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Unlimited Willpower?

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Yesterday I defined mental toughness/willpower as “using your mind or your will to do something that other parts of you do not want to do. It is being tough or overpowering that other side of you that wants to go a different direction.”  I briefly covered the topic that mental …

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Defining Mental Toughness

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A little over a week back I asked for questions regarding mental toughness. I got flooded with them…and they were all over the place! Literally everything from motivation and focus, to handling bullies, to helping friends and family be tougher, to talking to women, to struggling with diet, to my …

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First Hint of New Isometric Results

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Yesterday I shared an article about a distinction I use daily in my training. Am I practicing a movement? Am I training a movement? Am I testing a movement?  While there is certainly overlap, deciding ahead of time what I am doing helps to get better results. As you likely …

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Air Pollution = Bad Gut Health?

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A new study published in Environment International shows that air quality impacts your gut microbiome. “This study examined relationships between air pollutants and the gut microbiome in young adults residing in Southern California. Our results demonstrate significant associations between exposure to air pollutants and the composition of the gut microbiome”  …

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Stretching is Anti-Cancerous?

In Bodyweight Mastery, Health-Mastery by Logan ChristopherLeave a Comment

While writing the product description page for 7 Minute Flexibility I went over to PubMed to see how much (how little actually) research there was on the benefits of flexibility.  Unfortunately, stretching being a free thing that anyone can do, there’s not money to be made from researching and promoting …

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Downward Dog Dynamic Stretching

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Downward dog is a great stretch of the hamstrings along with the upper back and shoulder region. And with dynamic positions we can bring in a wide variety of other areas too. This list is comprehensive but does not cover every single possibility. • Dip the head down between the …

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Squat Dynamic Stretching

In Bodyweight Mastery by Logan Christopher2 Comments

A rock-bottom squat is what I consider a natural human movement. By that I mean it is a position every human ought to be able to do. The good news is that if you’ve lost this ability it can be regained. While you can do bouncing, or repetitions as far …

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Seiza Stretch Progressions and Regressions

In Bodyweight Mastery by Logan Christopher1 Comment

The seiza stretch focuses primarily on the quadriceps while also working the ankle flexibility too. Seiza literally means “proper sitting” in Japanese. It’s a common sitting position there, as well as other places in the world. And unfortunately, most people in the West cannot do it! I was one of …

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Breathing Methods During Exercises

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Terry asks: “I’m looking for a way to improve on my breathing during exercise, particularly moderate to high intensity exercise. Breath holding is very natural for me during more intense exercise, yet ideally more controlled breathing is ideal, although I am not convinced that is feasible for moderate to high …

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Breathing into Body Parts

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Daniel asks: “When someone says “breath into your <non-lung bodypart>” through intent or visualization, what is actually happening physiologically?” Good question. It is mostly a visualization exercise. And by that I’m not just meaning visual only, but with a focus on feeling. I don’t know if this has been studied, …

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MODULAR Training

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No two people reading this email, despite the thousands that get these emails, do the same workouts. There are big variations and small variations. But think about that for a moment. No two people are doing the exact same thing. So how am I supposed to teach you what YOU …

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Gyms and Masks

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Daniel asks: “Some gyms require masks over both nose and mouth while working out. What are the implications of this and how can we mitigate any problems from it?” Well, on masks in general I gave my opinions in a podcast a few weeks back. You can listen to that here, …

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To Hold Your Breath or Not Hold Your Breath

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Daniel asks: “Taoist breathing exercises are very big on NOT holding the breath and having an even in-out. Yogic breathing exercises include plenty of breath holds. Some say it helps saturate your body with oxygen. Thoughts?” I’m all for holding the breath. It’s a natural thing we humans can do, …