The First Layer Of STRENGTH!

in Physical Strength

First, I want to share my gratitude to all of our newly certified STRENGTHOLOGY Level 1 coaches :)

(I’ll be opening enrollment for the new class soon.)

As much as I enjoyed every moment we spent together, my favorite moment was when I helped our youngest student, 19 year old Taylor Locke, instantly KILL A MUSCLE VIRUS that had been plaguing him.

Apparently Taylor had been avoiding the barbell back squat for several months due to a tight and painful right shoulder.

During one of our application sessions I asked Taylor to get under the bar as if he were going to squat.  He then revealed that he “couldn’t do it”… THAT is when I decided to show him some Muscle Virus Magic.

First, it was clear that Taylor’s right upper trap, leveator scapula and medial rotators of his upper arm were SUPER tight…. just by looking at him.

But since we had performed several muscular-skeletal assessments prior to this session, we knew EXACTLY what was wrong with Taylor’s shoulder.

As I always suggest using “corrective stretches” BEFORE training (as opposed to so many other “gurus”) I sat Taylor down on a bench and showed him how to stretch ONLY the muscles the right side of his neck and shoulder.

The entire corrective stretching protocol took us about 5 minutes.

Then I asked Taylor to approach the bar, as he did before, to try a back squat.

Not only did he have the ability to get under the bar, which he could not do just 5 minutes earlier, he presented a glowing smile and remarked that “my shoulder feels like it’s brand new!

In the course of 5 minutes we took a kid who may have avoided one of the most important strength and muscle building exercises for the rest of his career… and gave him the power to begin using it again!

Like magic?


There is nothing magical about developing The First Layer Of Strength (physical strength).

But it DOES require that we pay close attention to the following, often overlooked, things:

1. How The Nervous System “Communicates” With The Muscular System (more on this later)

2. Muscular-Skeletal Balance and Joint Articulation

3. Development of Movement Strength (as opposed to isolated muscular strength)

4. Functional Strength and Power Production

Becoming the strongest version of ourselves is LESS about how big our chest muscles are and more about how well we carry ourselves.

ONLY a strong, vibrant and vital body is capable expressing the radiance that lies within all of us!

Think of your body as a vessel that carries the most precious cargo on Earth.

With Strength & Love,


PS – I’ll post videos and pictures from our STRENGTHOLOGY weekend later this week.  I’m waiting on the photographer to get back to me.

Talk to you then!

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Dave March 19, 2012

Awesome weekend Elliot!! Thanks again for all of your support. I’m eagerly awaiting 201!

Eric Leos March 19, 2012

Yo Elliot! I took your online strength course a few months ago. Which was great knowledge! What do I need to do to get certified by you?

Elliott March 19, 2012

You should be all set with your prerequisite (101) — I’ll be announcing the next class pretty soon… hope to meet you there :)

Lori March 19, 2012

Looking forward to future reports. Thank you for all you share with us. Wonderful stuff. All of it.

kevin March 19, 2012

Couldn’t agree with dave more. Home safe and sound and going to do some tests on friends straight away. I’ll keep you posted with my progress!

Evan Geoghegan March 19, 2012

Wow this is a great post. I’ve been suffering from pretty much the same thing as Taylor. It has affected my benching and squatting for weeks and I didn’t know what to do about it. I’m going to order your Muscle Virus Solution as soon as I get the money! Keep up the great posts. :)

Dylan March 20, 2012

Awesome again Elliott.!!!

Adam March 21, 2012

Great stuff as always!!

Zach Marcy March 21, 2012

This really did happen exactly as Elliott said it. The Muscle Virus information in Strengthology makes it completely worth the price of the seminar. Then it OVER delivers with everything else piled on top of it. It was pretty awesome learning how to make my company and my clients the Strongest versions of themselves!

Eric Leo's April 7, 2012

Thanks Elliot! I’m planning to open a strength and conditioning gym in about 2 months. I hope I finally meet you and get things rolling!

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