Ultimate Athleticism – Zero to Hero Guide to Strength, Health, & Flexibility

Ultimate Athleticism - Zero To Hero Guide To Strength, Health, & Flexibility

read moreDo you want it all? To be strong, lean, flexible, athletic, and ready for anything life can throw at you?

My name is Max Shank, and my job is to help people get better every day. But it took me years to earn this privilege.

In fact, when I was 18, I was unable to do a single pullup or bench press 95 pounds–and worse, I couldn’t even come close to touching my toes. Truth be told I was a rather pathetic excuse for a man; weak and riddled with sore, stiff, inflexible joints.

I knew that I needed to make a change, so I tried everything. Over the last 10 years Iâve tried tons of different training methodologies including, but not limited to, Crossfit, Kettlebells, Bodybuilding, and Powerlifting â without a single method getting me the results I truly wanted.

I am competitive and do not accept anything below excellence in my endeavors. My good friend Brian once said in reference to my competitiveness that, "Max would beat a six-year-old at tea parties."

Guilty as charged, but this unquenchable thirst to be the best at everything is what helped me find out what movements, philosophies, and training styles have the highest carryover to other activitiesâallowing me to finally have it all.

In the past 5 years I have excelled in competition at several very different sports, largely due to overall athleticism. From Muay Thai, and Jiu Jitsu to Highland Games World Championships, this has been a product of smart training and planning. This success has allowed me to travel the world to teach other coaches and athletes how to do the same.

The key is that I havenât married myself to one training methodology or philosophy. Itâs been a Bruce Lee experience.

Ask a powerlifter how to become a better athlete, and the answer will likely involve the Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift. Ask an olympic weightlifter, and Clean-and-Jerk and Snatch are the obvious answers. A triathlete will likely recommend running, biking, and swimming. A gymnast will tell you gymnastics. A kettlebell trainer will say that kettlebells are the answer.

The reason that some people do this is FEAR. They want to protect their interests as an Expert in their field and make their answer fit more questions.

We want to be more pragmatic about things and see all aspects of training and athleticism at face value.

Pragmatism: prag·mat·ic praÉ¡Ëmadik/ (adjective): dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.

Dogma: dog·ma·tism ËdôɡmÉËtizÉm/ (noun): the tendency to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true, without consideration of evidence or the opinions of others.

Fanatical Dogma is the enemy of progress and of results. Many people are clouded in their honest assessment of the value of certain exercises, programs, training modalities, and philosophies because there is an emotional attachment to doing it their way.

Hard work is great, but for most of us, itâs not sustainable. The majority of us have a fixed amount of willpower that we can use on different things and exercise shouldnât be one of them. Itâs hard enough to get a session in as it isâitâs much harder if it ainât fun.

The movements, planning, and progressions in the book make training fun again. I firmly believe that if you have fun doing it, you will get more benefit from it, and youâll continue to do it. One thing that all the greatest athletes in the world have in common is that they have been consistent over the long termâthe way to be consistent is to keep things fun.

Whether you are a personal trainer, or someone who is simply looking to better yourselfâyou care about results.

If you are a trainer your livelihood actually depends on it. The #1 reason why a person will stay with a trainer is that they continue to get results and avoid injury.

This is why it is so important, regardless of the reason, that you have a way to guide your journey in health and fitness. I take a great deal of pride in finding what works the… Read more…

Ultimate Athleticism - Zero To Hero Guide To Strength, Health, & Flexibility
Ultimate Athleticism - Zero To Hero Guide To Strength, Health, & Flexibility
Ultimate Athleticism - Zero To Hero Guide To Strength, Health, & Flexibility
Ultimate Athleticism - Zero To Hero Guide To Strength, Health, & Flexibility
Ultimate Athleticism - Zero To Hero Guide To Strength, Health, & Flexibility

Ultimate Athleticism - Zero To Hero Guide To Strength, Health, & Flexibility

Ultimate Athleticism - Zero To Hero Guide To Strength, Health, & Flexibility


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