John F Doyle’s Adventure Blog

June 11, 2009

Gray Cook!

Filed under: interests — johnfrederickdoyle @ 4:21 am
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I am reading Gray Cook’s book: Athletic Body in Balance. Wow! Everything you wanted to know about performance, balance and injury prevention. One concept: The squat! I tried to squat down and read the magazines on the lowest rack in the Sacramento airport about 6 years ago. I didn’t last. My “inner zombie” (not my concept, but I love the idea) wouldn’t let me bend all my joints. I started running soon after, went from 171 lbs. to 148 lbs. and never felt better. Still though, couldn’t touch my toes or even squat. Too much time in a chair. (I’m an airline pilot) I used Pavel Tsatsouline’s “Relax into Stretch” book to learn to bend, Kettlebells to strengthen my core (and keep the inner zombie comfortable with movement) and attempted all kinds of random things to loosen up. Now I believe I have found the secret to success here in Gray Cook’s book!!! I want to attend one of his workshops, but I don’t see any on his website for Seattle!

Here is a review of his book with a short bio:

Here is the “Functional Movement” website:

Strength AND flexibility!


March 26, 2009


Filed under: interests — johnfrederickdoyle @ 4:30 am
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I started using a kettlebell for core strength last year. I weigh 150 lbs. (68 kg) and bought a 20 kg kettlebell. I use it once a week – single arm swings, cleans and presses. I am not trying to get massive biceps or six-pack abs, just a good solid core. The results in my running have been astounding. I do a track workout once or twice a month and run a 1/4 mile (one lap of my local dirt track) in 68 seconds. Two laps and I start to slow, and a mile comes in at 5:30. I have been visiting the track for 4 years and my biggest speed gains came after I started using the kettlebell. Oh yeah, I’m 51 years old.

I great site for kettlebell workouts is Dr. Mark Cheng’s Kettlebells Los Angeles. For more hardcore training try Pavel Tsatsouline’s Power By Pavel.



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