Here’s a great question from a Lieutenant Colonel in the
I have your Combat Conditioning videos, Gama fitness, Combat
Abs, and now your Farmer Burns course and Combat Cardio Tele-
Seminar – http://www.mattfurey.com/products.html –
Let me just say as a member of the Armed Forces I believe your
teachings are fantastic. I’ve contacted the Army Fitness School
and told them to go to your website.
Anyways, here’s my issue and question. I was in a fairly serious
motorcycle accident over here in Korea about a year ago. I took
some damage to my left leg, and although the bones have healed
and the stitches are long gone I still have some pain in my calve.
It is by no means debilitating, but it does hurt quite a bit when I run.
As a consequence I’ve cut back on my running and now walk every
night while only running 2-3 times a week (I also plan on using your
rope skipping, rowing, cycling programs from the tele-seminar).
In Combat Cardio you mentioned incorporating the Qi Gong breathing
into your own walking and the website had a picture of you doing it.
Can you offer some tips on incorporating the breathing into your walking.
I know it seems obvious; breathe deep (down to your feet) and exhale,
but do you breathe in for a specific count or number of steps and exhale
Do you shorten your walking stride to accomodate the breathing (I have
in my ‘experimental’ walks)? Any tips would be useful and me being the
pragmatist I am. I’m thinking this would be useful for soldiers conducting
road marches. Just a thought. Please provide any info you can and keep
up the great work!
LTC Van R. Sikorsky
M.F. Lieutenant Colonel, first thanks so much for the kind words – but more
importantly, thanks for your service to our country. Glad to hear you are
mending well after the accident. To strengthen you calves, you might consider
the wall chair position, albeit with heels elevated. This will make your calves
quiver and quake like the San Andreas fault.
In regard to Qi Gong walking (also Chi Kung walking) – there are
many varieties. Today I will give you one of many favorites.
I normally don’t divulge something this good in my emails – it’s the
but today I’ll make an exception for YOU!
While walking with normal strides, inhale from your feet up to your head. Pull the
energy up your body to energize. After doing this hold your breath and pull your
abs back toward your spine. Hold for a 2 count … or whatever you’re comfortable
doing. Continue on with your normal stride while walking this way. Exhale when
you cannot hold any longer. Catch your breath and repeat.
Believe me now and listen to me later, it won’t take long for you to be swimming in
energy. This technique is very powerful indeed.
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