Navy SEALS and UFC Champions Use A Nervous System Approach

John Wood, Founder of Rageheart

by John Wood

Navy Seals and UFC Fighters use the science of the nervous system to perform and recover better.

I started one of Joel Jamieson’s courses on the weekend.

He’s a best-selling author and one of the world’s foremost authorities on strength, conditioning, and energy systems.

His training strategies have been used by thousands of elite performers and top athletes worldwide, including the Navy SEALS, UFC champions, and dozens of teams from the NFL, NBA, MLS, NCAA, and more.

I’m only 1-2 modules into the course and what’s interesting is that he talks about many of the same things I do here in The Daily Growl and in The Rageheart Academy:

  • the autonomic nervous system
  • the sympathetic branch
  • the parasympathetic branch
  • how spending too much time in sympathetic activation steals resources from parasympathetic rest-recover-and-digest
  • techniques for restoring balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic
  • and more

The difference is that he talks about these things in the context of recovery.

That is..

How do you recover after workouts so you consistently get stronger and faster while minimizing the risk of injury?

Remember, healing and recovery happen when we’re in a rested ventral-vagal parasympathetic state 😌

That means, if we spend all of our time in sympathetic activation, whether we’re talking balls-to-the-wall activation (such as a UFC fight) or low-level-but-chronic activation (such as the average person in Western society who works too much, doesn’t eat right and watches too much TV / social media)…

…healing and recovery take a hit.

That’s why if you train too much in the gym without making time for recovery, you overtrain, get sick, injured, lose motivation, etc.

It’s also why if you never take the time to bring healthy regulation back to your nervous system like we do here and in The Rageheart Academy (after a lifetime of unresolved stress), you’re more likely to get sick, injured, depressed, anxious, etc.

Point is…

Some very smart (and successful) people use the science of the nervous system to be healthier, stronger, faster and (as Atomic Athlete used to say), harder to kill.

Joel Jamieson and his Navy Seal and UFC clients use these techniques.

I use these techniques.

Maybe you might benefit too?

Master your nervous system (and your life) inside The Rageheart Academy:



John Wood

P.S. Know anyone who spends too much time in sympathetic activation and not enough time in parasympathetic rest-recover-and-digest?

Refer them to The Daily Growl (this email newsletter) and give them better tools for understanding (and regulating) their nervous system.

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