22May/17

Why Qigong?

A great many of my acquaintances are intrigued by our newest offering, Qigong, which begins in just 3 weeks.  It is simple enough to give a flavor of what this is as most folks have at least a picture in their mind of Tai Chi, which is thought to have evolved from Qigong.  In terms of what it looks like, this is a reasonable reference point, but there’s a lot more at stake!

Every great endeavor seems to have back story and well, this is no different.  About 10 years ago, I was in the tech field and working as a project manager at a local blood collection organization. We had a half day of work one Friday and I have the rare-ish A- blood type so I decided to do not just a donation, but a platelet donation.  This more complicated process includes a cycle of fluids being infused … long story short, during this part of the process, the needle went all the way through the vein and infused the tissue in my arm ….substantial damage (I was told nerve damage) was done to the arm resulting in odd seizures, pain, swelling, tingling in the fingers and just general unpleasantness. Months of physical therapy helped a lot, but I eventually lost feeling entirely in my first two fingers.  I was unable to work effectively in the office setting and eventually returned to private consulting.  How I came to be a partner in a gym is a whole other story!

Fast forward 7 or 8 years …. somewhere along the way but unrelated to this incident, I became interested in Chinese Traditional Medicine and stumbled upon Qigong.  I’ve studied this stuff on and off for the past few years and about 6 months ago, committed to a daily Qigong practice. Now, I’m not going to say this is directly the cause, but the coincidence is a bit uncanny …. in the past month or so, I have regained not just feeling, but complete dexterity in those two fingers. I was skeptical for a long time as it just seemed too simple (and it really is quite simple…). However, I very firmly believe that there is wisdom all around us if we have a mind open enough to see it and I’m very sure that this turnaround for me was 1) yet another testament to the body’s incredible ability to heal itself (not my first rather astounding healing!)  and 2) enough proof for me to double down on my commitment to the Qigong practice.

Movement, breathing, mindfulness …. it really is that simple.  I’m inviting anyone and everyone to share this with me.  No fees, no membership (we’ll have you sign a facility waiver, but we even do that for birthday parties!) …. beginning June 12th … 6:30 am Monday – Friday and probably Saturdays as well after our morning circuit  …. I invite you to spend 20-25 minutes with me and my own practice – which is itself heavily influenced by three teachers …. Ken Cohen, Lee Holden and Dr Jwing-Ming Yang.  You are certainly invited to come as a skeptic …. we probably make the most passionate spokespeople when we feel results ourselves!

Questions?  Give me a shout …. jim@2themaxtraining.com

22May/17

Boot Camp #836 – Tabata Tuesday – May 23rd

Tuesdays are our most popular day … maybe this is the folks who felt guilty cuz they know you should never miss a Monday … or maybe it is because, well, how can you not like Tabata … we like it so much that we’ll usually also time our Thursday Strike sessions the same way!  This week we return to our original 4x4x4 Tabata Boot Camp format .. a block each for legs, arms, core and full body .. plus a bonus cardio block.

If you’ve been waiting for a change to try us out, Tabata Tuesday is a great way to start!