INJURY PREVENTION, CONDITIONING, AND LONGEVITY FOR ACTION ATHLETES & AVERAGE JOE'S
TUFF LIKE YOU
As the title states, is a book about how tough You are capable of being, not just told from theory, but real life experiences of sweat and sometimes blood.
Any active person can benefit from understanding how skateboarders, BMX riders and other action athletes manage to keep rolling. Our playing field is concrete and steel. Imagine for a moment professional football played on concrete, with an aluminum ball and no pads. Might seem like an extreme comparison but if you've ever watched a skater negotiate a handrail down a set of stairs for hours, you'd understand the talent these athletes possess. From soccer to climbing, running to cycling, and ball sports, this is an informative read for all.
For the last few years I've collected notes and ideas for Tuff Like You, an introduction to the physical & mental world of real life doers and they're experiences. They requires the body and mind to take a new approach at what is considered "normal" use.
Our bodies develop unique conditioning methods for distributing impact, avoiding injury, healing and So Does Yours! Action athletes also challenge a constant state of setting small goals that often seem unattainable, only to meet and often exceed what was once thought impossible.
Tuff Like You goes beyond itself as a book on Health, Healing, Nutrition, and Conditioning. It's also a look at how everyday people find themselves overcoming, relearning and strengthening themselves in various ways. The intro is going to blow you away.
This is not a preachy book on health. Tuff Like You is a mix of real life experiences, facts, statistics, conventional medicine, alternative healing, mental health and self examining questions for the reader to ask themselves concerning their true strength.
My buddy asked me the other day "Hey dude, how much have you actually written?" After some thought, I told him "about 40%". I'm a sticky note fanatic as well as a stream of consciousness writer with several desktop folders full of random paragraphs. I'm a writer that literally will wake up in the middle of night, write down five words and go back to sleep. Tuff Like You is not written in a linear fashion. There is an Introduction and Conclusion but no beginning and end. Out of 130 pages, I would say 60 are ready for proofing. However, those pages will be chopped up and moved to appropriate chapters when the time is right. It's being created with chapters and sections.
You Okay? is a chapter devoted to the stories of local, am or pro skateboarders, BMX riders, snowboarders, rock climbers & triathletes. You'll get first hand insight, experiences from athletes such as pro skateboarders Silas Baxter Neal • Patrick Melcher • Fabrizio Santos, pro BMX riders Kevin Porter and Brian Kachinsky, pro skater / personal trainer Stephanie Person, snowboarder Ray Lang and many more. I've also discussed the publishing phase of Tuff Like You with legendary industry skater & entrepreneur Per Welinder (CEO Blitz Distribution) who just completed an amazing book titled Mastering Skateboarding. There's much anticipation as we look ahead to finding quality publishing. Personally I'm looking forward to passing the design, marketing, and publishing off to professionals who specializes in those areas. When Tuff Like You is complete, I'm ready for the follow up. I want to keep writing books for You!
A work in progress for sure! Notes, piles of magazines with my previously published articles and idea outlines everywhere. Many of the chapters are ready to go, just waiting for funding. The photo section is going to be epic!
The paperback copies will be ready early Spring 2012, April or May. Just in time for "get back in shape" season and a crazy book release party for all our fans !!.. and if you're wondering why I use "our" and "we", it's because although I'm the author, it's a team effort. The photographers, designers, interviewees, consultants are all a crucial part of the creative process!
Pledge or Die Kickstarter ! That's skater talk. With your help, we can meet our goal of $8,000 to finish the completed body of work. Tuff Like You requires photography, professional proofing, travel to interviewees, consultation, graphic design, branded materials included in the rewards and most importantly printing & shipping of the first run for publishers and independent distribution. The money pledged will help fund many areas in the making of the book. This book is more than just a story. It's a well gathered body of recounts, unique facts, personalities, photography and inspiration.
You can contact me personally with questions and even ideas. If I'm not skating, writing, researching, interviewing or any of that good stuff, lets chat. firstname.lastname@example.org or hit up the blog at facebook.com/TuffLikeYou
The Rewards mentions in the video have gotten sweeter!! Signed copies are now available to all Pledges $10 or more. Make sure you have a look at the Rewards, it's good stuff !!
Tuff Like You is a work in progress. Cover art is subject to change.
Special thanks to Fragile State for allowing use of the video music. They own all rights.
Cover Photo: Marlène Jeffré
Video: Soma Fuller
Photo Montage: Various photographers to be listed in publication. No copyright infringement intended.
•There are direct links to sites or twitter accounts below and to the right, including many of the featured athletes.
Yes! The cover is a work in progress. I did the cover and although having a background in graphic design, will have the cover designed professionally. I think it's okay to market presentation, but definitely need funding for a active designers perspective for the books actual cover!!!
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