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Product Review: Gym Gear – BFR Bands (blood flow restriction) bands

Disclaimer:  This blog does not constitute medical advice, nor should it be interpreted as a substitute for appropriate medical training. Consult your doctor before using.

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I got exactly what you see here, but my legs are red. I was hoping the legs had a easy on off buckle like the arms. I’m not sure how to wrap the legs. I hope there are directions!

The package is heavy and the arm wraps seemed to be very well made but I only looked at them for a second.

Unfortunately, yesterday was biceps. I’ll have to google if they are good for triceps as well.

Super Saiyan says use occlusion training on arms they use machine curl biceps and rope push down triceps at the end of the workout every 4-6 weeks they say this isn’t something you want to do every workout.

They are using a Mark Bell slingshot band. I believe this one

Which is not a good idea! It is not designed for that! You cannot adjust the bands to make sure the blood traveling into the muscle is still going on and the blood leaving is slowed down.

Don’t use products the way they aren’t intended! And if they are not in good shape, throw them out! I have seen too many people get hurt from ripped lifting straps because they keep them too long! If they start to rip throw them out!

The same goes for these bands! They are designed to be the thickness they are if they start to rip, they are no longer that wide and can cause injury!

These bands are no joke! You have to know exactly what you are doing! Listen to the directions! If there’s pain or numb hands (pins and needles) it’s too tight! You are essentially putting a tourniquet on your arm!


Leaving it on too long, causing neurovascular damage and tissue death. Generally, permanent nerve, muscle and blood vessel damage can occur after about two hours. Placing it too far away from the wound, or on the wrong type of wound (i.e. wounds at a joint) Fabricating a tourniquet from an inappropriate material.

You don’t want your limbs amputated because you are an idiot! So pay close attention to the directions!

Once you learn what you are doing and aren’t a beginner in the gym:

This seems like a great way to help me build leg strength and muscles with my military knee injury! You are supposed to lift 30% of your one rep max until failure.

So, light weight, high reps = success! That’s a dream come true for anyone with a joint injury!

I can’t wait to try it!

**Update** January 10th 2018

I tried the bands on my arms last night and I’m not sure if I tightened them enough.

I did feel tightness in the muscle especially at the top by the band site. At the end of my workout, I did 4 sets of one arm machine curl and 4 sets of triceps press down. After removing the bands the muscle was still tight at the band site for 15 mins after.

Today my triceps are actually sore, so I believe they did help!

stay tuned for legs tomorrow! This I can’t wait for!

**Update** January 11th 2018

WOW! I just did 4 sets of 15 leg extensions with 70lbs and I feel like I did a full leg workout! Next time I will save it till my last exercise instead of my first! Lol

Ok back to working out!

in case you are wondering which numbers I used because the leg straps have easy to line up numbers, my quads are too big to line up the numbers. So it was 10 and blank Lol I was about 2-3″ away from the 1.

hmm ok new update same day! I gave my legs a 15 min break to return to normal and now I am lifting more than I have since I came back six weeks ago! Maybe the bands increased the blood flow in the quads after releasing it? celebrates its 4th Anniversary 

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Gym Gear: Oakley Icon 3 Backpack

I have to say it is made extremely well! Furthermore; it fits really well on my back and is super comfortable! For a guy who is 6′ 270lbs that wears a 3XL jacket it fits remarkably well!

However; I absolutely hate the pocket configuration! Whomever designed the inside of the bag deserves a giant punch in the face and should refund me half my money as this bag is expensive!

The outside look of the bag is awesome it looks badass and the 3 buckle system is cool!

The media pocket on top not really a media pocket, but a felt lined pocket is great for sunglasses or as I use it for change!

The inside configuration starts off not bad, a padded pocket for your laptop or tablet! Awesome! But then the front configuration has some stupid bullshit Velcro folded flaps and the media pockets inside are much too small for anything! There are no pen or pencil slides and nowhere to put a shaker bottle or water bottle! There are two small side pockets but they are too small to be practical. They are good for snacks or some small items on both sides.

Maybe the bag will grow on me, but right now I am missing my military rucksack…

**Update** February 26th 2015

The bag is starting to grow on me as I see which way I can pack it. However; Oakley should take note of six pack fitness! 

Recipe: Grilled Chicken Bacon and Avocado Salad


Prep: 15 minutes

Serves: 6-8 (Depends how you serve it. It’ll go farther on sandwiches.)

6 organic chicken breasts, grilled (organic chicken breasts typically are quite a bit smaller than the huge, non-organic because of the lack of hormones. So keep that in mind)

5-6 green onions, diced

1 package bacon

2 avocados, cubed

2-3 tablespoons organic or homemade mayo

salt and pepper to taste

-Preheat oven to 400 and bake bacon on a cookie sheet until slightly crispy. When finished, transfer to a lined plate and blot excess grease. Finely chop.

-Grill the chicken (I used garlic, salt, pepper and onion. Pretty basic.) and let rest. Cube when cooled.

-Dice green onions and cube the avocado. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and add mayo. Start small and add more if you need to. I don’t put very much at all, as you can tell in the photo. Just enough to give it a little moisture. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with sandwich buns or alone.

This is also really yummy leftovers, so it can be eaten at any temperature. Warm, cold or room temp.

As you know I like to take healthy Pinterest recipes and make them healthier!

I have a couple great tweaks!

1. bake the chicken you can add whatever spices to it to make you happy.

2. (Tweak) instead of bacon use turkey bacon. I used applewood farms

3. I diced up scallions and (tweak) I added fresh cilantro

4. Homemade Mayo or organic mayo is still mayo! You can dress up a turd it’s still a turd! (Tweak) I made a healthy dressing! Take a cup of plain greek yogurt add in powered ranch dressing.


I then added a dash of garlic powder and a dash of cayenne pepper for taste. Mix and add as needed to the recipe.

5. Cube up 2 avocados.

Mix everything up in a big bowl and use a big slotted spoon it’s much easier to mix that way!

Then I am going to make a healthy salad/spinach salad, add some vegetables and fresh mozzarella then top with the avocado chicken bacon salad mix and drizzle it with fig balsamic glaze.

Viola you are done and ready to enjoy with no guilt!

Stay tuned for the practical application!

My wife made sliders

I made a salad with mozzarella, I finished the ricotta Salata, I chopped up pickles, red pepper, used my ghost pepper hot sauce and drizzled it with the balsamic glaze.

It was delicious!!


Remember; like always if you make one of my recipes send me an email with your practical application and pictures and I’ll post it! Feel free to comment also!

Product Review: Flag nor Fail clothing






From the very beginning, we have endeavored to provide our customers with limited hand printed items. Flag Nor Fail takes pride in our approach to the apparel world, an approach not seen from most clothing brands. Our goal is not to mindlessly pump out large quantities of clothing and rake in profits — our line means more to us than that. We want to create clothing that is unique; clothing that when you wear it, you KNOW it was made specifically by our hands. We want our customers to wear our apparel with pride, knowing they are among only a few people in the world to own these particular items.

There is a beauty to the printing process that must be appreciated. Every single print we create is unique, which is part of the reason our product is so special. From the amount of ink applied and laid on the item, to the registration of the art, to the placement on the item; all of these factors change slightly from shirt to shirt. The minor inconsistencies are the nature of the hand printing process. We take pride in not selling mass-produced, machine printed goods. Printing is a personal experience, and we devote our time and effort into creating each individual piece you purchase. We put work into the product before it ever gets to you.

As always, thank you for your loyalty and support of our brand. We hope that you continue to follow our lead and put in work, every day, in every aspect of your life.


FLAG NOR FAIL is a mindset. No surrender and no failure. Flag represents surrender, much like one would wave a white flag to admit defeat. No surrender, no failure.


All items are hand-printed in house at the FNF Warehouse and may contain imperfections in the prints. The beauty of our process is that no two prints are identical. This is what makes FNF special. Due to the hand-printed nature and effort that goes into every item in the line, our standing inventory is very small. Please understand that returns and exchanges may be a longer process than we would like due to our limited quantities and sell-outs. Once most of the items sell-out they will not be reprinted, and will no longer be available.


Worldwide flat rate shipping of $5!

Delivery takes 10–15 business days inside the States on average. We are not your normal internet store that gets it to you next day. Please keep this in mind when making your purchase!

On occasion we do not have the entire order printed and we have to print the shirt to order. In these cases the order may take slightly longer to get to you. If this happens, we will make every attempt to notify you of the issue.

Overseas orders take 3–6 weeks, and on rare occasions they may take a little longer when going through customs. Once the package leaves the US, we have no control over how your country handles the package. Also, please note that in some cases your local countries customs may charge you taxes and/or other fees. We are not responsible for those fees!

Flag Nor Fail is NOT responsible for stolen or lost packages and/or packages sent to the wrong address.

*Any Domestic order returned back to us for either having an insufficient address, wrong address, unclaimed, etc., Customer will have to pay for reshipment of package. We do not cover/reimburse for shipping costs in regards to a return/exchange.
**Any international order returned back to us for either having an insufficient address, wrong address, unclaimed, etc., Customer will have to pay for Express shipping.


We will be having “WORK HUSTLE KILL TOURS” throughout the next year. During these tours we will be hitting a new gym every day, and visiting land marks along the way. The entire tour will be filmed by our team and released later on DVD. Feel free to come train with us, eat with us, or just ask us questions. The best way to keep up on tour info is to follow us on Facebook. FLAG NOR FAIL will be giving out some free-bees along the way and selling LIMITED tour shirts that you can only get while we are on tour.


All garments are individually hand-printed. To ensure the quality and integrity of the garment, we suggest washing them on machine wash cold, with an initial water temp not exceeding 30°C or 65–80°F.

All garments and fabrics are blends, or pre-shrunk to ensure a true fit after washing. To preserve the print as well as possible it is suggested to wash the garment inside out ( with the printed side in ).


We realize that you make choices in your buying process and we want you to be happy with your purchase. We understand that returns/exchanges can be necessary and that we must meet reasonable expectations when these situations arise. If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with your purchase please allow us to assist you with your order. We deal with returns on a per item basis. There are varying restocking and service fees. If you wish to make a return please contact us to discuss the matter first before sending back your items. We do not cover shipping costs for returns/exchanges.

No returns or exchanges after 30 days.

We do not accept items to be exchanged that were already previously exchanged.

Returns and Exchanges (outside the U.S.)

All sales are final outside the U.S


Currently FLAG NOR FAIL prints but does not produce / sew their own clothing. Before we place large orders to print we always order samples and make sure the sizing is as TRUE as possible. We are working on getting our own shirts produced / cut, but release of those shirts will not launch until mid 2013.

If you have specific sizing questions, do not hesitate to contact us, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please include your height / weight and build in the message. We will give our best suggestion.


With the recent growth of the brand, we are no longer able to do special requests.


We are always looking for new exposure, and changes to branch out. If you know of an event that we may be a good fit for just let us know! Click here to contact us!


We currently do not offer any sponsorships, but we would like to in at some point in the future. If you are interested in sending us your info, we will keep it on file.


We do not offer wholesale, and are not interested in distributor accounts. FLAG NOR FAIL can only be bought on


If you have any issues that are not covered on this page, please contact us and we can get back to you with a resolution as soon as possible.

The clothes are expensive but they are super soft! They do run a little small (except the T-shirts). If you are a fan of DLB Dana Linn Bailey then this is a must! Show your spirit and get Flag nor Fail! If you just want some inspiration then these are your products!

Dual Survival Returns April 23rd 2014!! Cody Lundin Fired!


Experts agree there are some very basic and universal rules for surviving in the wild. Find shelter, find water, find food, find help. Beyond that, there’s not much they agree on.

None know this better than Cody Lundin and Joseph Teti, who take on some of the planet’s most unforgiving terrain to demonstrate, in their own way, how the right skills and some creative thinking can keep you alive.

Together, with their drastically different backgrounds, the survivalists are dropped into a scenario that could happen to anyone: marooned boaters, lost hikers, stranded mountain climbers. Equipped with minimal gear that would have been carried in the real-life situations, Lundin and Teti must draw upon their arsenal of skills to devise extraordinary ways to use what they can find in their surroundings, as well as ordinary objects, and demonstrate what it takes to stay alive.

I can’t wait for Season 4!

Joe Teti

Joseph Teti is a veteran of both US military and US government special operations units. He is a former Force Recon Marine, Army Special Forces “Green Beret”, and a former operator in a highly classified government counter-terrorist unit.

He is a combat veteran of both OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) in Iraq, and OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) in Afghanistan. He planned and conducted a broad range of special operations missions covering the entire operational continuum. These missions gave the President of the United States an option when overt military and / or diplomatic actions were not viable or politically feasible. Operations of this nature required rapid response with surgical application of a wide variety of unique skills, while maintaining the lowest possible profile of U.S. involvement. He has participated in numerous classified direct action missions with several Tier 1 SMU’s (Special Mission Units).

Joseph has performed high-risk PSD (Personal Security Detail) operations in Afghanistan and Iraq for U.S. government and civilian clients. He was also a member of a U.S. State Department close protection team assigned to several high profile government officials and visiting diplomats in Israel. Working out of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, and the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, he operated in high-risk areas throughout the country to include Ramallah, Abu Dis, Jericho, The Gaza Strip and the West Bank. He has extensive experience and training in fully armored vehicle operations, advance team operations, motorcade operations, CAT (Counter Assault Team) operations and surveillance / counter surveillance operations.

A graduate of over 30 formal schools in regards to special operations, his skill sets and experiences are highly diverse. He has attended several survival schools over his career and is one of a few individuals in the world that hold an instructor certification in tactical tracking operations from legendary tracker and former Rhodesian SAS (Special Air Service), and Selous Scout, David Scott-Donelan.

He has held a TOP SECRET-SCI with polygraph security clearance, the highest security clearance awarded by the U.S. government.

Cody Lundin

Cody Lundin is an internationally known professional survival instructor with more than 20 years of hands-on teaching experience. Due to his intimate understanding of the physics, psychology and physiology of human survival, Cody is routinely featured as the consulting expert on real-world emergencies for national and international news outlets. He has trained private, corporate, and governmental agencies, thousands of students and dozens of national and international media sources in outdoor survival, primitive living skills and urban preparedness.

Cody’s self-reliance training began early. He created his first survival kit for living on the road after graduating from high school, then boarded a westward bound greyhound bus. He lived on city streets, alone in the woods, and in a radical commune near the Mexican border. Cody further honed his self-reliant expertise living in the deserts and mountains with very little modern gear or assistance – including two years spent living in a brush shelter in the woods where he slept on pine needles and cooked over an open fire.

In 1991 – with an initial investment of ten dollars – Lundin founded the Aboriginal Living Skills School in Arizona, where he teaches modern wilderness survival skills, primitive living skills, urban preparedness, and homesteading. When not teaching for his own school, Cody is an adjunct faculty member at Yavapai College and a faculty member at the Ecosa Institute, where he teaches the survival and sustainability curriculums that he created.

He is also the best-selling author of two books on survival and preparedness: 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive! (2003) and When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes (2006). Both books have been translated into several languages and are routinely featured in the top ten best-sellers for their genre on Amazon.

Lundin lives in a self-designed, off-the-grid solar earth home in the high-desert wilderness of Northern Arizona. There, he catches rain, composts waste and pays nothing for heating and cooling. Cody has been going barefoot for more than 20 years, part of his indigenous self-reliant philosophy. He is the only person in Arizona with a license to catch fish with his hands.

But there’s more news! Cody Lundin was fired from Dual Survival!

“Dear Campers,

Unfortunately, I have been fired by Discovery Channel for differences over safety and health concerns on the show and will no longer be a part of Dual Survival.

Although I’ll miss elements of the show, what I’ll miss the most are my fans and the opportunity to teach – on a global level – life saving skills, indigenous culture, and values of integrity and respect toward our natural world.

I have received numerous letters from viewers. Many are from kids, or their parents or grandparents, describing in detail how the show has changed their lives. It has brought families together, inspired kids to go outdoors, and motivated moms and dads around the world to take that family camping trip, many for the first time. If I can use a TV show to encourage people to turn off TV and turn on nature, I have done my job.

Thank you all very much for your support over the years. Be safe and prepared, and maybe I’ll train with you in the woods some day!

Stay classy,
Cody Lundin”

That’s a post from Cody’s Facebook.

So was it partway through the season? Was it after filming?

Will Joe be without his Barefoot friend? Will he be alone for some episodes? Did they find a replacement for some episodes?

What madness is going on?

I will miss Cody! Not because I like his skills. Often I, like Joe and Dave Canterbury (old co-host) disagree with Cody’s decisions, but I mostly watch to see how the crazy Sob handles going through all the situations barefoot and with shorts!

Whether you like him or not, he’s a badass!

Maybe Cody will go even more hardcore and join Naked & Afraid! Lol

What will Season 4 bring??

To add more news, Dave Canterbury (old co-host before Joe Teti) finally apologized for embellishing his résumé

What if they bring Dave back to go at it with Joe 😱

Whatever happens, it’s going to be a great season and I can’t wait! And I hope they also renew it for more!!

**Update** May 7th 2014
Just watched the latest Dual Survival in the Desert and they seem to be getting along as much as usual? Don’t know how it totally melted down enough to get Cody fired???

This season has been amazing so far! I totally enjoyed the 2 part episode!! Joe’s a crazy badass! Cody is the voice of reason, but Joe’s going to do what Joe’s going to do! Cody is trying to portray the show as an ordinary untrained citizen should survive! He conducts the show as an on air teaching lesson. Whereas Joe shares his highly trained tactical knowledge on order to survive and complete the mission, in the fastest time, even if he has to take a few chances along the way.

This show rocks! Bring Dave back for a season of Tri-Survival!!

**Update** May 22nd 2014
From Joe Teti’s Facebook:
For those of you that watch the show, please take a few minutes to learn about my new partner Matt. Discovery knocked the ball out of the park when they found this guy. His skill sets and experiences are vast. He is in superb physical shape, and can handle the extreme stress of making a show like this. He has been “walking the walk” for many years. A truly unique guy, very charismatic and a great teacher. And lastly ladies….a good looking guy to boot!! Bonus for you!!

Well…the cat is out of the bag now and everyone knows who my new partner will be for the rest of the season. From the minute I met Matt I knew this guy has lived a very unique life and is a master of primitive skills. He is a very humble and soft spoken guy…which I like. He is in superb shape both physically and mentally. There is no doubt I will learn alot from him. He has certainly earned my respect and admiration.

For my fans, I am sorry that you had to see me blow my stack at Cody, however, as you can see, it was a long time coming. That is no excuse for letting my emotions get the best of me. Please forgive me…..I’m only human guys. Cody has great survival skills, but that alone will not get you to the finish line in a 2 man survival team TEAM being the key word….it just wont. The mental aspect of survival (in my opinion) is more important than the “hard skills”. Making a fire is ONE aspect….ONE of the survival game. You can teach anyone how to make primitive fire….Cody does it everyday with students….its the other aspects of survival that was creating major problems. I was shocked myself watching last nights episode as I had no clue as to some of what was shot. I saw it for the first time like you did. I learned alot from Cody and for that I am thankful. I wish him well and I am sure you will see him again on TV if that is what he wishes to do. Again….for you Cody fans……..continue to be his fans. For those of you that feel it necessary to make rude and inappropriate comments on my FB page, please maintain some professionalism. I have a huge fan base of young kids, and I do not want them to read vulgar comments on here. It would be greatly appreciated.

I have had a great 2 years shooting the show, and thank the Lord for blessing me with this fantastic opportunity. I have learned alot about myself and have taken my survival skills to a new level.

Quote of the day. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain
-Joe Teti’s Facebook

Meet Matt Graham, Discovery’s New ‘Dual Survival’ Host Replacing Cody Lundin

Dual Survival co-host Cody Lundin has traversed his last tundra for Discovery Channel — the fan-favorite survival expert’s final episode of the show aired this week. The show’s fans have had very mixed reactions to the news ever since Lundin announced on his Facebook that he was fired from the show in March, citing “differences over safety and health concerns on the show,” but the reality show must go on.
Yahoo TV has the exclusive first look at what Dual Survival will look like now without Lundin. Meet Matt Graham, Lundin’s replacement who was briefly introduced in Wednesday’s episode. Graham lives solo in the wilds of Utah for six months out of every year, is a world-class spear thrower, a skilled long bow hunter, and endurance athlete who has studied Judo, Tae Kwan Do, Wushu Kung fu, and Jeet Kune Do.

If he looks familiar it’s because he was featured in the documentary Living Wild, appeared on Discovery’s Dude, You’re Screwed, and has also consulted for Survivorman’s Les Stroud and The Amazing Race. So basically he’s incredibly qualified and co-host Joseph Teti will be in good hands.

But what did he think about taking over after such a controversial departure? And what will he bring to the show? Here’s what Graham told Yahoo TV about his new gig:

When you were approached about stepping in so suddenly, what was your first thought? This is not your first reality TV rodeo…
I was immediately excited because I’ve always thought that Dual Survival presents a great format for wilderness education, fun, challenge, and adventure. My passion for the land is absolute. I liked the idea of getting my feet dirty and being able to add my own creative energy to each episode, and to give the audience a connection to some of the Earth’s most amazing places.

Was it harder coming into a show like this that’s so focused on two survivalists? Especially midseason?
It’s not necessarily harder, but it is different than my other show, Dude, You’re Screwed, where there are now four of us. Every survivalist comes from a unique background and brings his own point of view. Because I have spent almost as much time alone in the wild as I have with people, I have a different perspective from most. My strengths lie in primitive skills and being able to live off of the land and cover vast distances of terrain very quickly. I have fed myself for long periods of time using my plant knowledge, along with hunting for food with the atlatl, bow and arrow, and primitive traps. The wilderness taught me a great deal, and I’m hoping to bring some of those lessons to the show, while keeping it fun and entertaining.

When you heard Cody was leaving, did it give you pause at all thinking maybe things were too extreme, even for you?
After filming a season of Dude, You’re Screwed, I was familiar with the physical, emotional, and mental demands of an intense survival show. But I’m always up for a new challenge with a group of people who are willing to put their hearts into it.

Dual Survival airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel. I will catch it! I can’t wait!

I totally missed the blowout episode last night and it’s not on demand! Fucking Cablevision you suck!

Matt Graham Pictured below:


I can’t wait to see how Joe and Matt interact, Joe seems to really respect and speak well of him! I think Matt will be more easy going and have better communication skills rather than talking down to Joe. Although Cody didn’t wear shoes or pants he didn’t really have a hippy demeanor. He also looked like he juices and not the Jack LaLanne way!

Don’t get me wrong I love Cody he’s a bad ass! Walking barefoot in Africa etc!

Just not stereotypical hippie like. He’s strong, outspoken and set in his ways.

I also agree with Joe, sometimes you have to take chances in a survival situation, especially if you know there is no one coming after you!

If you know, no one is coming and I was hungry, I might have went after that cobra joe had face to face. His stick was long and had a blade on the end, the cobra has a wide hood making it a bigger target as opposed to a small pit viper. As long as it’s not a spitting cobra, I would go after it if I was starving, with no help coming!

Run from danger, unless you are cornered, or figuratively cornered!

**Update** May 24th 2014
I am finally watching the Final Joe/Cody episode. So far, it’s really well done! It’s a behind the scenes documentary! I am dying to see what happens! Cody, has done winter survival with Dave! WTF HAPPENED FOR CODY TO BE FIRED???

There are 2 types of Survival, which is what Cody doesn’t understand! There’s survival during a rescue mission and survival when no one is coming!

Each is a totally different scenario!

Cody is geared toward the first scenario! Sit tight and get rescued. Joe is under the assumption, no one is coming and do whatever you must to survive! That’s one of the biggest conflicts! If you tell Cody no one is coming, he may act differently!

The new guy Matt Graham looks like a Badass hippie/mountain man! More mountain man than hippie! He has primitive skills like Eustace in Mountain Men and Cody Lundin put together.

This should be an awesome new show!

**Update** May 28th 2014
This Matt guy is a badass! Not only is he highly skilled, but he is proactive and always thinking! He already had a hut, food and the way he built the hut, it caught rainwater!

Now he’s hunting with Joe! Instead of saying don’t kill a pig it may hurt you. He hit it good too! The guys a badass! I can’t wait to see more of this pair!

Madison Medical – Madison, NJ

Madison Medical and Sports Rehabilitation Center is a multidiscipline practice whose goal is to achieve and maintain your good health and physical fitness through the integration of traditional medical and chiropractic philosophies.

This unique approach by our qualified and enthusiastic in office team enables thorough and individualized evaluation and management, specific to the needs of each patient. Whether your concern is of an urgent need, that of an ongoing nature, or for the preventative care and monitoring of your good health, our team provides the capability to thoroughly address your needs.

Near the very center of Madison, a short easy drive from all surrounding areas, we are located at 210 Main Street in Madison, New Jersey. Our convenient hours allow us to accommodate your busy schedule with personalized attention and expert care by our expert in office team. With in office X ray ability, and Cat Scan, MRI, and laboratory facilities nearby, thorough and timely evaluation is always the standard of care.

Our experienced and qualified medical and chiropractic physicians provide a continuity of knowledge, philosophy, and care that would not otherwise be so immediately available at one center. When issues of more extended concern are recognized, we are there too. We have the ability to provide further direction to medical, surgical, and psychological specialists, while still maintaining an overall view, concern, and resource for our patients. Something that has been so easily and readily lost in modern health care.

Clinical Team

Wayne Lajewski, M.D.
Medical Director
Internal Medicine

Carmen Romano, D.C.
Chiropractic Director
Chiropractic Sports Physician

Gerald F. Milazzo, D.C.
Chiropractic Physician

Jared M. Gunn, D.C.
Chiropractic Physician

John McEvoy, D.P.M.
Podiatric Medicine and Podiatric Surgery

Erin Davidson, DPT ATC
Physical Therapy Director

Michelle Patellis, R.D. , C.N.S.D.
Registered Dietitian

Lisa Ospina, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Jackie Schuyler, MPT
Senior Physical Therapist

Kristen Klacik
Office Manager

Cynthia Raith
Assistant Office Manager

I originally found Madison Medical after meeting a Captain in the Army (former Doctor at Madison Medical) that offered to help me with a knee injury that was obtained when I was in the Army.

Once he left the practice I met Dr. Lajewski who is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army and a Internist. Dr L as he is referred as, became my primary care physician and he really cares and takes care of me like no other doctor ever has!

When I injured my shoulder and ha the Slap repair performed by Dr. Hunt (see the previous article Bedminster Orthopedics) I already knew about Madison Medical’s facility and it was a no brainer!

Erin Davidson became my physical therapist and she really knows her stuff! For a tiny girl she has really strong hands and a sharp elbow lol. Don’t underestimate her! If she can dig her hands in and make me wince in pain she can do the same to you.

Upon returning to Dr. Hunt for checkups he was amazed at my recovery progression and I owe most of that to Erin (you have to do your homework exercises and stretching!!!!).

They use a mixture of stretching, deep tissue massage, electro stim (see my article: ismart 2), infrared, ice and heat packs, weights, handbike, body bars, body blade and other equipment! It’s the multi process approach that really does the job!

The exercise progression and stretching was set forward by Dr. Hunt, but they delivered and tweaked the plan due to my accelerated progression.

I also have my blood work done there and analyzed by Dr. Lajewski or Lisa Ospina.

I have also used the services of John McEvoy who is a great Podiatrist! I have flat feet and went in complaining of pain just below my toes (in the area where women in high-heels puts all their weight) he immediately said I know what your problem is! You need orthotics and sneakers that are fitted directly for your feet (see my article: the Running Company) so Dr. McEvoy made me custom molded orthotics, but the pain was still there for the next 2 months and POOF! It was gone! I had him order 2 pairs, one for my running shoes and one for my Military boots.

They even have a great Chiropractic service (as I have been told by other patients) as a martial artist and weightlifter I regularly stretch my entire body and at this time I do not need a Chiropractor. If I did it would depend on my location, if I was close to Madison I would go here and see Carmen. If I was close to Teaneck I would go see my friend Dr. Pete Gratale (see Power-Centering/Core Masters article)

One of my friends visited the Dietitian: Michelle Patellis and told me she is really nice and helped him get his diet on track. He lost quite a bit of weight under her care.

I also don’t use this service, as a Master Fitness Trainer with 20+ years experience and nutritionist/herbalist I know what to do, it’s just a matter of doing it lol,

Now, that brings me to the staff!! What can I say…

They are all amazing!!! Each and every one of them is sooo nice! I like them all!

The front desk staff is really nice and they try as hard as they can to make you the best appointment to fit your schedule and sometimes they even squeeze me in and move me around when I miss my appointment.

Michelle (the vampire as I call her) is usually tasked to draw my blood and I usually never even feel it! After my surgery my muscle went down and my body-fat skyrocketed and it was super hard to find my veins and still she hit it every time without fail and usually without pain! She’s awesome!

The medical assistants are cool, unfortunately they tend to change over time, but they are usually smiling and well attentive to your care.

The office staff is really nice and I often converse with them for quite some time.

Overall this place is the best I have ever been to. Would I recommend it to a friend? I recommended to my father, so yes I would!

If you are in NJ and are in need of their services take the drive and go see them! Tell them I sent you 😉

Running & The Running Company of Morristown NJ

Ok so I have been having pain in my feet right at the spot where ladies that wear high heels put their weight, just below the toes. If I run I get shin splints and my calves tighten so bad.

1st thing I did was see a podiatrist named Dr. McEvoy and he is at Madison Medical in Madison.

Madison medical is an awesome facility! They have an Internist Dr Lajewski (who is also a LTC in the Army) a Podiatrist, a chiropractor and a full physical therapy center. I went there for rehab after my shoulder surgery and Dr. Lajewski is my primary care Doctor.

Anyway, Dr. McEvoy said 1. I have flat feet (which I knew) and he said I know where you have pain and he did! He said its because my big toe isn’t firing properly and I need orthotics. He took a mold of my foot and I will receive the orthotics in 2 weeks (I’ll review that after I get them here at this post)

Ok now off to The Running Company in Morristown.

I saw a posting on yelp by Heather Lee H.

I’ve always had trouble with shin splints and have never gotten my needs addressed before like the way I had when I came to the running company. The manager (Ryan) that helped me explained in detail why I needed the type of shoe I purchased after he analyzed my stride, foot and muscle structure. He was able to provide me with quite a few options and I tested them out on the treadmill to make sure they felt good and fit properly. That afternoon, I wore my new shoes and was able to run about three miles with no lower leg pain or ache. I received thorough, personalized service and am now a loyal customer. Now I can look forward to more consistent training and hopefully a few races this year!

Thanks for the review Heather! BTW your profile pic is hot!! Haha

Anyway, I saw this post and I had similar problems as her so I decided to go and find Ryan! I got there and he was helping someone and he asked me can I help you, I asked him his name he said Ryan, I said oh perfect I’m here to see you! His response was I hope you aren’t going to beat me up lol. I said no I just need your help.

He properly sized me, then picked out a Brooks running shoe, which actually felt great! I was sized and fit by Sneakers Unlimited in Pompton Plains (needless to say they are out of business)

I was wearing a pair of Asics running shoes which he said were too wide and had corrective action built in that by analyzing my running on the treadmill he didn’t think I needed. One problem I have with sneakers is my feet spill over the outside of the sneaker.

The Brooks he first put me in doesn’t have that problem at all! He then put me in Nike, New Balance, Asics and Saucony. The Brooks felt the best! Even without my custom Orthotics.

So I put on the Brooks and he had me run the treadmill, he said that for a big guy I was very light on my feet and was running on the balls of my feet like I should instead of running with a heel strike. He also said that my feet were striking evenly with a slight twist on my right foot, but my orthotics should correct that. He also told me to come back after I get them if I want.

He also added that if they feel different or bad after I get the orthotics bring them back and we will figure something else out.

He even gave me a Military discount! The sneakers only cost me $90!! I was expecting to get raped for $150 or more because it’s a small specialty store.

Surprisingly, all of their shoes on the rack were cheat priced!

They also sell running clothes and accessories.

Furthermore; they also have organized free running groups and events.

Go here! Especially of you are military and are forced to run, and aren’t a running enthusiast, they will help you succeed!

Another tip: my podiatrist was against barefoot running and barefoot running shoes: vibrams and minimus type footwear he said (no lie) he had 5 people today alone with foot fractures from those shoes and not to wear them.

If you are into this type of footwear the Running Company has them! They have all kinds of brands! I even saw a pair of brooks shoes like that. Whatever your desire or needs the Running Company has it!

If you are a serious Running Enthusiast your needs and desires will be exceeded!

Go here!!

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