To rest – move

“It was stressful, so I went to the gym.”


I have seen this scene a couple of times in TV Shows or maybe movies:

Some jacked dude picks up the phone. There is a woman on the other side. She wants to meet. He says something along the lines of:

“It was a stressful day at work, so I went to a gym. I am going to take a quick shower and join you in town.”

It sounded ridiculous to me. If he was stressed – why didn’t he have a nap?! The gym is the last place I think of when I am tired!

Enter Tony Robbins

I always wanted to go to a Tony Robbins seminar. Trought his career he has coached presidents, movie stars, business tycoons and thousands (or probably millions) of regular folks. This man is a machine.

His “entry-level” seminar is called “Unleash the Power Within” and focuses on helping you raise your standards and commit to a better quality of life. If you get a chance – it may be the best investment of your life.

Apart from many takeaways, 2 things stood up for me in regards to fitness and energy:

  1. We spent a bulk of time on dialing in the health. In the western culture we view our bodies as mere vehicles for the brain (Read here how I blame Plato and Aristotle), but the physical well-being is the engine powering our mental capabilities and the source of energy. We learned that the plant-based diet is right for you, that most of us don’t hydrate enough and even that somehow, the modern folk have lost the way to breathe correctly.
  2. These four days were 16-18 hours long. There was no slowing down, almost no food or breaks, and yet, I was pumped and full of energy throughout!

The key was alternating lectures with proprietary SYA technique. The SYA technique stands for Shake Your Ass.

It was also way more joyful!

And did we shake our asses like there is no tomorrow! The movement generated energy that helped us keep focus, improved learning, and enhanced the attention.

We also had Pitbull to help us.

The stress and exhaustion we sometimes experience in the modern world are radically different than what our bodies were accustomed to. We face no real danger from our overbearing bosses, nor do we have to fight for our lives daily, even though it feels that way. Physical activity gets your blood flowing, nourishing your cells, and restocking all the supplies. It grounds you in what is real and immediate.

Jim Loehr and Tony Schwarz in the “Power of Full Engagement” agree with Tony Robbins. Cycling periods of physical activity with rest is the key to maintaining energy. Switching gears – mentally and physically – is the key to rest, not inactivity.

“The best way to manage your energy is to balance spending with replenishing.”

Sitting all day uses your mental energy, but let’s be honest – you are not moving much. Your exhaustion is mental, even though it feels the same way as physical. 

And, counter-intuitively, after a long, stressful day of work, the physical activity lets me gather my thoughts and rest.

According to Tony Robbins, there are

Eight gifts of pure energy

  1. Vital breathing and lymphasizing
    1. Breathe through your diaphragm, inhaling deeply
    2. Jump around, helping your lymph system to work
  2. Living water and live foods
    1. Drink water, for goodness sake
    2. Eat real food, ideally full of water – stuff that is green! (Except green cheese)
  3. Essential Oils
    1. No, not the magical aromatic ones. The ones like Olive Oil or Avocado. Monosaturated fats.
  4. Alkalinity
    1. Again, eat green stuff. It’s alkaline.
  5. Aerobic energy
  6. Maximum nourishment
    1. Just eat real food, mkay?
  7. Structural alignment and maximum strength
    1. Stretch.
    2. DO strength training.
  8. Directed Mind and heart
    1. Be a nice person. Don’t dwell on how people have wronged you. Think nice thoughts

Even though it all sounds a little woo-woo, it’s precisely what the doctors always said we should do. The more we keep dismissing all that as “basic”, the more critical it is to remind ourselves that we have bodies that need nourishment, water, and movement. We cannot keep punishing ourselves with Twinkies, Pizza, and beer and expect to be strong and healthy.

homer simpson eating GIF
Homer, following a Keto diet like a boss

We are somehow infected with the idea that good things have to be hard, inconvenient, and/or disgusting. It is all, of course, a matter of mindset, but physical activity can very well support mental performance. You have to get over your lazy self and shake your ass.

You’ll see you’ll feel better afterward and will have more energy to send these emails you’ve been putting off.

Book: Tools of Titans – Healthy

Tools of Titans” is a summary of Tim Ferris’s amazingly popular podcast. The caliber of people presented there is spectacular and the depth of knowledge amazing. I let myself split my book summary similarly to how TF has split it:

Basically, this sums up why I focus on Fitness. Health and Strength are my only 2 objectives here.
Dominic D’agostino: If you’re over 40 and don’t smoke, there’s about a 70 to 80% chance you’ll die from one of four diseases:
  • heart disease,
  • cerebrovascular disease,
  • cancer, or
  • neurodegenerative disease.

Suplements worth taking

Lithium 1 to 5 mg Peter Attia
NYT Article
BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine, valine 2:1:1)
Activating mTOR
Dom D’agostino
Magnesium theorate
Better sleep
2mg before sleef
Charles Polliquin
Magnesium citrate, magnesium chloride, and magnesium glycinate
Natural calm / NOW
600 to 800 mg/day
Dom Deaggostino
Peter Attia
Insulin regulation
1g daily for 12 weeks
Dom Deagostino
Patrick Arnold

Fun tidbits of interest to me

  • For stretch marks: Charles Poliquin recommends Gotu cola bioabsorbable cream or Gaia Herbs Gotu Kola Leaf liquid extract per day,
  • Anything more than 5 reps is bodybuilding. – Pavel Tsatrouline
  • “Calm Is Contagious” – Pavel Tsatsouline
  • Kelly Starrett drops a small pinch of salt in his water when he can.
  • Triple H for Jetlag: the second we checked in, I’d ask them: ‘Is the gym open? Can I go train?’ Even if it was to get on a bike and ride for 15 minutes to reset things. I learned early that it seemed any time I did that, I didn’t get jet lag.” TF: This absolutely seems to work, even if done at 1 a.m. and for 3 to 5 minutes. I don’t know the physiological mechanism, but I use it.
  • For Better sleep
    • Have trouble getting to sleep? Try 10 minutes of Tetris. Recent research has demonstrated that Tetris—or Candy Crush Saga or Bejeweled—can help overwrite negative visualization, which has applications for addiction ( Jane McGonigal )
    • Acro Basing for better sleep
    • Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime Tea
    • California poppy extract
    • Sleep Master sleep mask
    • Kelly Starret recommends smashing gut for downregulation before sleep – he uses rumble roller
  • “Two 20-minute sauna sessions at 80°C (176°F) separated by a 30-minute cooling period elevated growth hormone levels two-fold over baseline.
  • “Fasting before chemotherapy is definitely something that should be implemented in our oncology wards,”
  • Flotation therapy,” in simple terms, is floating in a roughly 98.6°F hot tub with a lid over it. It’s completely dark, there is no sound, and there are 800 to 1,200 pounds of Epsom salt in the water to make you float on the surface, feeling weightless. It can be thought of as a sensory-deprivation tank. Dan suggests you start with 2 to 3 floats inside of 1 month.
  • Rhonda Patrick recommends storing Stem Cells from wisdom / baby teeth. For $125 / year ( StemSave / National Dental Pulp Lab ) you can bank your stem cells for when you really need id.
  • Dom D’agostino – in case of rapid onset cancer:
    • Ketogenic diet
      • Before Chemo – important
    • Intermittent fasting
    • Ketone supplementation
    • Metformin
      • start low until GI distress, dial back – 1500-3000 mg for most folk
    • Dichloretic Acid
  • Cold is a great purifying force (Wim Hof, Tony Robbins, Laird Hamilton)
    • Last 30-60 seconds of shower (Naval Ravikant, Josh Waitzkin, TF)
    • Ice baths
  • Pavel Tsatsouline: “When in doubt, train your grip and core” – Grip is a power generator (“irraadiation”) – that’s why strong handshake is so important?
  • Kelly Starrett: “Zero Drop” shoes for good posture

Wim Hof Method

Wim Hof (“the Iceman” ) is a guy who climbed Everest in shorts. He claims (and a lot of research supports it) that proper conscious Oxygenating can activate Immune system and allow for cold exposure.
  • Max inhale
  • Let go (short “hah”)
  • After 20-30, tingling
  • Continue up to 40


  • Pushups up to failure
  • Rest 30 mins
  • The above
  • Another set
  • Increase

Ketogenic Diet

Many TF guests are toting benefits of Ketogenic Diet. Ketogenic diet means that organism is using Ketones instead of glucose.
Why Consider Ketosis or Supplemental Ketones?
  • Fat loss and body recomposition
  • Potent anti-cancer effects
  • Better use of oxygen: Dom can hold his breath for two times his normal duration when in deep ketosis (2 minutes → 4 minutes). I (TF) observed the same. Essentially, you can derive more energy per oxygen molecule with ketone metabolism. This oxygen utilization advantage is why some elite cyclists are experimenting with keto. This also helps performance at high altitudes, if you’re going from sea level to mountains, for instance.
  • Maintain or increase strength: In a study with 12 subjects, Dom demonstrated that even advanced weight lifters could maintain or increase strength, performance, and hypertrophy after 2 weeks of keto-adaptation, consuming 75 to 80% of calories from fat (supplemented with MCT and coconut oils) and restricting carbohydrates to 22 to 25 g per day. Ketones have an anti-catabolic protein-sparing and anti-inflammatory effect.

So, how to get in Ketosis?

Basically, you need to do 2-3 day fast to get to Ketosis, and then: Once You’re in Keto, How Can You Keep It Going Without Fasting? The short answer is: Eat a boatload of fat (~1.5 to 2.5 g per kilogram of body weight),

Mild to moderate ketosis for health and longevity, which is between 1 to 3 mmol.” TF: These levels help protect DNA from damage, among other benefits.
I now aim for a 3-day fast once per month and a 5- to 7-day fast once per quarter.
First, I allowed trace amounts of BCAAs and 300 to 500 calories of pure fat per day on my “fast.”
On Friday (and Saturday if needed), drink some caffeine and prepare to WALK. Be out the door no later than 30 minutes after waking. I grab a cold liter of water or Smartwater out of my fridge, add a dash of pure, unsweetened lemon juice to attenuate boredom, add a few pinches of salt to prevent misery/headaches/cramping, and head out. I sip this as I walk and make phone calls. Podcasts also work. Once you finish your water, fill it up or buy another. Add a little salt, keep walking, and keep drinking. It’s brisk walking—NOT intense exercise—and constant hydration that are key. I have friends who’ve tried running or high-intensity weight training instead, and it does not work for reasons I won’t bore you with. I told them, “Try brisk walking and tons of water for 3 to 4 hours. I bet you’ll be at 0.7 mmol the next morning.” One of them texted me the next morning: “Holy shit. 0.7 mmol.” Each day of fasting, feel free to consume exogenous ketones or fat (e.g., coconut oil in tea or coffee) as you like, up to 4 tablespoons. I will often reward myself at the end of each fasting afternoon with an iced coffee with a bit of coconut cream in it. Truth be told, I will sometimes allow myself a SeaSnax packet of nori sheets. Oooh, the decadence. Break your fast on Sunday night. Enjoy it. For a 14-day or longer fast, you need to think about refeeding carefully. But for a 3-day fast, I don’t think what you eat matters much. I’ve done steak, I’ve done salads, I’ve done greasy burritos. Evolutionarily, it makes no sense that a starving hominid would need to find shredded cabbage or some such nonsense to save himself from death. Eat what you find to eat.

Slow Carb diet

Slow Carb diet is a low-carbohydrate diet designed for Fat Loss in 4 Hour Body

  1. Avoid starch
  2. The few same meals
  3. Dont drink callories
  4. Dont eat fruit
  5. Measure progerss in body fat percentage
  6. Go nuts on faturday


  • Shoulder extension
    • Tower behing back, raise
  • Thoracic bridge
    • Feet elevated, so that bulk of weitght is in upper body
  • Kossack squats
  • One arm Turkish Getup
  • Squat with torso up right -KS
  • Lunge
  • Goblet Squat
  • Jefferson Curl (J-Curl)

    • Tuck chin to chest
    • Slowly, one vertibrae at a time
    • Box when you are flexible enough
  • Ag Walks with Rear Support

    • Aim for 5 min total movement
    • TF recommends using furniture sliders for this
  • Pike Pulses

    • 1 to 4 inches raise legs
  • Do ~40 repetitions of the following breathing exercise: Max inhale (raise chest) and “let go” exhale (drop chest sharply). The let-go exhale can be thought of as a short “hah.” If you’re doing this correctly, after 20 to 30 reps you might feel loose, mild lightheadedness, and a little bit of tingling. The tingling is often felt in the hands first.
  • Thoracic Bridge: Elevate your feet enough to feel the bulk of the stretch in the upper back and shoulders, not the lower back. The feet might be 3+ feet off the ground. Ensure you can concentrate on straightening your arms (and legs
  • One arm swing
  • Deadlift from effortless superhuman
    • Deadlift to your knees, drop
    • 2+3 sets, followed by plyometrics
    • 5 min rest


Totally by coincidence this practice found its way to my life at a similar moment to TFs encounter with this practice.
We were at a meetup in Mexico and while staying at a glamping retreat, we had free acroyoga crash course. It was amazing!

This one is called Folded Leaf


This is for helping spine / legs extend (“Gravity Boots”)

#164 Swim in a Cenote, Mexico

This was number 164 on my bucketlist.

I love swimming in various weird places, so swimming in a Cenote was a dream of mine ever since I swam in “Blue Hole” in Jamaica.

In Mexico, Yucatan peninsula is made of porous limestone. That means, that water just sinks through rock and all the water bodies (lakes, rivers) are underwater. It also means that sinkholes are very common there. Cenotes are just that – sinkoles filled with water.

Check out Anna’s ultimate guide to Yukatan cenotes.

And so – in the autumn of 2016 I found myself in Mexico. So I swam!

My favourite Cenotes:

  1. Cenote Samula
  2. Cenote Xkeken
  3. Cenote Ik Kil
  4. Cenote Dos Ojos
  5. Grande Cenote



4 hour body: PAGG w Polsce

Jak zdobyć PAGG, czyli Policosanol, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Garlic i Green Tea extract  w Polsce? Przeczytaj niżej. najpierw słowo wstępu – żeby niezorientowani też wiedzieli o co chodzi 🙂

O co chodzi z PAGG? Czyli 4 hour body.

Jak wielu ludzi, zainspirowała mnie fantastyczna książka Tima Ferrissa: Four Hour Body. Jeśli nie wiesz co to za literatura, to zobacz trailer: TAK, trailer książki!



Zachęciło Cię? Jak powiedział to mój współlokator po obejrzeniu:
“I bloody well want to read this book!”
Wiem że trochę pachnie sekciarstwem, ale ten gość naprawdę wie co pisze! Przez 10 lat zasięgał porad ekspertów, śledził doniesienia naukowe oraz prowadził skrupulatne badania na sobie oraz 1000 swoich współpracowników.
Nie będę teraz opisywał tej książki – możesz o niej przeczytać między innymi w recenzji 4HB  innego Artura 🙂
Ten post jest skierowany raczej do tych, którzy już 4HB czytali.

Odchudzanie – konkret

Continue reading “4 hour body: PAGG w Polsce”