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The Magic Behind Burning Fat Like Crazy

I was watching a show on the boob tube yesterday called ‘Magicians secrets revealed.’  It was amazing to see behind the curtain of these seemingly impossible tricks.

But there was a way to do it.

Getting the energy, physique and fat loss results we want can sometimes seem that way too.  It seems like magic that some people can do it and others can’t.

Well, I’ve spent many years learning about that magic trick.

And I’m about to pull back the curtain for you now.

Regarding exercise, nothing burns blubber and builds lean muscle like bodyweight exercises.  There’s those magic moves again.

It goes back to all the extra physical and neurological development we’ve talked about with moving your own body through space.

The Eastern bloc sports scientists proved decades ago that this form of training produced many superior results – one of which was much increased fat burning.

When your body has to develop all the extra smaller muscles, the tendons, ligaments… better and new wiring for coordination, balance and ambidexterity… your cardiovascular system… strength, flexibility and mobility… all at the same time…  your metabolism goes through the ROOF!

That’s why we see a greater hormone (including anti-aging hormones) and fat burning response from bodyweight training.  Especially at higher repetitions and with the more multi-dimensional moves that fully engage the spine.

Here’s another little secret for you:  There’s one particular spinal exercise that not only activates many important glands, but it really enlivens and balances the thyroid.  And the health and vitality of your thyroid is KEY to fat loss.

A coach I greatly admire, Matt Furey, also showed me how to add deep breathing to this exercise and calls it the most effective form of Chi Gung.  It develops a POWERFUL calmness, energy, an in the flow state of mind, extra stamina and hormonal health.

Did you know that most of the fat we burn off leaves through our breath?

Yep, sure does.  Oxygen is the furnace.

A lot of people have lost 20lbs or more with Pam Grout’s ‘deep breathing for higher metabolism’ alone.  What are you going to do with deep breathing combined with the best oxygen increasing, hormone jacking and fat burning exercises on the planet?

We go through this routine in detail in The Next Level Sports Program.  It’s called NEXT LEVEL for good reason… it’s WAY ahead of the curve.

Order today, and see the fat melt off you like butter on a frying pan.

Yours,
Brian Timlin

www.nextlevelsportsprogram.com

NFL great Hershel Walker was ‘weak, slow and uncoordinated’ until he did this…

As a boy in Georgia, NFL great Hershel Walker was called ‘weak, slow and uncoordinated’ by coaches and other kids.

He couldn’t keep up and he used to get beat on.

But then he discovered a secret:

If he exercised like the animals on their farm he got super strong, agile, flexible, mobile and quick – all at the same time!

Soon he was passing out all the other kids.

He kept on training this way.  He built up these movements to huge reps per day.  He did push ups, pull ups, bridges, sit ups and variations of these year after year.

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Herchel became truly extraordinary.  He ended up with a 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo, he was an Olympic bobsledder, he danced with the Fort Worth ballet and he was a track and field champion in college… on top of being arguably the greatest college footballer of all time and a future hall of fame inductee in the NFL!

HOLY CRAP!

One curious thing also happened when he was playing in the NFL:

Nearly all sportspeople train with weights, and his team was no different.  So one day Hershel was in the team weights room doing his own thing and one of the players/coaches asked him to do some of the weights exercises… the bench press, shoulder press, squats and so on.

To their amazement Herschel out lifted them all!

He didn’t even DO weights.

That’s how strong bodyweight exercises at high reps made him.

He was known for his running power and speed.  The combination made him deadly… and he swore by his exercise regime.

I can also attest to the power of using your own bodyweight.  I tried all kinds of exercises, but nothing came close to moving my own body.

A lot of people think golf requires very little athleticism.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

You can get away with extra timber and not so great cardio to an extent (there’s more than one buffet molester on tour). However, you have to be limber, strong and have a diamond set of shoulder, spinal, pelvic and hip muscles to play good golf.

Natural bodyweight movements stretch and really strengthen these areas!  It also activates and powers the core and glutes like no other.  These factors are athleticism 101… and taken up to elite level with only 4 to 6 comprehensive ancient exercises.

The result is swinging a golf club is much easier than before.  Not to mention the ball bombs off the face with ease.

One of the sayings among those who really know golf is… ‘the athlete usually wins.’  Well, nothing makes you more athletic than mastering your own bodyweight.

Obviously practise, mentality and technical proficiency are huge too, but if you body isn’t strong and mobile enough these important body movements are diminished or don’t happen at all.

You can be great mentally and putt well, but it’s hard to compete with guys that bomb it straight and pure iron shots at the flag.  All things being equal its the main difference you see between the top players at the club and the other guys.

It’s the same with EVERY sport.  Let’s get real here: Players with power, speed, agility, coordination and balance on another level are basically unplayable!

Actually, one of the things about having a great mentality is putting your mind to improving or even mastering the elements of your craft.

So yea, sport is still 90% mental… but not in the way most people say it is!

Make this the day you zoom past the others like Herschel Walker did… from a position where he was told he ‘can’t.’  Order The Next Level Sports Program today and learn how you can do this and much more.

Everyone can start where they are and improve day by day to amazing results they didn’t think were even possible.

That’s what I’ve experienced, and so can you.

Yours,
Brian Timlin

P.s.  I like what many institutes like the Titleist Performance Institute are doing, but they are giving people watered down movements that don’t really get to the root of power and mobility.  To get a major advantage over your competitors click here

The best upper body workout on the planet

It’s 7.00am on a summers morning on the Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro.

There’s a stream of people on the sand, exercising with kettlebells, bodyweight exercises and yoga.

These people are moving their bodies in their surroundings.  Their feet are connected to the earth, the sun is shining down and they’re taking in gulps of fresh air.  They’re wearing nothing but speedos and bikinis so more sun, water and air can nourish them.

What a great thing to do for your physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

After finishing their workout on the beach they might want to try this:

If they find a good sturdy overhanging branch or monkey bars in a nearby park, they can attach some gymnastics or trx rings to it and start to do upper body exercises.

Nothing can beat the rings for upper body development.

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Mastering gymnastic movements on the rings gives incredible strength, great balance and magnificent control of the body (obviously people start with easier moves).

It’s a different level to even a big bench and shoulder press, so much more functional.  There’s just a lot more that goes into 3 dimensional movement, controlling our own bodyweight at all sorts of different angles and leverage points, not to mention all the extra muscles that are used.

Therefore, the development is greater.  After those people in Rio work out on the rings or the monkey bars (the rings are more difficult), they can go back to the beach and cool down with a swim.  What a perfect start to the day…  and it doesn’t have to be in Rio!

I mention Conor McGregor a lot, because I admire his training so much.  If you saw his fight in January 2015 against a Russian-German called Denis Siver, you’ll see what happens when someone who is mastering their bodyweight meets a weights trainer.

Speed, fluidity and unadulterated power against a strong, but stiff and slow opponent who can’t control his body at angles.  There’s only going to be one winner, and by a landslide!

The Dragon’s favourite exercise

Bruce Lee is famous for his explosive speed, strength and his very ripped physique.  His abilities came from his superior mind-body connection.  He created this largely from using isometric exercise.  Isometrics are static contractions.  It is a powerful combination of mental focus and physical exercise, because you are creating the contraction mentally.

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If you show off your bicep to someone and mentally flex or contract the muscle to tighten it, you are doing isometrics.  If animals in the wild who live and die by survival instinct and one of the greatest athletes of our time use these exercises extensively, then I’m sure you’ll agree this is an exercise worth looking at.

The uses and possibilities of isometrics are endless.  It is very helpful for flexibility in alternating contractions with relaxing into the stretch.  I’ve a whole report on my website about that, which is a great thing to use.  You will find it mind boggling how much further you can stretch immediately using this method.

Static contractions are proven to create 5% more strength every week in any muscle trained 3 times per week or more.

You can also hit just about any angle, any part of the range of motion and even the smallest muscles using isometrics.  The usefulness of this is huge.  For one thing, it makes it a lot easier to do sport specific exercises or target muscles needing rehab.

Add to all this the fact that you are creating a powerful link from the mind/brain to the muscles and you have something very powerful.

As we point out a lot here, the more your brain is involved during exercise the more you are going to get out of it in terms of performance, hormone response, neurological and physical adaptations.

However, SC not a complete exercise either.  I wouldn’t recommend isometrics as a stand alone routine.  You aren’t really strengthening your joints without putting actual weight on them, so isotonic exercise or movement with resistance is also needed.  You are also not practising movement.

However, isometrics are quick and easy to do and are a phenomenal compliment to any type of training.  Some things to note are that often the strength you gain from isometrics will only translate 10 degrees either side of the point of contraction.  In other words, it is a good idea to contract your muscles at about 3 different places in its range of motion.

It is also a good idea to relax your muscles periodically in a session, maybe after three or four 6-10 second contractions.  Relaxing only takes a few seconds, but it is good to shake the tension out, release and relax the muscles again.  Using your breathing is very useful for doing this as well.

You only really need to be aware.  Most people probably won’t even need to do the relaxation part, but a lot of us are so used to holding onto tension that we may not let go properly after a contraction exercise.

Tension when you don’t need it hampers your coordination, calmness and balance.  Learn how to avoid that, by learning how to relax your muscles as well.

When you picture Bruce Lee training what you see is total body control.  He is able to tense and relax at will in perfect timing.  He’s gained a lot of this from static contractions.  You will see him pull against a rope as hard as he can, push against something and then start exploding into speed moves.  This is all using the mind-muscle connection over and over again to grease the groove and create better and better neurological connections between the brain and the muscles.  That’s where his extreme muscle density, ridiculous speed and explosive power came from.

Thank you for your legacy and wisdom Mr. Lee.

‘Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one’, Bruce Lee.

Why you want to be like a frog

The frog is an advanced creature at jumping, swimming and generally using his/her legs fluidly, explosively and with awesome strength.

We humans can learn a lot from the humble amphibian.

We are tensed up.

You want to be loose as a goose for various reasons.  It makes you feel better, it gives you more energy, mental clarity and you become better at doing just about any task.

It’s all about balance.  Strength is good, but flexibility is more important.

It’s fine to build muscle or strength or both, but don’t neglect flexibility in the process.  You can have powerhouse muscle’s like a frogs legs, but still be fluid and loose.

There’s a former world champion wrestler called Matt Furey.  He’s burly and naturally muscular and he’s also done lots of strength training.  If there was ever a guy that you’d think wouldn’t be flexible it’d be him, yet is muscles are so ‘soft’ that he can do the splits.  He achieved that later on by flexibility work.

That’s where you want to be.

It’s all about balance.  We tend to be tensed up so we need to stretch out for relaxation, stress relief and health.  We sit forward a lot, so we need to stretch in certain directions that bit more than others.  Strength is great too, but its the other side of the coin to flexibility and having both is the best place to be, for health, performance and injury prevention.

It is also better to strengthen using your own bodyweight (some free weight exercises are good too) to improve coordination, balance, hit many angles, smaller muscles and strengthen the spine so you are getting way more out of it and also not creating imbalances.

You don’t want to neglect muscles, because that also creates tension and leaves you open to injury or back alignment issues.

Note: There are ways to increase bodyweight exercises to ridiculous resistance and difficulty levels.  Some people think there are only a few simple bodyweight exercises like two handed push ups and pull ups.  That’s only start of it.

The animals in the wild have it right.  They have an instinct that many of us have lost.  Everyday, they stretch themselves out, they do static contractions for strength, they exercise naturally using their own bodyweight, they play and spar with each other.

It gives them the best chance to enjoy life and survive.  Similar training gives us the best chance to survive, be at our happiest and flourish.  The ancients observed animals and created great methods like Yoga (you don’t have to do Yoga per se).

We just have to start where we are, see the benefits and keep improving until we are a master like Matt Furey.  All it takes is a little bit of daily exercise and rejuvenation time.

I like what Irish UFC fighter Conor McGregor says about training and how he gets ready for fights.  Many people would think the best way to get ready for a fight would be heavy sparring and pumping weights.  McGregor does very little of that, he spends 90% of his training time on skills, balance, flexibility, fluid animal movements and bodyweight training.  Not many UFC fighters train like this, but he’s got the best physique, speed, he’s the strongest and is currently wiping out his whole division.

Be like a frog.