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A Closer Look At Legends… And How They Move

Who’s the better player between Ronaldo and Messi?  The eternal football question of the last decade.  I don’t have an answer. I’m not even going to try to provide one… because it’s really a pointless argument.

I think we should just enjoy two great players.

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However, I will talk about what I think their strengths and weaknesses are, at least in terms of training or athleticism.

What can we learn from them?  A lot obviously.  We can learn from the greats, in any area.

I’ve talked before about how Ronaldo trains.  He is relentless and he does a lot of bodyweight exercises.  I believe this is the one of the main reasons he is such an athletic specimen.

He does 1500 sit ups per day.  Have you seen his core?  Everyone has, because he can’t wait to whip it out.  He looks like a cobra… his midsection is that solid.

He does other bodyweight moves at high reps per day as well.  His ability to sprint, jump, his two footedness, kicking power and heading ability is no doubt largely to do with this regime.  He can also twist on a dime and turn powerfully while the other players are still trying to get rooted to turn.

That’s the ridiculous core he has.  He improved his athleticism drastically from when he was a very slight kid.

If we are looking at where C. Ronaldo could maybe improve, we are probably talking about things Messi has: fluidity, poise, rhythm, balance and vision.

Messi lacks the same sort of power, ambidexterity, aerial power, sprinting off the ball and strength, as CR.

I’m not saying they are poor on these things, just that the other one is a genius in that regard.

When  I look at how CR trains, from my knowledge, if he stopped his add-ons of weight machine exercises and bicep curls and instead did more multi-dimensional animal movements and tai chi type exercises, he’d also make his spine, shoulders, hips and pelvis as incredible as his core and large muscle groups.

He’s also gain more poise and rhythm.  His calmness would also lead to Messi like vision.

Could you imagine how good he’d be then?  You’d probably be talking about the best ever.  On the other hand if Messi worked on his body to the amount Ronaldo does, with a few of the above subtractions and additions, you’d also be looking at the supernatural.

Best ever?

You could make an argument for any one of these players as the greatest and a few more. It’s a pointless debate…  all legends.

Is there anyone in sport doing the complete training I am talking about here?  Yes, there is: Conor McGregor.

He has the poise, calmness, balance, ambidexterity, spinal strength, core stability, fluidity and effortless power… all in the one package.

He’s studied all this too.  He’s continually evolved his method.  As his coach John Kavanagh says, ‘win or learn.’  He actually prefers the term ‘learn or learn,’ but that doesn’t sound as good.

Coach Kavanagh is way ahead of the curve.  That’s why Ireland (6.5 million people) came back with more amateur MMA medals from Vegas this year than any other nation in the world!

The Next Level Sports Program was being built concurrently to these wonderful athletes doing the same practises.  Near the end of my research I could see who’s training was on another level, and why.

Join us and zoom your performance up too.

Yours,

Brian Timlin

Why dancing is one of the best exercise routines

If you picture a scene in the amazon rain forest full of animals, what is going on?

If they aren’t mating, eating or trying to eat or avoid being eaten, they are singing, dancing and playing.  I’m not saying animals are better than humans, because they are not as developed and don’t have the ability to reason, inspire or create metaphor.  However, I think we often forget that we are animals too. We’ve lost a lot of our instinct and what actually works for us to make our lives better.

In that way we can certainly learn a lot from them.  So let’s go back to that scene and let’s look at the animals singing, dancing and playing.  It’s marvelous when you think about it.  It’s a cacophony of the senses.  They are really in the moment, in the flow and doing great things without effort.  We can really struggle with that.

Our world has moved so fast that we’ve devised a lot of education, lifestyles and practises that were created without thought as to whether we are designed for it.

As a result we are often stuck in the analysis part of the brain, which only makes up a meager 2% of the grey matter.  The rest of it is based on sensory images, and we seriously neglect that to our cost.  Our perceptive ability and potential is often hugely hampered as a result.

In the previous articles, we’ve talked about using more of the brain while exercising to get better results and also to enhance the rest of our lives.

We’ve talked about sport, coordination, balance and ambidexterity.  Well, what about music?  RHYTHM.

So important as well.  Rhythm connects our auditory sense and kinesthetic sense.

What do nearly all top sportpeople, dancers or athletes have in common?  Great rhythm.  Wouldn’t it be a good idea then for us to look at this important factor?

Would a dance class for exercise be a good idea?  Of course it would.  Sure you are using more of your brain, you have to coordinate, get in the moment, stay in rhythm, connect with other people and also keep your balance.

It’s a marvelous thing to do.

If you watch a monkey swinging from a tree, a quick lizard moving at pace along the ground, or a gazel taking off on a sprint what you see is fluid movement.  It is in beautiful natural rhythm.

Dance is a great way to connect this up.  Team sport is also a great way to develop it.  A good team movement is all about rhythm.  It’s not quick, cohesive and elegant without it.  But dance is an easier way to develop this because rhythm in team sport takes some individual development first.

For strength, you can also master bodyweight movement using good technique, rhythm and copy animal bodyweight movements like the lizard walk.  There’s a flow, coordination, balance and rhythm to those movements you just can’t get with a conventional weights exercise.  It will also show in overall results; how you look, how you feel and how you perform.

Really consider taking a dance or zumba exercise class.  It will do wonders for you, even if you start with two left feet.  You can start to get great results just by improving and practising a few times a week.  You only have to look at the enjoyment, posture, fluidity, muscularity and tone of a professional dancer to see what it can do for us.

If you start you’ll be gaining those things too.

All you really have to do is keep showing up to enjoy yourself.