Fix My Back Pain Review Rick Kaselj

BR3-4I’ve had the chance to review Fix My Back Pain, the new program to help those with back injuries.  I’ve been impressed with previous programs from these authors/creators and I was also personally interested in this concept (I’ve also had back pain issues at different times throughout my lifting “career).  I’ll start this review with a program description/summary–here’s what you’ll get if you order it:

Quick Start Video Guide:

Quick Start Guide
Back Pain Cycle

This video will get you started with the program–be sure to watch it before you get into the other videos.  Rick Kaselj discusses his background/experience and explains the the “back pain cycle” that many trainees endure.  The object, of course, is to break this cycle through a series of exercises.  He also describes various kinds of back injuries and their symptoms.

Component 1: Internal Back Reshaping

This is another video you need to watch.  Kaselj argues that at least 20% of the results will come from following some practical steps such as doing some simple decompression exercises.  This, he argues, is the first step to living pain-free.  There are several practical steps here in addition to the decompression movements.

Component 2: Outer Back Reshaping

This video has instructions for the way the rest of the program will work–exercise protocols designed to strengthen muscles in such a way as to protect the back and reduce/eliminate pain.

Component 3: Injury Specific TrainingFixMyBackPain

Here’s the aspect of the program that is custome made: you choose the final instructional videos according to the specific type of injury you have.  Once you’ve chosen the appropriate category you can download videos and and exercise manual.  The disc herniation & bulges page, for example, has suggested exercises to do before and after you train.  As mentioned, the idea is to strengthen muscles that will help reduce the pain associated with a specific type of injury.

BONUSES

You’ll get some bonus material when you order Fix My Back Pain:

Barbell Deadlift Dominated (pdf file) and Pain Free Deadlifting (video).  Both of these resources will help you safely increase your strength in this foundational exercise.

48-Hour Back Pain Rescue Guide (pdf and video).  These are exercises you can do to relax and strengthen your back.  No equipment needed.

no-back-strain-group2No Back Strain Workout.  A guide to exercises that avoid compression/strain on the back (video and e-book are integrated).

REVIEW:

Fix My Back Pain is a cost-effective way to help trainees manage or alleviate pain.  I’d highly recommend it for those who want to use exercise as a means of dealing with pain/injuries of the back.  Just keep in mind there is no substitute for visiting your doctor–be sure to talk to your physician if you aren’t sure of your ability to safely exercise.  Just click here if you’d like to order or learn more about this program.

Hampton Strength Systems Review (Powerbuilding)

The folks at Critical Bench have a new program out called Hampton Strength Systems.  I’ve had the chance to look over it, so I’ll start my review with a summary of what you get with this program:

Hampton Strength Systems Components:

Bench Mode Training Manual: 

This book is a complete guide on how to increase your bench.  You’ll go four through training cycles, complete with assistance exercises.  The workouts are very detailed, explaining exactly what % of your one-rep max you’ll need to use for each session.

Bench Mode Printable Training Log:

You can print these sheets to record your progress in the gym.

Book of Methods:

This is an overall guide to methods for getting stronger.  These are workouts (and techniques) designed to build strength/size with specific body parts.  I really like the leg workout I saw–it looks like an efficient, simple way to build your leg strength.

Feats of Strength Training:

This manual really fascinated me.  Hampton explains how he trains for specific feats of strength, like breaking blocks with his fists.

Progressive Rep Training:

This system is based on the concept of using low reps and adding reps within your training cycle.  You’d start out with something like 3×3 on your main exercise/set and try for 3×4 on your next workout.  I know of some elite lifters who use this method.

Basic Barbell Exercises Routine:

This is a routine made up of compound exercises for the purpose of “building over all body strength and conditioning.”  The routine can be done 2-3 times a week.

Review:

Hampton Strength Systems is based on the concept of powerbuilding–gaining both size and strength.  I like this way of training because it is what most of us are after.  It’s kind of the best of both worlds, combining aspects of bodybuilding and powerlifting.

In addition to the training information, I think most readers will appreciate some of the personal stories the author includes.  I especially liked his descriptions of his personal transformation, competition experiences, etc.

I believe this program is a worthwhile investment for intermediate/advanced trainees who want to build strength and mass.

Just CLICK HERE if you are interested in checking it out–you can get a free gift (Bench Mode) that may help you decide.

Fix My Shoulder Pain Review

Critical Bench’s Mike Westerdal has teamed up with Rick Kaselj to create a new program called Fix My Shoulder Pain.  This program is a combination of videos and e-books (pdf files) you can download once you’ve ordered it.

Kaselj really knows his stuff when it comes to joint health and describing how to keep your shoulders free from injury.  He explains things very well in the videos, and the prevention/rehabilitation techniques are fairly simple to implement.

Introductory Video

I rarely recommend a single program for “everyone”–usually I encourage people to consider their experience level and goals when deciding whether or not to invest in training information. But Fix My Shoulder Pain is an exception–I think anyone who lifts weights should consider investing in this program: beginner, intermediate, or advanced.  This information would also be good for personal trainers.

Shoulder injuries are extremely common among those who lift weights, and spending a few bucks to prevent (or rehab) your shoulder is a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned.   I can say this from experience–this kind of injury can pretty much sideline your training (been there, done that).  Just click here to check out this program.