Haven’t Felt This Good In…

Went to the Doc’s yesterday. Had to get some shots.

Blood pressure was 114/60. Lowest recorded that I know of. Previous best was 115/65 back in ’95…

Just got back from 4 days in Cabo at a friend’s place. That might have something to do with it.

The Doc asked me how I was doing and I responded “Great! Haven’t felt this good in about 6 years…” The last time I saw her was for my stomach problems about 18 months ago.

But it turns out I was wrong. It hasn’t been 6 years, it’s been about 10 years. Really.

Although nowhere near as strong or muscular as I was 10 years ago, I literally feel that good. Only better probably.

All my chronic aches and pains are completely gone. Knees. Back. Hips. Gone.

It’s a GREAT feeling!

I knew I would get here, but just didn’t know when.

And I haven’t done any Z. And it’s felt great.

Two weeks ago I got my lunge patterns and my squat pattern back.

I’d been working on those forever. Especially the lunges. I haven’t done a pain free lunge in, well, maybe ever (at least on the right side).

Tuesday night, I back squatted for the first time thru a full session since July/August. No pain. No popping. Just good alignment and coordination. And here’s the weird thing – It was my squat that I had before I turned 30 – probably the squat I had between ages 24-28, which sounds weird, but it has changed since then. It was nothing like the pattern I had last summer. Nothing. In fact, it was the opposite. (I think I see a mea culpa coming in the near future…)

My Clean is back. My Snatch is back. My DL is back. All my lifts – my former, efficient patterns seem to be back. And I can do some things I’ve never been able to do before. Like Breakdancing. Really. I can also now do strict hanging leg raises – the ones where you hang from a bar with straight knees and pointed toes, and touch the tops of your feet to the bar. It feels REALLY good.

Actually, that’s not quite the whole truth.

My Snatch actually feels better than it ever has. Ever. I’m not lifting as much weight as I have, but the symmetry of movement both during the pull and on the catch is symmetrical and square. No twisting or turning or dipping. Straight.

What have I been doing differently?

Well, first, I think it has been a lot of the FMS patterning work that I’ve been doing since November.

Plus Get Ups and their variations.

But it’s also been an idea born out of the FMS.

But I can’t reveal it right now. Maybe not ever.

I don’t want this to turn into another Z-thing – where I shout it from the rooftops and then 4 years later, I’m like – “Hey, where’d all my strength and muscle go and how come I can move all my joints really well independently but I no longer have any intermuscular coordination??”

So, I’ll keep “mum” on it for now, but needless to say it’s very exciting.

In the mean time, I can assure you that if you are a fitness professional or kettlebell user/instructor, you absolutely need to get familiar with the FMS/CK-FMS. You can do so by going through this DVD series as I have, and felt it was thoroughly worth my time (which, by the way, is more valuable to me than money at this point…)

What do you do that makes you feel great?

10 comments… add one
  • Russ Moon May 7, 2010 @ 11:36

    It makes me feel good to see you reaping the benefits of your hard work and being pain free. All I ask is that you please be careful so as not to injure yourself as the adrenal of all this power soaks in.

    Me ? – I lost another 2 pounds of fat, for a grand total now of 40 pounds in the last 18 months. Gaining muscle at the same time.

    TGU – I remain fascinated with it and continue to see results in other lifts that are being generated by the TGU + it now just feels good. Liked weighted yoga.

    Deadlifting – I did them, but did not like them the way I do now. Dual kettelbells, they seem to help me in so many ways the results have made me “like” the exercise. First phone session I heard here Master RKC Instructor DuCane raved about deadlifting, I find it ironic now that I have gone in a big circle right back to the deadlift and starting to see at a low level why she felt it was so beneficial.

  • Kevin May 7, 2010 @ 12:26

    Great post, I’m glad your feeling a lot better, because in my opinion quality of life always comes before how heavy a squat an individual may have <— nice thing is usually there's a great correlation between the two, the better you feel, the better your movement (squat)

    I've been working with the biofeedback testing for workouts, letting my ROM determine what goal specific exercises I should do and for how many reps/sets. A lot more LCCJ and Bent Presses and suit case deadlifts. Postures improved almost immediately and my goal of pressing my 36kg came about much easier than I thought. Now to balance out my right and left side.

    Keep feeling great.

  • Donovan May 7, 2010 @ 15:20

    Mr. Nupert,

    Thanks for posting your course through physical recovery and beyond, I just jacked a hamstring doing windmills in the style of the dumbass school of training. Based on what you have written I am going back to the minimum program to get my patterns back. It is very inspiring that humans have superhuman strength, definitely saving for the FMS, now that I feel my own mortality and can only look and the bells, sigh and go and do chins.

  • Russ Moon May 8, 2010 @ 15:50

    8-May-10 2 Arm Swing Beast 5 20 p1 15:15
    Bulldog 5 15 p2 15:15
    32 kg 5 15 p3 15:15

  • Russ Moon May 10, 2010 @ 17:21

    Dual Press 24kg + dual snatch to start
    Reps Rounds 15:15
    5 7 35
    5 5 25
    5 5 25
    5 5 25
    5 5 25
    20 1 20

  • Russ Moon May 16, 2010 @ 19:44

    Snatch Test 100 reps in 4:15

    SSST 185 reps in 10:00 up from 170 last time.

  • Neghar Fonooni May 19, 2010 @ 7:37

    Congrats, Geoff! FMS is pretty amazing. I get so much gratification from watching my clients perform movement patterns 10 times better than the day they walked in. Improving movement quality is quite possibly one of the best things you can do for someone.

    I think there is a lot to be said about moving less weight, but feeling more connected to the weight and being okay with that. We get so attached to numbers, and lose track of the point of it all. Efficiency of movement and being pain free trumps the weight on the bar 100%. Looking forward to seeing you in six weeks at level II….I’m starting to get nervous!

  • Wendy Beitel Jun 9, 2010 @ 12:22

    I have had the most pain free days in years from kettlebell training, and working to make my core support my body. I can not repair the damage because it is congenital, but it is amazing what the body can do when you learn how to make it work for you rather than against you. I wish I could say I will never have pain again, but pain is not the worst thing in life to have to deal with. I find the more I keep moving whether through a strong set of swings or some great stretching, I have less pain. I am saving money to invest in the CK-FMS, but just got hit with a bill for a new AC in my home and a washing machine, and as a mom of 4 who lives where the temps reach 110, I needed those badly. I am lining up some extra clients over the summer to set aside the money which I know will be an awesome investment.

    I would like to encourage others that you can still become strong even when you have a weak area to deal with. I go with how I feel one day at a time, and alternate heavy, medium, and light training accordingly. I am a 42 year old woman, who trains with the 44lb bell including full TKG, Clean and presses, and snatches.

    Thanks so much for all of the wonderful training tips. I have learned so much during the last three years through the Dragon Door community that has just made me personally in better physical condition as well as enabling me to be a better instructor.
    Glad to be a fellow RKC, Wendy Beitel, Redlands, CA

  • Rob Feb 21, 2011 @ 1:45

    Geoff, I have found kettlebell training very helpful for relieving pain and re-aligning my body(especially the shoulders) and also improving fitness. However, more recently I’m experiencing extreme tightness in my hip flexors that just keepscoming back (started after a spurt of Strongman Comps). Foam rolling, stretching and some massage doesn’t even seem to touch it at times although does relieve it. Any ideas? Sounds like FMS may be a good place>
    Thanks Rob

    • GEOFFN Feb 22, 2011 @ 11:09

      Rob, Yup, I’d start at FMS – all the stuff you’re doing is meant to compliment and help you get to your objective. Since it’s not, you undoubtedly have deeper issues to resolve.

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