Sunday, June 29, 2014


Hello and welcome everyone...this the 4th and last in the 4 part series entitled Breath and Balance. To reach a rainbow, expect to face rain. Most of life comprises time, distance, numbers and
connections...the "big 4." Most athletes and men and women in
training think they are not advancing, (getting better) if they are
not "pounding), weight lifting, running or any other exercise. The
question to be efficient are we. Most tend to break
down their bodies in the journey for excellence. Learning something new is not easy for us. Proper breathing, (practice 5 minutes a day) will propel one to greater efficiency and the results
we desire. Some of us treat our cars better than our bodies. Correct
breathing will cleanse the lungs, rid toxic air, allow for fresh oxygen to enter the blood and muscles, increase energy, decrease
tension and stress. With correct breathing you can expect any where from 10% to 25% increase efficiency and overall results. First to the Finish Line...where winners and survivors always meet.
Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Hello and welcome everyone...this is the 3rd of a 4 part series of
Balance and Breathing. Review part two then read the following. Lay the palms of your hands on your stomach just below the rib cage, middle fingers barely touching each other, and take a slow deep breath. As the diaphragm pushes down, the stomach will slightly expand causing the fingertips to separate. This movement
indicates full use of the lungs, resulting in a truly deep breath rather
than the "puffed chest" breath experienced by many. Chest breathing fills the middle and upper parts of the lungs. Belly
breathing is the most efficient method. Infants and children use only this method until the chest matures. Yoga breath or roll breathing combines belly and chest breathing. For best results,
practice this exercise for 5 minutes. Caution...for older people: never do panting or shallow breathing except while seated.
Hyperventilation may occur. When I learned how to breath properly, my performance, endurance and stamina increased.
Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O

Sunday, June 15, 2014

B&B #2

Hello and welcome everyone...con't breathing and balance. Strive for full body alignment...mind, muscles, breathing and balance will
produce greater performance, energy and endurance. Rapid, shallow breathing. This type of breathing is often caused by poor
posture and weak or stiff muscles leads poor oxygen supply,
respiratory disease, sluggishness or heart disease. Simple ways to
deepen breathing and to cleanse the lungs. These exercises increase
energy and decrease tension. 1) lie flat on your back and have pillows for under your neck and knees creating a sight rise in the
stomach upon inhaling and slight fall when exhaling. 2) place hands palm down on stomach at base of rib cage. Lungs go down
that far. What fills them deeper is the pushing down of the diaphragm, creating a suction drawing air into the lungs. Air is
expelled when diaphragm pushes up. Process...oxygen fills lungs and gets into blood stream for distribution to the cells. Carbon dioxide is expelled from the blood when exhaling cleansing the
body. Continued next week.
Have a meaningful life...Jimmy O

Sunday, June 8, 2014

B&B #1

Hello and welcome everyone...let's get it on. Fitness people, listen up! Not all fitness evolves around weight lifting, treadmills, shoes
or wheels. When attaining and maintaining desired levels of speed,
muscle mass, endurance and attention to proper
breathing and functional balance. Just because you can walk without falling, does not mean you have functional balance. In my
athletic summer camps, teenagers think they have balance...until
they engage in the first session. We want to train the brain to send
the correct signal to the muscles to give us the performance desired,
known as the PSYCHOLOGICAL MOMENT performance. Balance is attained from the inner ear and nerve endings in our feet.
Breathing exercises are critical. A 20% reduction in oxygen blood
levels may be caused by the aging process and normal breathing
habits. Poor breathing robs energy and negatively affects mental
alertness. Unless breathing is exercised, aging affects the respiratory system as follows. Stiffness and rapid shallow breathing. Continued next week.
Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Psy Moment

Hello and welcome blog has covered and illustrated
various drills and exercises, plyo, iso, weight room, prep and cool
down, mental toughness, cross training, my personal training programs and most sports...also included were natural foods for
increased energy and remedies to combat pain. Getting back to new
drills...we start with breathing exercises and meditation. My reference sources are Lumosity, Dr. Oz, Johns Hopkins Inst., Mayo
Clinic and Duke Univ. Breathing exercises should be practiced at
least twice a day...benefit, expand the lungs for more oxygen capacity. More oxygen equals more energy, endurance, strength,
confidence and mental discipline. Enhances one's "performance  
rhythm." Meditation...isn't new, however it is new to the sports
world, in training prior to competing and in every day life for many
of us. The approach to proper training and competing is changing.
Our aptitude for that psychological moment is critical..."the time
when a person is most apt to react in the desired manner."
Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O