Thursday, May 14, 2009

Another kick ass product by Ryan Murdock

I've been a fan of CST (Circular Strength Training) for some time now. I've been using a variety of the CST training protocols such as the Intuflow joint mobility system, Flowfit and Forward Pressure on and off for some time. More recently I got hold of the Bodyweight Exercise Revolution by CST coaches Ryan Murdock and Adam Steer. The programs contained in this ebook volume and related downloadable video material really opens up the field of body weight only training to a remarkable degree and I've had some amazing results working through some of the material. Naturally when Ryan Murdock brought out his latest product, the 12 minute Stage Crazy workout for rock stars I was intrigued to say the least.

Ryan created this product to meet the physical demands of the rockstar lifestyle; long periods on the road, energy sapping stage performances, limited time (or space) for exercise and living off hotel (or junk) food for extended periods of time. Obviously this will also be most relevant for busy executives, people who travel a lot and in fact anyone with limited time or resources available for maintaining their fitness.

The program consists of a downloadable ebook and two video clips, one providing a breakdown of the exercises and the second a follow along circuit. The ebook is well written and filled with Ryan's trademark humor and straight talking. It also provides a very well written and concise overview of the concept of "the six degrees of freedom" which forms part of the core of CST's "health-first" philosophy. In addition the ebook does a good job of positioning the body weight circuit within the realm of metcon (metabolic conditioning) or high-intensity cardio. This is very much in sync with some of the great voices out there when it comes to modern approaches to fitness and weightloss, like for example Alwyn Cosgrove and Craig Ballantyne. A lot of these fitness "mavericks" have shown quite clearly that fitness doesn't have to be about extended and boring encounters with treadmills, rowing machines or jogging. In fact, major weightloss and cardio benefits can be obtained by short, intense sessions based on metabolic resistance training. Ryan's new product certainly falls into this category as well.

The exercises are clearly illustrated in the ebook and demonstrated in the two video clips and I cannot imagine anyone feeling that they don't understand an exercise once having read the book and watched the clips. One really cool thing about the program is that the exercises are...rather unique. If you think body weight training is boring and consists of endless push-ups or sit-ups, think again. Most of the exercises in the program you probably wouldn't even have seen (or thought of) before. Unless of course you have spent some time on some of the other CST products. However, even if you are fairly familiar with CST the Stagecrazy program will almost certainly teach you something new.

Another element that makes this product great is the fact that its foundation in the six degrees of freedom will not only allow you to get pretty fit pretty fast; it will also develop a great improvement in your general movement ability (and perhaps even your ability to approach life in a more playful or adventurous fashion).

All that is left to say is this: Get this product right now over at

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