Big guys

Paul Adamson
December 10, 2017

This hunk of a guy came to see me in Highbury this week – he said he used to be a boxer but that now he worked as a model. He looked ready for both.

I used to do a lot of boxers (I was working next to a boxing gym). Then one day I decided that if I wanted to last as a therapist I was going to have to stop doing them. There are two problems with boxers. First, they weigh a ton (even the lighter ones feel as if they do). Second, they refuse to show when they're in pain. That makes giving them a massage feel like going 8 rounds with Mike Tyson. Now I steer clear of super middleweight and heavier.

As it turned out, massaging this boxer/model guy was a pleasure because since giving up the boxing, he'd turned his body into something much more supple. He still had impressive strength and power but he also had good range of movement, flexibility, 'give'. I'm always a bit in awe of those who can combine these qualities. 

Sometimes a pumped-up guy will walk through my door and I'll ask him: 'How big do your pecs have to be before you're satisfied?' Judging by the freakish results of professional bodybuilders, the answer sometimes is 'no such thing as too big'.

My usual advice to those who are heading towards muscle gigantism is to suggest they take up reading or chess. Anything to keep them away from the gym.

Let's dance
Get with the program
This crazy lockdown
Crunch time
The crazies
Life goes on
Surviving the lockdown
The beauty of scars
The Roaring Twenties
Truly, madly, deeply
Skin deep
Fat kids
Martial artist
Meet Rei Toska
Sperm alert
Pain is your friend
The spa massage
How to live to be 100
New year, new you?
The tan line
Back pain
Feeling relaxed?
How old is your heart?
Triumphing over injury
Tackling rugby
Belly watch (2)
La dolce vita
The best massage ever
Belly watch (1)
The London marathon
The mystery of darts
In praise of slow
Open water
The iPhone and massage
The swimmer's body
Happy with yours?
Cut the fat, Santa
The pre-flight massage
Thin people
Fat people
Kyphosis – the curved back
Massage and osteopathy
Torture and the foam roller
Let's dance!
The authentic voice
Killing a lobster
The way of all flesh
Lost in space
Fat but fit?
Let's do lunch
Andy Murray's hip
Stop making excuses
Brain power
Muscles maketh the man
And stretch...
Hocus pocus and mumbo jumbo
The sandwich generation
How we see ourselves
The pain paradox
The full body massage
The limits of massage
Men and their bellies
Reading the body
The dangers of sitting