KC Craichy’s SuperHealth Podcasts: Meet John Peterson

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Posted on 27th September 2011 by admin in Super Health |SuperHealth Podcasts

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KC Craichy interviews John Peterson about how he overcame polio and became a leading natural strength trainer.

Audio Transcript

KC: Welcome to Living Fuel TV. I’m KC Craichy, with a very special guest today. I’m very excited to introduce John Peterson. John?

John: Brother.

KC: Welcome. Welcome.

John: It’s great to be here, man.

KC: I’m glad to have you, man.

John: Yeah.

KC: John is a very unique individual, and as you’ve seen, recently we’ve been bringing you leading-edge trainers, people that do something different than the norm. John, you definitely fit that category.

John: Different than the norm.

KC: Different than the norm, absolutely. One thing that’s fascinating about John, and I’ll say it right to you and I’ve told you before, is that you live it. You’re 57 years old.

John: Twenty-five from the neck down.

KC: Yeah. Right. You’re as fit as anybody that I know.

John: Oh, thank you.

KC: You’re crazy fit. You can do some things which we’ll show later that most people now recognizing that we have just weekend warriors all the way to professional athletes watching and there’s trainers and doctors. We’re going to show you those things over the next few series with John that mere mortals generally can’t accomplish. Anyway, I’m looking forward to that. One of the cool things is, as many of you know, I met John in 2005, and you are the publisher of my first book, “Super Health” and the second one, “Living the Seven Golden Keys”.

John: I hope maybe this next one.

KC: Yes, maybe the next one, too. You’re helping me on this one regardless.

John: Amen, yes.

KC: I’ll go back a little ways. One time I played basketball and I twisted my ankle to the point where I couldn’t walk on that ankle. Really, for two years, I couldn’t play basketball or do the running kind of things, so I incorporated 100 push-ups a day and 1500 crunches a day for a period of a year. After that year, I was walking in the gym. They had a machine there and the most it would go was 315. I go, “Well, I haven’t been in a gym in a long time,” so I got on the gym and I threw that thing up like it was nothing, 315, just from push-ups. The coolest thing is that you know the history of exercise and how it originated, which great athletes did which systems, and so on. First, we want to hear about your story, John. Tell us, from all the way back when you had polio.

John: OK.

KC, I was four years old and I was injected with a Salk vaccine for polio. Two weeks later, Thanksgiving Day, I came down with polio. Literally, the next morning, I couldn’t even walk. My mother and father obviously knew something was really wrong with Johnny. The next thing I knew, I was taken to the hospital. It was there that it was determined that I actually had polio. By the way, there were six of us. Three of my cousins, my older brother, and another friend that were all taken to the same clinic at the same time. Three of us came down with polio. We were given the live virus instead of the supposedly dead one in the vaccine. That is how we contracted polio. It was after that though, KC, there’s an even better part. When I was six years old, I was taken to be prayed for. Then, shortly after that, at the Sister Kenny Institute, it was discovered that I was getting the feeling back in my toes and feet. Then, with a tremendous amount of therapy, I became fully functional again. Part of that included having to break each one of my legs in three pieces, straighten them out, and put them in casts. Get this, by the time I was eight years old, I was winning blue ribbons in races.

KC: That was fantastic.

John: Giving those ribbons to my mother.

KC: That is fantastic. You have your own Charles Atlas story of someone kicking sand in your face.

John: Worse than kicking sand in my face.

KC: You were on crutches, you were 11 years old.

John: Well, actually, I was on crutches. By the time I was 11, I was totally healed. I was playing in the Little League then. I was actually ten, ten years old, in the summer before I turned 11 in October. I had a friend, Jeffy, that was wearing these Coke bottle glasses. The guy that you’re thinking about is the guy that used to kick the crutches out from me. He was almost three years older, and he was one of these guys, KC, that precocious isn’t the right word for. He was a gigantic kid weighed probably 250 or more, was nearly a head taller than me, and just a gigantic kid. He was picking on Jeffy, and I asked him not to do that. He said, “What did you say?” I asked him not to do that in my best Marlon Brando. He was on me like a cat, pounding on me.

KC: Typical bully story, kicked sand in your face.

John: Yes.

KC: It was actually your granddad who now introduced you to… J

ohn: Actually, let me tell you what happened though. He was pounding on me, and I told him, “Leave me alone, my brother, Al, will take care of you.” He said, “Well, cripple, he ain’t here,” so he’s pounding on me. Then I hear my brother, like the voice of God, 15 feet away, and he says, “Get off my brother.” The guy gets up, and my brother’s already in pitcher stance. He uncorked the best fastball I’ve ever seen in my life. Down the guy went, and he never bothered me again.

KC: That’s a great story, but let’s go ahead to the fitness end. Your granddad introduced you, you can’t let people pick on you.

John: Actually, what he said to me,

KC, it’s really kind of funny. He said, “Jackson, if your mouth is going to get you in trouble, we’ve got to try to do something to, at least, help you to be able to back it up a little bit.” Then he brought out the Charles Atlas course. All of my uncles, these guys were built like Greek gods, had been on the Charles Atlas course. They were World War II, tough-as-nails veterans. K.C.: I remember I used to be a comic book collector. As a kid, for many years, I would see the Charles Atlas page on every comic book. I always wanted to, and finally did, order it. It talked about isometrics, and I was always intrigued with isometrics. In football practice, we would put our head up against somebody’s leg to build our neck strength using isometrics. And so, continue.

John: We do isometrics as a part of my training system, obviously. You’ve seen the bridge, and the bridge has helped your son considerably.

KC: A lot of your stuff has helped us.

John: Glad to hear it.

KC: The cool thing is that you don’t use weights. You use body weight.

John: No. Use our body, the way God intended it to be used. Now, you mentioned how much stronger you actually became. I’ve had a lot of guys that have taken up our training system that come from a weight training background. Now, one of the problems that they end up with is, quite often, bench-pressing will tear their rotator cuffs. They end up with a compressed lower spine from very heavy squats, bad knees, bad elbows, bad wrists, and wherever they’ve got a joint. By restructuring their bodies with natural body weight movement, they not only heal, they become stronger, and capable of doing things they can’t otherwise do.

KC: I agree with that, and I think the thing that’s so unique, and you’re going to see this over the next few series, is that this is something that anybody can do. One of the things that we deal with in athletics and in performance is that there’s these little nicks and tweaks and pulls and pains that derail your workout program.

John: May I inject just one thing about that?

KC: Yes, please.

John: You were right, but not only that. Time after time, I’ve had young men tell me that their coaches tell them to just work through the pain. If it’s real pain, I advise against working through the pain, because that’s the body’s signal telling you that you are doing damage.

KC: To a certain extent, when you get to a certain level of athletics, you can tell the difference between injury and pain.

John: You bet.

KC: Sometimes, you have to get through it.

John: Discomfort, yeah.

KC: We’re going to talk about this a lot more, but the thing is that anybody can do this. The first thing I wanted you to try right now, just so you can get a feel for this, is to take your fist and tighten in the muscles as much as you can. While you’re bending your arm, keep it tight. Bend it up, and then twice the power go down, because you are twice as strong this way as you are the other way. Now, feel from the tip of your fingers to the edge of your neck, every muscle. John, there’s no machine in the world that can do that perfect tension, from all the way up.

John: There’s no machine in the world that can train your muscles the way your mind can. The whole key is the mind-muscle connection, here.

KC: We’re going to talk about that, because cramping, muscle cramping on purpose, thinking into the muscle, these kinds of things. This is really cool stuff. At any level, you can use it, and we’re going to get into it more, but John, thank you so much for being with us. Look forward to continuing this series.

John: Brother, thank you.

KC: God bless you.

John: You too, my friend.

KC: We wish you super health.

John: Super health.

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