Monday, August 20, 2012

A Case of the AMS

I owe this one to a client of mine who came in one day and said he was suffering from Adult Movement Syndrome. Yes, he was having a case ot the AMS. 

I thought that was clever when he said it. And then I thought about it. That is absolutely the problem with most people today: they have the AMS. Adult Movement Syndrome is running rampant throughout our country. If you are unsure if you've witnessed AMS, or even have AMS, here are some of its signs:

lethargy,   huntched over posture,   head enters the room before the body does,  
person may waddle from side to side when they walk,   peson may have a hard time climbing up one flight of stairs before they give out,   person avoids getting down on floor for fear of net getting up off floor,   person cannot run but instead they shuffle,  etc.

There are many other signs that accompany Adult Movement Syndrome, but they can all be summed up by being viewed as a general lack of vitality. AMS happens to us when we chose a sedentary life over an exhilarating life. It is sad really, contracting the AMS can be 100% avoidable. All we have to do is stay engaged and move often - deliberately with purpose. 

There are many factors that can lead to getting a case of the AMS: We are taught to sit still for 6 to 8 hours a day at a young age, we are surrounded by a plethora of technology that makes our lives so easy, we rarely need to move, we think it childish to engage in childish things like play, and we fill our daily calendars to the brink without much time for our own well being. 

If you think you, or someone you know, may suffer from the AMS, take heart! There is a cure. AMS can be reversable if you act today. All you have to do is engage in life! 

  • Learn to play
  • take frequent "movement" breaks at work (remember, not too long ago it was acceptable for people to take frequent smoke breaks!) 
  • avoid the gravitational pull of the chairs that surround you at every turn
  • learn to get down on the ground so you can get up off the ground (this one is huge - don't miss this one!)
  • make time for yourself, then take it
  • explore your world, the beautiful world around you, and break out of all the walls that hide you day in and day out
Again, no one has to suffer from the AMS. The human body is more than just a lump of flesh, to treat it as such is a crime against God and nature. Our bodies are perhaps the most amazing creations that have ever been. You were made to be amazing, man! Its true. Now, Get Up and go eradicate the AMS!


It has been a while since I have posted any training on this site. Sorry, I do still train. Though mostly I play around a lot. Anyway, here is what I did today:

A1 - Reverse lunges with 2-24k kettlebells in each hand: 5 right, 5 left x 4 sets
A2 - Get-ups while holding a 60 slosh ball! : 5 right, 5 left  x 4 sets
B1 - More reverse lunges with the 2 -24ks: 5 right, 5 left x 6 sets
B2 - Naked Warrior Pushups (Team Pavel! ;) - small joke there to those that know): 5 right, 5 left x 6 sets 

Hope you have a great week!


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