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Physiologic functioning was compared during conventional athletics and Invincible Athletics – a new exercise program designed to remove stress, rejuvenate the body, and so enliven ones physical and mental potential. Results from three studies are reported: one case study, and two within studies with three and five subjects respectively. The same pattern of results were seen in each study. Heart rates were not consistently different during either workout. However, during Invincible Athletics: (1) breath rates and perceived exertion were consistently and significantly lower; (2) RSA, perceived comfort, and central-parietal EEG alpha coherence were significantly higher; (3) central-parietal EEG alpha power tended to be consistently higher, and (4) endurance was significantly longer. The findings of these three experiments suggest that Invincible Athletics leads to a discrete, repeatable physiologic pattern during exercise that is different than during conventional athletics. RSA decreases with physiologic and mental stress. The observed heightened RSA during Invincible Athletics could infer that the athlete is easily adapting to the demands made upon him. This is supported by subjective reports of greater comfort and less exertion, observed increased endurance, and objective finding of increased alpha coherence and power during the Invincible Athletics protocol.


Study 3 – Invincible Athletics Program: Aerobic Exercise and Performance without Strain

This study compared physiologic patterns during conventional aerobic exercise to those during Invincible Athletics- a program emphasizing balance and comfort during exercise to increase strength, endurance, and mind-body coordination gradually without the negative effects of the stress/recovery cycle. While heart rates were similar during both workouts, during Invincible Athletics: (1) perceived comfort tended to be higher and perceived exertion tended to be lower; (2) breath rates were significantly lower; (3) respiratory sinus arrhythmia and central-parietal alpha relative power were significantly higher; and (4) endurance was significantly longer. Respiratory sinus arrhythmia decreases with physiologic and mental stress. Heightened respiratory sinus arrhythmia and EEG alpha relative power along with subjective reports of greater comfort, less exertion, and observed increased endurance suggest that during Invincible Athletics athletes may be more easily adapting to the demands made upon them.

International Journal of Neuroscience
1996, Vol. 85, No. 3-4 , Pages 301-308
Frederick Travis, Karen Blasdell, Robert Liptak, Stuart Zisman, Ken Daley, and John Douillard*
Maharishi University of Management
Ayur Ved Clinic*, Lancaster MA
Correspondence: Frederick Travis, Dept of Psychology, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA, 52557


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