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Seiza Stretch Progressions and Regressions

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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, …

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Breath – Key to Super Powers?

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Did you know that my start in real fitness began with breathing exercises? Sure, I played football in high school and did some weightlifting around that. But I was not strong, nor athletic despite doing so. That speaks to how you can just spin your wheels if you’re missing the …

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Recharging Your Fitness Goals After a Pandemic

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We have all just recently lived through a pandemic, a worldwide lockdown, and a global crisis. These are crazy circumstances we’ve all gone through and it has been difficult to manage everything that’s been thrown our way. It’s quite reasonable to have slipped a little on our personal fitness goals …

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More Science Behind Breathing

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Yesterday, we picked some fun at the skeptical lunatic charlatans at Wikipedia for denying the science of breathwork because it doesn’t fit into their model of the world. Today, I want to get into the science that DOES exist about the many benefits of breathing exercises. There is quite a …

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Breathwork is Pseudo-Science

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…at least if you believe Wikipedia. Here’s the start of their entry on Breathwork:  “Breathwork is a New Age term for various breathing practices in which the conscious control of breathing is said to influence a person’s mental, emotional or physical state, with a claimed therapeutic effect. Breathwork has no …

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Density by Time vs Density by Set

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Density is one of the great yet underused methods of progression in training. In the 2nd Edition of Master Keys to Strength & Fitness I label it as one of the secondary methods of progression, but that is only because you must understand the primary methods of intensity, set and …

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Foundational Foundation: Breath

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Yesterday, I covered how important the quality and quantity of water was to your health. And by health, I mean it’s impact on every single cell and system in your body. (If you missed it, you can find it on the blog here.)  Improve your water supply and you’ll reap …

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Foundational Foundations

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Health is on my mind a whole lot. Lately, I’ve been thinking about a big overarching framework that covers everything…as well as how to really boil it down to the simplest basics. Or as I’m calling it here the foundational foundations. As I’ve said before, when it comes to health, …