards, Wendy and I were talking about what an incredible benefit lifting weights confers. We marveled at some of the UE clients that were walker-dependent that are now completely independent and with amazing posture. We have a client that worked out at UE for some time and used it as Prehab and Posthab for bilateral knee replacement and had the fastest recovery her Orthopedist has ever seen. I marvel daily how Wendy looks better at 50 than she has at any other point in her life.
As we talked further, we discussed the broader public health implications of lifting weights and how one does not need a state of the art training facility with professional instruction to reap the benefits. I am sure we all remember the early days when we first picked up a barbell and how quickly it changed our lives. That is the beauty of resistance exercise…skeletal muscle is so adaptable that weight training does not even have to be done that well in order for someone to reap incredible benefits. I cringe to think of my early form and programming in my parents’ garage with that bronze-colored Sears weight set, but I have never seen such dramatic results in such a short span of time. The enthusiasm for those early results and the attempt to reproduce them after the early gains slowed, is what drove my study and interest up until this day. This is why I love reading your comments so much. There are so many variations in applying effective, safe and time-efficient exercise that newcomers can see there are many ways to garner the stimulus. We acknowledge that skeletal muscle will produce amazing adaptations regardless of what you have available to you, yet we encourage those who blaze the trail of engineering ideal equipment and refinement in protocols. So to anyone reading this blog who is considering getting started, all I want to say is….Just. Lift. Weights. Go to a sporting goods store and buy a 110lb set, or just do freehand exercise. Use the pamphlet that comes with the set. Buy any book that appeals to you, I don’t care if it is BBS or if it is “Starting Strength”. I would highly recommend Drew Baye’s books at (www.baye.com). Whatever you do, just get started