Welcome to my Physical Living Site

You’re here because you want the latest information regarding physical living, nutrition, lifestyle design, strength training and more.

Here at Physical Living, we have a health-first perspective on fitness and athleticism.  We know that strength is a skill that anyone can develop with practice, and reap the benefits of a stronger, leaner physique – and ultimately what we’re all after, better health and quality of life.

Please enjoy this short video:

Welcome, and please enjoy your stay!

John Sifferman, NSCA-CPT

15 Responses

  1. I like your video.

  2. what up john!!
    that video is wicked with all the bends and movements. what are those weights that you use while tossing them up to your shoulder then doing a squat? those are cool.

  3. Thanks guys!

    David, those weighted bats are called “clubbells” (a modern technological invention based on the more traditional “indian clubs”). They are a superb strength training tool, and I absolutely love using them. If you’d like to find out more about them, check out the link in my blogroll above to “RMAX International.”

  4. John, we met up at Ryan Lee’s Boot Camp 3 and I just had to check out the site. That vid is awesome and shows the importance of mobility and functional strength. Keep up the great work and thanks for the words of advice!

  5. Hi Mark,

    Thanks for the kind words!

    I remember you from the conference, and I’ll be checking in on your blog from time to time, to see what you’re up to.

    Take care, sir!

  6. Movement efficiency, strength, balance – well done buddy, well done.

    Train with purpose,

    Kyle Battis

  7. Great video – do you have a background in dance?

  8. Hi Naeema,

    I actually don’t have a background in dance – my wife and I took swing lessons a few years back, but that’s about it for me. I can see why you drew a parallel though, because much of my strength training techniques are inspired by the martial arts – which have a huge connection to dance in many cultures.

    It’s funny you mention this too because I think I’m just awful at dancing, despite how hard I try sometimes :)

    I went to a private school growing up, so dancing was out of the question – I couldn’t even move my hips! at least THAT has changed.

    Thanks for your note!

  9. Awful at dancing! I was also going to add that you must be a great ‘break dancer’!

    How long did it take for your body to become so flexible? Obviously it must come with hard work and dedication.

  10. Jee, man…..I’m really kinda jealous seeing you move & train like that. It’s also the first time I see somebody live (OK, this is a video) training with clubbells. Definitively I’m going to get these myself.
    You’re really inspiring, thakns for that !

  11. Naeema,

    How long did it take to get more mobile and free to move? Minutes, literally. Using joint mobility as the foundation in my program, mobility improvements come instantly with practice.

    Even though I saw instant results, it took me about four months of daily practice to recover the full range of motion in my joints, and about a year to consider myself a master of mobility training.

    It’s been three years of almost daily joint mobility work, and the results don’t stop once you’ve mastered the exercises. It’s a constant process of giving back to my mobility work. Thankfully, I’ve found a way to make it work for my lifestyle, and I have little trouble getting in quality joint mobility work everyday. Even if it’s just a few minutes here and there when I have a moment.

    Right now, I do most of my joint mobility work when taking my puppy out for “potty” breaks. Life is dynamic, and not everyone has 15-20 minutes to devote just to exercise. Of course, I make the most of my time when I do spend the quality 30 minutes occasionally, to go deeply into the range of motion and really challenge myself to move with better efficiency.

    I really can’t say enough about the benefits I’ve experienced from focused joint mobility training. Joint mobility has unlocked movement abilities I thought I would never have – and it has done the same for thousands of other people.

  12. Rob,

    I just checked out your site, how long have you been a CHEK coach?

    Everything in this video is absolutely achievable for someone with normal health. It just takes daily, consistent practice. There’s no quick solution to it. The mobility work I spoke about with Naeema above was essential for laying a foundation for more sophisticated strength training movements.

    It’s certainly not “untouchable” athleticism – and I know many more athletes whom are much more talented than I am. I expect to coach many others to unlock their own potential, and I hope they greatly surpass my petty feats.

    Re: the clubbells

    One of the greatest strength training tools I have ever used. I don’t want to sound like I am over-promoting it, but I have seen superior strength adaptations using clubbells than I have from more traditional tools like barbells, dumbbells, and even kettlebells. That’s just my experience with them – I have found that clubbell training translates into “Real World Strength.”

    Life happens in 3-dimensions, so does almost every athletic activity – not two or one. You better believe that clubbell training happens in 3D, too!

    If you’re interested, I just started a new blog (not released yet), and it’s going to be all about clubbell training. I’ll actually be chronicling my progress using clubbells as my tool of choice for strength training – should be a fun project… code named the “Becoming a Wellness Warrior Transformation.”

    You’ll be hearing about the new site in the near future, but if you’d like to take a peek early, drop my an e-mail using the contact page at the top.

  13. A-MAZING!!! John that video was absolutely incredible – very impressive!

    Do you sell any products that have a program to develop (or begin to develop) to sort of joint mobility you are displaying in this clip?


    PS – You should submit this to the Ellen show. Yes, it’s that cool.

  14. Hey Sara,

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Almost everything displayed in this clip was taken from my coaches and mentors. Very little is “John Sifferman original.”

    The Ellen Show?!

    Wowzers!! I can’t even imagine being on national TV.

  15. Love the new site. You helped me rethink what I want in training and in how I want my body to move.

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