Ok, so here’s my story how I met Adam and how this guy has helped me like no other person or any dvd ever could.
My name is Frank Berean, I am 34 years old. I have been training since I was 15 years old. Over all the the years of weight training, sports, hobbies, and just everyday life, I had collected a host of injuries and nagging pains that would never go away. I say had because with the help of Adam I am pain free now. Here’s the list of injuries I have accumulated over the years.
- Torn groin
- separated shoulder
- torn right ankle
- fractured wrist
- torn right knee
- Chronic pain in my right shoulder which turned even the simplest tasks in to a grind and wore me down everyday.
I am a barber by trade, and with this job comes long hours of standing in one spot with my arms extended in front of me. Everything hurt, but I still have to go work. I felt like I was in a straight jacket of pain, with no way out. I couldn’t use half of the equipment that I had collected over the years at my gym. Pull ups and chin ups were out of the question. Anything heavier then a 20kg kettlebell overhead would bring me to tears and I was so good at staying tight when I lifted I found myself unable to move.
I wanted to be get out of this pain, I was willing to do anything to get rid of it. Just to give you guys an idea of how badly I wanted out , I will list all of the things that I tried over the years.
Joint mobility- half an hour before I worked out and another 15 minutes during the day. Still Hurt.
- Weekly visits to the chiropractor for adjustments. Still hurt.
- Active release therapy. Still hurt.
- Professional massage once every two weeks. Still hurt.
- Foam rolling. Still hurt.
- Trigger point work. Still hurt.
- Stretching. Still hurt.
- Heat & cold therapy. Still hurt.
- ARP wave treatments. Still hurt.
- Acupuncture– Still hurt.
- Muscle testing from a “professional” didn’t fix a thing.
- I took more fish oil then anyone I know. Tons of vitamins.
- I did a shit load of tgu and arm bars.
- Prolotherapy ( injections in my sholder and groin)
- I own over 75 dvd’s on training and ways out of pain. I own DVDs from Z health, RKC, Rmax, Function Movement, yoga, stretching, and none of these products gave me the tools to fix my body.
As I read this list I have to admit that I am a little embarrassed on all the shit I had tried and money I had spent. Ohhh the money I had spent!
You see just like Frankie Faires had put it in one of his articles, pain make you stupid. In my case very stupid! But when you are in pain for over 8 years, You feel you have no way out or no one to turn to. I guess it will do that to you.
This is about the time where I met Adam. I saw some of his videos that he had posted on his blog about testing movements, and boy did they make sense. I had emailed him, and we set up a time so we could talk.
We talked about all the problems that I was having and have had in the past. I was frustrated and he could tell by the desperation in my voice that I needed help. I told him, “Adam I don’t care about being strong I just don’t want to hurt anymore.” He told me that he was going to give me a tool that can be used for the rest of life and I would no longer need to buy any dvd’s or books from anyone.
He invited me to the Grip and Rip workshop and explained why testing movements could be useful to me.
So I began to test. Over and over again, dead lifts and rows were the only thing that tested well. I called Adam and told him about what was happening. I mean this was almost a month of these two movements. Not the same movement, but a different variations of it. He told me to listen to my body and do what tests best. I listened. By time I had gotten to the grip and rip workshop I was feeling much better.
I have tried just about every training system and bullshit supplement there is. Over the years I made some good progress, but I would always hit a wall or get injured. What I had learned at the Grip and Rip workshop changed my training forever.
Since then, I’ve had so much fun training and learning about my own body. In April I attend The Movement’s first certification and I will be going to the second one in March 2011. I have trained a couple of people so far, and the results they are getting are unbelievable. It feels good to know that I will be able to teach my two sons this valuable tools of listening to ones body, and their dad is no longer chasing his tail.