Thursday, January 31, 2019

MMA Fitness Saves Wounded Warrior

MMA + Fitness saves Wounded Warrior 
Cancer Survivors  comeback using cutting edge Warrior Training tactics.
After losing my 9 year old son to brain cancer, 6 months later OCT-31-02 I was diagnosed with grade 3 cancer of the large intestine (transverse colon) see pic, an apple sized tumor was surgically removed. I was  medically discharged from the Army.
 
Day of Surgery, wasted down to 124 lbs.
I lost my son, my career , my health, all in 6 months.

    This is very personal for me writing down the details of my life...in hopes that it may serve to lesson another Vets suffering by giving him or her hope, encouragement, and how they may better arm themselves with tools that can put a dent in some of the symptoms they may have..

  With mind and body utterly devastated I was totally discouraged, and hit rock bottom.
Next was 6 nasty months of CHEMO, unbelievable nausea, body wasting, weakness, body weight  down to 124. finished CHEMO on JULY-15-03
Fatigue,depression, PTSD .Everything smelled terrible, couldn't hardly eat. The sensitivity
of my hearing and sense of smell shot through the roof over the next few years, along with bouts of extreme fatigue.


     I stay indoors most of the time because of the cold sensitivity,( I can take all kinds of heat though and LOVE the SUN...) or rather away from crowds and noise. I live in a sound proofed room with my weights and my music. Family interaction is difficult but well worth spending time with my wife and 3 boys. I rarely go out in public because of the noise , chemical smells ie perfume, cologne, hair spray, fabric softener, hand sanitizer, windex cleaner, etc, etc. Hospital smells are the absolute worst.  I use ballistic ear plugs in my ears to block out most of the noise, sometimes headphones over the top of them.

    Another sensitivity I have is with dirt, dust, filth and germs... hate them...cant stand to be around them or touch anything that's been in public...for example the other day I had to go with my wife to Sams Club and help her get some bulk items and I could not stand to touch the hand rail of the shopping cart, and the noise level was horrid I had to wear earplugs or (ear buds with music playing as to block out all the noise) and pull my hoodie sleeves down over the grip to avoid touching it the cart handle...
  The ways of coping with the PTSD  that I have are Strength Training with Power Factor  , MMA workouts, punching bag, Energy Psychology Techniques, Acupuncture, 12 Meridian Therapy, Qi Gong exercises...( I love to lift weights!) Some artwork,  gardening.... is pretty good cardio...  and of course writing on this blog to share my experience with others so that I may be able to reach out and connect with other Veterans and give them hope...

I knew that I could  not let this get the best of me, How was I going to get my mind and body back in shape? How could I get Stronger, Faster, decrease stress from noise, overcome hearing sensitivity ?

  My background in fitness started with Wrestling (1st grade), Baseball, Football, Track, Soccer, Basketball, Tae Kwon Do, BJJ (Brazilian Jui Jitsu). U.S Army bootcamp Ft. Benning , AIT training Ft. Bragg.

    A few months prior to getting cancer (the word does not deserve a capitol "C" ) I received a fitness certification, however the course material was severely lacking cutting edge fitness knowledge, and was rather boring.  I discovered that the training methods of Mixed Martial Artists and Boxers yielded the quickest results in strength, gaining muscle for power, and stripping body fat quickly.

                        The Bruce Lee Connection

I asked myself
Who has the most impressive, most powerful and strongest  physique?
BRUCE LEE!
I studied all of his books , his mental and physical training methods, his philosophy, his biography, of course all of the movies and Documentaries.
   Just as Bruce had combined nearly ALL of the Martial Arts styles into his own system "Jeet Kune Do" he did the SAME thing with his Fitness Routines! By combining a myriad of Strength Training and Conditioning tactics such as


  • MMA Punches, Kicks, Explosive movements (Plyometrics)
  • Weight Lifting: Barbells, Dumbells, Squats, Bench, Curls.
  • Aerobic conditioning: Running 3 miles a day, and Jumping rope.
  • Body Weight Training
  • Grip Training
  • Circuit Training
  • Isometrics
  • Nutrition and Supplementation with Chinese Herbs
  • Fruit and Veggie Juicing
  • Goal Setting and Visualization Techniques.
  • Journal and record Keeping
Some of my favorite pictures are of him sitting by his library of books.
Subscription to Bodybuilding Magazine IRON MAN
Bruce Lees Goal setting plan called "My definite Chief Aim"

Linda Lee his wife has said that he was always either working out or reading a book. This is how he gained so much knowledge , he read everything he could get his hands on including subscribing to IRON MAN Magazine.



These were all clues to how I might make a comeback mentally and physically. Bruce Lee had developed a unique style by combining the very BEST of what he knew which became what we have today in the professional world of Combat Sports ie the UFC.
What if I could do the same thing? Meaning what if I could combine all of the very BEST of what I have read and discovered over the past 20 years, apply it to my beaten down mind and body and make a comeback...  I got immensely motivated, focused and took massive action.
AUG-31-03 started my Transformation.

Here is what I achieved using   
The Dragon Style Fitness Motivation Transformation

BEFORE my Transformation
body weight 124
bench press 1 rep max 95 lbs
                Nov-15-02


                                                                                                      7 months of training >>>>>>>>>>>>

+155 lbs added to my bench press.

         1 rep max was now at 245;)
+260 lbs added to max Leg Press full rep.
+14 lbs of Lean Muscle Mass
+16 total workouts, 1 workout every 13 days,
 1 hour each.
-7 lbs decreased body fat
131 total body weight
4.8 % body fat. (approx)
age 36

Whether you are planning on becoming a seasoned Workout Warrior, Military Veteran, MMA Fighter , a stay at home Mom , Single Parent , Over 40 Dad, Teen Athlete or anyone who wants to look like a fighter, your search is over....The sooner you get started with this MMA + Weight Training some meditating and Power Music the sooner you can achieve your fitness goals!
GOT my Body BACK !! MAR-16-04




I have been in the fitness industry for over 40 years, I walk the walk. Please refer to my photos, take a LOOK for yourself see the difference this Muscle + Strength Building Program can make.

                                                                     Jan-2011 @ age 43







   Over 40 Fitness! Still adding Muscle @ 43 yrs of age

                                                Summer 2013 10 yrs out cancer free @ 45 yrs old (above)

(Age-47) Summer 2015

     My total transformation is ongoing, I am always studying, reading and learning all I can to improve myself  and this is why I started this blog to give you the absolute BEST information on training methods and supplementation programs.

For more info and details
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MAXIMUS AURELIUS FITNESS
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