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If you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.

If you can’t breathe well, nothing else can make up for the hit your performance is taking because of that deficit.

Are you doing anything to insure that you are breathing optimally?

Have you ever considered that you could improve your performance by training your breath?

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Most people don’t. We take breathing for granted so much so that it’s not even on the radar.

Why?

Because we do it literally from minute number one of our lives and because it’s so reflexive we assume that we’re doing it as efficiently as can be expected. In the beginning, as in the beginning of your life, that was absolutely correct. When you were fresh out of the oven, barring any pathologies, you likely had perfect breathing mechanics. Your neurological state although quickly fluctuating was in synch with your surroundings. Because those things were in place your CO2 tolerance was also likely on point. You had all the ingredients for an optimally functioning breathing experience.

So what happened, what was the disconnect? If you were breathing like a champ while you were still packing your diapers why would you have so much room for improvement now? Two reasons: First, without intention, we will always take the path of least resistance. Second, you learned to tell stories.

Let’s break those things down and let’s start with “the path of least resistance.” At face value this may not seem very applicable to the way you breathe, but it absolutely is. You see, breathing in its simplest form is a movement pattern. Not unlike squatting, hinging, lunging, throwing etc. The only difference is that we happen to do this movement pattern over 20,000 times per day and if we don’t we die. No big deal right? The fact that we do it so often and that it’s so important for our survival however doesn’t exempt breathing from the same pitfalls as the other movement patterns listed above. What’s the path of least resistance for any movement? The strong muscles doing the work and the weak muscles avoiding it. Think about a deadlift. If the back is weak it rounds while the hips rise… path of least resistance. What about a squat? Let’s say the back is solid in this case but the lateral hips are weak where’s the path of least resistance? Caving knees. Breathing works the same way.

Your primary muscle of respiration is the diaphragm. With all the sitting we do in modern society the diaphragm gets severely neglected. When we spend hours and hours sitting everyday breathing tends to shift away from the diaphragm and up to the shoulders and neck. Why? Because there is literally less resistance. That wouldn’t be a problem if A) it wasn’t terribly inefficient and B) it didn’t cue your nervous system into thinking you’re in or about to be in a “fight or flight” situation. Another example of this is nasal vs oral breathing. There’s obviously less resistance breathing through your mouth but your mouth is only meant for breathing when you’re working at high exertion levels. And if you’re breathing through your mouth at other times then you’re leaving A LOT of performance on the table.
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Now that we’ve broken down the whole path of least resistance idea let’s unpack the impact of stories. It’s been said that humans are meaning making machines. Politics is the only place you might find this to be more true than the breath. That’s no surprising though right? Politics often reflect the things we’re most afraid of, the things we catastrophize about when we’re alone with our thoughts. That very same process is what undermines our breathing. We’re constantly making judgments and attaching meaning to the experiences we have. Which isn’t always a bad thing, it’s totally human, it’s how we make sense of what’s going on around us. The problem arises when we start relying on stories based on those fears and insecurities.

Here’s a hypothetical. A senior partner at the law firm you work at who has always been kind to you curses you out when you accidentally bump into him in that hall. The most common interpretation of this situation is either, “You’ve done something wrong and bad things are about to happen in your career.” Or “He’s an entitled rich prick that doesn’t appreciate his employees.” The outcome ends up being the same, a jacked up autonomic nervous system stuck in fight or flight mode. Where is this expressed in your physiology? You guessed it, the breath. Since you’re in that fight or flight mode breathing rate and depth are increased. Heart rate and blood pressure also spike. Your physiology thinks a fight is coming with that senior partner, unless that’s the reaction you want you’re going to have to reign yourself back in to avoid an unnecessary career ending confrontation, or a day of stewing in your negative story.

Can you see the common thread running through “Path of least resistance” and “Telling stories”? It’s the nervous system. The way your breath moves your body will affect your nervous system and therefor affect your performance. The same goes for the stories we tell ourselves, just like the story of the senior partner above, the context we create will have a profound effect on our nervous system and physiology.

Lucky for us this is a two way street. We can change the learned inefficiencies in our breathing patterns. We can rewrite the stories we consistently tell ourselves. We can take control of the variables that have been robbing our performance. We can shed light on what’s living in our blind spots.

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4 Signs Active Life is Right For You:

1. You want to train hard without damaging your body.

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3. You are recovering from and injury and/or surgery.

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Athlete Hierarchy of Needs https://activeliferx.com/athlete-hierarchy-of-needs/ https://activeliferx.com/athlete-hierarchy-of-needs/#respond Fri, 03 May 2019 21:13:16 +0000 https://activeliferx.com/?p=2668 A simple guide to movement assessment.

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Should you do kipping pull ups? https://activeliferx.com/should-you-do-kipping-pull-ups/ https://activeliferx.com/should-you-do-kipping-pull-ups/#respond Fri, 03 May 2019 19:56:55 +0000 https://activeliferx.com/?p=2643 Two assessments you must complete before doing kipping pull ups.

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You only get 1 set of shoulders. Let’s not blow them out.

Bottom Line Up Front
It’s smart to determine if your shoulders can handle kipping pull ups before hammering out 100 weighted kipping pull ups this Memorial Day.

Good news! It takes less than 5 minutes.

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Active Life Athlete Hierarchy of Needs
We use this handy chart (below) to guide our assessment process.

Athlete Hierarchy of Needs

Always start with flexibility and work your way up. To learn more about the HON click here.

Flexibility – Shoulder Flexion Test

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Standards

  • Thumb(s) to floor
  • Both arms have similar range of motion
  • Back stays flat on floor
  • Pain free

If you are limited on any portion of this test you should not do kipping pull ups.

Not sure what to do next? Speak with a coach at your gym or hit the blue button below to contact us.

Mobility – Shoulder Abduction Test

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Standards

  • Biceps to ears
  • Space between shoulders and ears
  • Arms cover ears from the side
  • Able to shrug shoulders with hands overhead
  • Pain free

If you are limited on any portion of this test you should not do kipping pull ups.

Not sure what to do next? Speak with a coach at your gym or hit the blue button below to contact us.

Strength Balance – Push vs. Pull

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Standards

  • Full range of motion on all reps.
  • “Slower Down Faster Up” tempo on all reps.
  • Pain free

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Assessment Steps

  1. Determine a 10 rep max 1 Arm High Pull for your right arm.
  2. Use that weight for the next 3 sets.
  3. Record the number of reps for each set.

Assessment Results

Ideally reps are the same for all 4 sets.

If there is a major discrepancy in the number of reps or pain/pinching during the movements you probably need to do Bulletproof Shoulders.

Not sure what to do?
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Intro to Coach Immersion https://activeliferx.com/intro-to-coach-immersion/ https://activeliferx.com/intro-to-coach-immersion/#respond Tue, 30 Apr 2019 15:47:11 +0000 https://activeliferx.com/?p=2597 No obligation. If we can't help we'll tell you who can.

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Next live call with Dr. Sean about the immersion program is Wednesday, 1 May at Noon Eastern.

Limited spots available. Hit the button below to reserve yours.

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What To Expect

Dr. Sean discusses the Coach Immersion program and how our coaches use it to increase revenue and member satisfaction.

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You are encouraged to ask questions.

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What To Expect

Most calls last less than 15 minutes.

Our objective is to learn if we can help you.

If we can’t, we’ll tell you who can.

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Active Life Recover

Standard Active Life Recover workouts can be completed in less than 20 minutes with minimal equipment.

Recover workouts are low intensity and designed to make you move and feel better.

They are equally effective for soothing sore muscles the day after a tough workout or getting the blood flowing after a day of sitting at a desk.

Active Life Recover Anywhere

The Anywhere series of workouts requires nothing but your body.

You can literally complete the workouts anywhere at any time.

All movements in the program can be modified for any level of fitness, mobility and flexibility.

Each workout in the Anywhere series has a video demonstrating the movements like the one below.

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Workout Description

4 Rounds
Cat Camel x 10
Child Pose x 20 Seconds
Yoga Pushups x 5
Alternating Lunge with Twist x 10

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Active Life Recover members have access to our coaching staff with the push of a button.

Have low back pain? We’re here to help.

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Since 2016 we’ve helped more than 5,000 people eliminate pain and improve performance with our templated Bulletproof and customized 1 on 1 programs.

Bulletproof Programs
We offer 13 strength balance programs addressing common imbalances in athletes of all types.

Bulletproof Programs require access to gym equipment and a basic knowledge of weight training. They are extremely effective…as long as you use the correct program.

If you are an athlete experiencing pain or discomfort a Bulletproof Program may be the solution you’re looking for.

Answer a few questions (click here) and an Active Life Coach will help determine if Bulletproof is a good option for you.

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The best solution to get out of pain without going to the doctor.

You DO NOT need to be an athlete or have knowledge of weight training to work with one of our doctors or coaches.

Each 1 on 1 program is custom built after a detailed remote assessment.

Want to learn more about 1 on 1 Coaching? Great. The best way is to answer a few questions and speak with one of our coaches. Click here to get started.

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What you need to do
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