Sure, ok. I wasn’t intending to use this thread as any sort of introduction to the world, it was more a question in the realm of generalities. Why do people read fitness material from those without big names? What is the draw? What makes it stand out? Reading Mike Robertson’s blog or Dan John’s blog is one thing but why does this mythical reader continue to read “Tom’s Fitness Shack”?
I’ll answer the question below:
I grew up with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis - from the age of 9 until it was considered in complete remission at 16. It caused a lot of long term damage to my joints. I never imagined myself as fit or athletic and thought my ship had sailed. So I came to things late in the game - mid twenties. I spent that initial stretch of time focusing on gymnastics, circus arts, and flexibility in an attempt to improve my movement quality from that which I was cursed with. It worked mostly. I can still perform a variety of tumbling acrobatics to the delight of my kids.
A while later in my late 20s, I was bitten by the barbell bug, and spent a lot of time learning the movements. I realized early on that I didn’t have the mental drive to really push for high numbers and focused a lot of rep work - I did hit a 455 DL at 185, which I’m proud of.
During these stints I coached my wife (a significant feat in it’s own right, if you’ve ever tried to coach an SO) to a state PL championship, as well as two others at different periods. I’ve helped friends and acquaintances lose weight and keep it off for over a decade, I’ve helped people heal injuries and prevent further ones. I’ve even given talks at my office about postural corrections to improve the aches and pains brought on by desk work.
I’m currently coming back from a downward trend in my fitness pursuits due to injury (and having a second kid) but still have all the knowledge to make it work