Video Blog | Congruent Exercise is Here!


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CEO, founder, and architect of The 21 Convention, Anthony Dream Johnson is the leading force behind the world's first and only "panorama event for life on earth". He has been featured on WGN Chicago, and in the NY Times #1 best seller The Four Hour Work Week.    His stated purpose for the work he does is "the actualization of the ideal man", a purpose that has led him to found and host The 21 Convention across 3 continents and for 6 years in a row. Anthony blogs vigorously at and

5 Responses to Video Blog | Congruent Exercise is Here!

  1. Bird December 6, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Does Congruent Exercise include the Deadlift this time? I noticed in Moment Arm Exercise he did not include it. Lookin forward to the review.

    • Joe A December 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm #


      Moment Arm Exercise discussed the dead lift…modified versions of the DL were even shown as examples.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson December 6, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

      The better question to be asking is: should you be dead lifting in the first place?

  2. Bird December 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    Joe. Which page? Its not in the back section and I see mention of the Deadlift on the Congruent exercise for Glutes but nothing extensively covering the Deadlift.

  3. Joe A December 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    @ Bird

    I don’t have the manual in front of me at the moment, but Bill shows a modified stiff-legged deadlift as an exercise option, congruent for the hamstrings. Also, as you mentioned, a more traditional (albeit reduced range of motion) deadlift is shown as congruent for the glutes. As far as “extensively covering” the DL…well, what is extensively covered are the anatomical structures and the biomechanical considerations for loading them. The manual is not about “how to perform common exercises congruently”. Rather, it starts with the body and considers what is best…although, many “traditional exercises” were tweaked to become congruent. So, along the lines that Anthony mentioned, it’s not about how to DL safely…or coming up with a congruent way to DL…or how to DL properly. The inquiry begins with whether the movement is even necessary.

    I can say with confidence, that IF you start with the anatomy and look for the best/safest way to load the superficial muscular structures, you’d have a hard time making a case for picking a loaded barbell up off the ground. However, if you start with the tool (barbell) and look for the most effective way to use it, you most certainly could make a strong case for the DL. Moment Arm Exercise did a good job blending both the former and latter…considering the anatomy as the primary concern, however, attempting to address the needs with “traditional” tools. So, with the glutes, you end up with a DL motion from below the knees, lifting to almost-lockout (probably performed in a power rack with the bar loaded at the proper starting height).

    It will be interesting to see how Bill’s thoughts have evolved on some of these topics/movements (my book arrives tomorrow). I know mine have shifted drastically, in that I’m old now (32) and don’t give a damn about how much I can lift in any particular movement…

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