What people are saying about Richard La Plante

  • As an ex-competitive athlete, playing at a professional level, I let my body go when I retired. For many years, I stopped training, put on weight, allowed my muscles to atrophy and felt lousy about my general state of being. Some part of me was searching for a spark of light of inspiration. That’s when I met Richard; someone with a command of not just the body and how to train it, but in the way that the body interacts with the mind through the breath, and that made all the difference. His mind/body workouts are fast, efficient and always serve to reconnect me with the best part of my self, the disciplined self that understands the need for training, perseverance and balance in order to achieve a steady state of health and well-being.
    Mark Harradine
    Founder and CEO
  • I’ve been a bodybuilder for many years. As an ex police officer, strength, speed and endurance were always important. My best bench press was 400 pounds. Retired by a back injury Real Strength Now has been a fundamental part of my rehabilitation and recovery from surgery. It’s brought me back to the gym. Now, when I train with weights I add the diaphragmatic breath and other techniques that RSN teaches. My strength is returning, along with a greater understanding of how the body works and the importance of conscious diaphragmatic breathing.
    Andy U
    Southern California police officer - Retired
  • My husband Tony has Parkinson's disease, and we learned that boxing might be particularly good training for his brain and body. We were very lucky to have Richard La Plante living nearby. Richard has gone above and beyond in developing a training regimen for Tony that both builds his strength, and focuses on his critical need to improve balance and coordination. The difference in Tony has been remarkable. I can clearly see how much better his movement and alertness is after he comes back from training with Richard. Overall, Tony has gained strength, stands straighter, is in less danger of falling, and walks with more confidence. He has even improved enough to cut back on his medication. Richard provides the kind of intensive, focused exercise that research shows can have a positive effect on Parkinson's symptoms.
    Robin Gerber
  • I’m 80. I feel great. WTF I’ve had my health challenges. My good fortune was to meet a younger fitness master, Richard La Plante. As strange as it sounds, the first thing he taught me was to breathe. Conscious breathing. Through the nose. I realized to my chagrin I was a mouth breather. I integrated that simple change into my daily life and my usual exercise like biking and hiking. This breathing stick, so simple, is amazing for the focus and infinite exercise variations it gives you. I call it my motivation stick as there it is next to my desk and I get up through the day and use it. I feel great. WTF. Breathe.
    James Becket
  • I have been practicing and teaching yoga professionally for 25 years and think enough of Richard La Plante and the way he uses the Breathing Stick for breath and movement to invite him to teach a regular class at my Sacred Space Studio in Ojai, California. No matter what discipline you practice, his method of training will enhance and deepen your understanding of the way diaphragmatic breathing coordinates with the rhythms and natural motions of the human body.
    Ingrid Boulting
  • When I met Richard La Plante he said, “Give me three minutes a day and I’ll change your life.” Two years, twenty five pounds, and 100 cholesterol points later I am still giving him three minutes a day. But more important than the specific gains and losses is Richard La Plante taught me to forgive myself. He taught me that it’s never too late to change. That change begins with breathing. And if we lose our way or give up we simply start again. Three minutes at a time.
    John Johnston
  • Entertaining, full of practical information and easy to read, "Real Strength" provides the reader with technical training methods for both mind and body, written with the conviction of experience and a flare for fun. Richard has managed to get the ancient and sacred practices of breath work to come to life through a relatable and contemporary story context. When applying the methods described my body runs like a well oiled machine and the results are clear. As a professional martial artist I find the teachings useful in both training and everyday life, and recommend "Real Strength" to anyone interested in healing, martial arts, strength training or simply a book that will inspire.
    Thomas Jones

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