Jordan Metzl, M.D. is a doctor specializing in sports medicine, as well as an accomplished athlete — having completed 29 marathons and 9 Ironman competitions. His new book is The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies: 1,001 Doctor-Approved Health Fixes and Injury-Prevention Secrets for a Leaner, Fitter, More Athletic Body!. His work was showcased on the Today Show on March 15, 2012 by NBC’s Natalie Morales who participated in his IronStrength workout. Video below.

What is IronStrength? As revealed in the segment, this is a special workout combining strength training as well as cardiovascular training with the objective of strengthening the body’s muscles, bones, joints and ligaments to proactively prevent injuries that may occur. Many injuries are the result of a lack of muscular strength. Morales, who revealed that she had some injuries, was curious to find out more and took part in the IronStrength classes at Equinox gym in New York City. In an article she discussed her experience, and revealed the part of the routine she found most challenging and effective:

One thing I learned, I hate burpees! They are as bad as they sound. If you do only one exercise, this is the ultimate workout. It’s combination jump, squat, pushup, jump — and excruciating after several repetitions done quickly. The beauty of the burpee: It works every major muscle group and your heart too, requires no equipment and just a little space. Stuck in a hotel room somewhere? Try burpees for a few minutes and you’ll feel like a champ. Well, I got whipped during Dr. Metzl’s class, but know now what I really need to work on to stay strong and healthy.

Read the full article at Today.com


During the Today Show interview seen in the video above, Dr. Metz discussed common misperceptions and mistakes among athletes as well as those exercising to stay in shape. He said, “The key mistake as far as I see it as a sports medicine doctor is people don’t goal set. I know people watching on TV think, I’m home with three kids. I don’t have time for a work out. But give yourself a goal; ballroom dancing, the track.” He reiterated that this lack of goal setting was what he saw most commonly in his practice as he then addressed some common myths about exercise and injuries.

For more on the IronStrength workout routine, check out the video below, as well as the article at RunnersWorld.com

As noted, Dr Metz’s new book is is The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies: 1,001 Doctor-Approved Health Fixes and Injury-Prevention Secrets for a Leaner, Fitter, More Athletic Body!. As one who has had my share of injuries — years ago from competitive racewalking, and occasionally to this day — I have learned the hard way that it is vital to build and maintain muscle and joint strength. I was glad to see this important subject get some national attention. There’s nothing more frustrating than taking up exercise whether for weight loss, weight management or general fitness only to be sidelined. As they say, an ounce of prevention….

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