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MEN’S RETREAT - April 04, 2020

Put the snake back into the skin.


re-discover your primal power, guided by the breath

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The Lost Art of Breathing

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Real Strength Now

The Lost Art of Breathing

It’s not about the time you’ve lost, it’s about the time you’ve got left.


A four-hour retreat designed to tap into the infinite energy that reside in each of us.

To strike. To heal. To empower. To love.


Become mindful of your fight or flight response. Turn it on, then learn to turn it off.

Using progressive resistance exercise, with weights, learn to enhance power and endurance by controlling the breath.


Find harmony and balance, even during stressful events.

Increase breath control by gentle intermittent hypoxic exercise (safe, and brief periods of breath pausing, or holding) in a heated pool.


Find the ‘zone’ your relaxed state of optimal performance.

Learn to change negative energy to positive performance.


Practice basic martial art/western boxing striking techniques (no contact) to get in touch with your primal power.

Create stress to release stress, that is the lesson of the day.


Meet your host


Richard La Plante

Founder, Real Strength Now

  • Progressive Resistance for strength
  • Mastering the Breath for repair and regeneration
  • Moving out of "fight or flight" and into harmony
  • Learning "good stress" vs "bad stress"
  • Present-tense awareness and understanding neural pathways

The Schedule

4 hours of conscious breath, movement, strength training, mindful exercise, martial arts based striking techniques and intermittent hypoxia using the swimming pool – including dynamic resistance, progressive resistance, static contraction and a sequence of internal locks to promote blood flow and oxygenation.

9 AM Seated meditation with emphasis on breath counting, letting go of thought, relaxation and the establishing of ‘intent’ as to what we wish to receive from the training session.

9:40 AM Use of the ‘breathing stick’ to establish a synchronicity of breath and movement, using techniques to establish a full range of motion with the body while transitioning to static holds (muscular contractions), dynamic resistance exercises and intermittent hypoxic movements (designed to create breathing efficiency, less breath per minute).

10 AM Creating stress in order to learn to release stress. Using bodyweight exercise and the ‘breathing stick’ to create stressful positions (generally stretches or contractions) in order to visualize and understand the way our bodies accumulate and store stress (and in what areas) during an average (or stressful) day. Practicing breath and movement techniques to release or ‘let go’ of this accumulated stress.

10:30 AM Seated mediation – further stress release – guided by the breath.


11:40 PM Five-minute seated meditation – emphasis on relaxation.

Relaxed martial arts/boxing based striking techniques to encourage fluidity of the body while learning or improving a primal skill - Developing neuroplasticity of the brain.

12:00 PM Further relaxation in the swimming/walking pool – pool is constant depth (4.5 feet)  - including gentle hypoxic drills to increase breathing efficiency and encourage deeper relaxation.

12:40 PM Seated ‘LET GO’ mediation. Allowing the body and mind to absorb the principles learned in the workshop.

1 PM Lunch and discussion.


4 Hours – $250.00 investement

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Please join me in beautiful Ojai, California for four hours of conscious and sensible exercise and controlled breathing that will tone your body and mind from the inside/out.

If you come to Ojai and spend four hours with me at my home/sanctuary, I promise that you will experience your self in a new and more conscious way. Your mood will be naturally elevated as you learn that breath is the key to controlling the functions of your mind and body.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see you in Ojai on 04/04.



  • I’m 80. I feel great. WTF I’ve had my health challenges. My good fortune was to meet a younger fitness master, Richard La Plante. As strange as it sounds, the first thing he taught me was to breathe. Conscious breathing. Through the nose. I realized to my chagrin I was a mouth breather. I integrated that simple change into my daily life and my usual exercise like biking and hiking. This breathing stick, so simple, is amazing for the focus and infinite exercise variations it gives you. I call it my motivation stick as there it is next to my desk and I get up through the day and use it. I feel great. WTF. Breathe.
    James Becket
  • My husband Tony has Parkinson's disease, and we learned that boxing might be particularly good training for his brain and body. We were very lucky to have Richard La Plante living nearby. Richard has gone above and beyond in developing a training regimen for Tony that both builds his strength, and focuses on his critical need to improve balance and coordination. The difference in Tony has been remarkable. I can clearly see how much better his movement and alertness is after he comes back from training with Richard. Overall, Tony has gained strength, stands straighter, is in less danger of falling, and walks with more confidence. He has even improved enough to cut back on his medication. Richard provides the kind of intensive, focused exercise that research shows can have a positive effect on Parkinson's symptoms.
    Robin Gerber
  • I’ve been a bodybuilder for many years. As an ex police officer, strength, speed and endurance were always important. My best bench press was 400 pounds. Retired by a back injury Real Strength Now has been a fundamental part of my rehabilitation and recovery from surgery. It’s brought me back to the gym. Now, when I train with weights I add the diaphragmatic breath and other techniques that RSN teaches. My strength is returning, along with a greater understanding of how the body works and the importance of conscious diaphragmatic breathing.
    Andy U
    Southern California police officer - Retired
  • I have been practicing and teaching yoga professionally for 25 years and think enough of Richard La Plante and the way he uses the Breathing Stick for breath and movement to invite him to teach a regular class at my Sacred Space Studio in Ojai, California. No matter what discipline you practice, his method of training will enhance and deepen your understanding of the way diaphragmatic breathing coordinates with the rhythms and natural motions of the human body.
    Ingrid Boulting