Scientific and Empirical

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Hey everyone, how’s the week been?

I hope you guys are well, cause if you’re not, lie down and do some breathing exercises for a few minutes. I guarantee you will feel a lot better.

Very well, to conclude this breathing series, for the time being, I would like to share an article with you guys. It is a scientific study from two Korean Universities published in the Technology and Health Care Journal.

The title is Best core stabilization exercise to facilitate subcortical neuroplasticity: A functional MRI neuroimaging study. The main subject is the comparison between two different exercise methods…


Controlling Intra-Abdominal Pressure

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Greetings!

In the previous article, we spoke about the origins of deep breathing and the role of the diaphragm in our health. Needless to say that, practicing intentional breathing should be a part of your daily activities, should you choose to be a healthy person.

Given the circumstances and current technological trends, I strongly believe that the importance of breathing exercises are yet more important than ever.

Now, for us athletes and intentional movers who would like to improve our game in whichever activity that we do. How does breathing apply?

First of all, from a physiological standpoint, oxygen is…


Introduction to Diaphragmatic Breathing

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Origins of Deep Breathing

Do you have a baby? Watch your kid while he/she sleeps. Notice how the belly rises and expands laterally. We are born nurturing a deep connection between motor control and breathing. Throughout the phases of motor development, the child experiments breathing in different levels of difficulty, in different positions. It all happens at a subconscious level. The babies are excellent breathers and movers at an early childhood stage. The system starts falling into dysfunction when social and cultural influences begin to kick in.

Let us dive into the nitty-gritty.

The breathing process is automatic, therefore not controlled by the Frontal…


Time to open our eyes and act with purpose.

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Do you wonder where you fit in this new world of information? How to balance health and wealth? Do you challenge your current status quo?

Recently I’ve been experimenting with a new form of interaction on my current lifestyle. I have taken my exercise routine to a remote environment. This attempt opened my eyes to challenges and understandings on a healthy lifestyle.

My partner and I took a trip through the coast of Bahia. Within our main objectives with this trip were:

  • Change of environment due to the Covid-19 situation.
  • Peace of mind.
  • Challenge our ability to be work-productive anywhere.

And Shortening The Gap

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In continuation of our previous discussion, we exposed that training flexibility is essential to improve articular health, but not enough.

When we increase passive range, we expose the newly acquired degrees of movement. This exposure was previously protected by the mechanoreceptors working intelligently to prevent injury. Now it’s temporarily unprotected.

Mobility training aims to improve that Articular Workspace. There are several strategies used by many different methods, but they focus on similar end goals. The takeaway is to have a well-defined plan and not deviate.

When we talk about mobility training, we are necessarily speaking about strength training. The difference…


A Path to Articular Freedom

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To say that there is one type of mobility training is an understatement. Contrary to what many movers and trainers believe, mobility training can be divided into several categories for several different objectives. However, there are a few concepts that will always influence our movements and the outcome of our training sessions.

Breathing

This one I’ve been rambling for weeks now, so I won’t get into it. Nonetheless, it needs to be mentioned.

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Strength

Yes…


Discussing the details of how flexibility affects joint health.

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Most of us know that flexibility is an important physical attribute to cultivate. But do you really know how it affects our body when we perform?

We can define flexibility as the capacity of a given muscle (or group of) to undergo extension. Contrary to some of the old beliefs, flexibility does not necessarily involve active movement. What determines the limit of a person’s flexibility is the reflexive action of the mechanoreceptors. When we train for flexibility, we are training our muscle proprioceptors to determine a new safety threshold. In other words, we are tricking our brain to let us…


The reasons underlying our decisions, or lack of, are numerous. Let’s go over a few

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Today I was reading Tribe Of Mentors from Tim Ferriss, and I came across the notion that we need to address procrastination. And even though it seems like an obvious statement, we do nothing about it. Where does this urge come from (of postponing what should be done now)?

To be able to make changes in our lives, first, we need to understand why we couldn’t do it already. And the reasons underlying our decisions, or lack of, are numerous. Let’s go over a few.

Failing to see far ahead is one of the most common causes of procrastination. In…


Consider You Have A Terminal Stage Illness.

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You might be thinking this is kind of dramatic. Well, it is indeed! It needs to be. While this has an obvious answer to most people, the actions do not seem to follow. If someone asks you that, you would probably say that your health is worth all the money in the world, and you are right. This vessel that we call Body is the single most precious asset we will ever have in life. Yet, a small percentage of the population does something about it.

To understand the issue, first, we need to know why this happens. If you…


Develop A Mindset For Articular Freedom

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Having functional articulations and moving without pain is a product of several small changes in lifestyle. It does not happen overnight, and it requires active thinking and continuance. Similar to brushing your teeth, you should do it every day. Various processes in our lives have their share of influence on how we mature breathing, movement, and posture.

Children are excellent movers, why is that? First of all, they undergo a developmental process of motor learning and are new to the world. When I say new, I mean that they have not yet suffered profuse changes by social interaction. …

Andre Cerro

Strength/Movement Coach. StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor Lvl 2. Coffee Lover. Exploring Neuromuscular Function, Articular Health, and Motor Learning.

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