Yesterday I received a question from a Lieutenant
Colonel in the Army. This one is so good it got moved
to the top of the heap. Here goes:
I have your Combat Conditioning DVDs, Gama fitness, Combat
Abs, and now your Farmer Burns course and Combat Cardio – http://www.mattfurey.com/products.html –
Let me just say as a member of the ArmedForces 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 – http://www.mattfurey.com/cardio_seminar.html –
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. You can also reverse it and lift
your toes so the front of your lower leg gets worked hard.
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 sort of thing
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 comfortabledoing. Continue on with your normal stride while walking
this way. Exhale when you cannot hold any longer. Catch your breath and
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.
I cover much more in my Inner Circle n/l and CD, sent each month to Furey
Faithful. The workout covered this month is a mind-blower as well.
Best to you.
P.S. I realize a lot of different Furey products were mentioned in today’s email.
The easiest way to research any or all is by taking a trip on the wild side – riding
on over to Furey Central – http://www.mattfurey.com/products.html