Fighting Back The Demons – Strength Training as Therapy

by Kilo on July 22, 2010

After I wrote a review of Paul Wade’s book Convict Conditioning, Coach Wade sent me an email as a thank you. We started corresponding sporadically. In one of those emails he mentioned (I’m paraphrasing) that strength training and lifting weights is all about battling your own personal demons.

Sometimes that is true for me, and sometimes I just want to lift for fun. But I know that it is true for many people, some of whom are very dear to me.

I train at a gym with one of the most incredible athletes I’ve ever met. He can’t deadlift heavy to save his life, but when it comes to bodyweight exercise and running, he is an absolute monster.

More importantly, he is professionally involved in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. When he works with people, he often emphasizes physical fitness and strength training as ways to make progress, take control of our lives, and yes, as a way to fight back at the things which threaten to consume us.

Bryce has started a blog called Bridging Daily which I hope to be heavily involved with. He is one of the few bloggers out there doing something that is actually worth doing.

Please go say hi, particularly if you’re struggling with anything in Bryce’s field of expertise.

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Bryce July 23, 2010 at 8:43 am

Thanks for the kind words Kilo! While deadlifting is certainly not my “thing,” and my progress in heavy lifts is slow, it’s progress that I’m interested in. I do use and advocate fitness, movement, lifting, running, walking, and anything else that is active as a key integral part to recovery of any kind whether it be from drug and alcohol abuse, or any other mental or physical disorders. I do this for one very simple reason: It Works! It works experientially. Yes, yes there is research abound these days that can explain why the bio chemical blah blah blah when doing physical exercise does this and that but lets just keep it simple. When you do it, it works. We reap what we sow and all those other great truisms that could go along with that. In my work we work on improving the Mind-Body-Spirit. I connected those words because in my experience so far they are all basically connected and the same. As such it makes sense that working on one, such as the physical, it can only work to effect and strengthen the other two (mind,spirit). Most important and I think I may have already said it, but for the sake of redundancy, it works! Btw Kilo if you get a cool alias like Kilo for this site, I am going to work on a cool fitness alias for myself. Any suggestions?

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Steve July 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Hey, Josh. I’ve being reading your blog for a while now and enjoying it. One thing, I keep seeing references here and elsewhere to the improvement of your Tourettes through training using Grip ‘n Rip.

This just seems right, for some reason.

I feel, though, as though I’ve missed the one article/post where you spell your experience/thinking out. If so, can you link me to it? Thanks.

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Kilo July 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Steve, I think I’ve forgotten the post as well! I’ll see if I can track it down when I get a few minutes later today.

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