The ART of
exercise is the closest you can get to the ‘Fountain of Youth’ and ‘Self Mastery’ without injury, frustration and failure.”
When The Times newspaper journalist Robert Crampton wrote about the boxer Darren Barker, he said: ‘If Barker really has discovered the holy grail of physical
conditioning, stamina and strength without having to run or lift weights, he will be a very popular man indeed.’
Darren adopted the ART
exercise programme – 3 interchangeable 30-minute mind and body exercise programs – and went on to become World Middleweight Boxing Champion, saying:
made me into a world champion"
Bad habits mean both men and women do the same exercise they were doing in their early years because like Barker its what they know or have seen others doing. But
it is not necessarily right for their bodies that have reached their physical peak causing them to become more injury prone, lose muscle mass and for the average
person get heavier at the same time.
mental and physical awareness into a unique method of training without the customary pain and accompanying boredom. It encompasses a trio of fitness staples: aerobics,
strength training, and flexibility. To raise your heart rate, increases muscle endurance and create muscle suppleness.
Water Training - a truly isotonic exercise that moves a fixed amount of resistance through a specific range of motion. No matter how fast you move, the resistance
stays the same. The result: a more consistent and controlled resistance compared to free weights or weight machines.
The water’s buoyancy creates natural instability and water’s increased density offers enhanced levels of resistance that both assist and resist movement. The major
benefit to exercising in the water is the protection it offers for your joints as opposed to when you train your body on land where there is an impact on your joints.
I train all of my professional athletes in water because your muscles are forced to work harder and as a consequence you can burn fat faster and tone the muscles quicker
than gym exercising.
Aerobic capacity is also improved because the extra pressure of the water on your body also forces more blood back up into the top half of your body. Therefore making
the your heart work harder, raising your heartbeat and burning additional calories during your water workout.
Finally, training in the water keeps the body cool and your body is not sweating as much to cool the muscles down. This means there is less chance of you becoming
dehydrated during your training session.
Yoga - an excellent way to help calm and focus the mind and improve muscle strength and suppleness. The compound movements used in my 30-minute sequence means
you move more than one muscle group at the same time.
The approach is not traditional yoga in its true form because I’ve never really understood yoga philosophy and I’m sure that not many people do. In the book
‘Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice’ Mark Singleton wrote: ‘In spite of the immense popularity of postural yoga worldwide, there is little or
no evidence that asana (excepting certain seated postures of meditation) has ever been the primary aspect of any Indian yoga practice tradition.’
My lifestyle makes me a walking yoga contradiction, but I don't think it makes me less of a yogi than the guy who leads an ascetic yogic lifestyle. Before I became
a teacher I was drawn to yoga for many different reasons, but none of those reasons have any significance now because my experience then is not my experience now.
What I teach is a form of Yoga Asana that is more akin to strength training to make the mind and body strong. I don’t teach yoga for a spiritual evolution. I do it
because it has the power of influencing you on many different levels, including your spirituality.
Chinese philosophy and culture believe that ‘QI’ is the root of the human body; its quality and movement determine human health. In the West, rebounding combines
gravity and weightlessness into a ‘JUMP’ exercise that’s more beneficial than running. ‘QI-JUMP’ has been proven by champion athletes to make them fitter, stronger
and faster. For anyone trying to lose weight ‘QI-JUMP’ will increase their resting metabolic rate, converting food into energy to burn more fat cells.
QI-JUMP improves muscle contraction and relaxation, to develop speed and power. With jumping all of the muscles in your body are activated particularly the primary
core muscles; Pelvic floor, TVA, Diaphragm and Multifidus as they adjust to the increased gravitational pull.
My high-intensity training (HIT) uses spurts of intensive exercise for a short amount of time. The workout is simple warming up for three minutes, bursting for 60
seconds and resting for 60 seconds. This is repeated 10 times and ends in a five-minute cool down period. For people trying to lose weight this regime increases
metabolic rate. The metabolic rate is the rate at which your body converts food into energy. The higher your metabolic rate, the more energy your cells will consume.
I use a Bellicon rebounder when I train because there is a dramatic difference between the Bellicon and inexpensive trampolines that tend to have inflexible mats
suspended with noisy metal springs. Whereas the Bellicon uses a technically superior mat and bungee rope rings. What this basically means is that the bounce of a
Bellicon is much softer and less jarring. Causing less impact on joints and ligaments and also dramatically improves the result of your workout. The longer cycle
of deceleration on the mat is better for your muscles, giving you a much more effective workout than metal spring rebounder.
The workshop teaches people to use physical exercise as a tool to build the confidence and strength that leads to ‘Self Mastery’. To achieve this requires
considerable focus and discipline but those who have achieved this inevitably stand out from the crowd. Nothing happens overnight we should all pay heed to
Aesop's fable of the race between the hare and the slow-moving - but ultimate winner - the tortoise. Those who do are prepared to play the long game to
‘Self Mastery’ and win.
A person of strong character has perfect control over their body when compared to an ordinary person who moves uncomfortably. As the
ability to sustain regular exercise become more challenging it mirrors the focus and attention that is required to succeed life’s challenges. The contemplative
movements are a mind and body system to gain body awareness. The exercises also develop core physical strength, steadying the nerves, muscles and mind to achieve
a successful outcome.
Next event takes place September 19th 2014 at Shoreditch House
I will be hosting a retreat at Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand called ‘3-Generate’ (Diet, Exercise and Ayurvedic treatments). It is about reclaiming your health
alongside others sharing in the experience of being completely immersed in the mind, body and spirit lifestyle. Over this retreat your will experience change
that wipes away the bloated, weighty repercussions of life to leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. Nutritious eating, energy boosting exercise and ayurvedic
treatments; life made easier to maintain when far away from home.
“Described as a wellness sanctuary and holistic spa resort, Kamalaya occupies what simply must be the best position on the whole island. Kamalaya's motto is
"Feel Life's Potential" - and it really lives up-to the promise”.
I know what it takes to unlock human potential for success following an incredibly varied career having left school with no qualifications:
From personal experiences I also know about body rehabilitation and overcoming physical pain having dislocated both my shoulders, had hip surgery and
four major knee operations from motorbiking and competitive sport. Above and beyond my professional and personal experiences what truly excites me is
how The ART
of Exercise not only address the needs of the physical body in a powerful and effective way, but how it also naturally induces inner work
to bring about personal change. I use it as a tool to build the strength and confidence that leads to ‘Self Mastery’. This requires considerable focus
and discipline but those who have achieved this inevitably stand out from the crowd.