Politically Incorrect Musings
on Health, Fitness and Success
July 2nd, 2014
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May 29th, 2014
The other night I walked into our garage gym to observe my son, Frank, working out in between rounds of studying for final exams.
He was sweating.
Noting that he must have been doing something to produce this sweat (not really, it’s Florida, ya know), I asked him what he was doing.
“Crunches,” he replied.
“Crunches? Are you shitting me? That’s the worst exercise you can possibly do for your abs. It’s an isolation exercise and isolation exercises are almost always worthless in comparison to compound movements.”
“Well, why didn’t you explain it to me like that before?” Frank asked.
“Because I didn’t think I would need to. You have me guiding you through the right exercises that involve your abs in every movement. I assumed you’d understand.”
I proceeded to explain in further detail why crunches are worthless – unless, of course, you’re severely injured and this is all you can do without aggravating your injury.
Other than that, leave the “pretty” exercises alone and bust your hump with exercises that hit everything from head to toe – including your abs, even when they’re not the primary focus.
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May 5th, 2014
10 years ago today, my daughter, Faith, was born.
Although it’s a Chinese tradition to say your child is “ugly” when born – the doctor must not have understood this custom. He looked at my daughter, clipped the chord and said, “Hmm, good looking little girl.”
Yes, that was 10 years ago.
And I received the greatest birthday gift a father can ask for: a daughter who is born on HIS birthday.
Wow. How do you pull that off? It’s much harder than a hole in one – no puns intended, hehe.
My daughter is a whirlwind of activity, practicing ballet and tap dancing, swimming, playing the piano and singing. And to top all of that off, she works out hard at home, doing bodyweight exercises.
I spoke to hear last night about making some video clips of her working out – and putting them up in the Matt Furey Inner Circle. I think she’s agreeable to this idea, but we’ll have to see after she polishes off her cupcakes and such today.
As for my son, Frank, he’s totally game. In fact, last night we put up three new clips of him working out.
Last week I told you how he wants to do some weight lifting, to get bigger and stronger. Yes, he likes bodyweight exercises – but he wants to look cool, for now – so I cannot deny him such a thing.
And if I leave him on his own, left to follow all the dingbats and dumb-dumbs in the gyms and weight rooms, I’m afraid he’ll start looking like a bloated freak instead of a functional athlete.
So I’m doing something I never thought I’d be doing. I’m showing my son how to lift weights and other “stuff” to create functional strength, explosive power and speed.
In terms of stuff – I mean heavy objects – weights, clubs, chains and so
There will be NO exercises where he sits on a machine – except one – or lies on a machine. He’ll be on his feet. And if he’s lying down – he’s doing something rigorously hard that is functional.
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April 30th, 2014
Some months back I told you about the ONE exercise I did with a barbell set when I was 13 years old.
Every other day for an entire summer, I did this ONE exercise and totally reshaped my body. People were in awe at the change in me.
I go into great detail about this exercise in the Matt Furey Inner Circle (aka Furey Faithful) – via video – and the reviews have been huge.
In fact, in the video I show you how to do this same exercise with a barbell as well as other weighted apparatus.
Well, guess what? My son is currently 13 years old – just like I was a few moons ago, and he wants to get bigger and stronger and faster. And he wants to lift weights.
So this put me into a pickle. Do I insist that he do things the way I currently do them? Or do I help him find his own path – with my expert guidance?
Afterall, I taught weight lifting, Olympic lifting, weight training and much more to my clients in my personal training business for many, many years. Eddie Baran, for example, hired me to train himself and his twin brother. And both of them thought I went totally nuts when I drop the weights in flavor of body weight exercises.
Well, I’m about to do a flip-flop on you.
Personally, I do many things as part of my training.
I practice a lot of chi kung (qi gong).
I do bodyweight calistenics.
I do sprints.
I practice martial arts.
I meditate and do Theatre of the Mind.
And I train my son to become the best athlete he can be.
At present I’m giving him a combination-attack of free weights and bodyweight exercises.
I’m very sports specific with much of what I teach him.
There are no exercises, for example, done lying down on a bench. Or seated on a contraption (with one exception).
I believe that machines, for the most part, are nothing more than marketing gimmicks sold to people who are too unathletic or too injury prone to learn how to train the right way. And so, instead of getting a set of relatively inexpensive equipment, the gym owners and athletic departments get suckered into spending tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It’s an absolute crock – and the American people fell for it.
As Karl Gotch once told me, “Machines are for rehab.”
Well, I guess most people are in rehab mode whether they realize it or not.
Anyway, I’ve been taking my son to the gym where we’re surrounded by people “hogging” the machines, benches and so on.
The workout I put my son through is over in about 30 minutes – and during this time, he noted, most of the people in the gym are still on the same piece of equipment.
Wow. Great insight.
We’ve gone through over a dozen exercises and his ass is kicked.
He’s getting the rush I once got.
He feels he’s getting stronger (and by the way, I do NOT let him wear headphones are earplugs when he trains) – and he is.
Again, his routine is a combination of weights and body weight exercises – and I’m going to start letting the cat out of the bag on what he’s doing, bit by bit. You’ll get to see his form improve as well as his strength.
And you’ll get to watch it on video and read about his routine on The Matt Furey Inner Circle member’s site.
You’re going to love watching his transformation.
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Remember, there will be regular updates with the exercises I’m having my son do – and you’re going to learn a lot.
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In fact, this current offer is only available for the next three days – or until I feel I’ve reached a maximum number of members for the time being. Whichever comes first.
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P.S. The first clip of my son will be going up within the next 48 hours. Look for it.
March 8th, 2014
The other day a good friend and long-time practitioner of Combat Conditioning asked my why I’m so big on Chi Kung.
There are many reasons, but perhaps the most sensible and easiest to understand is this: there’s only so much you can do physically before your body breaks down. And when it breaks down – it breaks down HARD.
From the NFL running back to the big league pitcher to the professional boxer, hard-style martial artist, amateur wrestler or weight lifting or dancing enthusiast, there will come a point in time when your body is so racked with pain that only the moronic will continue regardless.
Whether you’re Derek Jeter, Kobe Bryant, Muhammad Ali or Dan Gable – whether or not you’re considered a “god” in your sport or martial art – eventually Nature will force you out of the game.
Before that happens – though – you could add years to your game and quite possibly retire from it relatively unscathed – if you knew and practiced Combat Chi Kung.
Fact: at nearly 51 years of age I can still kick butt in many ways. With very little training I threw a fastball close to 70 mph this past fall. I can still get on the mat and crush – and my skills continue to advance without even working on the physical.
That’s right. I’ve improved the physical while working on the energetic. Earlier in my life I stopped all the hard, mostly physical exercise and replaced it with Chi Kung, most of which was taught to me in China.
As a result I have a body that is loose, quick, powerful and flexible. This is not something most 40+ athletes can say. Many are so stiff they get injured while sleeping or while engaged in pick-up games.
There’s something wrong with this picture.
Personally, I believe that hard style exercise is good till around the age of 40. And after that, if you don’t heed this message, you will age faster and become less functional with each passing year.
Because the hard exercise depletes your body of energy. You don’t notice it when you’re younger – but at some point it’s pretty obvious. Unless you choose to block reality.
Losing energy and function is not something that happens with Combat Chi Kung. You continue to gain – even in your 50′s, 60′s and beyond.
That’s why I’m so excited about my Combat Chi Kung Seminar. And it’s why I sincerely hope you can make it.
Always remember that water wears away rock. Water is supposedly gentler – but it carries tremendous force. And when you combine breath (air) with water, you can blow down steel bridges, like we saw with Hurricane Katrina.
March 7th, 2014
A quick heads-up.
I’m holding a Combat Chi Kung™ Seminar later this month and although many people are confirmed via “word-of-mouth” – I still have some seats remaining – so I’m letting you know about it as well.
This event has very limited seating. Only 36 people MAX.
If you want to go way beyond Combat Conditioning and all the other courses I’ve previously taught, if you want to train your “spirit” – not just your body – if you want to develop INTERNAL POWER – then this event is definitely for YOU.
Jump on this NOW, my friend, as the remaining seats won’t last long.
January 30th, 2014
When I was 13 years old I got hit with the hardest punch I’ve ever felt.
But it wasn’t a physical punch. ‘Twas verbal.
“Ya know Furey, you oughta lift weights,” said the college athlete from my home town, whom I admired.
“Why’s that?” I questioned.
“Because you’re just about all fat,” he answered.
That night I went home and began training in earnest. I did just one exercise. It was with a barbell set with hard plastic plates filled with cement.
Three times per week I followed the same routine I started that night – and six weeks later I was built like streaming steel.
When I first met Karl Gotch in 1999, he told me he only recommended two exercises with weights. One of the exercises was the one I began doing in my basement at age 13.
It’s an exercise I taught my son a couple years ago – and it’s one I’ll teach you NOW – with and without weights – with and without a barbell – on the Matt Furey Inner Circle.
I’m having a 20-minute video clip put up NOW that’ll show you how to do it in great detail. I highly recommend you view it right away by becoming a Member.
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January 28th, 2014
There’s a myth about Testosterone that doctors are very eager to perpetuate. And that myth goes as follows: Your testosterone naturally decreases as you age and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Some doctors recommend natural supplements to boost low-T levels. Others head straight to the syringe, injecting their patients with steroids.
It would be a RARE incident to find a doctor who says, “Look, there’s a way to raise your testosterone levels naturally, without injections or supplements of any kind.” If you find a doctor who says the above – he probably lives in Asia – and practices a rare form of qi gong (chi kung) – or he’s an internal martial artist.
Don’t think you can raise your testosterone levels naturally? Think again.
And I’m going to reveal how this week in a teleseminar that will given to members of the Matt Furey Inner Circle, aka Furey Faithful.
There’s still time to be privy to this teleseminar – but in order to get in on this secret information – you better act quickly and you better be one of the next 97 people to say “YES” to maximum manhood.
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January 22nd, 2014
This morning Denise Ford posted the following on my Facebook page:
“Dear Matt and Sean,
A thousands hugs… sharing this Hopi poem – which I know you know, to be so:
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight
On the ripened grain.
I am the gentle Autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there.
I did not die.
My Spirit is still alive…
Thank you, Denise. And now I’d like to share a picture
of my Mom’s favorite hero – (aside from all of her children
and grandchildren – and the Obvious Others).
He has his arm around her in this photo – taken in 2007,
at one of my seminars.
He was my coach at Iowa, Dan Gable.
Thought all of you would like to see this one.
Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.
Pictured in photo: Top row, L to R, Sean Furey, James Furey (Dad), Dan
Gable, Kathleen Furey; Bottom row, L to R, Frank Furey, Matt Furey, Zhannie Furey
January 21st, 2014
At 7 a.m. yesterday, as I sat holding my Mom’s hand, I gazed deeply into her fading eyes as I sent loving energy to her.
Being trained in the internal martial arts, it was only natural for my focus to be inward as well as outward. The “dan tian” area, located a few inches below the navel center was one internal focus point. And as I kept this focus energy streamed through my body, connected to my core and flowed into my mother’s body via our connected palms.
On two separate occasions Mom looked at me and smiled. Despite her agony, she still found a way to express the joy she embodied.
Before my eyes I saw how our roles were now reversed. It wasn’t that long ago that Mom was helping a newborn baby come to life in this world – and stay alive. It was “only a flicker” ago that I was in the hospital bed with her, and it was my lips that were shaking. It was I who couldn’t speak. It was I who needed love more than anything else.
Now I was “Mom” and she was “me.”
And in a strange twist of the cosmos, for the very first time, my arm was an umbilical chord sending love to my mother’s soul. I felt the energy pulsing so strongly from my center and through her arm that I realized: “HA. Birth and death – same-same.”
They may not feel the same – but they really are.
There is no “loss” in my Mom’s exit from this earthly plain. Only gain.
As I told my Dad yesterday, “To go out on Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a victory. She’s singing, ‘Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty I’m Free at Last.”
I thank all of you for your kind emails, text messages and Facebook comments. They mean a lot to me.
In particular, I cherish the message that read, “I feel honored to have met your Mom.”
Yes, it was an honor to know my Mom. Even more to be raised by her.
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