If you’ve ever taken a close look at the Chinese
yin/yang symbol – you’ll see that it depicts a circle
with an ‘S’ dividing the inside into two different colors:
black and white is most common.
In the black section of the symbol you’ll see a smaller
white circle; in the white section you’ll see a smaller
At first glance you may think the Japanese symbol for
yin/yang is the same – yet it isn’t.
The Chinese yin/yang symbol has many meanings,
but for purposes of this email, I’ll explain it to you in
terms of fitness and health.
In America, many people believe in hard, vigorous,
intense, butt-busting workouts. The idea goes as
follows: If you’re not breaking into a sweat, if you’re
not wiped out after training, if you don’t feel a bit
quesy – then you held back. You didn’t give it all
As a competitive athlete it is important to understand
giving it all you’ve got. But when you’re talking about
a lifelong habit of exercise – balance is the key. And
that balance is best depicted with the yin/yang symbol.
There’s a little black in the white and a little white in the
black. There is room for a shade of grey. Nothing is only
one way or no way.
When you train, look for ways to give it all you’ve got – but
also balance your vigorous workouts with lighter, feel good
workouts that are designed to leave you uplifted rather than
is powerful because it strikes the core of what gets you fit fast – and
while giving you a vigorous workout, it also leaves you feeling physically
and emotionally balanced. The goal is NOT to drive yourself so hard that you
need to bring a vomit bucket with you when you train. Sadly, some people are
very impressed by this idea of vomiting when they train. Not me.
In addition to the vigorous training you get from Combat Conditioning,
you can add even more balance by following the Chinese Long-Life System –
As for myself, I train both ways. I do intense workouts designed to produce
an abundant sweat – immediately followed by training that gives me a quiet
mind and a super relaxed body. I put yang into yin and yin into yang.
This is NOT the same as doing a warmup and a cool down in between a hard
training session. It is more like working hard at slowing down, feeling everything,
being in flow.
A strange concept for many, I know. Yet I think you’d be well served to invesitage
Well, my friend, I’m off to the sauna for some hot and cold mixed with warm and
Kick butt – take names,
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