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We are Sean Jacobs, a human performance coach, and Laura Jacobs, an online nutrition & lifestyle coach. We have a combined 20+ years of experience as collegiate athletes, personal trainers, and online fitness coaches.
We believe in a balanced approach to health and fitness. You should be able to do the things you are passionate about and live a life you love while also reaching your goals.
The key is to weed your way through the BS that's out there, return to the basics, master them, and then mold your habits and routines to create lasting changes for the better.
We've done the work. We've tried the restrictive, fad diets, the extreme workouts, excessive cardio, and daily HIIT. We pushed through injuries & made things worse (coming from athletic backgrounds always thinking "ALL OR NOTHING").
The trials & tribulations of our own fitness evolution brought us to our own progressive, evidence-based approach that we trust for ourselves AND our clients for long term health & fitness success:
Understanding that not all bodies are the same, nor do they require the same style of training and nutrition.
Mastering the basics of movement, mobility, strength & performance training.
Progressing slowly and methodically, using a principle-based system to help guide you & educate you along the way.
Prioritizing nutrition to FUEL your body, concentrating on balanced meals, protein, and micronutrients.
And RECOVERING as hard as we train.
None of this is a quick fix. When we take care of our body, we feel better. When we feel better, we live better.
"The missing pillar in health is BREATH. It all starts there." James Nestor, BREATH: The New Science of a Lost Art
We're all familiar with those pesky excuses that stand between us and our health goals, right? In a world where excuses for not prioritizing health and fitness are abundant, we often overlook a controllable factor that can significantly impact our well-being – our breathing patterns. The phrases:
"I'm just too old for that,"
"I'm out of shape," or
"my joints are worn out"
...might sound familiar, but what if I told you that the key to conquering these excuses is right under your nose...literally? Let's dive into the fascinating world of conscious breathing and uncover how it can work wonders for our well-being.
Unveiling the Hidden Connection
Now, I know what you're thinking...Breathing? That's just something we do without thinking, like blinking or binging on our favorite show. But guess what? There's more to this automatic process than meets the eye.
We're about to reveal how taking charge of our breath can transform our bodies and minds in ways we never imagined. Breathing is, after all, an unconscious action that keeps us alive. However, beneath this automatic process lies an untapped potential – the power to consciously control our breath.
You know all of the vital signs that your doctor takes note of during every check up?
Blood Glucose Level.
Well, your respiratory rate, or the number of breaths you take in a minute, is the only vital sign that you can consciously control, and it also offers a direct link to controlling the others in a variety of ways...so why in the world would we NOT want to harness that power?!
By unlocking this potential, we gain the ability to wield the reins of many of our body's systems, leading to transformative changes in our lives physically, physiologically, and psychologically.
Breathing: Beyond the Basics
Breath work isn't just inhale-exhale routines. It's like a superhero power that has the potential to boost everything from our fitness and stress management to our strength and our ability to touch our toes without cringing.
Give this breath-focused toe touch variation a try and feel the difference in your lower back stiffness and hip mobility in a matter of 10-20 slow, deep breaths!
Bringing awareness to your breath isn't just ancient wisdom for the monks on misty mountaintops – it's practical wisdom for us, right here, right now. Seeing breath work techniques and strategies as accessible tools, offers us the opportunity to rewrite our narratives of "I can't" into "I am capable."
The Crucial Link between Breathing and Mobility
Ever felt like your body is giving you the silent treatment as you age? Trust me, it's not just the calendar pages flipping. Often, the loss of vitality associated with aging is wrongly attributed to age itself. However, the reality is that the decline in mobility, energy, and vigor could be closely tied to inefficient breathing patterns.
Through restorative movement and conscious breath work, we can break free from the limiting beliefs that come with age and reclaim the vibrancy that was once second nature.
Check out my long time client Frank. He dealt with crippling back pain and had life-changing back surgery over a decade ago in attempts to alleviate his suffering. They told Frank he'd never be able to lift over a couple dozen pounds...
Frank has embraced the importance of breath work in his routine and has fully transformed his body awareness. Not only has he drastically crushed his doctors' expectations by squatting over his body weight, and continues to push his limits daily with new movements and techniques from boosted confidence, but now he has easily accessible skills that he can employ when he's not at the gym and he feels tension in his shoulders, back, or hips.
Bringing awareness to your breath and sharpening your tools to manage it can bring you the movement freedom that so many of us are after!
Strengthening from Within: Breath Work and Physical Resilience
"I'm out of shape" is a refrain heard far too often. But what if our breath held the key to rebuilding our physical strength? Our bodies are large pressure systems filled with liquid, and our ability to manage that pressure (brace our core properly), and balance internal forces (our guts, bones, joints, and muscles) with external forces like gravity and load (lifting weights), is directly linked to our breathing.
Through deliberate breathing techniques, we tap into the body's adaptive capabilities, facilitating positive changes in joint position, muscle function and endurance. This newfound resilience isn't just confined to the gym; it permeates every facet of our lives, providing lasting results that extend far beyond a single workout.
Breath's Role in Longevity and Health Span
Let's talk longevity – not just adding years to your life, but life to your years. Chronic illnesses often lurk in the shadows, waiting to diminish our health span. Here, breath work emerges as a potent ally.
Breath work allows you to rewrite the rules of the aging game.
By nurturing our nervous system and facilitating a fluid and consistently available shift from the 'fight or flight' sympathetic mode to the 'rest and digest' parasympathetic mode, when we need it most, we take control of our body's response to stressors. This ability to rebalance our body and mind allows us to handle and grow from stress, reducing the toll it takes on our health.
Want to reduce your stress and let go of some tension? Try this breathing drill focused on letting go and melting like a candle!
Empowering Transformation: Breath Work as a Skill Set
Learning to harness the power of breath is akin to acquiring a set of tools for life. Just as skills are honed through training, breath work too requires consistent practice.
The adaptability of our body and mind is astounding – as we undergo training in breath work, we witness remarkable adaptations that translate into positive changes across various dimensions of our well-being. The key is building a sustainable routine that fits your needs.
Elevating Stress Management through Breath
Modern life bombards us with stressors that threaten to destabilize our equilibrium. Our mind and body can both experience imbalances, thus affecting the other. Breath work offers a sanctuary – a space where we learn to master our reactions. By consciously engaging our breath, we find a pathway to steady our nervous system, reinforcing our ability to navigate challenges with resilience and poise.
Dive a bit deeper into your body awareness through this drill that focuses on extending your exhales and challenging your diaphragm and your nervous system's reflexes with slight breath holds.
A Life Rewritten with Every Breath
Imagine weaving breath into the tapestry of your life. It's not just about hitting the gym or downing green smoothies. It's about creating a symphony of well-being where each note – breath, movement, mindfulness – harmonizes to create your masterpiece.
This isn't just about short-term gains; it's about scripting a long-term success story!
Breath: A Universal Miracle
Hold on tight, because we're about to unwrap a universal truth...
Whether you're a yogi or a couch potato, a CEO or a student, breath work is your all-access pass to a better life.
No matter your age, background, or life's chaos, the power of conscious breathing is yours to embrace.
Conclusion: Breathe in, Transform Out
As we conclude our exploration of the transformative power of breath, we stand at the threshold of a paradigm shift. The excuses that once hindered our progress transform into opportunities for growth.
Through breath work, we reclaim control over our health, mobility, strength, and stress management.
Armed with these newfound tools and skills, you're not just conquering challenges – you're thriving. So, with every inhale and exhale, you're rewriting your story into one of lasting well-being and unshakable positivity.
If you want to dive even deeper in how your breath directly connects to your body and mind physically, physiologically, and psychologically, check out our free master class!
The Forgotten Super Power: How Your Breathing May Be Hampering Your Performance
Hope these ideas help! Much love!