The Future of Functional Training – Interviews with The Masters

Looking Towards the Past As humans we have a tendency to Romanticize things of the distant past – Knights in shining armor, damsels in distress, Prehistoric eating habits, the idea of the Noble Savage, Warrior Princesses… Perhaps it’s Disney’s fault. 🙂 Regardless, the past, especially the distant past was never all sunshine and rainbows –…

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The Aiki Push-Up

The Aiki Push-up is a literally a one-stop-shop in the study of internal power building. It was rumored to be part of Daito Ryu master, Yukiyoshi Sagawa’s secret training regimen. Here’s a video where I explain the purpose and it and how to do it. Watch carefully as the Aiki Push-up may look similar to…

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Isometric Breathing – Lessons from Martin “Farmer” Burns

Martin “Farmer” Burns was a world champion Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestler as well as a coach of many other famous wrestlers such as the great Frank Gotch. In 1914, Burns published a 96-page mail-order course entitled Lessons in Wrestling and Physical Culture, which incorporated breathing techniques, calisthenics, stamina exercises, and wrestling techniques. It was made famous (again) in…

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The Mona Lisa and My Disgust with Tourists

I have to admit that waiting in line the other morning to get into the Louvre in Paris, France I was vibrating with  excitement. Leonardo Da Vinci has always been a hero of mine (more on Leo later…) and to actually stand in front of his most famous painting, The Mona Lisa, was something I…

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New Exercise – The Sword and Shield Protocol

Let’s talk about what it takes to achieve success in your fitness and martial art training… Here is the Warrior Fitness simple formula for training success: Specific Training + Frequent Practice = RESULTS Here’s an example of my Daily Personal Practice from earlier in the week that works on specific movement patterns I am trying…

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The Most Powerful Qigong Method

Zhan zhuang, or standing meditation exercise, has been used as a method of relaxation and health cultivation for thousands of years. The earliest known reference to standing appears inThe Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Chinese Medicine. Martial arts master Wang Xiangzhai wrote the following in his book on zhan zhuang:   It is said that already 2000 years…

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My EPIC Binge Day (Pics Inside)

What’s the point of the cheat day? Assuming you are eating clean 6 days a week, your body – and your fat loss! – can benefit from a cheat day once a week. Reducing calories and carbs during the week begins to lower levels of Leptin, the master fat-burning hormone in your body. When Leptin…

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My Super Secret Post Workout Shake Recipe

Normally when people ask me about post workout drinks I tell them a story of how supplement companies spent tons of money doing research to formulate the most optimal ratio of protein to carbohydrate for recovery and muscle building. They came up with a very specific ratio which was promptly used to engineer very expensive,…

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Upgrade Your Breath Book Review

I just finished up my morning practice of breathing exercises so this seems the perfect time to sit down and write about Logan Christopher’s latest book release, Upgrade Your Breath. I have known Logan for several years now and am proud to say that I own almost every one of his programs. Each one is engaging,…

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Tempering the Body Through Cold Exposure Training

Tempering is the process by which something is made stronger, harder, and more durable. In the case of steel, it is the process of reheating and cooling it off that improves the hardness and elasticity of the metal. The same process can be used to forge a stronger, healthier, more resilient body! In his book,…

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