He blew my mind, with simple concepts. The idea that you can heal your own body through daily movement and conditioning was revolutionary to me. I grew up thinking if something hurt you went to the doctor.
Before I go on. Here is a little background.
- He was Royce Gracie’s Strength and Conditioning coach for UFC 1.
- Opened the first Jiu-Jitsu Academy on the East Coast.
- Lifelong combat athlete between High School and Collage
- Strength and Conditioning innovator.
Steve’s whole philosophy is a unique one. He is a homeless trainer, or better yet the world is his home. He’s a minimalist who carries everything he owns in a 45L Tom Binh bag. This way he understands the weight of all the things that he possess. I appreciate his rejection of traditional social conventions and the need for things. Just meditating on this has expanded my mind.
If I have to break down his philosophy into one word its Mobility. Mobility is the ability to go through your full range of motion with strength. According to him its much better to be a little tight and have control through your range of motion rather than extremely flexible but not be able to have control in the extremities.
His ideas on body maintenance has helped me recover. The philosophy of mobility exercises healing the body resonated with me. As I age things just seem to get creakier in this old body. Joint Mobility training has been a net benefit to me.
Steve Maxwell’s Encyclopedia of Joint Mobility is to me, the gold standard in Mobility training. This series of 7 joint joint mobility routines each lasting about 20 minutes. This might seem long, but he repeats some exercises between the routines. Each one is based on a set of body parts.
- Neck Series
- Shoulder Series
- Elbows, Wrist, Hand and Finger Series
- Spine & Lower Back Series
- Hip Mobility Series
- Toe, Foot, Ankle & Knee Series
- Spinal Rocking Series
Many of these warm ups and drills are excellent for warming the body up. Many of his drill are based on Russian Health systems, but he also pulls from all types of disciplines.
Picking up a copy of The Encyclopedia of Joint Mobility will add a lot to your physical repertoire.
Eventually when time and money permit I would love to go to one of his Jiu Jitsu for a Lifetime Training Camps.