MMA Fitness saves Wounded Warrior
A Cancer Survivors comeback using cutting edge
MMA Strength and Conditioning Workout Program,
After losing my 9 year old son to brain cancer, 6 months later OCT-31-02 I was diagnosed with grade 3 cancer of the large intestine (transverse colon) see pic, an apple sized tumor was surgically removed. I was medically discharged from the Army.
Day of Surgery, wasted down to 124 lbs.
I lost my son, my career , my health, all in 6 months.
This is very personal for me writing down the details of my life...in hopes that it may serve to lesson another Vets suffering by giving him or her hope, encouragement, and how they may better arm themselves with tools that can put a dent in some of the symptoms they may have..
With mind and body utterly devastated I was totally discouraged, and hit rock bottom.
Next was 6 nasty months of CHEMO, unbelievable nausea, body wasting, weakness, body weight down to 124. finished CHEMO on JULY-15-03
Fatigue,depression, PTSD .Everything smelled terrible, couldn't hardly eat. The sensitivity
of my hearing and sense of smell shot through the roof over the next few years, along with bouts of extreme fatigue.
I stay indoors most of the time because of the cold sensitivity,( I can take all kinds of heat though and LOVE the SUN...) or rather away from crowds and noise. I live in a sound proofed room with my weights and my music. Family interaction is difficult but well worth spending time with my wife and 3 boys. I rarely go out in public because of the noise , chemical smells ie perfume, cologne, hair spray, fabric softener, hand sanitizer, windex cleaner, etc, etc. Hospital smells are the absolute worst. I use ballistic ear plugs in my ears to block out most of the noise, sometimes headphones over the top of them.
Another sensitivity I have is with dirt, dust, filth and germs... hate them...cant stand to be around them or touch anything that's been in public...for example the other day I had to go with my wife to Sams Club and help her get some bulk items and I could not stand to touch the hand rail of the shopping cart, and the noise level was horrid I had to wear earplugs... and pull my hoodie sleeves down over the grip to avoid touching it the cart handle...
I use all natural essential oils to disinfect everything , Lemon , Peppermint or Lavender in a small spray bottle does the trick...also very uplifting to the mind.
The ways of coping with the PTSD that I have are Weight Training , MMA workouts, punching bag, I love to lift weights! Some artwork, gardening.... is pretty good cardio... and of course writing on this blog to share my experience with others so that I may be able to reach out and connect with other Veterans and give them hope...
I knew that I could not let this get the best of me, How was I going to get my body back in shape? How could I get Stronger, Faster ?
My background in fitness started with Wrestling (2nd grade), Baseball, Football, Track, Soccer, Basketball, Tae Kwon Do, BJJ (Brazilian Jui Jitsu). U.S Army bootcamp Ft. Benning , AIT training Ft. Bragg.
A few months prior to getting cancer (the word does not deserve a capitol "C" ) I received a fitness certification, however the course material was severely lacking cutting edge fitness knowledge, and was rather boring. I discovered that the training methods of Mixed Martial Artists and Boxers yielded the quickest results in strength, gaining muscle for power, and stripping body fat quickly.
The Bruce Lee Connection
I asked myself
Who has the most impressive, most powerful and strongest physique?
I studied all of his books , his training methods, his philosophy, his biography, and of course all of the movies.
Just as Bruce had combined nearly ALL of the Martial Arts styles into his own system "Jeet Kune Do" he did the SAME thing with his Fitness Routines! By combining a myriad of Strength Training and Conditioning tactics such as
- MMA Punches, Kicks, Explosive movements (Plyometrics)
- Weight Lifting: Barbells, Dumbells, Squats, Bench, Curls.
- Aerobic conditioning: Running 3 miles a day, and Jumping rope.
- Bodyweight Training
- Circuit Training
- Nutrition and Supplementation
I have searched for years and no one comes anywhere close to combining an effective strength training and conditioning program with videos, pdf manuals , simple instructions, the way Bruce did...until I finally found Funk......
Strength Training + MMA
Let me introduce you to the top fitness expert in the field of MMA Combat Fitness Training.
Check out his story and how he developed his highly effective fitness program.
He has certifications in.
Certified Metabolic Trainer
MMA Conditioning Coach
Owner FunkMMA Strength and Conditioning Website.
Not to mention the myriad of professional fighters that he has successfully trained....
Funk Roberts is a force of motivation and fitness!!
Just watching his intro video makes me want to hit the gym and start training!
I got immensely motivated, focused and took massive action.
Here is what I achieved using the same fitness techniques and principles that Funk Roberts teaches in his MMA Strength + Conditioning Program.
BEFORE my Transformation
body weight 124
bench press 1 rep max 95 lbs
7 months of training >>>>>>>>>>>>
+155 lbs added to my bench press.
1 rep max was now at 250;)
+260 lbs added to max Leg Press full rep.
+14 lbs of Lean Muscle Mass
+16 total workouts, 1 workout every 13 days,
1 hour each.
-7 lbs decreased body fat
131 total body weight
4.8 % body fat. (approx)
Whether you are planning on becoming a seasoned Wounded Warrior, Military Veteran, MMA Fighter , a stay at home Mom, Working hard to bring home the bacon , Single Parent , Over 40 Dad, Teen Athlete or anyone looking to get that shape and stronger than you have ever been ..... your search is over....The sooner you get started with this MMA + Weight Training some meditating and Power Music the sooner you can achieve your fitness goals!
Get all the details with
- 24 Workout videos, that you can download to any device and use anywhere.
- Strength and Conditioning Training Manuals
- Fitness Planning Calender's
- Nutrition Guide and Ready Made Meal Plans
- Supplements for Fighters
- Much More ....
GOT my Body BACK !! MAR-16-04
I have been in the fitness industry for over 30 years, I walk the walk. Please refer to my photos, take a LOOK for yourself see the difference this Muscle + Strength Building Program can make.
Jan-2011 @ age 43
Over 40 Fitness! Still adding Muscle @ 43 yrs of age
Summer 2013 10 yrs out cancer free @ 45 yrs old (above)
(Age-47) Summer 2015
My total transformation is ongoing, I am always studying, reading and learning all I can to improve myself and this is why I started this blog to give you the absolute BEST information on training methods and supplementation programs.
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