TB12 or not TB12, that is the question.

September 24, 2017


I know next to nothing about football, but I do know the name and the legend of Tom Brady. Drafted 199th in 2000, Brady has risen to the top of his game and will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. He credits his success and longevity to a regimen that he has laid out in a new book, “The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance.


In “The TB12 Method,” Brady breaks down his approach to achieving and maintaining long term fitness. With lessons from his own training, he provides step-by-step plans that will help readers accomplish their own fitness goals. Included in the book are instructions, photographs, drills and case studies.


Some of the guidelines outlined in “The TB12 Method” are no surprise: a healthy diet with no refined sugar or other processed carbs, for instance. Other aspects of the approach are taken a step further. Everyone knows proper hydration is important, but, according to Brady and the TB12 Method, it’s even better when enhanced with electrolytes.


The TB12 tome also includes recipes so you can eat like Brady, as well. In an interview on CBS This Morning, Brady says nutrient dense smoothies are a big part of his diet. Ideally, they include a fruit, like blueberries, seeds and nuts, some electrolytes and protein powder.


Probably the most surprising part of Brady’s regimen is the rejection of weights in favor of resistance bands; according to the elite athlete, the bands help to create “pliability.” In the “TB12 Method” he explains dense muscles are stiff and more susceptible to injury, while pliable muscles are soft and more readily absorb the stresses and impacts that can take place in day-to-day life and in sports.


To his credit, Brady does qualify some of his claims; he will preface them, for example, with, “This is what works for me.” While some people might want to argue with some of those claims (or approach them with some circumspection), there is no arguing with Brady’s success, which he believes is a direct result of his TB12 Method.


For more information on the TB12 Method, click here.

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