Thanks very much, everyone! I really hoped you'd enjoy the guide so I'm stoked to see the interest.
IniQuity, thank you very much, you made my day! =D All my life I wished I could be ripped... I tried the CW ways and at 33 I had long abandoned the concept. But after Primal Blueprint and shovelglove, it's only been three months since I was tubby and weak. It's weird because I still don't recognize my new body; I even feel like I'm going to wake up one morning and be back to "normal". (What a nightmare!) This is one of the reasons I was so eager to share shovelglove with everyone here, because I know there are plenty of guys out there much taller and bigger than me who are poised for even more amazing results. I'm really curious to see what shovelglove does for the others who take it up.
I'm convinced from my wife's experience that it's equally good for women -- her upper arms are getting defined and her abs look more cut than I've ever seen them. Not bad considering we've been married seven years and she gave birth six months ago.
RavunJM, congrats on getting a hammer! These days I aim to do shovelglove every day for about 15 minutes in the morning. When I started it was more like every other day or every two days; it took me a while to work up to daily. Rarely, if I'm really pumped, I'll extend my session to 20-30 minutes, or do 15 minutes at night before dinner. Like I mentioned in the article, I always take a break if my muscles feel noticeably sore, especially in my back or at the connections to the bone. It's easy to have so much fun that you don't realize you're overdoing it, and I'm very paranoid about injuring myself. I would be super bummed if I had to put away the hammer for more than a couple of days. So I do it about 5-6 days a week.
IniQuity, I think shovelglove can definitely be combined with regular weightlifting. Since you're already doing heavy lifts, I would focus on just the stretches. If you stick to the warm-up motions and similar exercises, I expect you'd improve your recovery and tone. For your existing hammer, like LTC says, check the underside to see if they've printed the weight. Alternately, try my Hail Reinhard motion and see if you can do at least six of them without too much strain. If so, it's probably close enough.
Have fun, everybody! If you choose the way of the shovelglove, I hope you'll let me know how you like it.