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Does it ever feel like your breathing is holding you back? Like your muscles are more than adequate to do their jobs, but your lungs just can’t keep up?

You might say to yourself: “All athletes get winded and need to catch a breath from time to time, right?” Well, of course, but there’s more to it than that.

Why can two athletes of similar size, body structure, and muscle mass perform the same exact athletic activity, but one gets more easily winded than the other?

Unless you were in the middle of an intense exercise session and found your way to this webpage, you’re probably breathing through your nose right now.

Why should this change depending on what we’re doing? For example, our mouths tend to prop open when we exercise or sleep. Why?

There are several reasons, but the short answer is many of us are breathing incorrectly. And this tends to be true regardless of their level of athleticism.

Let’s just get right to it: The proper way to breathe—whether climbing a mountain, exercising at the gym, or sleeping in your bed—is through your nose.

This question of whether humans should be breathing through their nose or mouth has been going on for far too long. Here’s the truth: it’s often easier to breathe through your mouth than your nose, which is why so many people do it. 

But that does not mean you should breathe that way.

Nasal breathing offers several advantages over mouth breathing that can profoundly impact performance, overall health and wellness, and longevity.

The problem is that so many of us naturally default to breathing through our mouths without even realizing it. Even worse, many of us can’t help but breathe through our mouths.

Not me, you say? Well, do you snore? Guess what? You’re guilty of mouth breathing.

Or when you do an intense cardio session and stop to catch your breath, do you use your mouth to catch your breath? Again, you’re mouth breathing.

Want to try a little test? Why not see if you can do your next workout without breathing through your mouth?

You could even try it right now: do some jumping jacks, burpees, whatever exercise gets you winded, and let us know how long it takes to resort to mouth breathing.

Go ahead. We’ll wait…

How are you breathing?

If you found yourself instinctively opening your mouth to take a breath of air, that’s quite all right. You’ve probably been mouth-breathing your entire life.

You’ve probably seen it done your entire life. Think about the last NBA game you watched. A player makes a great steal, sprints down the court, goes for the dunk, makes it, and then gets fouled in the process.

Then what? The camera cuts to the player, standing there, hands on his knees, sweat dripping onto the floorboards, mouth wide open as he struggles to catch his breath.

All of us—including that professional athlete on television—have been subconsciously conditioned to open our mouths to take in more oxygen when we feel like we need it.

We all do this because, on some level, we believe that we cannot get enough oxygen using our noses alone.

But we can. And not only can our bodies get the oxygen they need through our noses, but breathing in that manner is far superior to breathing through our mouths.

Nasal breathing allows us to optimize our physical performance, speed up our recovery, enhance our cognition, and provide a better night’s sleep.

But nasal breathing is a learned skill—a skill that Corey Reed and Mike Maina discovered through their unique journeys with breathwork, and one that they now want to share with you.

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Hi, this is Corey Reed and Mike Maina, the founders of Mountain Wellness.

We’re so glad that you’re here with us and are interested in learning more about improving your breathing and optimizing your performance.

If you can’t already tell, the two of us are not gurus, monks, or forest dwellers. We’re just two average guys with an above-average love for the mountains.

Breathwork has had a profound impact on both of our lives. Today, sharing what we’ve learned about breathwork has become our life’s work.

While the path we each took to get to this point is unique, our goal is the same: to revolutionize the health and wellness industry through the power of breathwork.

Corey Reed:

Once a blind snowboarder, now a breathwork biohacker.

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“I was involved in a traumatic car accident in my early twenties that left me completely blind and a below-the-knee amputee. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that the experience wasn’t life-shattering because it was.

The first few days and months of learning to live without my sight were undeniably the toughest of my life. With time, however, a certain level of resolve began to grow within me.

I had always been athletic and decided that as terrible as the car accident had been, I wasn’t going to let it stop me from pursuing my dreams.

A year after the accident—after developing a system with my coach that allowed me to snowboard completely blind—I was back out there, competing as a member of the US snowboard team.

Unfortunately, another injury unrelated to the car accident derailed my competitive snowboard career. Nevertheless, the experience gave me precisely what I needed: proof that I could still perform athletically as I once did.

In 2012 I set a World Record as the first adaptive athlete to compete in an able-bodied CrossFit competition as a part of the CrossFit Los Angeles team. I went on to compete as a sponsored fitness and outdoor adventure athlete.

I have since spent the last decade dedicating myself to biohacking and optimizing human performance. During that time, I learned, cultivated, and perfected the breathwork techniques available to you in this training.

While our techniques were designed around the needs of the mountain athlete, there is no limit on who can benefit from these teachings. We believe that everyone, regardless of their level of athleticism, could gain something from taking our breathwork course.

Today, I work with some of the world's most elite human-performance practitioners and coaches. Aside from being a Licensed Massage Therapist, I draw upon my years of experience as a professional athlete to guide and train those looking to take their performance to the next level.”

Mike Maina

After an experience with acute mountain sickness, he knew something needed to change.

“In 2015, I was backpacking with my 13-year-old son near Saddlebag Lake in the Eastern Sierra at 11,000 feet. We took a day hike to the glacier, a rapid ascent on a hot day.

On the return, I got violently ill and began to vomit. I didn’t realize it then, but I had come down with acute mountain sickness. The high elevation had sent me on a downward spiral, physically.

In that moment, I had to make a tough decision while under duress. I could either stay put and send my 13-year-old son 5 miles alone to get help or wait and hope things got better.

I decided to see if I could get out of the heat and sleep it off. I napped for a couple of hours and slowly began to feel better. One thing you quickly realize when you’re out in the backcountry is that no one is coming for you.

I had always heard about people climbing Mt. Everest without oxygen and even summiting without oxygen, yet here I was, suffering from mountain sickness at half the altitude. I grew curious to learn this secret and see if it could enhance my own mountain pursuits.

I wanted to visit the most beautiful places on earth and not struggle or become sick in the process. Because trust me, altitude sickness can quickly ruin a vacation. That day’s event on the glacier was the beginning of my breathwork journey.

Now, years later, after training with our breathwork protocols, I can go to 14,000 feet with no symptoms of headache or mountain sickness. It took years of testing our breathwork techniques on multiple mountain passes in the Sierra Nevada before we got to this point.

The final test came on Mt. Whitney when we pushed the limits at 14,000 feet. If there’s a perfect place to trigger mountain sickness, it’s there. Since most people travel from sea level to the summit in 24 to 48 hours, they often experience major disruptions to respiratory performance.

When we overcame that, I knew we were onto something, and we had to share what we had learned with the world.

I now have trained with over 600 rounds of breathing sessions, have 1300 total rounds of breathwork, and a total breath retention time of over 80 hours. And for my max breath hold in a controlled environment? Over 9 minutes. (I know that may be hard to believe, but thankfully, we have it on video.)”

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What you will get is tried and tested breathing techniques that will take your performance to the next level.

We didn’t come up with this stuff by sitting in our living rooms practicing meditation; these breathing exercises were developed in the most extreme altitudes, in some of the most extreme conditions on the planet.

Why? Because if you can make your breath work in your favor up there, you can make it work for you anywhere.

And make no mistake about it, these are exercises. They will feel like work. We didn’t design this course for people looking to take the easy route.

Our training is for the people willing to dedicate themselves to optimize their performance in the hopes of achieving things once thought impossible.

Here’s how our system works:

The central principle at the foundation of all our training is the closed balance system. This simply refers to an even exchange between oxygen and carbon dioxide within the body.

If you’ve ever experienced hyperventilation, then you know what can happen when there is an imbalance between those two molecules.

By creating hypoxic environments, we can mimic breathing conditions normally only available at extremely high elevations.

This breathwork training causes oxygen levels to fall and carbon dioxide levels to rise. Over time, you will learn to adapt to this rise in CO2 and extend your breath retention far beyond what you ever thought possible.

By the time you complete our training, not only will you be able to breathe more efficiently at higher elevations, but you’ll breathe more efficiently everywhere.

Course Features:

● Over 80 Lessons

    ○ Physiology of the Closed Balance System

    ○ Nasal Nitric Oxide and Why You Need It

    ○ Body Oxygen Level Test

    ○ Hypoxic Breathwork and Oxygen Saturation Monitoring

    ○ Breathing Mechanics

    ○ the Nervous System

    ○ High-Performance Force Rate

    ○ Nutritional Considerations

    ○ Resonant Breathing for High Blood Pressure

    ○ Trail Running and Endurance

    ○ And More

● Insights From Other Experts in the World of Breathwork

● Lifetime Access to All Course Materials

“At the foundation of physical performance lives oxygen.”

Hear from real people just like yourself who achieved dramatic results with our Performance Breathwork Video Course.

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Supporting Research Studies

Emerging research has found that breathing is an integral part of human performance and longevity

Could you be underperforming at everything and not even be aware of it?

“A skittering mind, jumping from thought to thought, is a leech to productivity, creative endeavor, and quality of life. Having a focused mind is probably the greatest asset in every walk of life, whatever your occupation or lifestyle". - Patrick McKeown, Breathing Expert.

How long you live is how well you breathe

"Researchers crunched the numbers of a 70-year study. They extracted two decades of data to determine if lung size did correlate to longevity. They discovered after looking at 5200 subjects it was in fact lung capacity that determined how long you will live. Not diet, genetics, or even exercise. Smaller lungs became the quickest way people died over their lifetime. But larger lungs equaled longer lives. Even people with lung transplants that were given larger lungs lived longer." - James Nestor, Breathing Expert

"Over-breathing MAY be a cause of damage to the heart". - George Dallam PhD.

"Over-breathing MAY be a cause of damage to the heart seen in endurance athletes as a higher incidence of AFib….lowering of CO2 in blood (from over breathing) results in blood flow restriction, which may be a cause to a lack of blood flow (a lack of oxygen) to the heart. - George Dallam PhD.


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