You run into an old friend. That friend recently started working out again and he or she is looking more fit. So you ask your friend how things are going with the exercise program and he or she replies, "It was going great. But now I have this shoulder pain that I can't get rid of."
Or maybe it's a neck, knee, or low back problem?
More importantly, maybe that "friend" is you?
The truth is, virtually everyone will eventually suffer with some type of joint pain or physical limitation. And I really mean everyone.
In the spring of 2007, Debbie Siebers, a worldwide fitness expert who's been featured on The Swan and the creator of the immensely successful Slim in 6, hired me to help her correct some nagging injuries. Her right shoulder and upper back were bugging her, and she suffered with occasional back twinges and zingers that just wouldn't go away. (Yep, even fitness experts can throw things out of whack.) She tried everything: chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, massage, and acupuncture, just to name a few. She got some temporary relief, but only for a few hours, or if she was lucky, a day. In the end, nothing ultimately worked.
Debbie heard about the success I've had working in Los Angeles with everyone from elite athletes to the average Joe and Jane. Even though I'm known in many circles for helping people build size and strength, joint rehabilitation takes up most of my time these days. Yes, joint problems are more prevalent than ever.
So I put Debbie on a program comprised of movement drills that she could do at home. Within 30 days, she restored mobility, gained strength, and was pain-free. She was so pleased with her results that she asked me to help her bring a training-based joint therapy program to the masses. I, of course, agreed that such a product is long overdue.
Before I go any further, let me explain why the other types of therapy she tried didn't work.
Most joint pain is due to a lack of mobility, a lack of endurance strength, or both. Mobility is the ability to move freely. So if you've ever felt restricted while picking up a bag of groceries or chasing your kids around the park, it's probably because you lost mobility. Endurance strength is simply defined as your ability to maintain muscle contractions for an extended period of time. I'm sure you've felt strain and pain in your low back while hunched over at your computer, or working in your garden, or just standing in line at the movies.
Stretching isn't enough because it doesn't restore movement, it just restores passive range of motion. Lifting heavy weights won't help either. Research has demonstrated that people who lack endurance strength are more likely to experience low back pain. Even if you're strong enough to lift the back-end of a minivan, you could still suffer from back pain. Why? Because heavy weight training doesn't build endurance strength. Plus, you need a balance of strength around your joints, not just on one side.
Getting cracked by a chiropractor, poked by an acupuncturist, or rubbed by a masseuse is akin to putting a band-aid on the problem. You must restore mobility and enhance endurance strength to solve the problem. Up to this point, no one has effectively tackled both of those limitations with one, simple, do-it-yourself system.
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