Breathing is the foundation of life. The first step in enhancing health, performance and longevity is through the optimization of breath
Breathing is the foundation of life. The first step in enhancing health, performance and longevity is through the optimization of breath.
Breathing influences every system and function within the body and if done properly, it will promote oxygen transport to all the vital organs and tissues of the body. Breathing can act as the doorway to a calm, relaxed mental state and can be used to control fear, anxiety, anger and stress while promoting restful sleep. Through correct breathing habits, new levels of health, performance, fitness and wellness can be realized, for any application or activity.
Performance Breathing® originally started through the exploration of legendary big wave surfer, pioneer, and XPT Founder, Laird Hamilton. In an effort to improve his breath hold capabilities and to stay relaxed and calm when held under giant waves, Laird began the ancient Polynesian practice of carrying heavy stones underwater. This evolved into the exploration of breath holding and breathing practices on dry-land with influence from dozens of methods and teachers.
Breathing practices have been around for centuries. Performance Breathing combines ancient practices with new age science to create a breathing program that can enhance performance across a wide spectrum of activities. From professional athletes, elite military units and high-powered executives, to young children and elderly alike, XPT Performance Breathing can set the foundation for massive progress in all aspects of one’s life.
The research on using breath-work to enhance physical and mental health and performance goes back decades and has been curated by XPT Breathing Advisors and fitness experts to find the most effective methods for every situation.
Performance Breathing methods are broken into three distinct categories, each to be applied to create a specific result.
Activate methods are intended to calm and focus the mind while bringing energy to the body to prepare for a major meeting, competition, event or to simply set the foundation for a productive day.
Perform methods can be used as a stand-alone workout to strengthen the respiratory muscles, train the focus of the mind and improve CO2 tolerance for enhanced habitual breathing. These methods can also be used during a workout to stabilize the spine and create proper movement mechanics or to boost recovery between bouts of intense exercise.
Reset methods are designed specifically to create feelings of calm relaxation and recovery in the body. These can be used to downregulate after an intense workout, to calm down during times of stress, anger or anxiety, or before bed to foster deep, restful sleep.