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Skedge 7/16/18 (Upgrade to Trainer 2.0…)

By CEEJ | In St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp | on July 14, 2018

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Big announcement!

Got aches and pains?…  Creaky joints?…  Knees that knock?…  Elbows that cry?…  Languishing lower back?…  Screaming shoulders?  

It happens to the best of us (even trainers as you’ll discover in the post below).

You can pop pills or blame your age if you want…

Or you can get help to FIX YO SH*T!

My new friend, Dr. Lev Furman, can help you do just that.  But you don’t have to take my word for it…

>>>Complimentary Pain/Injury Assessment<<<

WHEN:  Saturday (7/21/18), @ 8AM (Right after Bootcamp)

WHERE:  Vetta/St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp (by Field #2 where we workout)


I’ve been to chiropractors before, but I usually wind up walking out with an armful of pills and potions… or getting an adjustment without ever addressing what caused the dysfunction in the first place.  Lev’s different.

If you’re skeptical, I get it.  So was I.  But I’ve set up this complimentary consult for you, so you have nothing to lose.  You can ask all of your questions to a trained professional, learn about Lev’s techniques, and even get adjusted for no charge, which is a rare opportunity.

I don’t put my name on the line for just anybody.  But I really believe in what Lev’s doing.  Come check it out… this Saturday, after class.  (Even if you’re not actively attending Bootcamp classes, you can come talk to the doc.)

See you Saturday!  


Big Announcement #2

I’m Famous!!!

No, Under Armour has not recognized me as their next cat walk model yet…

BUT, I did get to be interviewed on a podcast for the first time ever this week!  The “Risk Being Seen” Podcast hosted by Yasmin Khan.

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Listen on the web here:  

Or on iTunes here:


This was such a fun conversation!  Yasmin and I got to chat about Jordan Peterson’s book, 12 Rules for Life.

Life’s funny sometimes.  Yasmin lives in California but randomly looked up our Bootcamp and attended for a week while staying in St. Louis and absolutely loved it.  (Who could blame her?  Lol.)

She’s been following my blog since that time and recently started her own podcast which revolves around such topics as confronting limiting beliefs, becoming the best version of yourself, and cultivating a growth mindset.  Topics that really light me up!

Following this interview, I’m more inspired than ever to get my podcast launched and running.  (Release date set for 8/8/18.)

I absolutely love what Yasmin is doing, I’m grateful for the opportunity to be on her podcast, and blessed to have an established friend on the West Coast.

I hope you’ll give this episode a listen and show your Bootcamp sista from another time zone some love by giving her some likes, subscribes, and positive reviews to her podcast.

Check those links above… listen during your commute or whenever you can squeeze it in, and let me know what you thought.


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It’s a Saturday morning at 5am and I’m in a chipper mood.

I’ve got a smile on my face… a song in my heart… a fun workout planned… and an eventful day ahead of me…

All that’s missing is a host of Disney cartoon animals to help me set up for class.

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I reach for my oversized Tupperware container that holds my scale, my waivers, and about 80 other odds and ends that I never use… and as I turn to the side, my lower back goes into crisis lock down mode.

Not a tweak… not a twinge… we’re talking uber-pain… the type that John Mcclain must be feeling at the end of a Die Hard movie.

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It’s bad.  I’m nearly immobilized.  And I’ve got class to teach in two hours.

Fortunately, I’m able to proceed in super slow motion to get out the necessary gear, take some time to stretch, and adjust the day’s routine accordingly (since I’m unable to demo a reverse crunch in my current condition).

I’m a pro… the show goes on… and nobody notices that I’m moving more gingerly than normal.

But I’m perplexed.  This shouldn’t be happening to me.

I regularly work out and stretch and eat like a damned monk (assuming monks eat healthy… actually, who the hell knows how many Bagel Bites they’re eating in their secret tower atop the hill).  My body should be in tip top condition, not on the verge of paralysis following such a minor lift.

In the months that follow I find myself on a constant teeter totter of pain and confusion.  I go easy for a few days and get whacked with pain again.

Weeks go by without issue, and then another flare up when I least expect it.

I get a chiropractic adjustment, and feel right as rain.  But a week later it’s worse than ever.

There’s clearly something deeper going on here.  I’m 35 and don’t buy into the B.S. philosophy that everything deteriorates as you age.  And adjustments alone aren’t addressing the root cause of this issue.

I need to get to the source. 

In the months that follow I am ensconced in information.  Youtube videos, Instagram pages, books… I’m purchasing courses on movement, anatomy, and non-invasive strategies for solving injuries.  It’s like cramming for an important final in college, but it’s cramming that goes on for months instead of 24 hours.  And it’s my body, not my GPA on the line… so there’s a lot at stake.

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I’m getting smarter.  I’m making discoveries.  I’m finding pieces to a puzzle that I didn’t even know existed.

And finally, I find Lev.

Bootcamper, Carrie Lane (5:30 attendee), mentions to me at class one day the amazing experience she’s had with her chiropractor.

Admittedly, I’m skeptical.  I’ve been to the crack-jockeys before.  Five minutes of touch this, feel this, crack this, take these pills and powders, let’s do this again next week.

You feel better, but the relief is temporary.

Carrie tells me that Lev is having breakthroughs using acupuncture combined with electro-shock therapy.

Electro-what?…  Acu-huh?…  This sounds a little out there, but also, too interesting to pass up.  Hell yes, I’ll be the human guinea pig for this little experiment.  Perhaps, if nothing else, it will make for a good blog post later.

A couple weeks later I’m laying on my side as Dr. Lev is inserting needles into to my bare ash.  (Ever have a moment where you ask yourself, “How the hell did I get here?”)

The needles aren’t the weird part however.  It’s the electro shock that he adds to it.  It’s not painful persay, more like a dull rapid fire muscle spasm, designed to wake up muscle fibers that have been laying dormant.

But why my butt? 

After all, I’ve been talking about lower back pain.

Often times the source of our pain is not the source of our problem.  (True in the body as it is in life.)

Pain in the knees often originates above or below (in the hips or in the feet).

Pain in the elbows… typically caused by dysfunction in the shoulder.

Pain in the low back… in my case, was originating from a lazy butt.  In particular, my left glute medius wasn’t firing the same as the glute on my right.  Lev was able to show this to me as I could withstand directional resistance on my right, but my left leg nearly collapsed when equal force was placed upon it.

Over time, my left glute had gotten lazy on me.

But the body is an adaptation machine. 

When one muscle stops doing its job… others will step in to absorb the load.  In my case, the low back muscles were having to do work that my left cheek should have been doing.  That causes and asymmetry and eventually my low back went on strike given the additional workload without any additional pay.

So how do you fix a lazy butt?

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There are lots of exercises (many of which you’ve seen at class)… but it helps to be able to connect the mind with the muscle that’s rebelling.

This can take a lot of concentrated time and effort.  But you can jump start that mind-muscle connection, similar to jumping a car battery, by inserting a needle and adding a mild electric current to the affected area to bring it back to life… Frankenstein-style. (Apologies to Lev for comparing him to a mad scientist.)

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After a few visits with Lev, I’m back to my old self again.  I’m still doing a lot of specific exercises and continuing to upgrade my knowledge on all things anatomy.  But Dr. Lev gets massive credit for helping me to accelerate my healing by reacquainting me with my lazy butt.

What does all this mean for you?

Takeaway #1:  Injury (typically) doesn’t happen in an instant. 

I didn’t hurt my back in that one instance picking up my Tupperware container.  I hurt my back by not properly connecting with my glute, likely for years in advance, before I saw the symptoms manifest.

We often think we hurt ourselves in a freak accident getting out of a car, rolling out of bed incorrectly, or picking up a squirming 3-year old… But typically there’s an imbalance that’s been manifesting for years, maybe decades that led up to the “injury event”.  Identifying these imbalances is the key to getting better and regaining mobility.

Takeaway #2:  You just got a better, more knowledgable trainer at no extra charge.

We often tend to think of pain as a bad thing.  But pain is often guiding you towards rectifying an imbalance in your body or in your life.

My back injury was painful… it was inconvenient… and it seemed to me unjustified.

But what I could have viewed as bad luck, I saw instead as an opportunity. 

In a matter of months I’ve probably doubled (maybe tripled) my understanding of anatomy and movement patterns.  Which means I’m double or triple the trainer I was a couple of months ago.

Fortunately, for you, I’m not going to double or triple your rates to attend Bootcamp.  You get an upgraded trainer at no additional charge.

You’re welcome!

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Takeaway #3:  Dr. Lev is the man!

I’ve long anticipated a day when I’d finally know ‘all the things’ about health, fitness, and wellness.  I know that sounds crazy, but I think I really believed that with enough study or effort I’d eventually have all of the answers.

However, I’m quickly learning that the more I know, the more I’m aware that I don’t know. 

There’s always more to discover as you go deeper down the rabbit hole.  Which is actually exciting because I’m so passionate about this field and realize that I’ll never have to deal with the disappointment of a series finale.  (Perhaps, like the Simpsons, it will go on forever… although hopefully the later episodes of my training career will be far more fulfilling than the later episodes of the Simpsons.)

That said, I think it’s helpful to have a team.  To have other professionals in your circle of trust that are specializing in the areas you don’t know as much about.

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Dr. Lev is a practitioner that helps fill in some of my knowledge gaps. 

I’ve learned so much from him already.  And we immediately clicked because we both have such intense passions for our fields of study and trying to become the best versions of ourselves, trying to improve the lives of as many people as we can reach.

While I certainly intend to continue improving my own skills, I’m also intent upon finding and connecting with other amazing practitioners in this domain.

In the mean time, I hope you’ll take this opportunity to come meet Dr. Lev Furman after class this Saturday.  I won’t even get mad if you skip class and just show up to see Lev.  Or maybe I will, you just never know.  😉

A no-charge chiropractic assessment is kind of like getting groceries at no charge.  That just doesn’t happen.

But it is happening… and it’s going down for real this coming Saturday 7/21/18 @ 8am at Vetta.

Let Dr. Lev take a look at whatever that weird pain is that you’ve been struggling with.  Maybe you’re not “just getting old”.  Maybe there’s a cause of pain that can be addressed… that can be treated… that can be fixed.

You owe it to yourself to find out.

Thanks as always for reading.

And congrats on your complimentary trainer upgrade.  😉




CJ’s Book of the Week: 

“Soul Keeping” by John Ortberg


“Skedge” for 7/16/18-7/21/18

Manchester (Class Times:  Mon-Fri @ 5:30/7:00/8:30am & Satuday @ 7am)

Monday:  Lower (CJ)

Tuesday:  Upper (CJ)
Wednesday:  Core (CJ)

Thursday:   Lower (CJ)

Friday:   Upper (CJ)  

Saturday: Core (CJ) + 8AM Complimentary Pain/Injury Assessment with Lev Furman (right after 7am bootcamp class… Lev doesn’t mind if you’re sweaty.  Lol.)


CJ Thomas

Owner, Operator, & “CeejEO”

St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp

ph:  314-266-9729

email:  CJ@STLFitnessBootcamp.com


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