SMP 74: The Art of War

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Today we have a fantastic guest. It’s Tom Furman from Train for Life. Tom has been involved in martial arts and conditioning since 1972. He has a background in wrestling, and he is a student of the York Barbell Club. He has a down to earth training approach inspired by hours of seminars, workouts, and training time with martial arts legends.

He has worked with gifted training partners from exercise physiologists to Coast Guard Rescue Divers. He has created the exercise DVDs “Concrete Conflict & Conditioning” and Activate Your Dynamic Range of Motion”. He is also one of the first American trainers to become RKC certified for kettlebell training in the US. He lives and trains in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Tom is at a point in his life where he is focusing on using his brain as opposed to his back. He is the creator of articles, blog posts and his new ebook “Armor of War”. Tom grew up in Pittsburgh, where his father, uncles and friend’s fathers were war veterans and blue collar workers. His fitness motivation were the manly arts of boxing and wrestling. He also became involved with strength training and garage workouts.

Today’s topics include:

  • How Tom grew up and became interested in fitness
  • Tough guy and actor Charles Bronson was Tom’s second toughest uncle
  • How too much information is a blessing and a curse
  • Being coachable and having someone from the outside can help training progress
  • Factors to look at when creating a training program for individual people
  • How breaking things down in a simple way makes fitness doable
  • How lifting weights and eating more protein can improve your life
  • If things aren’t working change your mentality or your goal

Links and resources:

Train for Life

York Barbell Club

Armor of War: Augmented Bodyweight Training

Tom on Facebook

Contact Tom

Tom’s YouTube Channel

Strength Matters YouTube Channel

Simplicity and body weight movement builds a resilient body. In coaching, you need to have a broad spectrum of ideologies. Sometimes it’s better to understand why instead of how. Tom says if you become an authority, you still need to remain a student and improve your game.


“Self coaching is very difficult, it’s almost better to talk to someone you trust” Tom

“When you start to talk about diet, you start to talk about huge emotional issues” Tom

“People need the feedback and they need measurement” Tom

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