Rami's Blog

Like the Yin-Yang, Eastern Martial Arts and Western medicine are two halves of a whole. My mission is to preserve the ancient mind-body tools, and pass them on to you.


Strength Training without Resistance

This week's Tai Chi Tuesday shows you a way to increase your strength without using weights, or body-weight exercises. Instead of adding resistance, monks would practice increasing their neuromuscular connection, giving them the ability to activate more muscle fibers on command than the average person. This requires a lot of focus, and can be done as a form of meditation. I call this technique "Squeeze the Orange."

This exercise can also do wonders for the elderly, who are losing muscle mass and in danger of developing sarcopenia, a condition which is described by its discovering M.D. here.