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My Less-Than-Humble Opinion About Weight TrainingBy: Matt Furey
Best Selling Author of "Combat Conditioning"
Recently an angry reader of my daily Combat Conditioning tips sent an email, calling me every name in the book, accusing me of playing up the weight training injury scenario for 'marketing purposes' only and telling me that I was 'losing customers' by talking about the negatives of weights.
He also, interestingly enough, is upset because my tips aren't 'balanced' enough. By this he means I need to print more hate mail, like his, instead of only positive messages.
My response: Dude, there's an old saying that goes something like this: Truth is stranger (and usually better) than fiction.
When I speak about the injuries people get from doing the bench press, including blown rotator cuffs, or deadlifts or heavy barbell squats, I am not making something up simply to market my product.
It just so happens that the facts line up and write my marketing for me.
Fact, I hurt my shoulder doing bench press. Fact, I hurt my back doing deadlifts. Never hurt my knees doing barbell squats - but did hurt my back a time or two. Wish I had hurt me knee as it would give me more fodder to 'market' my product.
Now, lucky for me, none of my injuries were severe. This is not the case with some of my friends who do have MAJOR injuries from weight training, including blown rotator cuffs, totally shot knees, fused vertebrae, etc.
Yes, there are people who have trained with weights over a lifetime and they are not racked with pain. But in many cases, including that of Jack LaLanne, you will find that he spent and spends a great deal of his time doing bodyweight calisthenics. In fact, LaLanne became famous, not for weight training prowess, but for hand balancing, handstands, bodyweight exercises and swimming feats - not to mention the records he set for pushups, pullups and so on.
In my less-than-humble opinion, LaLanne prevented serious injury by incorporating bodyweight calisthenics into his weight training routine. I have no argument with this and have said so numerous times. I do, however, believe with 100% conviction that you get in shape faster and better with the bodyweight exercises taught in Combat Conditioning.
I make no bones about this.
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