It’s taken me 3 years to get here, but I think I can safely say that I’ve fully regained my reflexive stability. Not a bad trade off considering I never fully developed it as a kid and went for 36-37 years without it.
For a time investment, I’ll take that any day. It only took me 3 years to recapture and reclaim what I never fully developed as a child and compensated for under the heavy weights for years.
How exactly did I do it?
I’ll tell you that in a minute, but first, I wanted to show you video proof.
First, here’s a video of me doing a Power Snatch from above the knee (Hang Power Snatch) with 100kg (220lbs) after a high pull with the same weight. I did it the day after the 275/9. Here’s what’s significant about it: I haven’t trained the Olympic lifts for 2 1/2 years. And the last time I snatched that weight from that position at 205lbs was… Can’t remember – maybe never. When I quit WL I was 215/220lbs – a weight I had maintained for about 5 years.
Here’s the second video. It’s me doing a set of squats with 315 for 10 reps about 5 minutes after that 275 for 14 I showed you in the last post. I haven’t done that weight for those reps in 10-15 years, again, at a bodyweight of 205.
Now I don’t show you those videos to show off or brag, because certainly those numbers are nothing to brag about. They’re average strength numbers, maybe slightly below. BUT, they are significant because I haven’t hit those numbers in at least a decade, and when I did them I was at a heavier bodyweight. Now I’m 40 and I’m supposed to be “declining.”
The Truth is just the opposite: I’m getting stronger day-by-day and feel better than I have since my 20s, heck, maybe even my late teens.
Now for the REALLY cool video that will blow your mind…
This is a video of my good friend (like a brother really) Tim Anderson. Tim weighs a whopping 155lbs soaking wet. In this video, he does a Get Up – a BARBELL Get Up – with 135lbs. And he did it on the spot – I called him and asked him to shoot some video of it. Now here’s the kicker – he hasn’t been training the Get Up at all.
Pretty freaky, right?
I think so.
Here’s the video and then we’ll discuss some more…
OK, you have to admit – THAT was IMPRESSIVE, right?
So how’d Tim get the strength to do that?
And more importantly, what does that kind of strength show?
Well, in order to do that kind of strength feat, Tim has to have all his reflexive stability – his Original Strength. Which he does.
So how did he regain it?
He behaved like a child. (As did I.) He did “childish” things. Stuff that many “experts” would look at and dismiss because they are “too simple.”
But the fact of the matter is both Tim and I have used the complex for long periods of time. We regained some ground, but never all of it. So I guess we’re both either too stupid (probably not Tim – statistics major with a photographic memory, maybe me) or the systems we were using were too complex (quite possibly) or some combination of the two.
Regardless, reclaiming your reflexive stability – your Original Strength – is simple, easy, and fun. Best of all, it can be done without “precision” anywhere, anytime, with no special equipment in as little as 5 minutes a day.
Sound too easy, too simple?
To quote a lady who attended one of our seminars, “It’s stupid simple.”
Tomorrow I’ll show you what I mean by behaving like a child and EXACTLY how to reclaim your reflexive stability – your Original Strength – your God-given birthright of movement.