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Steve Maxwell Strength and Conditioning

Steve MaxwellI think Steve Maxwell should be a household name.  My first exposure to Steve Maxwell was on the Joe Rogan Podcast.

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.




Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Podcasts

ApplePodcastingLogoBeing off the mat with an injury is the pits.  Its crazy how much time jiu-jitsu took up in my life.  Now there are hours of free time.  I still do some PT (Physical Training) that i can do but, its not nearly as intense as a Jiu-Jitsu workout.

There seem to be a lot of high quality Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu podcasts coming out right now.  Check out a few of my favorites.

BJJBrick Podcast Is a consistent podcast with an established and well organized format.  Hosted by Gary and Brian who do weekly interviews also mixed with a quote segment, Article of the week and some humor.  Their guests not only include elite competitors but a varied mix of guests.  Their structured format makes the podcast feel like a weekly Jiu-Jitsu variety show not just a vehicle for interviews.  The interactions between Gary and Brian are amusing.  Gary seems to be in his 50’s or early 60’s, listening to him gives a good perspective for some of us older grapplers in the game.

The Grappling Central Podcast is hosted by Ryan Ford a Bjj purple belt  who trains under Renzo Gracie black belt and UFC veteran Paul Creighton.   Ryan gets top notch guests on his show, he puts in the time to find and get the hottest most up and coming BJJ people on the scene.

Grapplearts Radio Hosted by the prolific Bjj Black Belt Steven Kesting himself.   Like all of Stevens work the Grapplearts Radio Podcast is a quality product, with great audio quality and interesting guests.  I only wish that he would produce more than once a month, hey but you can’t rush excellence, right.

Whats your favorite Brazillion Jiu-Jitsu Podcast, I need more to listen to?

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