That Was Then, and This Is Now!

That Was Then, and This Is Now!

Earlier today I received an e-mail from a 29-year-old man by the name of Trent, who told me that when his friend Ryan introduced him to Pushing Yourself to Power almost six years ago, he thought John Peterson was a real idiot for what he had written about lifting weights and the possibility of injuring yourself. He had told Ryan that not only was I an idiot who did not know what I was talking about, but that it was totally contradictory to everything he had read in his bodybuilding magazines.

But, friends, that was then, and this is now.

Today, just about six years later, Trent is no longer lifting weights and hasn’t for over a year. Why? Because more than three years ago he started suffering severe pain in his lower back, shoulders, and knees, and it got worse and worse to the point that he could not continue. It was then that something dawned on him. He realized that his friend Ryan, who had introduced him to Pushing Yourself to Power, was in fantastic shape, looked better than ever, and was still totally pain-free.

So, a little over a year ago Trent started training with our methods and hasn’t looked back. Since then his pain and discomfort have been dissipating and his body is healing. His weight training has been replaced with push-ups, pull-ups, chin-ups, dips, and many other self-resistance exercises that are found in Pushing Yourself to Power, and he trains daily. In fact, he tells me that his chiropractor is amazed by his steady progress. He also mentioned that he has received more compliments about his physique in the last three months than at any time in his life, and that he wanted to thank me.

Naturally, I was very pleased to read about Trent’s progress, and I e-mailed him and told him that I was happy for him. But I also told him that he can’t expect others to automatically listen and give up their weight training. Realistically, that won't happen for most people until they start hurting. But in the meantime, I left him with a quote from Mark Twain that encourages anyone who shares truth with his friends to be patient and wait for the truth that he has conveyed to bear fruit.

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he had learned in seven years."—Mark Twain

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