About 23 years ago I outlined a message on a yellow pad, grabbed an audio recorder, popped a cassette tape into, hit record and began talking.
I spoke about how important the art of relaxation truly is – and how the BEST athletes are usually the most relaxed.
“Joe Cool” Montana was the perfect example I knew of at the time in the whirld of sports. Even under grueling pressure, his eyes never wavered – his body showed no sign of nervous tension.
In my study of Internal martial arts, tension is the enemy. As soon as you have tension, you can be defeated.
A couple weeks ago, John, an avid exerciser attended one of my trainings. He listened with rapt attention as I spoke about the importance of relaxing as you move – a concept totally foreign to him.
Even though it sounded impossible, John decided to give it a go on his own.
The next day he told me that he swam twice as far as his previous best. He was shocked.
He tried it again a day later and broke his previous record again.
Thinking this cannot be the case with all activities, John tried it with his running.
Same type of result.
He could run faster, longer – and easier than ever before.
We spoke on the phone yesterday. He’s still in shock – but is NOW totally sold on this approach.
“You know, at first it makes no sense. How can you be relaxed and move faster and with more energy?” he said.
“Well, look at the young child,” I replied. “He or she comes into the whirld and runs circles around adults. No one can keep up. The child is totally relaxed while moving. The adult isn’t. Thing is the child came into being in a relaxed state – no one ever taught him to relax. Then he got it trained out of him and spends the rest of his life, if so inclined, trying to recapture it.”
“Wow, never thought of it that way,” said John.
Yes, tis true.
And that’s why I’m so big into the 2.0 version of Combat Conditioning, which I teach to members of the Furey Faithful
Instead of doing hundreds of reps of this, that and the other – why not show me you can do one repetition, slowly and with relaxation.
You might think that’s not a challenge.
I’m telling you – IT IS.
Let’s see you take one full minute to do a single Hindu squat – with your back straight – feet straight ahead – and your body relaxed.
That’s 30 seconds down – 30 seconds up.
Is that all?
Not a chance.
When that’s easy for you – I make it even harder.
I suggest you give this challenge – and the others that I teach – some serious attention.
You can do that each and every day – along with me and others from all over the globe.
If you’ll do this, you’ll not only get fitter – but you’ll know what it truly means when I say, “Relax and Win.”
Because every area of your life improves when you are more at ease, more relaxed than you’ve ever been before.
Coach Matt Furey
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