Mon 25 Feb 2013
I did the following WOW yesterday at UE.
MedX Overhead Press
Nautilus Plate Load Bicep (SS retrofits)
Nautilus Plate Load Triceps (SS retrofits)
MedX Leg Press
Recently Ed and I requested a progress report from our friends and BBS followers up North (Norm and Dot Jones and their friend John Wickendon). What they sent us is a great reminder to really encourage those just starting out. Many times I worry that our esoteric discussions here may drive away rank beginners that may have just picked up BBS at the book store. If this is happening it would be a real tragedy, because the best and most life-changing results happen just from making the commitment to get started. After a few years, you can keep yourself interested in the finer derivatives, but the changes that occur early on are literally life-changing. Here is what they wrote:
BBS and Paleo Diet for Everyone
Birthdays – especially major ones – provide pause for reflection and looking at the bigger picture. As I am just a few days from celebrating my 75th on March 5th I wish to share with you a most significant change which occurred some three and a half years ago: my introduction to the BBS exercise program and the paleo way of diet.
How did my wife and I get started? Quite simply, I was browsing in a local bookshop in the Fall of 2009 and came across “Body by Science.” After scanning through the book with a cup of coffee I was impressed by the soundness and simplicity of the program. In short, I started exercising at my local gym the BBS way following both the book and the videos on the web-site. Dot joined me with these exercises a few weeks later.
My introduction to the paleo diet was different and interesting. My very good friend John Wickenden invited me – also in October 2009 – up to his camp in the woods 250 miles north of Montreal. During the drive up, around mid-morning, I was feeling quite hungry and needed to stop for a bagel and peanut butter. When John asked me what I had eaten for breakfast I replied “a nourishing bowl of oatmeal porridge.” Talk about a moment of conversion on the road! John introduced to the paleo diet world.
Putting It Together
There are no coincidences in life. Dot and I have a son and family in Duluth, Ga whom we visit as often as we can. During our March/April 2010 trip to Duluth we arranged to meet Ed Garbe at the U.E. gym in Seneca, SC. In Ed we found a most warm, hospitable and helpful person. He also treated me like he was a Sgt Major with probably the most intensive, short duration exercise routine I have ever had - which certainly created inroading. At the same time we obtained Dr McGuff’s “What to Eat, What not to Eat” DVD and print-out. To this day Dot and I perform our Big 5’s, usually on 8 day intervals and follow (not always strictly to the letter) a paleo diet emphasizing grass-fed meats and poultry. The results are outstanding.
Some of the results can be measured as follows
Norm Nov 09 May 10
Weight 164 151
Seated leg press 200 330
Chest Press 105 135
Weight 145 125
Seated leg press 80 120
Chest Press 40 60
However, resistance and tul measurements do not indicate all the successes we enjoy. Both of us have never felt better. Our health is excellent. We perform our daily tasks and participate in leisure activities with zest and enthusiasm. When the snow isn’t covering the course we play golf always walking pulling a cart or carrying a bag. We revel in our nature walks at home or abroad. Long gone are the sore and injured muscles and joints as we used to pound the pavement jogging, use a treadmill or a stationary bike and exercise on standard gym equipment doing high reps with low intensity.
Spreading the Gospel
Every opportunity which presents itself – and there have been many – I follow through by explaining, demonstrating and converting people to the merits of the BBS and paleo diet way of life. A supreme example is John Wickenden, known to many and a contributor to Dr McGuff’s blog. Another convert is the Club Captain of our Golf Club, in his early 80’s. Just this weekend we will be showing some of the exercises to another couple who come from Burlington, Ontario. It never stops!
Finally, I cannot leave without acknowledging once again the incredible leadership of Dr McGuff and Ed Garbe who have been the backbone to changing my and Dot’s approach to exercise and diet. Thank you and we wish you continued success.
And Now John: