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Foreword to Intrinsic Strength by Dr. Gary Gray, PT, FAFS

Understanding the "why" behind the "what" provides competence and confidence in our lives. Instead of just being told what to do, we appreciate and benefit greatly from being told why we should do something a certain way. The wisdom and beauty of Intrinsic Strength lies in the logical way Angelo Grinceri provides the why behind the what.

Angelo does a masterful job of presenting the truths and principles of how our human body functions, and from those principles develops powerful strategies that provide the foundation for the abundant techniques (movements/exercises) presented. As a result, we develop ongoing competence and confidence in what we are doing and in our own abilities because we are empowered with the "why" behind the "what".

Angelo presents his own personal journey from a period of training with artificial, isolated, non-functional exercises to authentic, integrated, and functional exercises that have transformed his body and therefore his life. Moving and feeling "like a lethargic uncoordinated moose", Angelo realized he needed a dramatic change. As a result he dedicated himself to learning and understanding everything he possibly could about our miraculous and wonderful human body.

Within that journey—which is ongoing for Angelo and for all of us—I had the privilege of getting to know Angelo as he studied Applied Functional Science® with us at Gray Institute®, ultimately becoming a Fellow of Applied Functional Science®. Not only did I grow to appreciate Angelo's incredible mind full of knowledge, but appreciated even more so his heart and spirit full of passion. The success of Intrinsic Strength is due to Angelo's experience with his own body, his openness with his own mind and his spiritual caring.

You will greatly appreciate Angelo's 10 Commandments of Intrinsic Strength Training®. They provide us a comprehensive summary of the principles and strategies utilized to justify his full-body, integrated, multi-directional approach to resistance training. Angelo presents a refreshing description of the body’s core, thus revealing that the core is everything from the nose to the toes and is influenced and developed through movements of the hands and feet simultaneously.

All the exercises presented in Intrinsic Strength allow for improving our ability to move and control our body, and are logically categorized to facilitate building and training desired muscle groups. Each grouping of exercises includes real life examples of the integrated movements, further enhancing our understanding of the "why" behind the "what". Each exercise is beautifully presented and illustrated with pictures, easy-to-follow descriptions, and a bonus section entitled Angelo's Advice. There is nothing better than to benefit from the personal experience of someone who is successful in what he does.

You will thoroughly enjoy Angelo's wonderful work of purpose and passion. You, too, will appreciate Angelo's wisdom, recognize the transformation of his body, and become thankful for his sharing from the heart. Because of Angelo's devotion and dedication, we all can experience this opportunity to "restore life to our entire body." It is an honor for me to introduce Intrinsic Strength to you, as well as to consider Angelo a friend and mentor.

—Gary Gray

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