Writing up this review has taken me a long time. Normal busy stuff and adjusting to NC has gotten in the way, but I’ll run the risk of sounding corny when I give my reason. I really don’t know what to say. I’ve made no secret that what Gray and Lee, among several others in all walks of life, have been able to provide in terms of mentoring and guidance have given me a foundation for thinking that everything I do is built upon. I’ve said it for several years, and I’m obviously saying it again now.
Movement for me may not have been what it was for other folks due to my closeness and affinity for the system. That is not to say I didn’t learn anything clinical from the book. But for me, this wasn’t a laundry list of novel approaches in terms of evaluation and treatment.
What it was for me the most was a conveyor belt of truisms and analogies that make the philosophy seem so simple. I found myself nodding my head in agreement every few pages. It was from phrases I’ve heard Gray say before or new ones that made things click. I think for me, it was so pleasurable to read the messages in print knowing it was getting out with authority and excitement to so many people.
Perhaps the most powerful message I would like others, particular dissenters and contrarians, to take away from this book is that is really about the system of screening, testing, and assessing well before the methods of PNF, RNT, and kettlebells. It isn’t even about the FMS and SFMA particularly. If you have a better screen or assessment system, then I think you are still honoring this book’s message.
Few fitness professionals screen, and most medical professionals just test impairments. I think this book will bring everybody’s game up in either getting you to the right place or taking someone closer to expert to an even better place. Standing on Gray’s shoulders is not a bad idea.
It is one of the biggest highlights of my career to have a mentor include my name as someone that has helped push this system to a better place. I’ll probably read this book once a year and expect to nod my head at something new each time.
Charlie just listened to your podcast on Joe Heiler’s website. Have been reading some of your internet/you tube info the better part of my day! Appreciate your candor and thoughts on many different areas of rehab/fitness. I have been a PT for 30 years, 25 of which have been self-employed in private practice. Have wanted to learn more about anatomy trains and regional interdependence for a long time. Just took SFMA in January Should be taught in all PT schools!!
Will look forward to learning more of your thoughts and principles!