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Friday, January 29th, 2010
11:10 pm
Sexual Energy and Image
Matt Furey has harnessed it, and it stretches out and draws things to him. Case in point:

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Y'all want to hear more on sex and self-image. It may stretch your mind to a
few new dimensions - but isn't that what sex energy does? As your sexual energy increases the world changes around you.

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I was out for my internal power walk trekking at my typical clip when a young lady ran past me
with her dog. They were about 20 meters ahead of me, for some odd reason the dog stopped in his tracks and sat on the ground looking back at me. The lady ran in place whilst waiting, but the dog just sat there until I was a couple feet away. He then sprung to his paws, stuck his tongue out and licked my calf. I continued walking and as I did so the young lady said to her dog, "Ah, you just wanted to say hello, huh? Good dog. Nice dog."

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I went for breakfast by myself and two young waitresses came to my table to ask questions about their lives. I enjoyed talking to them - yet that's as far as it goes. Many of you wrote and asked if this was like Napoleon Hill's sex transmutation. Well, yes and no. It's transmuting sexual energy, without a doubt - just not the way he explained it.
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I believe that in millenia past, a burly man of Matt Furey's calibur would have likely been a warlord sultan who would have to struggle at refusing thousands of women from entering his palace aspiring to be part of his harem.
Saturday, October 24th, 2009
4:53 pm
So I had some renewed interest and did some googlin' and found some critics. One guy's tryin' to sell his own stuff (nice neck bridge though, reminds me of how I saw Jericho's awesome neck bridge in that match vs. Christian on ECW on friday night though it tapes Tuesday after Raw and before SmackDown) http://www.isometric-training.com/matt-Furey-combat-conditioning-review.html

Then I found this thing on Sadly No http://www.sadlyno.com/archives/001308.html although I am not sure if it is from the May of this year or possibly a previous year since no year is listed. I think it's at least a semi-popular website so it's kinda notable (not familiar enough to know who Brad is, perhaps the owner).

I do have to admit, it does poke some good fun at the drawl on the site and newsletters which seems a bit comically forced.
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
3:43 am
Furey: Wrestling?
Some IP replied here and it reminded me this community still existed. So... I remember in some ad it talked about him training pro wrestlers or ones using his program? Was this one of the popular ones like the 3 WWE franchies, or maybe something minor? I have no clue.
Monday, September 3rd, 2007
10:15 pm
Gotch died
This happened a while ago, but I recall getting an e-mail from Matt saying Gotch died, reminding everyone that he trained under him, and to buy his products.

I guess with him dead it may be tough to resolve that whole letter issue, the one supposedly by him condemning Matt. Some have called into question whether it was his. I dunno, I could see that, it's believable, I think, but Matt should be given the benefit of the doubt (and the doubt in the letter) too.
Monday, July 9th, 2007
3:38 pm
Over a year
I sort of forgot about this community, maybe it could be used for something. I resubscribed about a month ago, I decided to just give in to spam and came up with a thing where I highlight 100 emails and unclick ones I want to read, which means stuff like Furey doesn't make a difference for extra hassle.

So, basically Furey or someone representing him contacted Wikipedia and got the article pulled, probably because they didn't like the criticism. I wish Bullshido could get pulled in on protesting that.

Anyway, reading his stuff recently, he's recently launched some 777 thing where he sells 7 things for thousands of dollars... it's kind of pricey, but hey, that's Matt Furey. You gotta pay him a hundred bucks to watch him and his kid do pushups in china, so that they can keep going to china.
Saturday, January 7th, 2006
5:31 am
After dropping my son off at school this morning I returned home to do some work. Before digging in,
though, I checked on my daughter, Faith, who will be eight months old in two more days. I grabbed her, gave her a big hug, then laid her on the floor so she could do some exercise.

First thing she did was plant her palms on the floor, arch her back and look upward - a position that yoga
students call 'the cobra.' After holding this position for several seconds, she put her arms flat, then lifted both her arms and her legs off the floor at the same time. Then she alternated between lifting her arms and pumping her legs.

Now, you might be inclined to think 'Yeah, so what? I'm an adult. I'm not interested in hearing this baby stuff.' And if that's the case, take a moment to entertain the idea that the baby is simply doing what we as adults need to do more often. Every movement I have just described will increase your overall health and fitness level dramatically, each of the exercises leads to a healthier core, i.e. stronger abs and back. Take the time to do some 'baby movements' each day and you'll be much healthier for doing so. Guaranteed.

And while you're at it, anytime you think you're incredibly fit, try to keep up with your 2-year old. If you can't, join a very large club. If you CAN - perhaps your child isn't being allowed to move about.

Children are supreme examples of natural fitness. They're flexible, alert, energetic and dynamic. And we can recapture much of their essence if we get back to nature and train the way we instinctively did when we were much younger.

This is a repeat (he's had this in the newsletter before) but I'm glad I got it again so I could post it here. This is something I've strongly agreed with and was influential in my continued adoration of youth and wanting to find a way to eternally obtain it. Excellent article.
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
9:18 am
Conquer Fear Now
I altered the recent entry because as always, he takes a while to get to the point, and has a lot of negative thinking to lead to conclusions, and way too many line breaks, but the talk is still very good. Matt Furey is an excellent motivational speaker, that's why I'm willing to druge through his endless ads for weird products that likely don't work, for the inspiration.

The more you conquer your physical body through exercise, the easier it is to conquer anything else in your life. There's a reason for this, too. Although we tend to divide everything into the compartments of mind, body - and so on - what IF - and this is a profound question - what IF they are one in the same. I suggest that they are, and I'm not alone, in this idea. In fact, it goes back thousands of years. Train the body and you simultaneously train the mind.

The purpose of exercise is to increase awareness of your thoughts - and of your feelings - and of how you look, move, stretch, and so on. Those who follow what I'm talking about KNOW that you can eliminate and banish fear via exercise, not to mention depression and a host of other negatives.

Plow through the mental "stuff" that comes up while you train - pay attention to your feelings and where they manifest in your body. When you're doing hard exercises what would happen if you changed what you thought while you did these exercises. If you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts and changed them to the positive, you would plow through the quagmire and hit another level of fitness.

And when you do this, you'll understand, in your mind and body, that you can do this same sort of thing in ANY AREA of YOUR LIFE. If you've got the guts to conquer your body, you've got the guts to conquer any area of life you so choose. Conversely, those who do not choose to conquer their body - and ironically, you conquer your body by getting in harmony with it (another lesson someday soon) - cannot conquer much else. Yes, there is greatness and power that comes from being able to rule your own roost.

Any thoughts or comments group members? You're silent. Anyway, I've been neglecting Livejournal, I'll see if I can't review one of his actual books sometime soon... oh yeah... *checks out Caydenza's logs*
Sunday, November 20th, 2005
5:13 pm
Don't Drink So Much Water
For a change, I'm going to get into my habit of cutting up posts, because it's so much more fun to argue that way. It's weird responding to the whole thing, people don't always know what statement I'm referring to. A lot more effort sticking in all the bolding and italic tags though...

She told me how she lost her extra 40 pounds. Number one, she went to a Chinese accupuncturist and he told her to stop gulping so much water.

I know how you love acupuncture Matt, and drinking less water makes you lose weight? How interesting...

Stop gulping the gallon or more of water per day. It's hard on your system. It fills you up but it does not nourish you.

If nourishment was the goal, I'd probably be drinking fruit juice. Water is not meant to nourish, it is needed by the body to circulate its many fluids.

Have a few glasses of pure water when needed. But throughout the day, sip green or white tea, instead. White tea is less refined than green and has less caffeine, but nevertheless, due to the huge amount of catechins in green and white tea - there is, in my opinion, a HUGE thermogenic effect.

Cold water has a huge thermogenic effect too, so what? Why is tea so much better?

I'm going to be putting together a product on this very issue in the near future, so stay tuned. But for now, mark this Fure-cat's words. You don't need to be gulping all that water anymore.

Oh, so that's why. I get it. You don't sell water do you?

As the Chinese say, "Tis hard on your kidneys."

The Chinese don't say that. If you'd like to go to medicine, then yes, too much water can be hard on your kidneys. More accurately, too much liquid is. In fact, too much TEA is. Water strains the kidneys the least of all liquids because there's nothing to filter out of them, you need it to keep the kidneys functioning, as long as you don't overdo the kidney's ability to process water (which is something like 32 gallons a day if spread out) there's no problem.

Now, over the course of a day you may imbibe several glasses of green or white tea. Personally, I have a lot - but it is not as the schmexperts recommend - "pure water with nothing in it."

WHAT schmexperts? Only some health nuts say that, in fact, YOU said that. Standard medicine and dieticians say that the 8 glasses can come from any source, even meat and vegetables (there's just not as much). I think it's probably more than 8 depending on health and activity, but I also agree with that principal. Congrats Matt, you're mainstream.

As for the other things, coffee, diet colas, sports drinks, water with sucralose of Splenda - I remain unwavering in my opinion. Don't drink them. They pollute and clog your system.

So are the normal colas okay then? =P Anyway, I don't think coffee is so bad. It doesn't pollute or clog your system, that's stupid. It's a stimulant and might get you too on edge of your nerves, but that's it. It's very similar to tea. I'm not sure about sucralose, I've read bad stuff and good stuff but I'll stay away until it's been around long enough to be definately proven good or bad. New things we should test on the rats for a while.
Saturday, November 19th, 2005
6:09 pm
In my office I have a number of large framed pictures of grizzly bears. I have a number of coffee table books of bears as well. I absolutely love to watch bears. I love to watch them fish, eat, fight and play. I also believe it is a good idea to exercise to the beat of the bear.

I have a high regard for sprints - especially those done 'up hill.' You also know that the grizzly bear, despite its enormous size, is very, very fast. I've watched a 1,000 pound grizzly run down a jack rabbit, literally turning and cutting on the dime - and doing so with greater speed and agility than the rabbit itself. Amazing to see this in action. And so, did you ever consider how much it would benefit your fitness if you did some bear crawls a couple days per week.

On pages 82-83 of Combat Conditioning, which you can get NOW by going to http://www.mattfurey.com/conditioning_book.html - I teach the bear crawl - but like many who may have overlooked the value of hill sprints in the same book - they may have also passed over the importance of doing bear crawls.

Bear crawls work practically every muscle in your body. They are far superior to running when building endurance, strength and agility. Granted, you may not be able to do very many - but I strongly encourage you to do what you can a few times per week. You'll be amazed at how much the simple bear crawl - done fast or slow - will change your body for the better.

:D It's stuff like this which reminds me why I signed up for Furey's newsletter and why I still believe there's some potential. I LOVE this. I've always thought all cardio I've ever seen is far too leg balanced. The arms and core don't seem to get engaged much. Yeah, lower back with running, I know. Yeah, I know, you pump your arms... but HONESTLY. There's no power. You only use your arms to keep your balance. Bear crawls ARE awesome. I love relating human movement to animal movement, it's made me a fan of stuff like this and animal kung fu and tai chi forms. It's great, I'm such a furry :p

And no, I'm not into the 'bear' thing... I love bears but not that subculture.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
12:13 am
Deep Breathing + Dynamic Power, Bird Flu B.S., and a letter
Before I go onto my newest compilation of newsletter response commentary, I'd like to encourage any of the other three members to please post their opinions, positive or negative, of Matt Furey's products as well as to critique any responses I have. I admit, I have negative feelings about Mr. Furey, and bias is unacceptable! Therefore, if I ever make a false claim, or an unjust criticism, I must be caught for it. Now, onward...

(note: I only post a portion of the newsletter which relates to any claims by furey and any backup I feel is relevant to it, since they are full of many wonderful inspirational stories and anecdotes, this may make them less extravagant than when in their original form. Sorry, but if I posted it all, it would be hard to pick out the points I am responding to, and also take up far too much room).

In and ofitself, being lean is undesireable. Here's why: A lot of very lean people think they're healthier than others because they don't have much body fat; yet these same weenies have very little LIFE FORCE. They have almost zero power. Much of this can be gauged from a simple handshake. When a weenie shakes your hand pay attention to what you feel. What I'm checking for is the level of vibrancy or electricity in the person's hand.

Case in point is the health care guy I mentioned, he gave a fairly firm handshake, but there was no electricity. In fact, his hands sent out sort of a numb and chilly energy. That's saying a lot when it's 100 degrees out, don't you think. At another time the guy put his hand on my shoulder the hand was darn near lifeless. Might as well have put a skeleton's hand on me. It didn't feel much different.

There are many reasons someone who eats nothing but the perfect diet and does a ton of cardio can be so devoid of vibrant power. The soundest one is the guy doesn't do deep breathing exercises. When you breathe deeply and fully and do so from various stances and positions, you quickly change the vibration level of your mind and body.

I taught a group of men some deep breathing exercises who did them for a few minutes. Afterward they felt energy running up and down their spines, tingling sensations in their hands and heat coming from the bottoms of their feet. Two hours after they were still feeling this.

You cannot ONLY eat your way to vibrant health. That's like putting fuel in a tank and never starting the engine. Exercise is king but it's got to be the right kind. Especially not long-distance running. Unless you're balancing your running with powerful bodyweight exercises as well as dynamic stretching and deep breathing you're running down the wrong road.

I cannot emphasize how much editing that took to cut it down and get to the point of what he was saying, and to remove the advertisements to his books (I've included a link to his site in the group's info, if you want anything you can get it that way, this is generally just for people who already know about his products and newsletter and want to discuss it, not an advertising medium).

It must be identified that the reason he may make so many of these claims is to promote his books, but that's to be expected, especially if he does believe in them. This is not to be criticized, but it must be noted that whenever he says something like 'bodyweight exercises', 'dynamic stretching', and 'deep breathing', he's referring solely to his own methods. This should be obvious.

It's time to add some more info, and I think I'll start off by linking to a public domian copy of Farmer Burns' course on physical culture. This is free. Matt didn't buy anything to produce it. He has no rights on Farmer Burns' material. What he sells, and has rights to, is his PRESENTATION of Farmer Burns' material. This is why he has to sell it as a 'course' with videos. All this deep breathing stuff is rehashed Farmer Burns stuff, which you can evaluate totally separately from Matt Furey, and realize that he's selling something for $40 american that is free for the world to read, and widely available on the internet.

So, where do I start with this article? First off, he's using pseudo-science to promote deep breathing, but hey reader, that could be your bag. He says being lean alone is undesirable. Anyone suffering from anorexia or exercise bulemia can tell you that. Leanness should not be to the extreme of a level of bodyfat so low it interferes with health. There should also be adequate muscle to move the frame comfortably, instead of relying on joint and bone as many do.

Cancer patients are often incredibly lean, so obviously health is key and in its own area of balance between lean and fat, but more importantly, resulting from nutrition. I find it horrid how he'd criticize a man as being unhealthy for relying on cardio and nutrition for health, and saying that what he's missing is... DEEP BREATHING. Woo. Odds are Mr. Nutrition has actually tried it. Did he ask? Nope. Views of electricity and clamminess are more mental than anything, and certainly not influenced bodily by breathing patterns. Breathing can, however, affect the way a person things, stress levels and so forth, and someone who breaths calmly and collectively will seem more in control and dynamic to others. This is not the way Matt has worded it though, and this must be identified.

Stretching is a good idea though. I've seen Matt's kind of stretching though, and have found other methods to be far more indepth and useful. In Chinese Acrobats, he promotes bouncing. While the contortion of the ladies is lovely, I fear that they are the few genetically gifted enough not to be dangered by the dangerous ballistic stretching they practice (all others just drop out of circus school as cripples), or stand to suffer serious impairment later in life due to the unsafe unscientific yet extremely effective (in contorting out of position) method of ballistic stretching.

I find it incredible that this so-called pandemic has progressed from a bit of concern to full out vaccination procedures. The vaccine they're getting ready to pitch just might kill more people than it helps.

We only need to look back at the Swine Flu a couple decades ago. The vaccination for Swine Flu killed far more people than it helped. In fact, I doubt there is a shred of evidence that the vaccine helped anyone. Afterall, how can you prove it did. It wasn't really much of a problem to begin with.

I spoke with some friends in China about their chickens. I wanted to be sure that these chickens don't have
bird flu. They had no idea about what I was talking about. That is not because the government is controlling the news. Uh hm - like our government has NOTHING to do with the daily bird flu b.s. we're watching or listening to.

Don't listen to all the b.s. about bird flu. Take your daily dose of anti-oxidants and I'm betting you ain't a gonna have no bird flu problem. Screw all those nit-wits that don't have anything good to report. Turn the idiot-box off buy my Chinese Long-Life System and it'll do you far more good.

Anyone familiar with the seductions of conspiracy theory can see how this takes a totally indirect approach to dealing with the real issue, evading it with a comparison to one failure, assuming all other things will be failures when that is far from the truth. Much as I'd love the controversy, Flu Shots probably aren't there to sap our wills and kill our immune systems. Reality is certainly so sinister, but you still can't go assuming things like that. The primary idea here would be to prove that antioxidants and the chinese system make you immune to bird flu. Good luck Matt, but until you get some legitimate trials I'm not even going to bother arguing, this kind of statement isn't even worth that. It's potentially kililng some of your customers. I do hope you'll hold a memorial page on your website in case anyone dies of bird flu. That or... you'll ignore it, like every other negative testimony EVER sent into your site, including my own and those of many others I've talked to.

On a final note, here's a letter responce Matt put in his newsletter:
Matt, I'm a trans-sexual and love your programs. Is there any way you can put me in touch with others on your list that are like me. Tanks.

Violet, not a chance.

What a total ass, eh? I'm surprised he wouldn't recommend the Furey Faithful though. I guess it doesn't apply then.
Friday, October 28th, 2005
5:39 pm
A Real Butt-Slapper
Your butt cheeks, just like your hands, feet and ears and every other area of the body, are loaded with pressure points. And when you give these pressure points a good crack in the proper manner, your body responds by flooding you with greater qi flow, more energy and improved health.

You can sit on your rumpus all day long and think this is stimulating you, but it's not. Give yourself
a whack in the right places and you'll know the difference between sitting on your arse and truly opening up to a whole new world.

Seems strongly interrelated with his chinese long-life system, which he of course markets, and then attributes Janet Jackson's body musculature to hitting her ass and stomach a lot through supporting a user's quote. Matt has done this before, with the 'punching the gut' thing in combat abs. I've seen similar analogies made by pavel tsatsouline, using impacts to make one more aware of how to tense certain areas of the body. It would never be my choice for consistant training though, merely an introduction. 1. being the pain, but 2. being lack of measurable progress like repetition and weight and leverage have.

Again, the long-life system I'm a bit doubting of, as despite my interest in alternative medicine and naturopathic fields such as acupressure, shiatsu, reflexology, etc. (which this long-life system seems to be comprised of, highly overpriced), I've yet to independantly verify these ideas enough to myself that I believe in them.

Still, if it makes you feel good, do it, and give Matt another 100 bucks so he can take another trip to China. I guess I'm just tired of all this 'sex secrets' and 'long life' and wish he'd get back to presenting interesting forms of FITNESS.
Saturday, October 15th, 2005
8:12 pm
Six Pack Abs on a 72-Year Old?
Matt, Let me add my two cents on the Five Second Abs. How about NO second Abs? I found that while doing Hindu pushups I visualize a needle coming up from the floor while in the up position. To keep from getting painfully stuck, I pull in my abs as hard as I can for a second.

-Fred Romig

M.F.: Fred, thanks so much for letting me know about this. You've just given away another one of my secrets - one that is usually only taught at my annual seminar.

I must have kept this because I was like 'cool, I may have Combat Abs, but this isn't in there and I'll never go to any of his seminars, so free info. I hope you all like it too. What do you think? Now obviously, what this guy is talking about is doing a vacuum while in the Downward Dog position of yoga that is the starting point of the Hindu Pushup. This would be a great thing to try while doing yoga too.

Normally, in yoga, the vacuum is done while done while flexing the spine on all fours. I still think this would be more effective specifically for the muscle used in a vacuum, because then it is pulling directly against gravity. While in downward facing dog, you're still working against it, but on a bit of an angle so it wouldn't be as intense (I know my physics). One of the benefits, though, is that unlike in the spine cat stretch (or dog stretch, whatever, I see my cat do it anyway), other abdominal muscles are being engaged at the same time. Perhaps this increased pressure in the abdomen makes the vacuum tense harder due to tension irradiation (Pavel Tsatsouline theory, seems to make sense), plus it would put wonderful unique stresses on the internal organs to aid in purging of toxins.
7:58 pm
Can You Burn Fat in a Sauna?
1. Your skin is the largest eliminative organ in the body. When you work up a good sweat in the sauna, your body is cleansed of impurities. With the impurities cleansed from your body, your system is much more efficient. This is why many people will tell you that they get over a cold faster with a daily sauna.

2. In the sauna, I like to do some some deep breathing exercises, and I believe the results I get from doing so are faster than when I do them in a normal "climate."

3. When I enter the sauna - my body is forced to adapt to the heat. It adapts by trying to cool off - but even while doing so, there can be no doubt that my own metabolic heat is cranked up considerably. Can this, over time, lead to greater fat loss? I believe so.

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1. I fully agree, good health is always good for weight loss. I wouldn't focus on it for weight loss, but for health. Fat is a great thing, the body keeps it when it knows it will need the energy because it's sick, maybe a hormone thing or a stress thing.

2. That's a great habit Matt, but... why do you believe the results are better? Any reason?

3. The body does heat up. Metabolic heat does not. Metabolism is the body's consumption of fuel for energy. In the case of the sauna, the heat is coming from the outside, the body isn't expending any energy (fat) to cool itself down, and it certainly won't expend any to make itself hotter. The reason 'ramping up the metabolism' is vaunted as such a great weight loss method, is that the body spends energy to heat itself to its preferred temperature, or to maintain muscle mass. If anything, being extremely COLD will make you lose weight, because the body spends energy shivering and burning fat so that it won't get hypothermic...
7:42 pm
Five Second Abs: The Debate Continues
Some say you can spot reduce, especially the abs and buttocks - others say you can't. The striking thing about the "can't" crowd is that they have never done the Farmer Burns Stomach Flattener, nor have they ever followed the Magnificent Seven routine in Combat Abs. Yet, the "know" the truth.

Funny thing is this: Those who say I'm wrong on this one are the same people who claimed that Hindu squats, Hindu pushups and bridging - the Royal Court of Combat Conditioning - cannot possibly get you fit, make you stronger, and so on. And they were and are dead wrong.

Here's why the Farmer Burns Stomach Flattener works; here's why it tightlines the waistline so quickly ... and it's not simply because you're exercising your abs. There are a billion exercises for the abs and although all can strengthen the abs, none work like Farmer Burns.

Here's why: The Farmer Burns Stomach Flattener is, first and foremost, a deep breathing exercise - not a muscular exercise. The deep breathing part of the exercise brings oxygen into the body. What does this additional oxygen do? Well, first off, it energizes the body.

Second, it warms up the body - thereby cranking your metabolic thermostat to a new level of heat. Many people break into a major sweat after a couple reps of the Farmer Burns Stomach Flattener - this doesn't happens from crunches or situps.

Third, the Farmer Burns Stomach Flattener dramatically improves digestion. If you do the exercise first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, as I advise, you'll find out that "regularity" improves - and quickly. Hmm. Let me see: If a person is irregular - and they start doing an exercise that makes them regular - hmmm - could that contribute to lost inches - and possibly, lost weight? Inquring minds want to know.

It is my opinion, and this may sound a bit strange, but I believe that the deep breathing exercises in Combat Abs act as sort of a "cosmic fiber." Bring in the additional heat in the form of oxygen - squeeze the abs, and you may find out that a lot of things start to change for you internally - as well as externally.

We know that adding real dietary fiber to the diet can help people lose weight, reduce cholesterol, etc. But few people discuss the positive effects of bringing additional heat into the body, in the form of oxygen - then combining that oxygen with powerful abdominal contractions. I happen to be someone who will discuss it.

This e-mail I felt made a lot more sense. It explains Matt's line of thinking... or maybe he's backpedalling, who knows. Now, the stuff he says here actually DOES make sense. First and second are the same thing, actually, not separate points. Oxygen brings energy to the body. Energy (actually not energy, FEELING energetic) doesn't burn fat. It motivates you and gives you the ability (and endurance) to exercise. The exercise is still what actually burns the fat to produce actual heat/kinetic energy. If he means that the oxygen has heat in it by the second point, well that's just wrong too... oxygen isn't heat, it's used to produce heat, you can't create heat without it, but it won't force it if there isn't a spark.

Digestion, sure, that makes sense, I've heard that about much abdominal exercise. The Burns' Stomach Flattered, since it works out muscles in the abdomen we normally don't even TOUCH, should do that in a unique and exemplary way, especially since it's an internal muscle, and thus much closer to the organs it's going to squeeze and stuff to get conditioned for battle (digestion).

I have three problems with Matt though: First, he's using the idea the the Stomach Flattener aids in burning fat to imply that all other spot-reduction exercises work, when as he's explained in his points, the tension in the stomach area isn't the reason fat is lost, it's what the OXYGEN does and the DIGESTIVE STIMULATION and the HEAT (which is still just oxygen) does that aids in burning fat.

The second problem, is like I said, it AIDS, it's not burning fat directly. It's giving the body what it needs, oxygen, and helping you digest food better so it won't hold so much damn food and make you constipated, but that's just getting rid of weight and improving health, not getting rid of fat. Food in the digestive system isn't fat.

The third problem, is that his explanation of the benefits of the Burns' Stomach Flattener, while true (albeit badly presented), don't prove at all that the stomach flattener isolates burning stomach fat at all. The posters who incited these e-mails are right, it sucks in the gut from the tighter muscles and the lack of extra food in the stomach/intestines might give some extra room and less bulge, but it does absolutely nothing in isolating belly fat. There is no spot burning, and he hasn't proven or supported the case at all.
7:05 pm
Five Second Abs
Let me ask and answer a few more questions:

1. Can a person "spot reduce" a specific area of the body? By this I mean, can someone exercise one body part, i.e., the abdominals, and have it reduce in size? According to you, even if that happens, it isn't lost fat, it's just because the ab muscles are held in tighter.

Well, if tighter abs muscles pull the waistline in three to six inches - hot dam I think
most people will take that - so what's your point? Oh, you say it's not fat. Well, where'd the six inches go? I hope not back inside the body as the organs wouldn't have as much room to navigate.

2. Can a person "spot build?" That's right. Can you work a specific muscle and make it grow larger? Or is it like the "cannot spot reduce theory?" Does the entire body need to grow for an individual muscle to grow, as it supposedly does with fat reduction?

My experience shows that, yes, a person can "spot build." As the late Paul Bragg would say, "Fat can only accumulate on an area of the body where there is the least amount of activity."

By this I guess Bragg understood that fat goes where there's no activity - yet according to the "can't spot reduce' idea - this should not be impossible. If you can't spot reduce, then you shouldn't be able to spot "gain" - as in weight, muscle, fat, or anything else. Yet, most people know, without the aid of a scientific study, that one or all of the above have happened to them sometime in their life.

Sat on my butt at a computer for eight hours a day - butt got fatter. Rest of the body looked the same.
Didn't train my abs - got a lot of fat around the midsection. Rest of the body stayed the same.
Put my leg in a cast, had it removed six weeks later - leg was shriveled to half it's normal size - yet ... rest of the body looked the same.
Went on a diet - lost 50 pounds. Trouble is I lost the weight in my upper body, but my butt and legs are still huge. Sounds like that was a "spot diet" the person was on.
If fat supposedly leaves the body at the same speed all over, and you supposedly cannot spot reduce, then why, when some people lose weight they lose it everywhere but the problem area? Hmmm.

3. You've stated that the person who dropped six inches from the waistline had to be doing "something else' - such as "cardio.' Well, I am certain I can find people who have done cardio, and a lot of it, and not lost weight. Modern gyms are filled with them. Yet, send that same person to lumberjack school for
a few months, have him chop wood for a living - and I'll bet you a Moose steak that he'll look dramatically different afterward. How did that happen without "cardio."

Now, just so you know, like the lumberjack cutting wood, the Farmer Burns Stomach Flattener is actually a full body exercise. While flexing and contracting your abs, you are also working your chest, arms, neck and so on.

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This is a rather momentous e-mail which was the first where I ever heard of Matt's opinions on spot reduction, which is something I have to largely disagree with him on. In THIS e-mail, the logic he uses isn't very good at all I think.

1. More tightly packed, kind of like a natural girdle of muscle. The major point here is that he's ignoring the fact that his noted inches were lost from exercise that did burn calories, but which could have been lost all over his body.

2. Funnily enough, the body does grow much better as a whole unit than as invidual muscles. That's why, in bodybuilding, it's often recommended to start off with heavy duty full-body exercises such as squats and deadlifts and clean and press to build a lot of base strength and mass, with all the other isolation exercises done to build a pleasing shape. It's hilarious that Matt, an advocate of full-body training, uses the idea of the benefits of isolation exercises in building muscle to endorse his views.

Unlike the spot-gaining of MUSCLE, we have no evidence that the spot-gaining of FAT works the same at all. When we work out, we stress the muscles directly. They become larger because the body rebuilds that specific area stronger. We lose muscle in areas we don't exercise because the body naturally draws upon muscle tissue for food when in a catabolic state, most likely sleep. If this area is being used, it doesn't break down, or something like that. That's why 'maintenance' is something done with bodybuilders while they are 'cutting', which is restricting their caloric intake, to minimize any muscle loss occuring during the period of semi-starvation.

It is entirely possible that the body could spot-lose, I guess I just haven't seen it or any evidence for it. Certainly, if the body were going to get it's stores of fat to use for energy, it would be a shorter trip to get it from somewhere nearby. That would only apply if that were before it on the circulatory system though, otherwise if it were nearby but directly behind it, it would have to go through the entire body to get there. So, most likely, the body finds it inefficient to work that way, and probably gets it from everywhere.

He says that without scientific study that we know that one or all of them has happened (all being 'muscle, fat, and everything else'... everything else? like what? veins?) to us. That's true. One being, MUSCLE.

3. Lumberjack chopping is cardio too, and probably a lot more intense than half-assed power-walking or even running or spinning. In addition, they're rather linear, over-focused exercises that use a limited area and range of musculature. The body quickly builds energy-efficency to such things (note that they also never really increase in intensity very much), and thus learns how to use calories more efficiently in doing them, and thus, less of them, burning less fat. Well, that's a theory I recall from somewhere, I should look into actually verifying it. The main problem here though, is that lumberjack chopping is an intense muscular exercise. Lumberjacks are layered in muscle. Muscle burns fat passively. This is why they're small, and honestly... I've seen fat lumberjacks anyway, so the whole analogy kind of sucks. Maybe the lumberjacks Matt met don't eat as much as some others, or perhaps they do exercises other than chopping wood. As for his stomach flattered, I wouldn't call it a whole body exercise at ALL. It does produce tension throughout the body, but hardly any large amount, that's more an effect of the tension radiating out, like it does with any kind of tensing exercise. Making a fist tenses your bicep and chest if you do it hard enough, but hardly as much as a pushup or bench press.
6:38 pm
Which Way Should Your Toes Point When You Walk?
This is actually a really old one, from December 14, 2004 (I've been on the list a long time I guess... heh). I noticed there were some old newsletters I found worth keeping and stuff, but my e-mail's rather cluttered and it'd be easier for me to find them here anyway, plus any personal notes and responses, plus I get to share it with all of you (2, hopefully more in the future!)

(unless otherwise mentioned, when I put something in italics, that means I am quoting Matt Furey, in this case, his newsletter. As such I won't be signing his name, as it would be a waste of space. I also cut out anything I find unessential to the article, such as jokes, testimonials from customers, and extensive analogies, otherwise it'd be too huge to read with my posting these all the time)

Which Way Should Your Toes Point When You Walk?

How does the person stand? Is he slump shouldered or squared? Is he hunch back, sway back or a little off center? Does his spine appear connected to the rest of his body? What are his facial expressions like? Do his eyes glow with happiness and excitement or do they look sad? How does he shake hands? What is the quality of his voice? Does he genuinely smile or just fake a smile? How does he use his hands when he
speaks? A little, a lot or not at all? What direction do his feet point when he walks or stands?

A great deal of the person's past and a definite idea about where his mind is at in the present moment, I believe that if you practice walking across the room, you'll have your answer. (O)ne of my earliest gong fu teachers used to say he could instantly tell how skilled someone was by observing the way he walked. If he saw you walking with feet pointing outward he would say, 'This guy not well trained in gong fu.' Truth is that 'how to walk' is one of the first things a good gong fu teacher will show you.

If your toes point out a bit when you do the (Hindu) squats that's nothing to worry about. In fact, for some squats that I teach, esp. for women, the toes are pointed outward for other reasons. You're working specific muscles a certain way to strengthen a weak area - or you are in that position because it helps you keep your spine straight. But when you walk - that's different.

Most people are totally unconscious of how they walk and the signal it sends. I'll cover more about this in the future.

Now I can't remember if he actually did cover it in the future, I can't personally remember... maybe I'll find it if he did :p

Anyway, that's some good advice I guess. More a physiopsychological thing, nothing to do with muscles really, but focus. I still like to walk with my feet outwards though, I like feeling the stretch, and like it if people might think I'm a bit unfocused. That way they don't expect how focused I really am :D
Thursday, October 13th, 2005
5:30 pm
'How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?'
(Note: I cut out a lot of Matt's chat so I can just present what he's actually saying, I find it better this way.)

I generally arise between 7 and 9 a.m. Sometimes much later - depending on when I hit the hay. On the other end of the spectrum, I generally sack out around midnight ...or somewhere between 1 and 3 a.m. One thing is certain though, once I take the evening plop - I'm out like a light for a good eight hours. Occasionally seven - but almost always eight. There's good reason for spending eight hours between the sheets. And the reasons extend way beyond "that's the way it is."

Obesity and lack of sleep, for example, run hand in hand. Your body needs sleep in order to release growth hormone. If you don't get enough sleep, no growth hormone - very little repair of the body - mucho stressola place on the body - all of it spells n-o-t g-o-o-d.

Another health problem that runs hand-in-hand with sleep deprivation is diabetes. Want to increase the likelihood of developing Type II diabetes, then don't get enough sleep, eat lots of starch and sugar - and never, ever, ever exercise.

(S)pending 1/3 of one's life in bed sleeping does sound like it's excessive. But you do not extend your life through sleep deprivation. Nor do you improve your health and well-being. Your body needs to rejuvenate, repair and replenish each day. Not giving your body time to do so displays complete ignorance about how the body functions. It violates Nature's Laws.

So get some sleep. Sleep 7-8 hours or more per night. And if you feel like it, take power
naps during the day. I frequently take one - sometimes two.

A neat article, and yay, he quotes growth hormone, which is quite a true thing. One thing left unmentioned is the important of REM for the mind's stability, and of general rest for the body to heal (though that's not really a major important factor of sleep, the body gets by without it, it just needs the REM and Growth Hormone, and maybe mental rest for sanity.

Having had trouble with sleep myself, I know when I'm on a regular schedule I feel much better, and it comes highly recommended for that reason. Once again, MF's newsletter reiterates some useful common sense for anyone who hasn't heard it before...
3:16 am
'My Opinion of Massage Devices'

Well, this won't be very long, as I generally agree with him. Even so, I think exercise is just as useful as any massage (except for specific area work) in keeping the body loose any healthy. I find more and more that I learn new ways of working out kinks, loosening stiff areas, relaxing, controlling my breath, and varying the tensions in muscles.

Humans can individualize their treatments, and are thus obviously more accurate and better when totally mastered, than a machine is currently capable of being. After all, why would the same kneeding sensation in some chair-padding be equally suited to every person.

Machines lack in tailoring, and make up for it with power, speed, an consistancy. Often this intense stimulation is total bliss to people which is why they think it better, that and no one has to touch them. The sensation of human touch though, even if uncomfortable at first, I feel is a good thing that gets us more comfortable with our flesh and humanity and in being touched and touching other people. I'd certainly like to get some massage therapy, it'd help me open up, just like doing yoga in close proximity to others does :)
3:08 am
Your Age Doesn't Matter
This article (unquoted) is an interesting analysis of what people of different ages do in China. While China may not be the perfect society (and I have a feeling that not everyone follows the habits he's talking about), it does have a rich cultural history of martial arts and religion which we could learn interesting concepts from.

The mention of internal organs is great, and I fully agree that they should be heeded more carefully. They are never brought to light in the age of modern medicine unless they're malfunctioning to an extreme degree. The problem is that you can't really train them... but definately, moving the torso and contorting it does help to put varying pressures (or lack thereof) on them, which can only help adapt their resiliance to varying situations. I actually attended a cancer lecture two nights ago discussing biological medicine and it mentioned how having an effective working internal system can help prevent an assorted variety of diseases.

So, squeezing the organs with certain movements can help flush out toxins, or whatever. That's not really enough alone, you still need lots of water to keep them going and a strong immune system, along with anti-oxidants and the whole nut to keep them working. I'm honestly not sure how effective stuff like the Tai Chi waist turner (which I've done in yoga classes... so it obviously gets around) is on the organs. Apparently it 'massages' them, which is great, but I think walking would probably do just as much.

This new 'Chinese Long-Life System' is Matt's new baby and like in the past, he never misses a beat in hyping the product. I guess that's to be expected though, it is a free newsletter after all and you need to get some rewards in return for offering it. Still, I can't help but wonder if it's a tad biased, and why it's necessarily so much better than all the other various chinese forms of study into the body's energy systems affected by touch which I have seen, such as massage, acupressure, acupuncture, shiatsu and tai chi, all available free at public libraries.
3:03 am
Well, now that there are two members here and an actual audience, perhaps now I'll be motivated to introduce some content to the group :)

Here are some plans, and I urge both of you to participate at your leisure in adding or initiating some of them.

1. Reviewing books and movies. Giving a summary of what's in them, how long they were, the quality, the cost, whether or not you thought it was worthwhile, etc. We can also compare it to other programs on the internet, and other forms of physical training to find similarities and differences.

2. Discussing advertisements of new products and sales that Matt makes available on his site.

3. Reviewing anything of note in his daily newsletters, testimonials, claims, advice, logic, that kind of thing.

4. Discussing his advertising partners (like the fish oil doc and the swat martial art guy), where they came from, how they might have met, and any possible partnerships that might be in place between them.

5. The discussion of the partners and their products and their usefulness (since none of them will ever be as popular as Matt and get a livejournal community dedicated towards them).

So, with that in place, I guess I'll review the latest newsletter in the next post... heh.
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