I’m so honored to be presenting my new workshop at the ICA Arnold Symposium on Natural Fitness & Sports at this years Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio on March 5-7, 2015.
To think that just 5 months ago I was lying in a hospital bed with a torn up knee and cracked ankle. And now I will be leading an enthusiastic group of health and fitness professionals in a workshop that is the culmination of all my experiences over four decades in the physical culture world.
We’re going to have a blast at this workshop, learning to tap our inborn strengths through focus, breathe and movement. So wear loose comfortable clothes and it might not be a bad idea to bring a towel!
Here’s a taste of what’s to come! These are the slides I will be using as part of my presentation. There’s some useful information in here and the slides will give you an idea of what we’ll be covering, but you’ll have to attend the event to get the details! Watch for pictures and videos of the workshop coming soon…
What a thrill it was when I looked across the aisle! I was in the Columbus Veterans Memorial Arena in Columbus, Ohio at the Finals of the Arnold Classic Bodybuilding and Arnold Strongman Competitions. I arrived early and had a great seat near the orchestra and stage.
As I casually turned my head, my heart skipped a beat as I caught glimpse of the only fitness icon higher on my own personal pantheon than Arnold himself.
I was sitting across from Jack LaLanne!
The “godfather of fitness”, the “first fitness superhero”, host of The Jack LaLanne Show from 1953 to 1985! A trained chiropractor and World War II veteran, Jack started his Oakland California gym in 1936, which served as the prototype for dozens of gyms throughout the country that bore his name. Upon his death, Arnold Schwarzenneger called him “an apostle of fitness” who inspired “billions all over the world to live healthier lives.”
So after my knees stopped shaking like a nervous little boy finally meeting his idol, I popped out of my seat to go over and say hello. I congratulated him on being selected for the Arnold Lifetime Achievement Award that would be presented to him later that night and he reminded me to keep doing my push ups! We snapped a quick photo and I returned to my seat to enjoy the awesome evening.
One of most admirable qualities about Jack LaLanne was his PASSION! Passion to motivate people to take better care of themselves through exercise and nutrition. A passion to inspire people to smile and appreciate their lives so they could experience a happier and more productive life.
Take three minutes out of your day and view this inspirational clip from the Jack LaLanne Show about Unhappy People, where he explains how health and happiness comes from within.
Here’s one of my most popular videos from my YouTube channel. I’ve been using and teaching this basic test for many years and I still find it a reliable indicator of overall core strength and stability.
And the unique thing about it is that not only is it a test, it’s also a great training protocol for developing your core strength and stability over time.
Don’t worry about completing the whole test at first, I’d rather you stick to good form. You’ll feel your muscles shaking as you reach your limit of core activation, so go at your own pace and let each session build on the last until you can finally pass the test.
It amazes me to note that the developer of the chiropractic profession, Dr. B.J. Palmer, had a gym in his clinic back in the 1940’s. This officially makes him “old school”!
Although called the Rehab Lab, it was more in the tradition of an old school gym. Therapy wasn’t done to you, as in most physical therapy, but the patient used their own inner directed power to digest the energy of an adjustment.
You see, the sole purpose of chiropractic as per B.J.’s teachings, was to analyze the spine to detect and correct vertebral subluxations (misalignments).
These misalignments interfere with the normal flow of nerve signals from the brain to the body and back, compromising the function of that body part or muscles affected.
Once the vertebral subluxation is corrected, the signals can flow freely, restoring the function and life back to the body parts and muscles that were compromised.
B.J. felt that once the interference was removed, the body part and muscles needed to be worked by the person to absorb that new found nerve energy for repair and growth.
It was up to the patient to have the incentive to exercise the body effectively by their own internal power and restore the health and strength to the body.
“B.J.’s Gym” had all the modern equipment of the time; arm developers, shoulder and back developers, leg pull machine and spirometry for lung strength. He even had some old school stuff like exercise bikes, gymnastic ladders and boxing heavy bags.
B. J. also felt that the human element was vital in a person’s recovery , and had a 2000 gallon fish tank installed to allow people to sit, relax and study the antics of fish. He also had beautiful gardens full of colorful plants and artifacts from around the world so people could rest and relax among them.
I would like to deeply thank chiropractic researcher and philosopher Simon Senzon DC for compiling this historical information for all to share and remember. His website, philosophyofchiropractic.com is a treasure drove of wonderful chiropractic history and philosophy.
If you’d like to see more of the B.J. Palmer Rehab Lab Click here.
As President of the International Chiropractor’s Association Council on Fitness And Sports Health Science, I am proud to present The 23rd Annual Symposium on Natural Fitness and Sports March 5 – 7, 2015 at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.
It is a quite an exciting and prestigious event and it is open to all, not just chiropractors and trainers. Come meet and take a photo with the Governator himself and meet your favorite sports and fitness stars!
The Executive Board of the International Chiropractors Association’s Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science put on quite a show in Columbus Ohio last week in association with the 26th Annual Arnold Sports Festival, and we have the pictures to prove it!
Most attendees had the thrill of meeting the Governator and our presenters, guests and exhibitors were world class participants. Everyone was engaged and excited to be there and a strong synergy was created between the chiropractic and fitness cultures.
Enjoy the photos and make your plans for next years event, you don’t have to be a chiropractor to attend and enjoy the event.