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EVERYTHING WILL BECOME EASIER IN YOUR DAILY LIFE:

"This training is unconventional, and that is a good thing. All or most of Frank’s routines include balance, strength, agility, and flexibility. Everything will become easier in your daily life because you become efficient in using your body with this training."
-- Andre LeClair, Personalized Fitness Center, Inc.

INCREASE STRENGTH WHILE INCREASING JOINT STABILITY:

"Frank DiMeo’s…program is a unique way to create stability for all joint areas involved, through movement during exercises. As a therapist, I try to achieve this with our therapy patients for joint stability for future injury prevention. This program would be an asset for all ages who want to increase their strength while increasing joint stability."
-- Mike Braun, co-Owner of Fitness and More, Inc., and Braun-Goodlander Rehabilitation and Fitness Services

A VERY EFFECTIVE LEADER AND TEACHER:

"Frank DiMeo is a patient, thoughtful and skilled trainer. He is quiet and humble yet a very effective leader and teacher. I recommend his training program to people of all ages."
-- Ed Trayers, Certified Personal Trainer

ONE OF THE FEW GREAT TEACHERS ON THE PLANET AT THIS TIME:

"There are only a few great teachers at any one time on the planet.  If you are lucky you will find one of them. They are usually tucked away somewhere without fame.  They are the dedicated few who don’t seek knowledge for the wrong reasons. Frank DiMeo is one of the few on the planet at this time.  This program is a ticket for a ride you really shouldn’t miss."
-- Sensei Anthony Carrano, Master’s School

TRUE ENDURANCE AND CONFIDENCE:

"My boxing fitness clients love working with Frank DiMeo’s ‘Strength for the Streets.’ His whole-body program builds the kind of real-world strength that boxers, other athletes, and regular people need for true endurance, and confidence – strength without bulking up or losing speed. Every fitness professional should be offering this kind of program for their clients."

-- Tony Spain, President, The Boxing Fitness Institute

THANKS TO FRANK….I AM 45 AND FEEL GREAT:

"Without Frank's program I probably wouldn't be able to do Jumping Jacks or run across the street because I have no ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in my right knee, and only a partial meniscus. Thanks to Frank and the goodness of the LORD, I am 45 and feel great. I am toned up and ready for each day."
-- Susan D., OTR/L, NSCA-CPT, KBC-1, CKTP

UNIQUE BLEND OF STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY TRAINING:

"Mr. DiMeo’s unique blend of strength and flexibility training improves the real world functional ability for clients of all ages."
-- Paul B. Goodlander, PTA

GIVES OUR PLAYERS AN EDGE:

I believe that your training will give our players a competitive 'edge' by increasing their flexibility, strength and endurance.
-- Curtis M. Lynch, Varsity Soccer Coach, Sarasota Christian School

ASTOUNDING:

"I am astounded at Frank's strength and endurance. Here is a humble man who has been training for decades, and he still has more strength, power, and endurance than most people in their twenties. Plus, he is a fantastic teacher who can show others how to develop, and teach, the same capabilities."
-- Nancy M., Bradenton FL

MORE DISTANCE IN MY GOLF GAME:

"Training with kettlebells can help me gain more distance in my golf game and improve my overall endurance."
-- David B. Windsor, PGA; Director of Operations, Florida Adaptive Golf, Inc.

DOUBLED MY STRENGTH:

"I have been working with Frank for the last 10 months. Before starting, I had neglected physical coniditioning for the usual reasons – busy work schedule and hectic family life. We have been working out 3 times a week – 30 minutes per session. I have been impressed with Frank’s patience and quiet encouragement. His no nonsense approach has paid dividends for me. I have lost 10 pounds and doubled my strength and aerobic capacity. More importantly, I feel better and have more energy. I would heartily recommend Frank and his program to anyone."
-- Martin L.D.

 

The following "Street Exams" are meant to show you the importance of everyday strength. They show you situations that require more strength than most people have – unless they develop it. "Strength for the Streets" focuses on helping you and your clients develop this kind of strength.

STREET EXAM #1: Avoiding disaster while climbing a cliff
At the U. S. Army's Sapper Leaders Course we were tasked with climbing a cliff with all of our combat gear. I was a pretty strong guy, but this was completely new.

Not being an experienced rock climber, I didn't have any idea how hard it would be; however, when the RIs (Ranger Instructors) told us to get moving, we did.

Finger and toe holds were about all we had to work off of, and they seemed to be harder to find the higher I went. Eventually, I couldn't find any more! I was stuck.

I looked around quickly, and felt my forearms cramping as I tried to hang on. Then it happened, I lost my grip and fell. Thank GOD I was attached to a safety line!

However, there I was hanging upside down, at a height where everything and everyone looked mighty small. Unable to get right-side-up, I was eventually hoisted to the top of the cliff by one of my Airborne buddies. I was glad Robby had the strength that he had! He was pulling me and all my gear by himself.

Key point:
Static strength (isometric holds) can be instrumental in surviving a dangerous situation. Whether you are climbing a cliff or fighting a stronger opponent, this type of strength is a must!

STREET EXAM #2: Parking lot ambush
I was getting a cup of coffee with my brother pretty late one night at a little "greasy spoon" kind of place. It was a place where locals hung out.

A few seats down from us, an argument started and it soon erupted into a fight. It spilled out into the parking lot, and more people got involved.

We had gone out too, since we knew some of the people. My brother was a little bit ahead of me, moving fast.

As I passed the edge of the parking lot, a figure came out of the shadows slashing at me. Without thinking, my left arm circled up in a block and I intercepted my assailant's arm as it was coming down. I had a serious grip on his arm, and then I saw the blade.

For a split second, we were like statues, frozen in time. Thank GOD I was able to keep the blade from cutting me long enough for my brother to return and blind-side him with a powerful strike. The attack was over.

Key point:
Grip strength allowed me to prevent his blade from slashing me, at least long enough for help to arrive.

STREET EXAM #3: Swimming incident
At the Army’s Sapper Leaders Course, we had to complete a "helocasting" exercise. This drill involved dropping from a helicopter about 20 or more feet into a lake with all your gear, then swimming to shore.

No problem, right?

I hit the water hard, and a little bit on my side. The wind was just about knocked out of me, but I had to make it to shore as fast as I could.

I had no choice but to continue regardless of how I felt, and I made it just fine.

Key Point:
Survival isn't based on whether or not you feel your best. You might be hurt and still have to complete the task. If you cannot function under adverse, unpredictable conditions you probably won't survive.

Whether defending yourself, trying to rescue a drowning person, or handling some other crisis, you may find yourself mentally and physically drained very quickly. Train yourself accordingly.

STREET EXAM #4: Two blows is all it takes
Many years ago, way before the UFC and MMA would become popular in America, the martial arts were making the transition from point matches to full-contact. It was an exciting (and painful) time in U.S. martial arts history. The rules were changing, if there were any rules. The same went for protective equipment. I had already competed on that day of competition, but I heard that one fighter did not have an opponent lined up yet, and volunteers weren't jumping at the chance to fight him. I had seen him fight quite a few times, and he was tough! So I stepped up to volunteer. Later I found out really well why no one wanted the match. I'll just use his initials, H. T., for now. H .T. was from Miami, and had a powerful physique, kind of like a small bull. Immediately after the match started, he drove a brutal, bare-knuckle, straight right punch right between my eyes. I probably looked like a cartoon character flying backwards through the air almost parallel to the ground. As I slowly got back on my feet, the referee told me my nose was broken, (it was bleeding up at the  top between my eyes) but let me continue the fight. It was short-lived any way because H. T. landed a heel kick across the side of my head, and though I was somehow still conscious, it was over.

Key point:
H. T. had only landed two fast, powerful, accurate blows. That was all he needed to use. Survival is often determined in a matter of seconds; much faster than most people would ever expect. Explosive force makes the difference.

STREET EXAM #5: Carjack
One of my clients, a practitioner of Uechi-Ryu, was driving to his air conditioning shop on the "South Side" of his city. This was not a real safe place for him to go to begin with, but that was where his business was located.

When he stopped at a red light, guy climbed in the passenger door of his truck and pulled out a gun. The guy told him to drive down several back streets, and then told him to stop.

Next the gunman ordered him to get in the back and lay down, but my client decided to fight. Though his assailant was maybe half his age, and armed, he knew there was no other way out.

As they fought in extremely close quarters, the gunman shoved the muzzle of the handgun against my client's chest and pulled the trigger.

It MISFIRED!

The attacker had lost his edge and my client disarmed him, then the assailant ran from the scene.

Key points:
Being able to apply high levels of strength from a very disadvantaged position is a vital skill to develop. Remaining clear-headed is also extremely important and, with decisive action, can be one of the keys to survival.

STREET EXAM #6: A single heavy lift to reach safety
I was stopped at an intersection of a poorly-lit street on my Harley Super Glide shortly before dawn.

Suddenly a car hit me from behind. The jolt threw me on the street and into the intersection. Though the crash was not life-threatening by itself, I now had to get my Harley back up on its wheels really fast. Traffic was coming and if I didn’t get out of the way before a speeding car hit me or my bike, I could be killed. 

I lifted that heavy cycle up and got it moved to the side of the road in record time!

Key point:
Minding your own business and obeying the laws does not mean that you are safe. Sometime the unexpected happens, and you must react instantly. The ability to pick up something very heavy, very quickly can be really important. It didn't matter how many repetitions I could do with a lighter weight at that time. One max effort "rep" was all that was needed.

Often, this ability is crucial in an emergency.

STREET EXAM #7: Another motorcycle incident
Here's another one for all the Harley riders out there. You've got to be strong to ride those things.

I was southbound on I-95, cruising about 70 mph at the beginning of an interstate trip. As I approached my exit, I slowed down a little and went in to the curve.

Suddenly, my handlebars were shaking violently as I struggled to keep the bike on the road. My front tire had gone flat.

Needless to say, I made it or I wouldn't be writing to you about it.

Key Point:
Reacting to sudden crises in a calm and controlled manner is crucial. Having the strength to hang on is imperative in many situations. Good balance and body control are also very important.

STREET EXAM #8: Attack dog and bad knee

My wife was taking a walk in our peaceful Florida neighborhood, we usually go together, but this time she was by herself.

Suddenly she heard some vicious barking and turned just in time to see a large Pit Bull had broken away from its owner and was headed straight for her.

The owner was yelling for the dog to come back, but it was of no use, the attack was on.

You should know that my wife is a very small, petite woman. She had not run in a long time, due to a previous knee injury and surgery. Years earlier, she had needed spinal surgery and had a metal rod in her back. This does not make for a world-class sprinter.

However, due to her medical conditions, she had been following my training program to strengthen her body and stabilize her joints as much as possible. She had done a lot of kettlebell training prior to this happening, plus other excellent resistance exercises.

She began to run and the owner got to the dog in time to very forcibly restrain it. Thank GOD!

Key Points:
If you have been injured, it is time to get cleared by your physician for a good resistance training program. Cardio training is not sufficient in itself. Even if you are not injured, you should learn about a variety of resistance exercises that can improve your speed and agility.