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Strongman and Bob: Part 2

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Among other amusing criticisms of me on the internet, one I have heard recently is ‘Lyle doesn’t train anybody’.

This isn’t true.

I simply don’t train many people right now (and I put my years in training people years ago anyhow).

There’s several reasons for this, the primary one of which being that my own training for speedskating takes up an absurd amount of time each week. Between regular 3 hour sessions for skate training along with extra bike rides, I don’t have a lot of time to do much else but eat and (try to) survive. Certainly not enough time to schedule regular clients at the gym (outside of the one person I train here hands-on).

Of course, I could do online training and get asked about it from time to time, but there’s huge problems with that model not the least of which is that I’m a huge pain in the ass about proper exercise technique and that’s nearly impossible to fix from a distance (giving feedback based on video being a second best).

Last but not least is that the situations that most of those who seem to approach me about online training don’t require much more than setup and some basic rules. I know that ‘contest prep’ is a popular thing for online trainers but most of that seems to be hand-holding and minor diet tweaks than anything concrete. Frankly, folks can get about 99% of what they need of my information out of any of my books.

Hell, they can get some of my information out of other people’s books.

Simply put, I’m generally not that intrigued by ‘Bro, can you train me to get a six-pack.’

However, there are exceptions and one of them is BobW. Bob showed up on my forum 2+ years ago, seemed to fit in with the generally anarchic tone and posted some videos for feedback.

I told him that something looked severely messed up (in his upper back) and that he should get it looked at. He said that he had and the doctor told him he was fine. I told him to find another doctor and, although I forget the details, he eventually looked up an ART practitioner (I may be getting the details of how this all worked out wrong) who did a proper assessment.

In any case, it turned out that Bob has a rare condition called DISH, which stands for diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperstosis.

Quoting from the website:

Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) has also been called Forestier’s disease. It is considered a form of degenerative arthritis. However, DISH is characterized by unique, flowing calcification along the sides of the vertebrae of the spine. And, very unlike typical degenerative arthritis, it’s also commonly associated with inflammation (tendinitis) and calcification of tendons at their attachments points to bone. This can lead to the formation of bone spurs, such as heel spurs. In fact, heel spurs are common among individuals with DISH.

Combine this with having been a computer type for a couple of decades, and he was in bad shape. As I recall, at least one doctor told him that he should pretty much accept that he’d end up in a wheelchair. Fairly shortly.

Even the ART practitioner wasn’t sure he could do much good with Bob but he told Bob he was willing to try.

Bob decided to try. He took me on as his coach to handle the strength and conditioning part of it, he took Dr. Zak on as his ART guy and he decided that he was going to fight like hell to not end up completely crippled.

Then, he decided that he wanted to compete in strongman.

To be continued.

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