This is aimed at anyone who like me, is struggling to keep going or even start.
My current drum rig is a stretch and physically very demanding, aches and pains in my mind have always been part and parcel of the job and see it as normal over the last 20 years. I have regular chiropractor visits off tour but it’s more about containment than a fix.
I put **** NO!! In the comments block… I really didn’t enjoy it and it felt like a sad realisation that age is creeping and I’m not the fit kid I was anymore.
A day later I did it again and found myself laughing in disbelief on how much I could attempt the exercises and not lie there like a full laundry bag feeling sorry for myself! It was like some weird magic?! What the hell is this? How can I move more than I did two days ago? And why in two sessions can I move more freely and get out of bed not hobbling around to get started.
Everything in just a few sessions feels open, and last night in Oslo, it was the first time in years I’ve played a concert and not had to put biofreeze, heat creams all over myself!! I did a couple of the key stretches before the three hour show and I came off stage feeling like I could do it again, the travelling even feels easier on my spine and neck, my mind is completely blown.
The left pic is before SMM with lower back and knee pain.
Right is 12 weeks in... Didnt do the retest because i knew it is working :D
My spine straightened a lot and i have no back or knee pain anymore. Also my strength in squats and deadlifts literally exploded. I'm happy and can recommend it!
Some excersise are still really hard and in full regression. But slowly and surely things are improving my pain is down to almost nothing, just struggle first thing after sleeping. But sleeping is good, mood is lifting and I continue to try and get through all the excersise but only done the full round twice in 10 weeks.
Osteophytic bars in my back and neck
There is no doubt that SMM has enabled me to run again and kept me injury-free for the last 6 months as I have ramped up my training.
I am now 9 classes back and making steady progress back to full fitness. I can only credit the support and enhanced knowledge I have gained from purchasing the programme.
Throughout the 7 long-arse and frustrating months I have learnt so much and will continue to practise all skills acquired in a bid to avoid / prevent future injury.
I cant recommend the programme enough and will continue to praise you both and promote your programme to all.
I had felt I was falling apart before SMM. Everything hurt, ached, twinged.
Over 6 years of not being able to exercise, a slipped disc, nerve pain, dislocating shoulders, a broken arm and the utterly cruel menopause made me feel like a broken woman. Now I am an AMAZON!
I cancelled my gym membership which killed me and over the months iv been watching Tom and Jenni and doing some of the movements which really helped.
Signing up to SMM and doing the movements as they should be has resulted in me doing an assisted deep squat and unassisted lunges today.
Still a long way to go but feeling so positive and confident I can get back to how I was!
Happy Saturday everyone from sunny Wales and big cwthes to Tom and Jen!
Well 6 months ago I called an ambulance due to my back going. For 4 months nothing worked.
I started SMM 2 & 1/2 months later this is me climbing Cadar Idris up the scramble.
Was hard to trust my body as it was it’s first real test and it was interesting that as I progressed I felt more confident, and since this photo I feel my physical abilities are maybe 95% back to normal now my brain trusts my muscles again.
Cheers Tom and Jenni, legends!
I’m so impressed. I’ve suffered lower back issues for years from cycling, or so I thought. Thanks to Tom for focusing my mind on multiple historic injuries that I haven’t actually recovered from, more the rest of me is compensating for them. Each time I do some or all the programme I’ve no issues for several days, thank you.
I also smashed my personal best on alpe d’zwift because I think it allowed me to use my leg power from releasing my hip flexors. Just a theory but I’d been making no progress for a year.
Last week I reported that I ran a PB for 5k (36.25) after just a week of SMM - It wasn't a fluke!
Years of stretching, foam rolling, doctor's visits, trying every mobility program under the sun. Nothing was able to provide what SMM did so effortlessly: immediate results and the confidence in my ability to finally overcome my aches, pains, imbalances etc. to feel healthy and strong again.
Most of all, finding this programs saved me hours and hours of doings things that I was never really sure would work.. and it turned out they didn't.
The Simplistic Mobility Method is exactly that: simplistic. No fluff, no unnecessary baggage, just amazing drills that will give you the foundation for whatever your training might be.
And yet, Tom delivers his message in such a light-hearted and humorous way that his content is equally uplifting as effective.
Plus his support shows that he deeply cares about your success. And yes, he IS incredibly nice to look at."
I've had 1000's of hours researching what exercises are best to try and get rid of the pain and this program removes all that research and gives you the best set of exercises to remove instability that you can find.
This isn't a paid advertisement. I'm just happy with someone actually offers and awesome product.
And I did my first triathlon yesterday! It was only a 5k run in the tri, but no niggles... and after trying EVERYTHING all summer... I'm over the moon! THANK YOU!!!
I realised from my test photos my shoulders were rounded and my head was forwarded, but I hadn’t even registered how tight there were... I got into SMM to fix my hips and knees!!
I've been to so many MDs and Physical Therapists over the years without much result. Your program gets it right!
I turned 50 this year and I'm now feeling more agile and stronger than I can remember! Thank you!!
How can one round of those exercises make me feel so much better ?!?!
Truely fascintating, already hooked - thank you so much!
I’ve spent 5 years thinking I’m just a bit shit at it, but liking it too much to quit ...except for when my knee pain became too bad and I did actually quit for a year!
Then lockdown happened.... and I discovered Tom Morrison in August 2020.
At that point I couldn’t even squat clean an empty bar, let alone with decent form or technique because I was so scared of the pain in my knee.
This picture was taken last night... I then went on to do 42 squat cleans at this weight (35kg). No knee sleeves!
Not only that but after 5 years, 1 month and 16 days of my love/hate relationship with CrossFit, I can finally string double unders together 🙌🏼🙌🏼
I honestly wouldn’t be at this point now without SMM!
Hopefully you don't have to suffer a training mishap before you use the exercises. Needless to say, you will FINALLY learn about your weak areas, needless to say you will "feel" being worked.
And results a lot quicker than you will expect. Myself, shoulders, mid/upper back extreme tight. After 2 weeks, more mobility than I have ever had, especially in my shoulders. No where near where it needs to be, but a vast improvement.
A added benefit? I draw free hand. With my shoulders loosening up, more mobility has transferred to my hand...sooo it moves more freely, not "herky jerky", more under control. Who knew?
You yourself can expect some added benefits as well.
Lie on my left side in bed at night
Get out of said bed in the morning...then proceed to walk without looking like a cripple.
Reach for the loo roll that might be behind me rather than on the holder
I can reach the bottom shelf in the supermarket
Sit crossed legged
Run up a flight of stairs without my knees collapsing.
Got help from an Osteopath after showing Tom my wonky and incredibly painful kickstand squat...which led to getting increased mobility in my arthritic right hip. I can now finally do a deep lunge (a bit nippy) but hey can't have everything! So pleased that I got the Splits and Hips programme! I don't care if I can't do it, dammit im going to try...I'm in for the long haul.
Thanks Tom Morrison, Jenni and everyone who has commented and encouraged me.
I was referred to physiotherapy, but made small or little progress. I was still in pain daily, in movements, in sitting, everywhere I move I was in pain.
I took the plunge into SMM early this year after coming across Tom and Jenni’s posts and videos and started my own research and reading on rehab and experimenting.
Around into my 4th month of SMM, I am super surprised that I made good recovery. Now, I am almost pain free in my hips. I’ve gotten stronger to proceed onto more weights stuff even. It’s a good, well-rounded program I can’t praise it enough really. It works.
I’ve multiple injuries and am hyper mobile, so that kind of complicated things, but with the results now, I can testify that, being strong in your movements is so so important (flexibility+strength). I needed more strength while appreciating the flexibility. Probably that’s how I got injured the first place.
Give yourself time, be patient, trust the process. Of course, my circumstances may be different, but hope this sharing brings hope! Take care! A shoutout to Tom Morrison and Jenni Sanders for being that lifesaver!
Had I not done this I would be crippled, or on toxic medicatins.
I'm on top of the world and will continue Tom's program. It's gentle, I can do at my pace, he shows right/wrong how to do. I ave become stronger and stronger, more flexible and painless (within a small degree).
CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH TOM MORRISON!
Now after having used the system consistently over the past months I can attempt moves such as the OHS with confidence, greater weight and far better form than I ever had before.
For me at 58 years old, being injury free is a paramount concern and I can honestly say that since using SMM my incidence of injuries has pretty much disappeared.
This really does work!!
I have spent most of my life as an athlete and although I was naturally "athletic", agility and mobility was something I struggled with a lot and it made me very injury prone, as I have come to realise that I favoured the left side of my body and it caused quite a big functional difference between my left and right leg.
I started going to the chiropractor this year end of April this year with a functional difference - my left leg was half an inch shorter than my right. This may not seem alot...but it affected the mobility of my hips and I have not gone through a training session boxing or playing football in the last 5 years without pain in my left knee.
SMM absolutely works - and what I will say is this, listen to your body and if you feel like you want to do additional reps...do it! Do them mindfully as best as you can, some days I find myself dragging my feet but once I get into it, you get into the groove of it!
The important thing is to be kind to yourself, be patient. What we are doing here is not a quick fix (although it can be for some and that is amazing!!) and our mind-body connection is an ongoing relationship.
This program has taught me so much about my own biomechanics and I am excited to return as an elite athlete with much greater mobility and agility.
You have got this SMM fam - sending you all my love!!!
I wish I had found the programme before my back surgery as I am questioning whether or not I would have ever needed it. But it is what is it and I can’t go back.
3 days and I can move my neck without my shoulders and torso coming along for the ride. Stairs are great now as well, I can walk up them without screaming.
This is all doing the program modified, can't wait to see what I'm capable of when I can move like Jenni!"
Bulging disc in lower back and had epidural. Hip pain and knee pain. Started this and I feel much freer and hip pain nearly non existent now. Yippeee!!!!"
I’ve now been for 2 hour lake swims and it’s all been good! Bit achy but I can rotate my shoulder, no pain when swimming, no pins and needles, I can turn my neck better and I can walk out instead of crawl because my back hasn’t locked up.
I’m feeling much more positive about continuing swimming and lifting x
My friend and I had a giggle with the camera whilst swimming!
Overuse and imbalance left me hardly able to do the things I did a couple years back (more than a couple!).
Thankyou Tom and Jenni, I am looking forward to being balanced again.
If this would only grow hair now.
12 months on, using SMM pretty much daily (plus other snippets from Tom) I represented my County in the Intercounty Fell Running Championships!
Thanks so much Tom. Truly, incredibly grateful to you."
And one of the main reasons I started SMM last April was not only that I was in a lot of pain in day-to-day life from sciatica, but I knew I was about to embark upon a year-long teacher-training course in autumn, and didn’t feel at all physically equipped to do so. I felt broken.
Anna Maria Galan
But I did it. Feeling tired and achey but NO BACK PAIN and no other issues during the course!
I can't believe how my body feels this morning. I was expecting to feel stiff and in pain all over, but I'm feeling pretty good. I will be doing SMM later this morning to see how it all feels. Mr. Tom Morrison
My body has never felt this good in the lead up to and during competition.
Thanks for your help!"
My daughter is a fanatical dancer and has suffered severe pain in her hips, back, knees, feet and thighs over the past year.
We are working through the 'normal' X-Rays, Physio and scans with little progress so far.
One hour with you, Mr Enthusiasm, working on her mobility (and perhaps more importantly, her education) proved illuminating.
An immediate reduction in pain, and improvement in balance, and a much greater understanding of the interaction between strength, flexibility and dancing longevity = life-long happy dancing!!!
Thank you soo much! xx"
Tom Morrison comes along and boom, I’ve competed in strongman comps, been running and I’m pain free and move so much better.
Tom deserves happy endings forthwith rest of his life in my humble opinion!"
I can honestly say that my body has never been stronger or more mobile since starting The Simplistic Mobility Method"
Joost van Uitert
Now after two weeks 5 minutes a day I feel better than ever and 90& of my pain is gone.
Can't wait to see what more SMM will bring me.
Thank you so much for improving my life a whole bunch."
I weight train and train handstands. I have the most horrible right shoulder ever. But the program has already started to ease the pain.
Today I was training handstands, and for the first time ever felt a good burn in the middle of my back, which is typically a "dead zone" for me. I usually do everything with my neck and levators. Plus, my shoulders felt light and easy.
This was amazing and awesome. I am so very encouraged by this work and also by all the posts from you all following the program.
Thanks Tom Morrison for your teaching!"
I’m a regular 47 year old stay at home mum and I do CrossFit. I started when I was 40 and it’s a huge part of my life.
Over the past few years I have not looked after my mobility so it has slowly decreased so much so that now I have discomfort walking for any length of time (which is a pretty basic requirement), single sided back pain & hip irritation on the same side being on the top of my list, but stupidly so, I have ignored all the signs and now I’ve ended up with terrible Sciatic pain.
Any fellow CrossFitter will understand how addictive this sport can be and it requires every muscle to work in synergy. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but as a female it is hugely empowering & it is amazing the things are bodies are capable of.
I started SMM last week and have been doing two sessions daily, straight away it highlighted all of my weak areas, the worst being the Kickstand Squat and lunges due to lack of ankle mobility & internal rotation due to rounded shoulders.
At first I found most of the exercises very stiff but was able to get through them, now a week on I can’t believe how much better I feel.
After listening to Tom's talk on “No one can solve this, only you” everything clicked into place: I’ve been spending wasted time on Glute activation drills when all the time my hip Adduction was the problem - lack of Adduction has ruined my knees, weakened my core, shut down one Glute and collapsed my foot arch.
I have a lot of work to do on re-levelling my pelvis before I can pick up a Barbell again, but there is no time like the present.
Thank you so much Tom and Jenni for all your hard work putting the videos together, I have managed to piece together the strengthening exercises I need to repair my body.
Now I have discovered SMM I can’t use age as an excuse, it just takes a bit longer to recover and you have to train accordingly... I may even be mobile enough to compete again!"
Elbows were barely past vertical pointing down [in front rack position], now they are more than half way to horizontal - what black magic is this ?!"
The material is put together in a way that everybody can understand. All of the exercises can be done almost anywhere as practically no equipment is needed!
No more endless foam rolling, band distractions or stretches that do nothing for the ROM - only pure quality movement. I would and am recommending this to everyone I know!"
It's so easy to follow, I like how the exercises lead into each other, helping you deal with your main issue while working on strengthening the body as a unit... as we all know "everything is linked".
Alongside the tutorials you receive, you also have access to the Facebook Group to discuss how you're getting on, or if you have a query - and Tom get's right back to you!
So for me, it's the best money I have spent on myself to keep my body mobile and pain free... go for it!"
Personally, I have experienced a big improvement in my mobility, my stability and my activation capacity. But beyond this and professionally speaking, the content has given me great assessment and programming tools.
My only problem with Tom and Jenni's videos is that the more I watch the more work I want to do and there is only 24 hours in a day! That and Jenni's fitness level is just irritating!"
So the more I looked into his page and history I realized I relate a lot to his history and thought I would give his SMM a try - considering all the weightlifting I’ve done in the past years has caused some extreme stiffness in my joints, especially shoulders and hips.
2 days into his SMM program and not only am I sore in places I have never felt lol, but I am more mobile in those areas after just 2 sessions!!! Can’t wait to see my form in the gym progress from this program!!! Definitely give it a try!!!!"
Sciatica starting to subside too!"
With having a really physical job and being self-employed too it's made such a big difference to me.
I don't even have to stretch everyday now and I'm pain free!
Opening my hips and improving my flexibility has been a game changer.
Thank you for all you do!"
It’s seriously amazing how much better it is making me feel, making me move better, and because I can move better and am hurting less and less each session - I swear it’s literally making me happier!
I was sold right away after the 1st or 2nd session of SMM. I used to do powerlifting so I thought I was real strong, yet some how the first few sessions of SMM actually got me sore in weird little places I never felt before!
So I knew if I’m getting sore from some of the things that I can literally get stronger off it.
Stronger off a mobility program?! No way?! Who would of ever thought that?!
So I ended up talking to Tom and he said that people usually do SMM first, and that End Range Training is the next step and is actually a lot more for strength.
Usually I’ll be very hesitant to buy a strength training program from anyone considering I’ve worked with people like Ed Coan, Stan Efferding, a lot of the original members of Big Iron (a legendary powerlifting gym & team), Dustin Reed, and many, many, many other top guys in the game in powerlifting … so what else could I learn from a non powerlifting person?!
Turns out a lot!! I swear even the End Range warm up is worth gold to me! And I’ve yet to do a lot of the End Range stuff, but you without a doubt WILL get your money’s worth for that program, guaranteed!
So I’m like "ok this guy definitely knows his stuff" so I looked at his coaching and at first I’m like "dang that’s kind of a bit of money", but I knew from what I already experienced with SMM and talking to him that it’d be worth it.
I’m already a week in to his coaching and wow am I impressed!!! For the value he brings I know longer think at all that his coaching is expensive.
I’ve worked with tons of great coaches and he is definitely amoung the best.
Especially when it comes to really helping you out and talking to you telling you what to do. You can tell he truly cares and puts time and effort into it!
I am EXTREMELY impressed and sometimes almost feel guilty that that’s all I’m paying him. Seeing big results already I’m not kidding I feel way better!
I can say with high confidence that anything you purchase from Tom you will not regret!!!
Thanks Tom for everything you’re amazing!!!"
2 hours digging the garden (which wouldn’t have been possible just last week) to taking these progress pics.
Excuse the jammies! I see a huge difference just in sitting with my legs crossed, and the best ever.... both arms on the floor for the deep lunge I've never been able to do that.
So glad I found this programme and I recommend it to everyone I speak to.
Can’t thank Tom enough for all the advise and information given in this group and to Jenni for her brilliant demonstrations of each exercise"