Matt Furey’s Combat Conditioning Review

Can Combat Conditioning - "The Amazing Exercise Program That Transforms Couch Potatoes into Super-Hero Fitness Machines!" Really do all it claims?

By Paul "Batman" J.O'Brien 

B.A., N.C.E.H.S., Dip. Acu., Cert Clin. IMed., Dip. Adv. OBB, Dip. CHM, M.AFPA., M.C.Th.A.

Matt Furey’s Combat Conditioning Review, here we go...I’m a huge fan of bodyweight exercise. I adore them. The human body is all you need to get in incredible shape – but in my opinion for what you pay Matt Furey, you’re getting ripped off. In my quest for knowledge I’ve easily spent over $3,000 on Matt Furey products and I can say unreservedly that I have been disappointed on every occasion. I feel they are not worth the money, and I suspect he knows this as he clearly states he offers no guarantees or refunds.

Furey claims he under hypes his products – I can't agree. Combat Conditioning offers you the bare minimum in bodyweight exercise – many of which are poorly shown. His instructions are skimpy and un-detailed, and the book is littered with adverts for his other products. Do bodyweight exercises work? Yes. 

Do the exercises taught in Combat Conditioning work? Yes.

Can you learn these exercises better elsewhere and for cheaper? DEFINITELY!

Should YOU buy Combat Conditioning? I wouldn't! A much better investment is Ross Enamit's work, particularly his encyclopaedia of bodyweight conditioning, Never Gymless. (I had the pleasure to read the older version of this called The Underground Guide...Never Gymless is the new updated edition, packed full with new routines and cutting edge principals)

Furey focuses on a “royal court” of exercises – the Bridge, The Hindu Squat, and the Hindu Push up – all excellent techniques, but I feel his poor instruction and form are not the way to learn them. Funnier still in his video series you can clearly see his poor conditioning. He demonstrates 100 squats and is so exhausted and out of breath by the end of it his subsequent instruction is near inaudible.

Performing the Hindu Pushup

Performing the Bridge

The cover of his book Combat Conditioning shows him standing in good physical condition in front of a water fall. What it fails to tell you is that this picture was taken when he was an avid follower of weight training. His current combat conditioned physique is significantly softer and consistently tee-shirt clad.

Since I originally wrote this review, Mr.Furey has removed the waterfall photo so I won't reproduce it here, that said the observent eye would do well to pay close attention to the covers of both books below... 

Anyways, back to the book...

Combat Conditioning…features 47 exercises, all of which are perfectly good. From my experience you can get far better instruction on them and a whole lot more in Ross Enamit's work. Furey provides some sample routines for various different goals. These seem very vague. Finally he provides a four page Q&A section where he discusses how long you should train for, how often and how many reps you should perform – in short it’s as many as you like and exercise when ever you feel like it.

In my professional opinion - This is a cop out.

As covered in my articles Isometric Contraction, Building Muscle Fast, and The Best Muscle Building Product …muscle responds to stimulus in three ways - it's gets bigger, smaller or stays the same size. That all important stimulus must be provided by increasing intensity and progressive overload. You can achieve this using bodyweight, but it requires applying leverage, a subject Pavel Tsatsouline covers in great detail in his bodyweight guide the Naked Warrior. Essential you place your body in ever increasingly difficult positions. Furey appears to have no knowledge of this principal.

Where other guides inform about principal, technique and theory, I feel Furey espouses jargon and dogma. Where others provided detailed exercise descriptions,I feel Furey provides half hearted outlines. Where others provide quality content, Furey seems to feel satisfied in producing snake oil, and in doing so does a disservice to some really good exercises.

Furey’s qualification comes from an early high school wrestling career and loose affiliations to some great athletes and coaches, several of whom have decried him as a fraud.

While Furey has done a great service by re-introducing many aspects of physical culture and some great old time exercsies and concpets to the masses (which is awesome), at the end of the day this is a review about the quality and value of his products.

End verdict – keep your money or better still invest it in a worthwhile training manual like Ross Enamit’s Never Gymless or Pavel Tsatsouline’s Naked Warrior.

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Matt Furey is a Disappointment Not rated yet
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johnny Not rated yet
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still debating Not rated yet
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Tom Eaton Not rated yet
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