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The Dark Side Of Mr Men!

I caught myself feeling really strong the other day as I walked along the seafront here in Barcelona…  but I realized that it made me walk, (and my “costume”) in a wider position. It broadened me. Imagine holding invisible rolled up carpets under your arms 😛

Costumes (a good friend of mine Lynn Teachworth explains>)
“The body will often put on “costumes” of posture to protect or project emotional and spiritual patterns. If you are looking change yourself or create new routines in your life…these fascial/ muscular chain patterns must often be balanced before the underlying belief systems and attitudes can be released.

Lynn Teachworth.
http://www.teachworthxps.com/about-lynn.html

I could almost feel the signals to my cells and fibers saying: “Strong is wide so lay yourselves down horizontally!”

Hang On!!

I don’t want my body to expand side ways… I want my body to be strong, light and streamlined :)… like a missile!!

A comparison would be the England front row who are all “strong” and look it… like blocks of granite.

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There is a collective thought/belief that influences us on this subject… most people would agree that wide is stronger like the structure of a building… houses are strong.

I’m not talking about body builders here who’s main focus is building muscle not strength.

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Alternatively,  you look at NASA that build space rockets that can withstand the forces of going into space and they are streamlined and have very thin walls in comparison to houses.

This would be more like Cristian Cullen the legendary New Zealand full back.. Probably pound for pound the strongest All Black ever. 145kg Bench Press at 85kg body-weight, plus many other feats of strength. He was strong, light and streamlined!

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So what has this got to do with Mr Men?

Then I pictured my favorite Mr Men character which was Mr Strong… look what strong meant when I was a kid lol… early programming I think.

This is my favorite coffee mug … being brainwashed with my morning pleasure hit…!!!

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So I am using my mind now to quickly program in the intention to my central nervous system to how I want to shape my body and strengthen the deletion of the effects of Mr Strong imagery from my life 😉

You can also use imagery to shape yourself to be like a missile or a house if you want.

Remember that most people in society today are over relaxing their bodies which causes the body to expand side ways… its almost accepted as normal for men when they hit 40!!!

So Tense Up!

Always remember to use your mind… not the other way around!!!

I also liked Mr Tickle… Yikes!!

 

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Easy Way To Incorporate Flexibility Training Into Exercise.

Clint asked a question, “what is the easiest way to incorporate flexibility into exercise, I always forget that part while focusing on strength and cardio.”

The way I incorporate flexibility and mobility whilst working my conditioning is via a five minutes daily conditioning routine whereby I choose a whole body exercise for instance burpes and I do burpes for five minutes.

Cue crazy laugh!!

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Hold Up!!! 😛

Now five minutes of doing burpes isn’t easy!!  I’m not saying you need to do whole five minutes but you could do 20 seconds burpes then 10 seconds recovery then downward dog/ sun salutation yoga movement  or another whole body exercise like lunges with reaches to the knee to overhead reach: something where you’re going through the full range of motion. Then repeat recovery.

20 secs on 10 secs off for 5 minutes. (Tabata)

 

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Big Bang For Your Buck

So you get a big bang for your buck you’re taking your joints through a full range of motion and you’ll be getting a lot of  pumping movement in you’re body fluids, you’re also warming up your body for exercises to follow if you want to do a strength session after.

When I do five minutes of burpes my body is very tired afterwards and I usually combine that with a long walk of say one hour to two hours where I listen to a10429407_10204330501966098_8320543356046877932_nn audiobook on business, psychology or something that’s going to train my mind and give me new information.

Walking has both mental and physical benefits!!

 

Out walking in New York with my buddy Keith.

 

So in summary… choose an exercise that works the hips and/or the shoulders through full range of motion, remember, if it’s uncomfortable or jarring or you feel like you’re bashing the end range then that’s too much for the body and you’re central nervous system will not like it and will let you know afterwards via pain. Just start easy!! The whole idea is consistency of small trainings and over time your body will adapt and gain new ranges.

The hips affect the shoulders the shoulders affect the hips if you have tight hips try getting more mobility and strength in the shoulders.
If you shoulders are shut down work on getting more flexibility and strength in the hips.

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Everyone has time for five minutes a day to work whole body movements enjoy incorporating it into your routine.

 

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Conor Mcgregor… “I want no technique”

You would have had to have been living in a cave to not heard of  MMA fighter called Conor Mcgregor…  google him if you haven’t and check out some of his free fights you”ll be instantly hooked by him. What a star and fighter combined.

I was told to check out his movement and he is so smooth… not rushing in, moving away and countering with blistering speed. Super lateral movement… and his stand up punching is laser guided… He makes it look so easy to hit people chins. Almost like his senses are simply a notch up from most peoples.

In the video below he talks about being a student of movement… and he thinks about it all the time… non stop. Sounds familiar :)

“I just want to have no technique… I want people to look at me and not know whats going to happen…the highest technique to have is no technique” … he is also a smart cookie!

The more neutral and empty a fighter becomes the more his physical intelligence can express itself… it is the mind that limits us and our thoughts and emotions that weaken us…it is that ever present internal opponent. “non physical weakness” is why all good fighters start the fight before ever stepping into the ring… they are looking for the opponents weaknesses or their “wounds”… that no amount of armoring can protect.

Colin Mcgregor seems to have mastered this area already… psyching opponents out before fights.

I just finished Sugar Ray Leonard autobiography and I found his stories of mental dueling fascinating.

“Fighters display two things. They display confidence, or they display a look that says, ‘I’m not sure.’
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You are either strong or weak ?

Joe Rogan has a cool discussion about his movement… (para phrasing) most fighters are mechanical in their movements but he’s got this “wiggle” lol

he also says he moves like a snake… and we can learn a great deal about movement from animals, the Shaolin would have animal movement study as part of their curriculum. In studying animals speed, agility or strength we can begin to resonate with those traits. It allows you to rise above what the limited mind thinks is possible and attain new heights in performance.

Getting “out” of your mind!!!

here is a highlight of Conor… talking about movement, training and his philosophy on life.

Just some of my thoughts on this MMA star… let me know what you think and if you enjoyed the post please share

cheers Rob

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