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How To Listen When Your Body Tells You What It Needs

question_mark_3dOne of the biggest challenges that people face when they start working out–or start working out again–is answering this question:

How much should I do?

Many of us would pick up a magazine or a book for guidance.  Or maybe we’d ask a friend who lifts about the best way to get started.  More often than not, that friend is doing a routine from a magazine or book.

What’s so bad about that?

Maybe nothing, at least not at first.  Doing something is better than doing nothing.  But the problem with trying to do someone else’s program is just that: it is a program made for someone else. In other words, someone that is not you.

So how can Joe or Jane off the street answer the question:

What should I be doing, and how much?


Bio-feedback is a fancy-sounding word that just means “do what your body tells you to.”  Your body will tell you what it needs.  Your body knows what it needs.  The two videos below will teach you a couple of way to ask your body to tell you what it needs.

This is my coach and friend “Unbreakable” Adam T. Glass.  Other than his monstrous strength, Adam’s ability to make really complicated-sounding stuff easy to understand and implement is, in my opinion, his greatest gift.

Adam really, truly wants to help people get strong, healthy, and happy.  Please watch these videos, digest them, and send Adam your questions.

Not so confusing, is it?  I use these methods in my own training and have had nothing but success.  And I’ve seen the results in people much more advanced than I.

Questions for Adam can be sent to adamtglass@yahoo.com

If you take advantage of this advice, any health- or strength-related New Year’s Resolution you may make in the next month will become a reality.


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  • Kira November 28, 2009, 1:50 am

    This is an interesting strategy …

    Is there any online info about it?


    • Josh Hanagarne November 28, 2009, 9:51 am

      Kira, I don’t even know what most of it is called. I’ve watched a few things from Frankie Faires that Adam has recommended. This video is in the same vein:


      I’ll let you know if I find anything else online.

  • Srinivas Rao November 28, 2009, 9:58 am

    Hey Josh,

    I have used Bio feedback before for my IBS. It’s interesting how often most people ignore what their body tells them, hence the reason you have 20 somethings getting wasted every weekend and throwing up. I guess they could really use some bio feedback.

  • Ben Owens November 28, 2009, 9:17 pm

    I gave Bio Feedback a try tonight with my clean & press ladders. It told me what weight to use, and not only was I able to get more ladders of more rungs than I have every done, but I did it in a lot less time. Very interesting. I am going to play around with this some more.

  • Heather November 29, 2009, 10:11 am

    Josh, Ben, et. al.,

    As one who does rest for at least a week at a stretch at least a couple times a year, if nothing else, resting up will make you twitchy to get back at things, training-wise. You may even bust up a plateau, be able to handle a bigger bell/weight, or come back all refreshed and ready to kick some butt. After about three days, I have to at least do some light-weight stuff, or I get nuts. I find that I am happier with workouts, too, if I’ve rested up a bit. Josh, this was a great post! Ben, congrats on the bust-up! Kira, you might want to take a gander at Adam T. Glass’s stuff, as well as stuff over at Oxygen, which is a women’s fitness magazine that is more for strength-training die-hards and hotties like you. Rock on, y’all!

    • Josh Hanagarne November 29, 2009, 2:31 pm

      Hotties? I’m on my way over to Oxygen right now with my hotness.

  • Kira November 29, 2009, 2:09 pm

    @Heather …

    Whilst I agree with your description of me (I am indeed a strength-fixated, hard-to-kill hottie), I’m not sure I really fit into Oxygen’s target audience … being a dude and all 🙂