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Nerve Repair = More Personal Training Clients

When will it be possible to repair/replace damaged nerves?


An idea I'd love to run past everyone - whether you're on the 'lifting' or 'training' side of the fence : At some point in the not-too-distant future (I suspect it'll be about 2020, but it doesn't matter all that much), it'll be possible to repair/replace damaged nerves. Think people with MS, paraplegics and so on. Full function restored. This means that many people who are currently in wheelchairs will become clients for Personal Trainers. Looking to strengthen their legs (which they might not have used for years), as well as add some muscle mass to them. What do you think - can you imagine this happening; and if so, when? Does 2020 sound reasonable, or perhaps a little ambitious? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Re-Reading : 8 Weeks to SEALFIT - A Navy SEAL's Guide to Unconventional Training for Physical and Mental Toughness


Great read. I'm a big fan of both physical and mental strength, and this book has an intriguing combination of the two. Mark Divine's 8 Weeks to SEALFIT. Here's a comment from the Amazon page to give you a taste :
Jumping into this program taught me something really important: you cannot HIDE from the work required here. I've been doing more traditional weight lifting and strength programs at the gym over the last many months, and while the plans and programs have gone rather well for me, in just six days of working on this program I realized that I hadn't been giving it my all, and I'd been cutting corners. With 8 Weeks to SEALfit, if you stay committed to the work in front of you, you can't hide. And that's a great thing.
Good stuff. 8 Weeks to SEALFIT.

Relentless Performance

Essential.


Essential.

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Looking At : Apr 12, 2015

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and the Daily 'Paper'



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Looking At : Apr 5, 2015

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and the Daily 'Paper'



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Gymchat 280 - How to GRIND for Your Gains (Nassim Jebran)

Get ready for a new PR.


Time to show what you've got. How do you squeeze out the last few percent - both mentally and physically? Whether it's for your own training or in competition (or both), it's an essential skill. Helping explain exactly what's involved - and how to maximise things - is Strength Coach (and Strength Athlete) Nassim Jebran, and Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett. Fantastic.
NB : We'd love to hear your questions and comments. If there's a particular subject you'd like Nassim and Josh to address, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat and leave a comment or jump in the Hangout and ask it directly. And if you'd like to point your friends/colleagues to the discussion, just use the 'share' button at the top of that page. The more the merrier.

Details -

Who : Strength Coach (and Strength Athlete) Nassim Jebran, Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett, and You Topic : How to Grind for Your Gains When : Sunday Apr 26, 8:00pm EDT (the Event page shows what time that is in your local timezone). How : Watch the live stream, join the hangout (just add Top Form Fitness to one of your circles, and Josh'll send out the URL when the Hangout starts), or jump in the Q&A on the Event page itself. We'll also post the full video shortly after the Gymchat.

Looking At : Mar 29, 2015

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and the Daily 'Paper'



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

The Pendulum Swing


Which aspect do you focus on?

NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


Gymchat 279 - The Power & Importance of SLEEP (Adam Farrah)

How'd you sleep last night?


What's your sleep like currently? More to the point, what should it be like? This week we're taking a close look at this wonderful area, whether your goal is muscular recovery, a mental reset or simply to perform better throughout the day. Joining us is Kettlebell and CrossFit Coach Adam Farrah, and Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett. Fantastic.
NB : We'd love to hear your questions and comments. If there's a particular subject you'd like Adam and Josh to address, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat and leave a comment or jump in the Hangout and ask it directly. And if you'd like to point your friends/colleagues to the discussion, just use the 'share' button at the top of that page. The more the merrier.

Details -

Who : Kettlebell and CrossFit Coach Adam Farrah, and Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett, and You Topic : The Power & Importance of SLEEP When : Monday Mar 30, 8:00pm EDT (the Event page shows what time that is in your local timezone). How : Watch the live stream, join the hangout (just add Top Form Fitness to one of your circles, and Josh'll send out the URL when the Hangout starts), or jump in the Q&A on the Event page itself. We'll also post the full video shortly after the Gymchat. Previously : We've been fortunate enough to have Adam on previous episodes of the show. Check out Gymchat 221 - The Paleo Approach to Nutrition, and Gymchat 255 - The Pillars of Paleo. And of course, you can watch any of the previous Gymchats whenever you like - there's a full list here.

Looking At : Mar 22, 2015

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and the Daily 'Paper'



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.



Like to contribute something? I love hearing about how other people are training : if you've got a strength-related competition or seminar coming up, add it to the calendar. And if you'd love to be on one of the weekly Gymchats - get in touch. Look forward to hearing from you.


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