Pertinent Quotes

“Exercising for years does not qualify one to be an ‘Exercise Expert’ anymore than owning a scalpel makes one surgeon.” -Tom Purvis   

“Everybody is entitled to have an opinion, but that doesn’t mean they’re qualified to.” –John McDermott

“Millions of Americans wash down a ‘fat-free’ brownie with ‘sugar-free’ drinks and are puzzled as they watch the numbers on the scale rise. Ironically, the less animal protein and fat Americans eat the heavier they get.” – Dr. Jeffrey S. McCombs, D.C. Author and founder of LifeforcePlan

“If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows.” -Ayn Rand

“To live, man must hold three things as the supreme and ruling values of his life: Reason, Purpose, Self-Esteem.” -Ayn Rand

“The growth of knowledge depends entirely on disagreement” -Karl Popper

“It is our human nature to support our current positions rather than modify, expand, or reverse them.” -David Hawkings

“Enslavement by illusion is comfortable; it is the liberation by truth that people fear” -David Hawkings

“What people don’t get is that the things they perceive to be the result of good health are actually the cause of the good health.–Dr. Kathryn Woodall 

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”–Thomas Edison

Duchenne: 1866 “Isolated action of the muscle is not the nature of things.”

Steindler:  “It was argued that practical conclusions could be attained more directly by observation empiricism without any tedious theoretical preambles. It is with this argument that the author has to disagree. He is neither willing nor able to reconcile himself to a short cut method based entirely on impressions and to summersault over the hard facts of basic sciences just in order to arrive at quick and usually superficial practical conclusions.”

–Arthur Steindler, father of Kinesiology, in his Introduction to Kinesiology of the Human Body

Kapandji: “As is often the case in Biomechanics, two notions which at first appear contradictory, are not mutually exclusive and contribute to a better understanding.”

Purvis: “Our goal becomes to determine as precisely as possible the capabilities and limitations for each joint and tissue, as well as the level and skill of their neurological integration.”

“Although you cannot change an individual’s physical structure as it relates to mechanics, you can learn to recognize how those individual differences will alter the individual’s mechanical ability.”

Roskopf: “Any imbalance in muscleclature that supports a joint will lead to abnormal compensatory motion along with the increased potential for pain.”

Simon: “Everyone is so interested in learning advanced thoughts or techniques but their understanding of the basics is so weak that there is nothing to build upon.”

Juhan: “Resilience and vitality come from not preserving ‘ideal’ postures, but from constantly renewed challenge and change.  Only constant variation calls the full alertness of the system into being.”

Myers:  “The more I learn, the farther my horizon of ignorance extends.”

Leavitt: “Imposing ROM the body is incapable of obtaining or tolerating is violation of innate protective mechanisms”

Tom Purvis: “It is not the position that is dangerous; it is the direction and amount of external force applied to the joint/limb that will determine the level of risk.”

Greg Roskopf: “Functional Training will only reinforce compensatory patterns unless the weak links are not first identified and eliminated”
Mitch Simon: “Ability will unveil itself as skill is acquired”

Bill Leavitt: “Imposing ROM the body is incapable of obtaining or tolerating is violation of innate protective mechanisms”

Paul Chek: “It is likely that the stiffness of the abdominal muscles generating IAP increase spinal stability. Activation levels of all trunk muscles determine the stability of the spine, regardless of magnitude”

Deane Juhan Author of Job’s Body: “The science of Neurology can tell us so much about the functions of cells but so little about what to do with the suffering we commonly witness within and around us”

Hans Seyle: “One of the readiest means we have of actually influencing, rather than just temporarily interrupting conditions is the introduction of more and more positive sensory experience which elicits new kinds of motor responses and can thus form the basis for the development of new habits, new conditions, and new patterns of neural flow”

Albert Einstein: “Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”