Andrei Yakovenko – Mindful Strength Training (#177)

Andrei Yakovenko

Originally from the Ukraine, Andrei Yakovenko immigrated to Canada 20 years ago with less than $5 in his pocket. Determined to succeed, he built a successful career as a partner in a Geophysics business. Years later, Andrei came across Body By Science. After putting the principles into practice with a group of friends, Andrei saw profound physical changes, and began learning all about high intensity strength training.

Andrei discovered how HIT had the power to transform lives, including his own. Andrei decided to leave his high paid career in Geophysics and setup New Element Training, a high intensity training studio in Toronto, Canada, that specialises in mindful strength training.

Please note: Some episodes that have been recently published were recorded after my podcast with Andrei. If you’re a regular listener you may notice some inconsistency in my thoughts and this is why.

In this episode, we cover:

  • How Andrei built his high intensity strength training business
  • How to turn strength training into a mindfulness practice
  • How to source the best MedX machines on the market
  • … and much, much more

Enjoy!

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  • Big fan of mindfulness. There’s a great book called the power of now by Eckhart Tolle which I think describes it excellently and definitely helped me to improve my life.

    The headspace app is very good and a good introduction into mindfulness.

    I would argue that if you aren’t present during training that you aren’t doing it correctly. Certainly training to failure makes you become present!

    • Hi Matt,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I was a big fan of Eckhart Tolle as well. He was a big influence on me when I was coming up with a concept of mindful strength training… Must have read New Earth at least 15 times 🙂

      Then I came across work of Philip Shepherd (check out his book: Radical Wholeness, and website: https://philipshepherd.com/ ). In contrast to Eckhart and other teachers, Philip actually points to a physical place in your body where we can land on stillness in a very felt/experiential, as opposed to an abstract, way. Changed everything for me!

      All the best,
      Andrei

  • Andrei’s responses to comments (thank you JL Marcos):

    17 Dec 2018:
    Hi Matt,
    Thanks for your comment!
    I was a big fan of Eckhart Tolle as well. He was a big influence on me when I was coming up with a concept of
    mindful strength training… Must have read New Earth at least 15 times
    Then I came across work of Philip Shepherd (check out his book: Radical Wholeness, and
    website: https://philipshepherd.com/ ). In contrast to Eckhart and other teachers, Philip actually points to a
    physical place in your body where we can land on stillness in a very felt/experiential, as opposed to an abstract,
    way. Changed everything for me!

    All the best,
    Andrei

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    3 Feb 2019:
    Hi JL,
    There are dozens good books. As of now, I am focusing on ‘mastering’ Philip Shepherd’s way, which is very
    different from a typical mindfulness approach. Typicality everything we do, including mindfulness practice, is a
    top down approach. Head is in control. Philip’s approach is bottom up. You are being guided by the intelligences
    of your body and feel the presence that way. The presence is a process that could only be felt, it can’t be
    understood by the mind. I would recommend reading his Radical Wholeness book, if you like it try his New Self
    New Wo rld book. They are hard reads b/c he writes them from a different perspective. But they are unlike
    anything else you have read before.
    When we fully prioritize the experience of each inch of the range of motion to the point where we feel a quality
    of discovery our mind is empty. HIT makes it fairly easy to achieve b/c the sensations are so acutely felt.

    Hope this helps!
    Have a wonderful Sunday!
    Andrei

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    5 Feb 2019:
    Hi JL,
    Glad you are giving it a try!
    Yes it is not that easy to experience. Mainly due to our self-consciousness. We are constantly supervising
    ourselves on a deep neurologically ingrained level. The subtle, but profound, key is allowing the experiences
    coming from your working muscle ‘take over’ your awareness. You are not supervising the experience fro m
    your head (the top down approach we are so familiar with), but instead we are allowing the ‘messiness’ of the
    felt experiences in your body to take over and lead it where it may lead you (the bottom up way). You know you
    are getting there when the muscle are burning, but there is a sense of unsupervised freedom behind it. You are
    failing, but you are smiling at the same time b/c it is joyful. It certainly requires practice.
    Isometrics would work as good.

    Cheers,
    Andrei

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