Relax and Win


I have been watching the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games for the past week. I mostly watched the gymnastics and swimming and following a bit of tracks and fields too. I also watch regularly other sports like NFL Football and American Ninja warrior, a NBC competitive sports show.

While watching these shows, my curiosity has been about human performance and endurance. How much an individual can do physically and where that strength comes from?

In this Star Tribune article, reporter Richard Chin interviews Dr. Michael Joyner, a physician and human performance expert at the Mayo Clinic, who has been watching the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games as well.

How can they Do That?

Richard asks Dr. Joyner the question most of us have in our mind too – how can they do that?

Dr Joyner replied that it’s just intense focus, intense concentration and intense relaxation at the same time.

There’s an old concept that was encapsulated by a coach named Bud Winter. He coached a huge number of world record holders in track. He also trained fighter pilots in World War II. And he noticed that the best dog fighters were the people who were intensely focused and relaxed at the same time. He wrote this incredible book called “Relax and Win.”

Dr Michael Joyner, Mayo Clinic’s human performance expert

Dr Joyner added that when we see somebody who has kind of a transcendent performance, you see the relax and win approach over and over and over again.

Strength and Endurance Tips

Strength training is an important part of strength, durance and overall fitness. This Mayo Clinic guide walks us through how to reduce body fat and increase lean muscle mass. According to the document, strength training helps us preserve and enhance your muscle mass at any age.

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