Dr. Bookspan's Projects for Smart Readers
"Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome."
- Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English Author (don't worry, just get started!)
CHOOSE a fun project - Scroll down or click projects in the list below to go directly to each.
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Project 1 - Be In My New FIX NECK PAIN book
Project 2 - Create New ACADEMY logo
Project 3 - Write Rhymes and Rhythms for Remembering
Project 4 - Be In My Book for New Parents
Project 5 - Open our RESORT! Make a simple beautiful healthy place, where people learn real health for a better world.
Project 6 - Save money on Dr. Bookspan's top Workshops by running them at your location.
Project 7 - Get valuable and free feedback and instruction by sending your photos and videos doing and teaching BOOKSPAN BASICS.
Project 8 - Take Dr. Bookspan's methods on the road as my Traveling Knight filming and teaching The Fitness Fixer™ and the Fixa U™ REALITY SHOW.
Project 9 - Free Wiki DVD of Healthy Fitness
Project 1. Appear as role model (or photographer getting your work noticed, or both) in a new book I am working on - fixing neck pain:
1. Take photos and short movies. You keep all photo credit.
2. Re-shoot the sample photos, below, and add your own ideas. Sample photos are from stock photo sites and Creative Commons. I'd rather have you, the real readers with your real success stories.
3. Take side by side "wrong" and "fixed" photos. Be so clear that someone who never heard of these concepts can see it for themselves.
For example, here is a well-done set from my Academy student Nahy Milad Bassil:
4. Be funny, be wise, be real (no schtick).
5. If you add captions or thought bubbles to your photo, do it in a layer that can be moved or edited. I will make one format for all, using your ideas to let me see which work best.
6. For photos, take color high resolution 300dpi file size - half a meg, to a meg or less. I will make web photos from them for the eBook. For movies, make short short digital movies in small file size so readers can have instructional movies right in their eBook!
7. E-mail them to me, or put everything on your photo sharing site and send me the link.
go have fun!
forward head vs neutral neck when looking
forward head when
reaching up. Hurts the neck and shoulder.
Take "wrong" and" fixed" comparison photos of the same action
Comparison of known
neck pain with activity thought of as healthy and fit and stopping pain because
Do all the different sports and rehab exercises you want, with this idea.
All three show common
neck over-pinching/craning habits when looking up.
Make photos of side by side photos of craning (bad, above) vs lifting from chest and neutral neck (good) instead
Pretty good - lifting
not from chin, but entire upper back, and relaxed
Take new side by side photos of craning (bad - three examples in previous photos) vs lifting from chest and neutral neck (good) instead
the neck back/ creating a postural spondylolisthesis when drinking.
Make photos of both bad and fixed - drinking and eating
A fun shot to remind people to notice other people
Lovely relaxed cooking.
Make a "bad" and "fixed" comparison pair of photos
oh boy. More unhealthy
yoga for done for health.
Make as many shots that you want of yoga (and other so-called health activities) doing the opposite of claimed, plus the fix.
Project 2. Your Artistic Talent Featured - Design the Academy Logo.
Currently we use this:
Send your ideas to Dr. Bookspan for a strong visual logo. You retain named credit. May include all or any of:
Academy name: Academy of Functional Exercise Medicine
Informal Name: Fixa U (tm)
Motto: Currently "Making Medicine and Exercise Healthy for People and Communities"
Incorporate Academy ideals: Brains, brawn, common sense, lamp of learning, world care and scope.
Logo Ideas: Enclose it in a Seal, as idea at left (maybe laurel leaves is better?), Free Form, as at right, or other ideas you have.
Click here to see the winner who designed the AWARDS logo below- First Winner - International Academy of Functional Sports Medicine Logo Design. Be next to add your talents to AFEM - Dr. Bookspan's international Academy that works for world health.
Got Rhyme Disease? People remember better through song. Make memorable rhythms, poems, and rhymes teaching people to bend, reach, walk, move, exercise and live, and avoid neck and back pain from cyber-myalgia in healthy ways:
1. Using Dr. Bookspan's methods, write short instructions for a topic, for example, how to remember good bending, how to tuck to neutral spine, how to prevent disc injury, why to use functional movement rather than isolation exercise, and so on. Also good - ironic observations on unhealthy health care.
2. Make a poem or song. Spoof a Nursery Rhyme. Perform rhymo-plasty. Haiku! Go all out and make a music video if you want. Make them right, make them funny. Extra credit for rap and limericks (clean only) that accurately describe healthy ways to move and live.
3. For songs, write your own music or set it to the melody of a known song (with credit and/or apology to the writer).
4. If you're a beat-boxer, make non-verbal inspired rhythmic movies that show concepts in fun healthy memorable ways.
5. Don't post anything on-line or in any public forum without first sending to me for approval. Don't use my name or name of any of my work without direct permission. That would be wrong.
1. Be a role model and success story at the same time you help yourself: Get the same photos you'd take every day any way - daily love with baby.
2. New parents bend and lift constantly all day. Done right, it's functional exercise. Bad bending and overarched overhead lifting make pain and you lose the built in exercise you could have gotten - Take photos of functional happy health:
3. Take photos of all the things you are encountering as new parents:
lifting from floor
lifting from changing table
carrying on front, back, side, hip
your good ideas
4. Take photos of the old bad painful way of bending and lifting wrong - and the new healthy way. I will give you helpful feedback so you can learn skills directly and at no charge. I will put them together for side by side photo comparisons, captions and instructions for new parents. You can preserve anonymity with side views and hat on baby if you prefer (privacy and all that)
5. Take side by side "wrong" and "fixed" photos. Be so clear that someone who never heard of these concepts can see it for themselves.
6. Here are baby clothes I made that show a few of the concepts. They are available on CafePress if you want to get them or just see them.
Project 5. Healthy Health Resort. Also Human Powered Electricity - the JoliElectric (JolieLectric?) Project
It is backwards to burn coal and fuels to power exercise equipment, and to lift artificial weights when there is so much to do in real life - Obscenely backwards. It makes sense (and dollars) to burn the calories to light and restore the world. Yet fitness and medicine have become fast food - sugared up, little real content, not healthy.
Solution: Create a beautiful simple Center where people come to learn real health, get better, fitter, happier, gain job skills, and leave. Clean, real health. Grounds with pond and trees and outdoor space for attendees to learn healthy ways to live, train, good body mechanics for daily bendingand lifting, have fun, plant healthy gardens and eat the results.
Even more interesting- we can make human (and solar) electricity for power and light. I am also working on wind-up electricity and power for many simple uses #YouHeardItHereFirst. It does not have to be true that “Turning Sweat into Watts” makes "no economic sense." Laughing children pushing merry-go-rounds that pump village water is healthy for body and sprit. There is far more to "economic sense" than dollars of profit. I have many useful modalities to do this.
I can bring you a world-class program attracting top physicians, health instructors, and good people who want to fix their pain from all over the world. Beach location? I will add snorkeling/ swimming/ scuba diving. We return fitness and medicine to health. No fake glamour - we don't preach simple and build a megachurch. No silly artificial fitness wearing spandex. Green Fitness is the New World Peace. How about at your University, Sailing ship, or center?
What you can do
- Donate or help find or build, and run the center. I am a scientist - no sales or marketing knowledge or desire. I do the work as Medical Director. Add your talents. It takes a village. All get healthy, guided, pain relief and honest exercise while making the world a better place as people come and fix their pain and learn healthy strong ways.
- I can run World Congresses and seminars for physicians and others to learn these methods and fix their own pain. People can attend from all over the world.
- Engineers needed to design / make simple foot and hand crank lights (called "arm ergometry" when you pay to go to a gym or rehab facility to exercise your shoulder) and set up solar, wind-up, and other healthy energy, even powered by playground fun. When guests come to our World Human Powered Health Resort, they can crank to turn on their room lights, or pedal to belt-run their ceiling fan (charging the solar, wind (or other) battery/capacitor) for fans while sleeping too. Swings and common playground apparatus for health instead of gym machines - for exercise and to power some of the rest of our 'resort' - I call this the JoliElectric Project. This does not have to be a finished project before guests come. You will be in charge of the grad students and interns who will come for the chance to volunteer on this important work
- I am looking into Tax exempt and grant possibilities. Contact me if you have knowledge and ability to make this happen.
- Kinds of places - old stone and log farmhouse / schoolhouse, old stone church, rambling ranch, Asian retreat, simple buildings for learning and health, open space for classes and airy sleeping accommodations, visiting instructors and students, acres of grounds. Space for music room, sewing room, woodworking, crafting, cooking, gardening, library, more. How about your hot springs, sailing vessel or cruise ship? Your idea here - e-mail me through this page.
- This can be the location of the Academy and a world health project center, affectionately called Fixa U.
- Keep it fun. Keep your sense of humor for names, places, and outlook for this great project - Project 5.
I am the first to put Healthy Fitness programs on cruise ships. Previously, no one thought of resorts and cruising for activity.
I want to do this while I'm alive. After that, pretenders will spring up and do the opposite of my work and make a buck on it. I have left written instructions (including this) that no one can teach my work for money, who didn't get it correctly and directly with me, and after that, no programs at all depending how well you all do. Things get lost in translation. My Mom studied personally with Joe PIlates when she was a Martha Graham dancer. She told me what he really said - no semblance to what it is degraded to now.
Si post fata, venit gloria non propero
(if you have to die to be recognized (have glory), I'm not in a hurry ~ An epigram by Martial)
Check back HERE as I build plans for your resort. Send your ideas.
For years, people have traveled from all over the world to come to my workshops at Temple University in Philadelphia - a fun city and nice trip for participants, and to medical conference where I am a speaker. Students usually paid much for flights plus hundreds more to hotels, restaurants, and taxis. A single hotel room night typically cost more than the class. Instead of 10-15 people each paying flights, hotels, meals, and travel expenses, have top workshops, fix your pain, earn valuable certification and job skills, and still save much by bringing me and Paul to you.
We keep class size small for personal attention. We bring my presentations and most equipment, and provide certifications to those who qualify. Once courses are set, I can list them on my CLASS page to assist you. You supply an inspired place for the classes, travel, and respectful honorarium. Physicians, medical groups get tax deductible educational/ conference opportunity.
How to do it:
- Get a free class or make money setting up worthwhile workshops. Organize a class of 10-15. You arrange to bring us to you.
- Run a cruise week. Contact a cruise line to set up a nice week at sea. I give enjoyable workshops onboard. I was the first to run entire onboard ship fitness programs, back when it was said that "no one wants to exercise on vacation." Here are rare photos from the first cruise ship programs I developed. Here's a Fitness Fixer about some of Parcours (from Fitness FIxer, you need your Back button to return here).
- Doesn't have to be a group. Private and semi-private instruction is possible, as above.
- Your cool ideas welcome.
Project 7. Demonstrate Dr. Bookspan's BasicsBookspan Basics are short fun drills to retrain fundamental movements to be healthy.
Six functional fitness training drills are currently taught on my BOOKSPAN BASICS page. More will be added.
How to do it:
- Send in your videos or still photos of doing or teaching any or all. I will give you helpful feedback at no charge so you can learn skills directly and at no charge. I will put the best ones on the BOOKSPAN's BASICS page to benefit all with credit to YOU.
- Trainers send in your stories of how you use these great training drills in your programs.
- Doesn't have to be a group. Send photos and videos of yourself or you teaching another person.
- Your cool ideas welcome.
Project 8. REALITY SHOW Dr. Bookspan's methods
Take award winning health on the road - we're making a fun, fast, real life show. All the fun and health of The Fitness Fixer™ and the Fixa U™ and my other work.
I am looking for the right people who successfully use my work for their own health, to take my innovative methods to families, workplaces, schools, communities, and beyond.
How we'll do it:
- Film short structured clips of yourself doing simple sincere makeovers like a traveling knight.
- Examples: Retrain healthy movement and integrate strength, health, weight control, function into people's daily work and home lives, school programs, teaching digging mechanics at community gardens, municipal water reclamation projects, for day laborers, office workers, and others.
- Heal the world one makeover at a time through good work like the Lone Ranger, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, The Dog Whisperer, The Nanny, Weed Dating (social networking through group gardening events) and Pay it Forward wrapped up in one.
- Intelligent caring real life is more fitness than yelling while heavy people trudge with bad mechanics on treadmills.
- Networks - are you interested in making this your next hit show? It's here - Dr. Bookspan's trademarked work.
Reader Sandra wrote:"Hi Dr. Bookspan:
I would love it (as I'm sure countless others would) if you would produce and make available workout DVD's for healthy and safe weight lifting, cardio and yoga workouts. Since reading your material I've been dismayed at how many fitness DVD's are in my library that have potentially injurious exercises. Just a suggestion, and thank you for your time
Readers, here's how to make this happen and be part of something wonderful:
- Using my methods, make a short mpeg video - 30 seconds is fine, showing how to change one injurious move to normal healthful movement, and how you use it yourself for functional movement in real life.
- Nothing artificial or pretentious. No awful music needed. Silence is golden. Maybe some funny sound effects, tastefully done. No spandex; all real life.
- If you can insert arrows showing where the change is being made, all the better.
- No words, so international users can enjoy - make it universal.
I will post it as a success story on this web site, a free educational site. I will make this wonderful large "wiki" DVD, available to all, including the many in the world who cannot pay for DVDs. It is more than just a collection of random exercise videos, but explains the real science, with links to related articles, and how it is not just exercise but real function and better life.
Instead of getting a long-winded DVD of just old me, and having to pay, you get all the real-life successes - the real people who learned, were inspired, and made their lives better. You have no production or hosting costs, no entry fees, and you get your DVD without having to pay. I will do the work to put it all together and give you the credit.
It is fun for you, and a benefit to the world. When you send your video (movie, whatever they are called these days) indicate where on my site you prepared it for, and how it will fit well. Don't post anything publicly without checking with me first, thanks
Send Your Projects to projects @ DrBookspan DOT com
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