This morning at Strength Camp one of our brothers who had
been away for a week came in to train for the first time in seven
He was in Vegas… so, he tells me that over the past 48 hours he may
have spent a total of 12 hours sitting in airports or on planes.
Well today when he came to resume training he failed (and I failed to
remind him) that he’d need to start a little slow and make sure to
stretch his hips really well before starting the workout.
So, after a crappy warm up he jumps into the workout and picks up
two 100 lb Farmers Bars and walked about 100 meters for the first
As soon as he set the bars down on the floor he dropped to his knees
in pain and told me that he could not move!
What the heck should you do next?
Most people in this type of pain are going to try and “fight it”.
They’ll either try to “man up” and resist the pain, or just lie there
helpless on the floor.
Also, most trainers who don’t understand biomechanics and how the
nervous system works might just stand there sucking his thumbs
hoping his client won’t sue him!
But, since I immediately understood what was going on… I was
able to help him relive some of the pain and get him home safely.
Here is what I teach my Strengthology Students about the nervous
system and how to remedy situations like this.
1. All of your muscles will respond to the nervous system in one of
They will either become TONIC, meaning that they have a strong
nervous impulse causing them to become short and tight.
Or they will become PHASIC, meaning that they have a weak
nervous impulse causing them to become long and loose.
2. Tonic Muscles must be stretched, Phasic Muscles must be
When a muscle that is TONIC is kept in a shortened period for too long
a period of time… the nervous impulse will grow much, much stronger!
That is why sitting for long periods of time causes back pain.
When seated, the tonic musculature of the hips, mainly the psoas, gets
So when you finally get up to walk again the psoas, in it’s hypersensitive
state, continues to draw the lumbar spine and the femur (where it attaches)
close to each other.
This is exactly what happened to my friend this morning.
So what did we do?
The very first thing was I had to teach him that his psoas is behaving like
a “crying baby”.
It is pissed off and hypersensitive… and we want it to “go back to sleep”!
There are two things that put a “crying baby muscle” “back to sleep”.
1. Long slow breathing.
2. Slow relaxed stretching.
Other things that help are warmth and a calm, quite environment.
Within 20 mins he was up and walking again.
It will probably take a few hours before he feels really good again, but
at least he’s mobile… AND even more important EMPOWERED enough
to do something about it.
Most people become slaves to their circumstances.
But when you are armed with the right knowledge and how to apply it,
you can work your way out of even the most painful situations.
I am looking for a handful dedicated strength students to become
Certified in my Strengthology Method.
You will be one of the few coaches, trainers, mentors who will know
exactly what it takes to first “become the strongest you!” and then show
others how to become “the strongest version of themselves.”
If our mission speaks to your heart… then I invite you to join us.
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