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Art of Breathing

Breathing is an art, and repetition makes the master. But we all breathe, you say. Yes, it’s true but how many breathe correctly, slowly and from the belly, fully using the diaphragm. How many compromising health and longevity because of faulty breathing habits?

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Real Strength is mind and body, united by breath.

Breathing. Practicing the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, using a method that establishes control of the nervous system and conquers the unnecessary urge to fight or flee, when the body actually craves and needs the space to rest and recover.

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Joe Pilates – Real Strength Now Master Series

The man I’m going to talk about today is Joe Pilates. Pilates was born in Germany in 1883, and, like many of the people I’ve studied and whose methods I’ve used in my own training, Pilates was a sick child: asthma, rickets, rheumatic fever.

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Visualization and the Martial Arts

Many of the techniques used in my method of Real Strength training have been derived from my lengthy study of martial arts, including stances, use of breathing and visualization. Occasionally i am asked to write for martial arts publications. Here is an article on visualization that I wrote for Jet Li’s online publication. Jet li is a fine martial artist and very successful film actor. it was an honor to write for him.

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Charles Atlas – Real Strength Now Master Series

Today I’m going to talk about Angelo Siciliano, you may not have heard of him, but most of us my age really have. Angelo Siciliano was born in 1892 and he was the 97 pound weakling who had sand kicked in his face on the beach. Otherwise known as Charles Atlas, who trademarked the name Dynamic Tension, which is another name for something that I teach called Dynamic Resistance. There’s really nothing new under the sun.

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Eugen Sandow – Real Strength Now Master Series

Today I’m going to talk about Sandow. Eugene Sandow was a Russian strongman. He was born in Prussia. Who toured England and he wrestled. He did strength feats. He broke chains. Mostly what people were interested in, was his posing routines because he as very muscular. So he’s known as the father of modern bodybuilding.

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George Hackenschmidt – Real Strength Now Master Series

This is from George Hackenschmidt: The principal food for man is pure air. Partake of it as much as you possibly can. Breathe much, and as deeply as you can, through the nose. Breathing through the nose is the only proper way of respiration, and at the same time, an important regulator for the movement of the body. For if, for any kind of work, the breath through the nose ceases to be sufficient, one ought to either discontinue the work or restrict the movement until breathing has again become normal.

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Jack LaLanne – Real Strength Now Master Series

We don’t die from old age, we die from inactivity. Me? I can’t die, it would ruin my image. I wish I would have said that. Well, I just did say that. But, originally it was said by The Godfather of American fitness, Jack LaLanne. Jack LaLanne was born in 1914 in the era when doctors said that lifting weights or extensive exercise would cause a heart attack, it would cause women to turn into men.