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Category: Experience Activities

PJ Nestler’s XPT Hawaii Experience Sand Workout

Ever wonder what really goes on at an XPT Experience?  Well, here’s your chance!  We’re giving you a sneak peek into one of the main portions of any Experience – the sand workout, for you to try on your own.  Below you will find a step-by-step guide to what the XPT Experience attendees went through on the beaches of Hawaii this December, as taught by our Director of Performance, PJ Nestler.

Yes, the beaches of Hawaii are amazingly beautiful, but the XPT Experience attendees were not there that morning to take in the surrounding majestic mountains, deep white, soft sand beneath their toes or the mesmerizing ocean spray or the smell of tropical flowers all around.  They were there to WORK!  And PJ made them do just that.

Check out Coach PJ Nestler’s Hawaii sand workout below and follow along to experience exactly what the crew went through on the beaches of Hawaii just a few weeks ago.  This is a unique opportunity to train exactly how the members of the XPT Experience did, without having to be there.  Be sure to take advantage of it and let us know how it went below!

PJ’s Hawaii Sand Workout

This workout is best done with a partner, for support and motivation, but also to time your rest. One person performs the exercises, then rests while your partner goes, and switch back and forth like that each round. If you are performing solo, time how long each interval takes, and give yourself equal amount of time to rest before starting the next interval.

Warmup 1 – Performance Breathing

Get your body warm prior to the workout by doing a performance breathing routine. (10-20 minutes)

Warmup 2 – Light Movement

Mark off 20 yards. Begin with 1 set of each of the following there and back. This warm-up should be performed breathing through your nose only:

Jog/Backpedal

High Knee Skips

Power Skips for Height

Running High Knees

Side Shuffle

Carioca

Lunge and twist

Inchworms

The next section is done stationary, still breathing through the nose only:

Pushups x 10

Alternating Side Lunges x 10

Burpee & Stick (land soft and hold each landing in a squat position) x 5

Bear Position- Arm and leg lifts x 10

Bear Crawl- Forward & Backward x 6 steps each (slow and controlled to learn positions)

 
 
The Workout

Mark off approximately 25 yards (slightly uphill and on the sand like we did is bonus points!)

 
 
Perform the following exercises for 12-15 minutes completing as many rounds as possible WITH GOOD POSTURE AND POSITIONS. It’s important to remember that we are using movement to challenge positions and breathing capacity under fatigue, so quality of movement and control of the breath is the priority here. Poor quality reps will bring poor quality results.

10 Burpees- sprint to the marker (the ocean line for us) & Bear crawl back

*Rest while your partner performs the same interval (slow your breathing)

10 Pushups- sprint to the marker & sprint back

*Rest while your partner performs the same interval (slow your breathing)

10 Alternating Lateral Lunges- sprint to the marker & bear crawl OR sprint back

*Rest while your partner performs the same interval (slow your breathing)

Repeat starting back at the top with 10 Burpees.

Focus on slowing your breathing to recover while your partner works…or get in a good stretch like Mr. Ben Greenfield.

 
Complete as many GOOD QUALITY rounds as possible during the 12-15 minute time interval.
 
 
 
Bear Crawls are under rated…
 
When you are done, bring yourself back to a calm, controlled state for recovery by performing some post workout breathing for 3-5 minutes. Then reward yourself by relaxing and taking time to reflect!
 
 

XPT Water

TRAINING IN WATER

One of the most challenging and sought after sessions at an XPT Experience is XPT Water –  Laird’s pool exercises and methods. In Laird’s quest to continuously explore ways to physically and mentally challenge himself he built a large, deep pool at his home in Malibu. Gabby, friends, and colleagues quickly became involved in the evolution of dynamic, ballistic, and mentally challenging water based training. Because Laird is an advocate of training with a community (big or small) he invites his friends to train with him. Besides for safety reasons, training with others has many benefits; support, friendly competition, assurance, accountability, comradery, the list  goes on and on.

ONLY AT XPT EXPERIENCES

Fast forward 10 years and XPT Water has become an incredibly popular way for people to exercise and it is taught at all XPT Experiences. Why? Because it makes fitness fun. It’s challenging, a little scary, increases endurance, strength, power; all in a less impactful way than gym based training. It’s one more way to move, which is what we want people to do – move. It’s what we were born to do every day but we know that – because of how we work – some of us sit at a desk all day long; and then get into cars and then onto couches. The ‘move’ part of our day gets put aside. So if you have a pool or have access to a pool XPT Water will be available to you soon (to do with your own trainer). But for now, you can experience these amazing exercises at an XPT Experience.

POPULAR FOR ATHLETES

Many pro athletes and former pros from various sports have become interested in Laird's training although it's for any level: Joakim Noah, Kelly Slater, Victoria Azarenka, Baron Davis, Chris Chelios. To increase difficulty just like any workout you add weight, or reps, and for XPT Water – depth. Because of the one extra component of needing air – this type of training takes workouts to the next level. Learning how to maximize your breathing and become so connected with your own breath and its full potential capabilities.  It requires mental focus, timing, and courage unlike many other workouts. It keeps people engaged and it's never boring – another reason why people love it.

*Do not try these moves on your own. XPT Water is only taught by certified XPT Water trainers who follow the safety measures and guidelines; never workout alone, have constant, trained supervision, train in the proper environment with full safety precautions.XPT WATER Laird Hamilton XPT WATER EXPERIENCES XPT WATER EXPERIENCES XPT WATER EXPERIENCES XPT WATER EXPERIENCES XPT WATER EXPERIENCESxpt-water-pool-training .laird-gabby-xpt-experience  

THE XPT EXPERIENCE FOODS & HYDRATION METHOD

The not so secret unveiling of what is consumed at each 3 day XPT Experience!

When you attend an experience a discrete benefit is the food provided. Since our founders eat snacks, lunches and meals with the group, the group gets to eat just like the founders (pro athletes and world class coaches) plus ask question and converse about food, choices and philosophies. So what does Laird eat? What does Gabby eat? What does Brian eat? Here is a look at what you would experience at an Experience

MID MORNING / AFTERNOON FUEL

 

mid-day-snack

We provide healthy carbs, proteins, and superfood hydration for those that need to refuel their tank before lunch or dinner (snacks for reference). Some people don’t feel the need for anything besides water but those that feel they have reached their point of feeling empty are offered foods we feel have high quality nutrients and made with high quality ingredients; a search we continue to explore and experiment with. Just like our fitness, our knowledge and experience with food is ever growing and evolving so we share our experiences with you…

NUTRIENT DENSE FOOD

NUTS | Macadamia, Almonds, Cashews / Healthy fats that give you a satisfied, replenished feeling. A salty crunch is a favorite of Gabby’s. We love Royal Hawaiian Macadamia with sea salts – they never get old.

NUT BUTTER & FRUIT | An easy filling fuel is having a nut butter like almond or peanut butter on a banana. We like to have apples and bananas available throughout the day and these fruits go well with the nut butters. Yum Butter has an amazing line – Their easy to pour pouches make it simple to serve and add to fruit or consume straight from the container.yum-butter

PROTEIN / PROTEIN BARS | It's not easy finding hormone free, non gmo beef, chicken jerky. But since we have discovered EPIC they have been an experience regular.  They make Bars and have berries and nuts mixtures / Their products are Hormone free, non GMO, free-range animal protein and organic nuts and berries – high energy, protein snacks that always seem to be devoured the quickest of any snack we supply. Some of our coaches and participants are vegetarians, we have plenty of non-animal foods as you will see below.

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POWER SMOOTHIES | For the sessions where we know people might have burned a ton of calories and need to refuel to make it through the next session before the next big meal, we provide smoothies that are high in calories. High in calories? Yes high in calories. You see we do so much and burn so many calories each day, so calories are a good thing – they are what the body uses for energy. We make sure our calories are high quality so the smoothies we serve are with superfood ingredients. Brian Mackenzie's 3Fuel is an amazing product for pre or post workouts. This does not give you a full feeling but tons of energy. We like to serve Sunlife Smoothies during Malibu Experiences as they pack them with a ton of nutrients that fill people up perfectly to get us all through til the next meal.

smoothies

SUPERFOOD HYDRATION
 

WATER | Water is our number one source of hydration. We highly recomend listening to advisor Darin Olien's talk on water – it will amaze you. And if you come to an experience he is sure to lecture about it. For our experiences we are proud to have Kona Deep as our official water / sourced from deep ocen waters off the coast of Kona. To read about Kona deep water and its amazing naturally occuring elecrolytes visit KonaDeep.com

COCONUTS | Fresh like Laird does! Usually in the a.m. after heat/ice – Coconuts contain electrolytes and is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content.
fresh-coconuts

KOMBUCHA TEA | Gabby has been consuming kombucha once a day for over 15 years. Kombucha is a tea-based beverage that is often drunk for its health benefits or medicinal purposes.
Kombucha is a living health drink made by fermenting tea and sugar with the Kombucha culture. The result can taste like something between sparkling apple cider and champagne, depending on what kind of tea you use. The first recorded use of kombucha comes from China in 221 BC during the Tsin Dynasty.  It was known as “The Tea of Immortality”.

LAIRD SUPERFOOD COFFEE | We start each day as a staff drinking Laird Superfood coffee. We typically provide it to participants depending on the activities schedule mid morning or afteroon. Laird's creamer formula has an intense mix of quality fats, vitamins, and minerals, that make coffee time delicious.

laird-superfood-coffee

VITAL PROTEINS | The all-round all star / Paleo friendly, Gluten Free, Hormone Free, Sugar Free – includes grass fed, pasture-raised bovine hide collagen peptides (in other words amazing protein benefiting your bones, muscles, skin, nails and more). 1-2 little scoops is all you need in water or any liquid. It’s very easy to consume and we all love it.
vital-proteins

CHAGA TEA | We are spoiled having one of the best nutritionists in the world on our advisory team, Mr. Darin Olien. Darin guest lectures at each of our Malibu Experiences and makes his very own Chaga tea for participants to sample. You feel like you are getting a dose of superfood health. Darin has traveled the world searching for superfoods and combines ingredients with incredible powers in his tea. You must try it one day!!darin-making-homemade-chaga-tea

ELIXIRS | Rarely do the founders drink liquids other than water, coffee, or teas but depending on the ingredients and specific needs they will have an elixir. We make sure they don’t contain high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, artificial colors or ingredients. They must be all natural and low in sugar.

TURMERIC | Over the past several years it has come to XPT founders attention just how effective and important adding turmeric to their diet is. Anyone who does research on turmeric understands its value. Some of the key benefits include promoting muscle recovery and helping minimize inflammation. There are certain ways to make homemade turmeric – juices, teas, shots etc. One amazing brand we discovered that makes it easy for those that don’t have the time to brew their own is Temple Turmeric. We love their farming, sourcing and combinations, and our personal favorite is Pure Prana Turmeric Shot. There are many other emerging brands as turmeric is now a mainstream health product. Do your research and find out what’s best for you. Everything in moderation, always though.

temple-turmeric


LUNCHES & DINNERS

xpt-nutrition-time

We provide lunch just like any other typical day in the lives of our founders. An XPT Experience is not a luxury retreat where you may eat 4 courses and get a glass of champagne before you go lay by the pool and get a massage. Our lunches are strictly used to nourish the body and refuel for the afternoon and a time to connect with the group, share stories etc.. BUT the food must taste good, after all Laird, Gabby and Brian don’t have different taste buds than you and I, so the food is delicious! Just really healthy as well….Ask anyone who has ever attended an experience.

The amount and type of food depends on the activities previously scheduled. We start around 8:00 am so we make sure people have enough fuel to get them to lunch which is usually around 12:00. Many times, lunches are eaten informally, wherever we happen to end up. We pack in the fun at each experience so lunch is usually used as a tool – to get us from point A to B.

Dinners are usually around 6:00. Dinners can be more formal than lunch. Sometimes we have time to change into street clothes / sometimes not! Yes we have gone to a nice Malibu restaurant all sandy and sweaty. When you are hungry you are hungry and if we choose to stay and play and skip showering, so be it! We don’t end a session if the group is having an amazing time so people can get primped for dinner. We tell people to come prepared in case activities run long.

laird-superfood
Here is a guideline for when the XPT staff orders meals for the group:

LUNCHES | 2 Protein Options / 1 Animal Protein, 1 Vegetarian – Salad and Sides
DINNERS | 3-4 Protein Options / 2-3 Animal Proteins, 1 Vegetarian – Salad and Sides
No bread, No desserts – BUT if people want to order those they can.

1. Main Dishes (Chicken, Beef, Pork, Fish) (We choose restaurants that use fresh, lean meats)
{Usually Baked, grilled, or steamed– topped with butter or olive oil, fresh herbs and spices}

2. Veggie & Grain Sides (Spinach, Green Beans, Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, Asparagus / Quinoa, Lentils, Sweet potatoes)
{Grilled or steamed– Sea salt, Garlic, Butter etc.}
*Ollo’s in Malibu makes outstanding side dishes among other things.

3. Salads (Leafy Greens mixed with goodness and an oil based dressing)
* John’s Garden in Malibu makes the best salads – we highly recommend.

xpt-salads
When on Kauai we order Wraps for one of the lunches (they are gluten free) Stuffed with protein and veggies – They are called corn meal Arepas made by Ally’s Cocina – a must have!
XPT TIP: There are small businesses all around us that make unique, healthy, great tasting food. Explore your neighborhood or research before you travel so you make it easier on yourself to make good choices.

That is the breakdown for what you can expect to consume at an Experience. We try to always introduce new foods and keep the menu fresh and delicious. There are many takeaways at the Experience and hopefully eating the XPT way is one of them, as we have all gotten great results from this nutrition lifestyle; ingredients, nutrients, wholefood, real food, variety, portion size, timing.
Please feel free to share a product with us. We are always up for finding new delicious healthy foods…who isn't!

 

XPT EXPERIENCE FOODS & HYDRATION METHOD

The not so secret unveiling of what is consumed at each 3 day XPT Experience!

When you attend an experience a discrete benefit is the food provided. Since our founders eat snacks, lunches and meals with the group, the group gets to eat just like the founders (pro athletes and world class coaches) plus ask question and converse about food, choices and philosophies. So what does Laird eat? What does Gabby eat? What does Brian eat? Here is a look at what you would experience at an Experience

MID MORNING / AFTERNOON FUEL

 

mid-day-snack

We provide healthy carbs, proteins, and superfood hydration for those that need to refuel their tank before lunch or dinner (snacks for reference). Some people don’t feel the need for anything besides water but those that feel they have reached their point of feeling empty are offered foods we feel have high quality nutrients and made with high quality ingredients; a search we continue to explore and experiment with. Just like our fitness, our knowledge and experience with food is ever growing and evolving so we share our experiences with you…

NUTRIENT DENSE FOOD

NUTS | Macadamia, Almonds, Cashews / Healthy fats that give you a satisfied, replenished feeling. A salty crunch is a favorite of Gabby’s. We love Royal Hawaiian Macadamia with sea salts – they never get old.

NUT BUTTER & FRUIT | An easy filling fuel is having a nut butter like almond or peanut butter on a banana. We like to have apples and bananas available throughout the day and these fruits go well with the nut butters. Yum Butter has an amazing line – Their easy to pour pouches make it simple to serve and add to fruit or consume straight from the container.yum-butter

PROTEIN / PROTEIN BARS | It's not easy finding hormone free, non gmo beef, chicken jerky. But since we have discovered EPIC they have been an experience regular.  They make Bars and have berries and nuts mixtures / Their products are Hormone free, non GMO, free-range animal protein and organic nuts and berries – high energy, protein snacks that always seem to be devoured the quickest of any snack we supply. Some of our coaches and participants are vegetarians, we have plenty of non-animal foods as you will see below.

img_3944

POWER SMOOTHIES | For the sessions where we know people might have burned a ton of calories and need to refuel to make it through the next session before the next big meal, we provide smoothies that are high in calories. High in calories? Yes high in calories. You see we do so much and burn so many calories each day, so calories are a good thing – they are what the body uses for energy. We make sure our calories are high quality so the smoothies we serve are with superfood ingredients. Brian Mackenzie's 3Fuel is an amazing product for pre or post workouts. This does not give you a full feeling but tons of energy. We like to serve Sunlife Smoothies during Malibu Experiences as they pack them with a ton of nutrients that fill people up perfectly to get us all through til the next meal.

smoothies

SUPERFOOD HYDRATION
 

WATER | Water is our number one source of hydration. We highly recomend listening to advisor Darin Olien's talk on water – it will amaze you. And if you come to an experience he is sure to lecture about it. For our experiences we are proud to have Kona Deep as our official water / sourced from deep ocen waters off the coast of Kona. To read about Kona deep water and its amazing naturally occuring elecrolytes visit KonaDeep.com

COCONUTS | Fresh like Laird does! Usually in the a.m. after heat/ice – Coconuts contain electrolytes and is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content.
fresh-coconuts

KOMBUCHA TEA | Gabby has been consuming kombucha once a day for over 15 years. Kombucha is a tea-based beverage that is often drunk for its health benefits or medicinal purposes.
Kombucha is a living health drink made by fermenting tea and sugar with the Kombucha culture. The result can taste like something between sparkling apple cider and champagne, depending on what kind of tea you use. The first recorded use of kombucha comes from China in 221 BC during the Tsin Dynasty.  It was known as “The Tea of Immortality”.

LAIRD SUPERFOOD COFFEE | We start each day as a staff drinking Laird Superfood coffee. We typically provide it to participants depending on the activities schedule mid morning or afteroon. Laird's creamer formula has an intense mix of quality fats, vitamins, and minerals, that make coffee time delicious.

laird-superfood-coffee

VITAL PROTEINS | The all-round all star / Paleo friendly, Gluten Free, Hormone Free, Sugar Free – includes grass fed, pasture-raised bovine hide collagen peptides (in other words amazing protein benefiting your bones, muscles, skin, nails and more). 1-2 little scoops is all you need in water or any liquid. It’s very easy to consume and we all love it.
vital-proteins

CHAGA TEA | We are spoiled having one of the best nutritionists in the world on our advisory team, Mr. Darin Olien. Darin guest lectures at each of our Malibu Experiences and makes his very own Chaga tea for participants to sample. You feel like you are getting a dose of superfood health. Darin has traveled the world searching for superfoods and combines ingredients with incredible powers in his tea. You must try it one day!!darin-making-homemade-chaga-tea

ELIXIRS | Rarely do the founders drink liquids other than water, coffee, or teas but depending on the ingredients and specific needs they will have an elixir. We make sure they don’t contain high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, artificial colors or ingredients. They must be all natural and low in sugar.

TURMERIC | Over the past several years it has come to XPT founders attention just how effective and important adding turmeric to their diet is. Anyone who does research on turmeric understands its value. Some of the key benefits include promoting muscle recovery and helping minimize inflammation. There are certain ways to make homemade turmeric – juices, teas, shots etc. One amazing brand we discovered that makes it easy for those that don’t have the time to brew their own is Temple Turmeric. We love their farming, sourcing and combinations, and our personal favorite is Pure Prana Turmeric Shot. There are many other emerging brands as turmeric is now a mainstream health product. Do your research and find out what’s best for you. Everything in moderation, always though.

temple-turmeric


LUNCHES & DINNERS

xpt-nutrition-time

We provide lunch just like any other typical day in the lives of our founders. An XPT Experience is not a luxury retreat where you may eat 4 courses and get a glass of champagne before you go lay by the pool and get a massage. Our lunches are strictly used to nourish the body and refuel for the afternoon and a time to connect with the group, share stories etc.. BUT the food must taste good, after all Laird, Gabby and Brian don’t have different taste buds than you and I, so the food is delicious! Just really healthy as well….Ask anyone who has ever attended an experience.

The amount and type of food depends on the activities previously scheduled. We start around 8:00 am so we make sure people have enough fuel to get them to lunch which is usually around 12:00. Many times, lunches are eaten informally, wherever we happen to end up. We pack in the fun at each experience so lunch is usually used as a tool – to get us from point A to B.

Dinners are usually around 6:00. Dinners can be more formal than lunch. Sometimes we have time to change into street clothes / sometimes not! Yes we have gone to a nice Malibu restaurant all sandy and sweaty. When you are hungry you are hungry and if we choose to stay and play and skip showering, so be it! We don’t end a session if the group is having an amazing time so people can get primped for dinner. We tell people to come prepared in case activities run long.

laird-superfood
Here is a guideline for when the XPT staff orders meals for the group:

LUNCHES | 2 Protein Options / 1 Animal Protein, 1 Vegetarian – Salad and Sides
DINNERS | 3-4 Protein Options / 2-3 Animal Proteins, 1 Vegetarian – Salad and Sides
No bread, No desserts – BUT if people want to order those they can.

1. Main Dishes (Chicken, Beef, Pork, Fish) (We choose restaurants that use fresh, lean meats)
{Usually Baked, grilled, or steamed– topped with butter or olive oil, fresh herbs and spices}

2. Veggie & Grain Sides (Spinach, Green Beans, Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, Asparagus / Quinoa, Lentils, Sweet potatoes)
{Grilled or steamed– Sea salt, Garlic, Butter etc.}
*Ollo’s in Malibu makes outstanding side dishes among other things.

3. Salads (Leafy Greens mixed with goodness and an oil based dressing)
* John’s Garden in Malibu makes the best salads – we highly recommend.

xpt-salads
When on Kauai we order Wraps for one of the lunches (they are gluten free) Stuffed with protein and veggies – They are called corn meal Arepas made by Ally’s Cocina – a must have!
XPT TIP: There are small businesses all around us that make unique, healthy, great tasting food. Explore your neighborhood or research before you travel so you make it easier on yourself to make good choices.

That is the breakdown for what you can expect to consume at an Experience. We try to always introduce new foods and keep the menu fresh and delicious. There are many takeaways at the Experience and hopefully eating the XPT way is one of them, as we have all gotten great results from this nutrition lifestyle; ingredients, nutrients, wholefood, real food, variety, portion size, timing.
Please feel free to share a product with us. We are always up for finding new delicious healthy foods…who isn't!

 

Ice – Heat

Almost undoubtedly the most unique thing about XPT Experiences are the ice baths. It's difficult to explain to someone that has never done it just how good this feels. You have heard about it for ages, how major lague baseball players, professional football and basketball players use ice. Well why do you think that is? Because it's good for RECOVERY. It helps your hormones and metabolism balance, it aids with muscle recovery, it decreases inflammation. The benefits of Ice has been studied for years and years (hard of Wim Hof?) and people have been benefitting from it for years and years. Heck there are ice bath houses in Russia and they have some of the lowest cases of cancer. We encourage you to learn about all of the physical benfits of ice therapy. We incoportate it into our extreme prformance training system, you should too.
 

ICE AT AN EXPERIENCE

For some this may be scary. If you unsure if you can do this, we want you to know in no way do you HAVE to do this. Will you be encouraged? Yes, because we know how good it is for you. If you are brave enough to try it for the first time, just know you will have team XPT right by your side helping you through it.  For those that do take the plunge, they often ask if we can incorporate into the schedule even more.
 

HEAT

The barrel is always full at the Hamilton house. Laird and Gabby fell in love with the detoxifying power of heat-saunas many moons ago. Theur dear friend Chris Chelios gifted them their first barrel sauna. An unusual gift but if you know Laird and Gabby this was right up their alley. Some good times happen in the barrel besides the serious beneficial effects it has. This falls back on the extreme performance training philosophy; you must enjoy what you do (your active lifestyle) or it's not going to last. Gabby just recently launched her own pod cast literally captured in a sauna each time. "People tend to open up, break down and say things that they have been yearning to say for a long time but just never have." XPT's system of ice-heat-ice-heat can be done at each experience. Team XPT walks you through their system, their schedule of when to apply. They also relay other options for ice-heat therapy if you don't have your own sauna or access to one.
 

THE WILLING – THE ABLE


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High Intensity Training

At XPT Experiences we do various workouts that encompass the XPT philosophy; workout in the gym, in water, and out in nature. We do a lot of functional gym workouts, primal, mobility, power exercises. We also advocate high intensity workouts for many reasons. Gabby has formulated her own high intensity circuit workout called HIGHX.
 

THE EVOLUTION OF HIGHX

This system was created for several reasons:

1) She loves strength moves; curls, lunges, deadlifts, squats
2) She loves compact get it done workouts (she's a busy woman)
3) She wanted to workout with friends to help encourage her to workout consistently
4) She wanted to do something she liked


WHY IT WORKS

HIGHX is tough, it's fast paced, it's loud, it's energetic, it will make you sweat within 5 minutes. It is designed to target the following groups: core, cardio, flexibility, balance, strength – all of these are included in every highx workout. The X stands for explosive. A few explosive exercises are incorporated as well to get that high intensity result, they are followed by a recover exercise to regulate your system and maximize the next explosive time.  

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Because HIGHX is a great group workout we usually open this portion of the experience to the community. Giving back is really imporatnt to Gabby and Team XPT and we realize not everyone can pay the fee to join all three days. These sessions somehow feel a lot better to people when they see the person next to them working (or suffering) as much as they are 🙂

 

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Performance Breathing™

At XPT Experiences participants get to do and learn all the things that make up Extreme Performance Training: and breathing is a big part of it. You might say what is the big deal about breathing? Once you become aware of what experts are saying about the effects of deep breathing it becomes clear why 'breathing' is so valuable (besides the most obvious reason). Alll XPT founders and advisors are constantly persuing health advances. Whether it be by reading and listening to lectures or by meeting with key influencers and Dr.'s to gain an understanding of their perspectives and teachings. XPT derived from years and years of practice, performance, and the constant exploration of the best training regimes and best supporting practices to ensure best outcomes. Performance Breathing is a huge compenet for success in the ocean, in the gym, and on the court for team XPT. 
 

WHEN DO YOU DEEP BREATHE?

1) When held under water in the ocean
2) When giving birth
3) When sprinting to a finish line
4) When trying to calm down in an anxious situation
5) When trying to boost energy
6) When lifting something heavy

PERFORMANCE BREATHING™

A lot of us have been doing mini performance breathing routines without even knowing it. XPT Performance Breathing™ has gathered and combined specific patterns from various ancient methods to create adaptable routines for people to do on their own before, during, and after certain events. Such as Apnea breathing. This 1-4-2 system can be used for two ways; to calm down, or to oxygeneate. By following the pattern for an alloted period of time the body will adjust and produce the desired outcomes. Pranayama has been around for centuries. It is used to rev up ones system. XPT uses this system as a way to prepare for a workout or competition. By using this system to pump up the body XPT founders have gotten results that cause them to lift more, jump more, swim more than without doing this routine prior.

BREATHE WITH US

If you take a look at tv ads, sit coms, sporting events you will start to notice just how many people take deep breaths, fast small breaths, give deep sighs. All of these are in the 'breathing' family. Performance Breathing is a real thing. You can watch and practice our Performance Routines by following the XPT Daily Training on our website. Or you can come to an XPT Experience and 'experience' the systems in person and breathe with us!
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Stand Up Paddle

Stand-up paddle has fast become one of the most popular outdoor activities in the U.S. and around the world. And not surprisingly so.
If you haven’t heard, when Laird and Gabby met in ’96, they lived in different states; Gabby in California, Laird in Hawaii. They agreed to split their time in each place.
While they lived in California (Malibu) from April-October Laird would entertain himself in the ocean without those ‘big waves’. Because Laird is part fish he still needed to spend every day in the ocean water. Swells are not freuqent in California so Laird would do short board surf, prone paddling, kite boarding, kyaking, body surfing but all of these grew uninspiring. Long story short he along with friend Dave kalama explored building paddles that would accomodate one if they stood on a board with no waves to propel them. A new ocean activity arose and Laird was off each day stand up paddling all up and down the pacific ocean from Malibu to Santa Monica and back. People would pull their cars over and try to figure out what that was out in the ocean. Shortly after … the evoluation of stand up began.

SUP AT AN EXPERIENCE

One of many reasons our experiences are different is the addition of a stand up paddle session. Laird is adamant everyone should experience the joy of ‘standing’ on water. There is something magical about being on top of water, it’s a whole other perspective. It can be a great physical workout, but it turns into much more. How do we begin to explain just how special an XPT sup session can be for a stand up paddle fan? Let us try:

1) You get to paddle with the guy who brought sup mainstream (Laird)
2) You get to stand up paddle in some of the most beautiful places in the world
3) It’s never NOT fun to be out in nature doing something different (in good conditions)
4) You are surrounded by people who want to have as much fun as you do
5) You are surrounded by some of the best waterman in the world
6) You can be a total beginner or sup racer, your level does not matter

FITNESS OR FUN?

Ironiclly our SUP sessions are not ‘workouts’. Though they my feel like it to beginners, they are just sessions that fall under our ‘nature training’ philosophy for XPT. Get outside, get out of the gym once in awhile, do something that involves fresh air. Yes standup paddling is considered a fitness workout to the masses, and routines certainly can be designed for such but for us we include it for the commraderie, for the nature connection, for our hapiness. It’s pure fun. Plus you get to drink coconuts right after. I mean what could be better than that??

BYSTANDER

You don’t HAVE to do anything at an experience. You are always encouraged to go at your own pace, lift your own preference of weight, and even step out of any activity if you don’t feel comfortable.
You can stand on the beach with our staff and take in the view, go for a walk if you prefer to skip an sup session. *Here is a true story for you. One of our recent particpants had signed up and was super excited to attend but a few weeks before she asked if she HAD to do the sup session as she really didn’t want to. We explained the above and she felt way better, her anxiety about it subsided. Fast forward to the day of the experience / sup session and who is one of the first to grab her board? ‘She’ was. She tackled her fears, felt so much support from the group she had just met and gone through a day of XPT with and decided to go for it. She was all smiles and had a great time. ‘She’ is 6 feet of sunshine as they say – Mrs. Keri Walsh Jennings.

XPT SUP CREW | INSTRUCTION & SAFETY

Chief: Jeff Sweet
Wingman: Chcuk Glynn
Support: Gene Smith, Kurt Simpson, Mitch, Sam George, Travis

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