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E160 | The Art of Breath with Brian MacKenzie and Rob Wilson

Brian Mackenzie and Rob Wilson jump on the podcast to discuss the Art of Breath (AoB). Brian and Rob are fresh off their first clinic and looking reconnect humans with the fundamental task of breathing. We discuss the difference between nose and mouth breathing, how breathing impairments affect health and performance, and a few simple strategies to get you breathing properly.

Check out The Power Speed and Endurance events page for a full list of future art of breath clinics and contact info to schedule one in a gym near you!

Our Very own Doc Danny will be at the next the next art of breath clinic at CrossFit Terminus in Atlanta GA. Reverse you spot at this clinic at the link below.

Georgia AoB Clinic

For more on Brain, Rob and the art of breath clinic scroll below, visit https://powerspeedendurance.com/, or follow them at the social handles listed below.
The Art of Breath Clinich (From the Power Speed and Endurance webpage – http://powerspeedendurance.com/event/georgia-art-of-breath-clinic/)
If we don’t breathe, we die. Although we all know this simple fact breathing remains the most underutilized component of health and human performance. The Art of Breath (AoB) is a program developed to give participants an experience based understanding of how breathing can affect both short term performance and long term health.
Through a variety of simple and effective teaching tools we will help illuminate this powerful practice and help you grab this low hanging fruit.
The AoB purpose is to help facilitate a deeper understanding of the physiological process so that each person can ultimately tailor their own breath practice to his or her individual needs.

Brian Mackenzie (@iamunscared)

Brian Mackenzie is a human performance and movement specialist. He is the innovator of the endurance, strength and conditioning paradigm. He has studied performance and movement since 2001 with altitude, hypoxia, breathing mechanics & methods, along with heat and cold exposure. He has spent a lot of his time training and understanding in and around the water, and desert. He has participated in Ironman (Canada 2004), and has run the Western States 100 and the Angeles Crest 100 mile endurance runs. He co-authored the book “Power Speed Endurance”, and NYTimes Best Seller UnBreakable Runner. He founded and created Power Speed Endurance (PSE), which specializes in movement & skill development with an emphasis in running, cycling, and swimming mechanics. He has taken on a quality vs quantity approach for every aspect of the programs he’s worked on. MacKenzie’s programs have taught more than 400 seminars worldwide and provided programming for this via PSE. MacKenzie and his programs have been featured in Outside Magazine, Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Health, Competitor Magazine, Runners World, Triathlete Magazine, Men’s Journal, ESPN Rise, The Economist, Tim Ferriss’ New York Times bestseller The 4-Hour Body & Tools of Titans, Scott Carney’s best seller What Doesn’t Kill Us, Men’s Running UK, LA Sport & Fitness, Muscle & Performance Magazine, and Rivera Magazine. Mackenzie has worked with professional athletes, special operators, and MIL/FIRE/LEO with the likes of Laird Hamilton, Jamie Mitchell (10X Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Champion and big wave surfer), Dusty Payne, Kai “Borg” Garcia, Pat Tenore (RVCA founder), Oahu’s North Shore Lifeguards, CrossFit Games athletes including Rich Froning Jr (4X CrossFit Games Champion), and Annie Thorisdottir, and Olympic Gold Medalists such as Erin Cafaro (2X Olympic Gold Medalist in Rowing – W8+, Wife) and Taylor Ritzel (2012 Olympic Gold Medalist –W8+). He has worked with several other professional and elite level athletes in sports spanning from Triathlon, Running, MMA, Swimming, Cycling, Rowing, Surfing, Base Jumping, to US Navy SEALS, Army Rangers and many other Military and Special units.

Rob Wilson (@preparetoperform)

Rob Wilson comes from a formal education in manual therapy with 15+ years of experience as both a practitioner and teacher. He resides in Virginia Beach, VA with his wife Thomi where they own and operate CrossFit Virginia Beach. In addition to working with the Power Speed Endurance team Rob is also a member of the world renowned MobilityWod staff under the direction of Dr. Kelly Starrett. Rob’s main sport background is youth martial arts including Jeet Kune Do (the philosophies of Bruce Lee), Judo, Muay Thai, and Maphiliindo Silat and Kali. Like many coastal kids Rob grew up surfing and skating as well and developed an affinity for the ocean and Nature at an early age.
Rob Wilson is a passionate teacher to the core. Throughout the course of his career as a therapist one thing became abundantly clear; it’s better to teach a person to fish. Without education athletes are left to unknowingly repeat patterns of behavior that may not be pursuant to the actual desired outcome. That is to say the best remedy is often understanding. Rob’s journey is about developing a deeper understanding of human performance to better serve those who wish to actualize their potential.
Rob’s underpinning philosophy is borrowed from the tenets of Jeet Kune Do:

Research your own experience
Absorb what is useful
Reject what is useless
Add what is specifically your own

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