I practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and having to stop training was a low point; every week I would ask Max if I could go back. I ended up having to stay off the mat for 9 months. The first day back was scary. I was finally off all pain medication and feeling great but petrified of screwing that up by being thrown funny. The biggest compliment I get is how strong I am. My jiu-jitsu is getting better because my body is at near peak performance. I can actually do techniques I’ve never attempted before because of my back/leg nerve injury. I’m excited that I’m getting better at jiu-jitsu and am thrilled to be training again. I recently received my purple belt.
Thank you Max, Mike, and Brian. Your hard work and encouragement on my behalf has given me my life back.
In the workshop he is not performing before us as an audience of consumer clients; he is addressing us as individual persons with integrity and potential for physical, intellectual, and spiritual development. Here is a man of uncommon natural physical endowments combined with an uncanny intuitive grasp of what is at the heart of all meaningful human intercourse telling us that we matter to him, and asking us to stand up and be counted as individuals who do matter. Anything less than my best effort will be an affront to this remarkable trainer and his desire for this workshop to make us all better, including himself. Max Shank has some access to ancient energies that graced martial arts in times past, and he has an uncommon aptitude for bequeathing that access to his apprentices.
By now you probably have surmised that I hold Max Shank in the highest possible regard. You may, however, wonder why I have gone around my elbow to get to my thumb in advising you of the nature and degree of my respect for this hen’s teeth rare trainer who has the innate genius and desire to combine the strengths of both a gifted athlete and the benevolent sage in one personality. I use the term sage advisedly because Max is only twenty-six years old, but has a knowledge base and wisdom well beyond his age. I am aware his human odyssey lies before him in which he will have to choose himself into being over against cultural giants who want to devour him as fuel for their own tunnel-vision appetites, sirens of fame and fortune that promise to dash his bountiful potential if he can’t coerce those closest to him to tie him to the mast, lotus eating supporters and groupies who can make him forget who he is and what is calling him home by expecting him to walk on water and pressuring him to conform to a humanity that requires him to settle for being less than he is in the name of market and profit. But, for now, Max has himself under control, in touch both with his humanity and ancient energies that make for a balanced personality and a distinctive, exceptional manner of training. He seems to be aware of his own strengths and weaknesses, and how to harmonize them with the personalities of his workshop participants in order to accomplish the desired, and often remarkable, results. To praise a trainer of this caliber with sound bytes, regardless of their effusive nature, would be faint praise indeed. I am not a betting man, nor do I have a family farm to wager, but I will bet all the money I brung with me that if you attend one of his workshops you will agree, plus you will be a better kettlebell practitioner, a better trainer, and a better person in the bargain.
I was referred to Max after a long and particularly unsuccessful year of physical therapy for shoulder and knee injuries due to trauma from skateboarding.
Right away Max was able to identify the weaknesses in my movements (using the Functional Movement Screen) that were contributing to my chronic pain and stiffness. In two sessions he had me confidently pressing a weight over my head (more than I had lifted in a year) and squatting deep without pain in my knee.He puts a lot of emphasis on teaching perfect form which helped greatly. Max keeps training simple, efficient and above all effective. He has an eye for what will be beneficial nothing superficial.
I really liked how approachable he was as a trainer. He understood that I was skater desperately trying to get back to pursuing my passion and he tailored a program to get me thrashing again.