Review: “Strength and Fitness For a Lifetime”

By Jim Bryan 6-13-11

I recently read a review on the new E-Book “Strength and Fitness for a Lifetime” edited by Fred Fornicola. The bottom line in the review was that the participants all had higher than normal recovery ability.

I know many of the individuals highlighted in the book and I can tell you, all have made modifications as they have gotten older in the training they now do. Many used to compete and have given that up and train now more for pleasure. It’s true that many are still training at a high level, despite being 50 or older (65 for me.) How can they keep up such training? Is it because they all started training at an early age? Maybe.

My view is that they all have had a more “Physical life” than some. I worked a job with the Phone Co. 8 or more hours a day out in the Florida sun for 30 years. Before that I worked at Cypress Gardens and was out in the heat 8 or more hours a day. After spending a day at work I went to the gym. At first it was 5-7 days a week. When I met Arthur Jones in the 70’s I cut gym time to 3 days a week. I bounce around from 2 to 4 days a week now. I rest when I feel the need. I also don’t go to deep failure like I used to.

I feel the reason why they continue to do well in their training is because of being brought up with a strong “work ethic.” This Country is losing this “work ethic,” each generation seems to get weaker than the one’s before. I know in my case the Telco Line Men that preceded me could have worked me into the dirt. I suspect it’s the same case for the Firemen and LEO’s that participated. I’ve always trained hard. Now, I’m not training as hard.

TAKU’s NOTE: Thanks to Jim for sharing his thoughts. This book is a great tool for trainers, and athletes of all levels, to see examples of varied and effective real-world programs.

Check out Fred’s new book: HERE

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“The Meeting of the Tribes”

Former NFL Strength Coach, Kim Wood, will be directing “the best football strength training clinic….EVER. The one they’ll talk about for years”.

Kim Wood was one of the first strength coaches in the National Football League. Hired by the legendary Paul Brown, Coach Wood conducted the strength training program for the Cincinnati Bengals for 28 years. Two of the teams played in the Super Bowl…competing for the NFL’s biggest prize. Kim had the opportunity to work with some of the game’s finest players. Now, he’s planning on paying forward… a strength clinic that will provide training information…real information….that coaches can truly use to improve their programs.

This first of several clinics/ seminars planned is titled:

Football Strength Clinic #1 “The Legends”

Kim Wood, who created the world reknowned Hammer Strength machines, has assembled a speakers list:

1. Dan Riley: 30 year NFL Strength Coach. Multiple Super Bowls. Washington Redskins.
2. Mike Gittleson: 30 years University of Michigan. Bo Schembechler’s first and only strength coach.
3. John Wood: combat grip strength guru.
4. Mark Asanovich 14 year NFL Strength Coach.

Along with the gentleman mentioned above, there will be many other first tier speakers!

Kim Wood says….years ago, the NSCA invited Dan Riley to speak at their national clinic in Kansas City. It was a big move for the NSCA because they were concerned about having a “high intensity” strength coach at their big clinic. Anyway, Dan gave an awesome, high energy slide show and presentation of the Penn State Strength Program. People were stunned. At the conclusion of his talk, Danny made an interesting statement. He said, “I’m here to talk about strength training. Let’s all get together tonight, roll up our sleeves and get to know each other…and talk about what we’re here for….Strength Training”. There was an ice storm roaring outside and everyone was stranded at the hotel. Space wasn’t provided there for all of the coaches….but 70-80 guys got together in an empty hallway and ‘talked training’ till after midnight. That’s where I became friends with Mike Gittleson. It was the best clinic that I’ve ever been to. The upcoming clinic in June 2011 at Cincinnati follows the spirit of what Dan Riley triggered in K.C.” ….Kim Wood

TAKU’s NOTE:

I will be attending this event and am really looking forward to having an opportunity to both learn from and to work closely with, these living legends in the S & C community. I will be reporting back soon to share all I have learned. For information on how you can attend this clinic…please contact: Kim Wood Mail: C/O Football Strength Clinic P.O. Box 20178 Cincinnati,Ohio 45220 Email: k38wood@att.net