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Why I’m changing my approach to strength – Painful realisation…

By Marcus Santer


You might have noticed I’ve been absent for a few days?

How come?

Well, I’ve been deeply immersed in research, surfacing only to eat, sleep and move.

And what is this research?

Well, let me start at the beginning…

Last week I bought a book: Intervention – Course Corrections for the Athlete and Trainer by Dan John.

And I’ve just finished reading through it for the third time – trust me, it’s not often I read a book more than once. And it’s forced me to finally accept a painful realisation that’s been nagging at the back of my mind for quite a while now.

A realisation that’s taken me longer than I care to admit…

But I think I’ve finally accepted that I’m not:

And that I’m probably never going to a champion body builder.

Which means…

I shouldn’t be exercising like one.

The truth I’ve been resisting is this: I’m a soon to be 45 year old guy and the smartest thing I can do – exercise wise – to live and age well is to focus on:

  1. Building strength
  2. Improving joint mobility
  3. Mastery of the fundamental human movements

If I have the space I’ll talk more about items two and three in this months edition of the Journal.

Which is shaping up to be something rather special.

I also got a question yesterday from a guy asking how to do the ZEN+ Pull up chain without a pull up bar.

Boy did that get me thinking.

And the answer is easier to deliver via video than text.

So today Clarabella will be joining me on Louis afternoon walk.

She’ll be armed with the camera and I’ll show you how to build strength in this fundamental human movement…

Even if you don’t have access to a pull up bar.

Right, I best get a groove on.

Because I’ve got lots to do to get April’s Journal finished.

If you’re not a ZEN+ Journal reader yet, April’s double-sized third birthday edition is a fantastic place to climb aboard.

Full details – along with an explanation of my better than risk free two month guarantee – here.

Bye for now


P.S. Around about the two year mark, I thought I was going to run out of useful material to fill The Journal.

But discovering pioneers like Dan John has made me realise that’s impossible.

How come?

Well, Dan has been coaching elite athletes and regular folk like me on building strength for over three decades…

And I’ve only just discovered him.

Which makes me wonder how many other pioneers are out there, simply waiting to be discovered through my continued and never ending research into living and ageing well?

Dan’s work has completely changed my approach to strength.

Yes I’m still planning to be stronger in my 80’s than most folk in their 30’s.

But now I realise I need to train for my age…

…And not for being a member of the elite Special Forces!

It’s a powerful shift.

Discover more about it in Aprils edition of The Journal – along with other well researched ways to live and age well.