In the interest of full disclosure, I am a big fan of the New England Patriots and their quarterback, Tom Brady. I may be the only guy in Chicago with a Patriots jacket. I posted on Tom back before the Super Bowl, talking about his wonderful health and everything he does to maintain it. I quoted from a New York Times piece on the subject. At the time I wanted to learn much more about this quasi fountain of youth he seemed to have found. Must confess, I contemplated a trip East to study with the master.
Now comes an entire book on Brady’s findings that is available to all of us without leaving our homes. TB12 is the title. You can find it on Amazon.
While I have secured a copy of the book, I have only begun to read it. However, the following facts from Simon & Schuster should give you plenty of reason to explore further. I will be posting more on it after I finish reading it.
What is pliability training? Pliability training consist of targeted, deep-force muscle work that lengthens and softens muscles at the same time those muscles are rhythmiscally contracted and relaxed. The book includes step-by-step photos and instructions for how to work 18 different muscle groups using self-pliability and assisted devices.
A better alternative to training with weights. The traditional emphasis on more weight withmore and more reps and longer workouts erodes our bodies’ natural pliabbility. At TB12, most clients train with resistance banks instead of weights, which work their bodies functionally better than weights do in terms of elasticity, resitance, versatility and efficiency. The book includes a variety of easy-to-learn resistance band workouts targeting the upper body, core and lower body.
Brady’s TB12 method nutrition plan. Brady’s disciplined nutritional regimen includes consuming a largely plant-based and organic diet made up of 80 percent alkaline-forming foods and 20 percent acid-causing foods. The book examines the impact this diet has on the mind and body, and includes a TB12 approved grocery list, as well as a variety of healthy and satisfying TB12 recipes.
The importance of proper hydration to muscle pliability. Even more than nutrition, proper hydration is essential to maintaining healthy, pliable muscles. The TB12 method recommends that everyone, even non-athletes, consume one-half their body weight in ounces of water every day.
Exercises to train and develop cognitive focus. Brain fitness is another amplifier of pliability and along with highlighting the importance of keeping positive and staying centered, Brady breaks down his three part TB12 brain training and fitness regimen. This includes a series of brain training exercises designed to enhance reaction time, attention, memory and more, and can be accesssed at this link .
Finally, if you want to know more, check out the Sports Illustrated article from June of this year. The writer spent a week practicing what Brady preaches.