Counter-intuitive tip for GREATER stamina

I was talking to a supplier for a new project I’m working on (it’s gonna rock) via Skype last night and as I was busy asking for all the changes I wanted, I catch my wife staring at me from the hallway.

When we make eye contact, she raises both hands in front of her, palms facing down and makes the universally accepted motion for “calm down”.

I then realized that my shoulders and neck were all tense, my head was jutting forward like a Tyrannosaurus Rex and that area between my eyebrows was scrunched tightly together like I was trying to crack a nut in there.

And I was holding my breath.

After I calmed myself and took a deep breath, my whole energy level changed and the rest of the call finished off as well as it would’ve had I been all tense, probably better.

This is why when I’m coaching athletes through tough exercises or circuits or even intervals, the most common thing I say is, “Relax. Breathe. Stay loose.”

While staying relaxed, breathing and loose might seem counter-intuitive to what you need to do when it feels like you’ve got to bite down and grind, it is EXACTLY what Doctor Wong ordered if you want to push your limits.

You see, when your neck muscles and traps are all tight, it slows blood flow.

Slowed blood flow means delayed delivery of fresh oxygen and delayed removal of waste products of metabolism.

Not good.

Plus, it takes energy for tight muscles to be tight, thus taking energy away from what you actually need to do.

After all, you’ve only got so much energy to play with. Better put it all towards what you want to accomplish, not unnecessary tension.

And when you breathe shallow (or hold your breath) you’re not getting any new oxygen in or getting rid of all the CO2 you’re generating.

Again, not good.

Finally, tensing that little area between your eyebrows makes it look like you’re taking a poo, and didn’t your mother teach you to keep your poo face to yourself?

This is a skill to practice and continually develop.

I continue to develop my ability to relax what I don’t need tight and breathe deep while pushing myself to the limits every day.

This is one tip that you likely won’t hear anywhere else that really will make a huge difference in your conditioning.

That’s why you’re such a smart cookie for being here. 🙂

So the next time you get on the treadmill, hit the heavy bag, push through a killer bodyweight circuit or even carry a heavy load of groceries from the car to your kitchen, practice what I’ve taught you here.

The best workouts to practice this tip are tough bodyweight circuits, particularly NRG System Complexes, since rapidly changing exercises challenges your neuromuscular system and you’ve got to quickly activate certain muscles while relaxing others due to the different movements.

Click here for a collection of bodyweight circuits designed by yours truly that will get you in elite fight shape that include a few of these killer complexes.

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