MetaZone System

I have been practicing the MetaZone System program for the last few months as I simultaneously worked to recover former strength levels.
I was surprised to get back to my former personal best on squats while not experiencing significant muscle soreness nor injury. I am keen to continue to make strength gains in all areas with faster recovery and minimal injury.
I also tried Bikram yoga (hot yoga) for the first time recently and was pleased to be certain that I was pushing myself at just the right level because of how I was breathing.
Moving to a new activity can leave you wondering how to pace yourself and so far, I’ve been able to complete the classes which are nearly 2 hours long in a room heated to 110 degrees! I come away nicely sore and ready for more, not struggling around like a cripple!
Joe Weaver, the Metazone System author, was kind enough to make himself available for an interview!
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Joe, how would you describe the MetaZone System to someone who already lifts weights regularly? What benefits can this seasoned lifter expect to notice and how long will these results take?

The MetaZone System takes the most basic life function – breathing – and shows you how to optimize it for greater performance gains. Most of us have tried everything else… rep schemes, pre-workout pills and powders, FatGripz, special shoes… you name it, and we’ve tried it.

But how many of us have thought to improve the one thing that rules all others – oxygen uptake. Without generous amounts of oxygen everything else falters and grinds to a halt.
Martial artists and yogi’s have known this for thousands of years. And by careful self observation they discovered ways to maximize oxygen uptake while efficiently generating more energy and power.
The MetaZone System simply takes three of these ancient techniques and applies them to strength training.
This is not visualization or playing games with your mind. These are simple physical techniques that fundamentally change the the way your body functions during a workout.
The results are more muscle building power, faster recovery and a much greater enjoyment of the whole process.

One of the main components of this system, Metazone Breathing, is a specific type of nasal breathing that has two amazing effects when you practice it during exercise:

  1. By breathing deeper and more efficiently you’ll get more oxygen into your system. This translates into more energy that’s available to power your muscles.

  2. This particular style of breathing calms your body and mind by stimulating your parasympathetic nervous system. The result is a pleasurable ‘in the zone’ type experience. Many of my clients describe it as the eye of the hurricane experience – calm and serene on the inside while dynamic and powerful on the outside.

How long does it take to see these improvements?

Many people report having more energy, less muscle soreness and the ‘in the zone‘ type experience, from the first time they try these techniques. And it usually takes between 2-8 weeks to fully integrate this system with your workouts and start seeing all the benefits.

But, and this is a BIG BUT, if you love to strain and struggle, if you love to destroy your muscles and abuse your body during every workout….then this system will not work for you.

This system is about learning to listen to your body, learning to work with your body instead of against it.

So, WARNING, if your motto is ‘No Pain, No Gain’ then don’t even think about getting this system. It won’t work for you. And if you try it, it’ll take a lot longer for you to get it right.

Also, to anyone who buys this system: If you find it hard and difficult, you are NOT following the instructions and you are NOT doing the system.

Practically anyone can follow this system and get all the benefits outlined on the sales page IF you leave your ego at the door.

Of course it takes practice to change our western compulsion to push and strain and willfully disregard our body’s natural intelligence and the signals it is constantly sending us.

But the beauty of the MetaZone Breathing technique is that you don’t have to think about it in order for it to work. Just practice it as instructed and your body will automatically start functioning in a different way.

Is this program suitable for other activities? If so, please give some examples.

Yes, I have several clients who love using it for cycling and running.

Here is one of Brandon Y’s running experiences:”Went for a long run this afternoon at dusk – right at 10 miles. One of the most effortless and enjoyable I’ve had in months. The dynamic-serenity of the experience is a rare force, and something which I hope everyone is able to feel in some element of their lives. The longer I run, the more I realize that so long as I can fix it in my gaze, and let my breath set the pace, no distance is too far. Feeling boundless.”
Do you have any tricks for helping to remember to use the techniques? When I first started, I found I’d forget for weeks at a time. I’m sure others would appreciate ideas to help them stay focused.

Naomi, my hunch is that maybe you are straining a little with the breathing and not experiencing how pleasurable the whole experience is. The MetaZone Breathing should be done in in an easy and natural manner.

If you are doing it correctly then the experience of pleasure during the technique will drive you to repeat the experience over and over again. 
How did you discover this breathing technique in the first place and how long have you been using it?

Originally, back in 1994, I started reading a book about these techniques, but the system was so complicated I never finished the book. Then in 2010, a couple months after I started the Adonis program, I picked that book up again.

But this time I decided to try the first tip in the book… Do your whole workout only breathing through your nose. When that becomes too difficult then back off till you can comfortably breathe through your nose again.
That one tip changed my workout experience forever. I’ll never go back to the old huffing and puffing and straining mode.
In fact, I felt so good the next day, I decided to workout again even though it was my day off (at age 59 I was working out 3 days a week).
Before I knew it, I was working out 5-6 days a week.
After a few months I had made so much progress, I decided to enter the AI #4 Men Over 40 Open competition. I came in second at 60 yrs. old!! I was blown away.
So, I’ve been doing these techniques for about 2.5 years now. This is the longest I’ve consistently worked out in my life and it’s because my experience is so much more enjoyable and energizing, it naturally draws me to repeat that experience over and over. 

The longer you practice this system, the stronger your mind~body connection becomes. So you become more sensitive to the needs of your body. In other words, by tuning into your body, you become more aware of areas that are becoming over stressed before they manifest into a full blown injury. Also, I’ve noticed in my practice that my lung capacity has increased over time. I think this has positively impacted my ability to recover faster.

Joe Weaver Joe Weaver is an author/blogger specializing in mind-body fitness techniques. He has thirty seven years of experience in strength training, meditation, yoga and ayurveda.

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