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April 11, 2023

Movements for Musicians, Digital Nomadism, Gracie JiuJitsu, Prayer and Astrology with Steve Maxwell

Movements for Musicians, Digital Nomadism, Gracie JiuJitsu, Prayer and Astrology with Steve Maxwell

Steve Maxwell speaks to T.L. Mazumdar

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While best known for accolades like national and world championship titles in martial arts, being named one of the top 100 trainers in the world by Mens Journal and trainer for elite professionals including the DEA, FBI, Secret Service, and athletes including players for the PhilliesDodgers, and Eagles,Steve Maxwell's legacy in the world of fitness, health is one that transcends the mere physical with one rare quality that sets him a class apart from most contemporaries: wisdom.

At 70, Maxwell is fitter than many 20-year-olds, still travels the world teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and works intensely with clients and students online, a medium he had mastered decades before digital nomadism or remote work was established as a mainstream form of education. 

We address these topics and more in one of his rarest interviews that reveals parts of his past that very few are aware of: his musical upbringing and background.

Additionally, we touch upon many others that the conventional 'fitness' milieu would possibly frown at, including coffee enemas, the power of prayer, unpacking the dichotomies of physical violence and our common passion for astrology.

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"There's nothing new under the sun, it's how you put it together," says Steve Maxwell.

Recognized as one of today's most creative strength and conditioning coaches, his talent for constructing fresh, well rounded, and effective mixed-modality workouts is legendary.

Steve has a long history of competitive grappling. He wrestled competitively through high school and college, and then in the US Army. He now holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His BJJ competition record includes several Pan American and World Championship gold medals.

Steve is also known as the American Master of the Russian Kettlebell. Steve founded Maxercise Sports/Fitness, in Philadelphia PA, the first gym in the U.S. to offer scheduled kettlebell classes.

Steve's development of Joint Mobility workouts for dynamic mobility is the latest example of how he integrates multiple disciplines and techniques, producing an effective and accessible system for retaining, or regaining, range of motion.

Steve holds a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from West Chester State University, in PA.

Steve is highly in demand for Strength & Conditioning, Joint Mobility, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminars. He has worked with various US Government agencies, including DEA, Secret Service, and FBI as well as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies throughout the country. He has also been published and featured in books and magazines including: Mens Health, Muscle Media, Hard Style, The Russian Kettlebell Challenge, and The Naked Warrior.