Doubling Chest Expansion More Effective Than Exercise to Improve Mental, Physical Performance

Somax Performance Institute cites improvements in grades, income, mood and sports performance

(October 9, Tiburon, CA) A unique program to double chest expansion has been found to be many times more effective than exercise to improve school grades, work productivity, mood and sports performance.

Performance Specialists at Somax Performance Institute in Tiburon, CA increase stomach and chest expansion by releasing microfibers and tension that restrict expansion and lung capacity while breathing. A college athlete who was put on Ritalin when young increased his lung capacity 33% from 3.22 liters to 4.3 liters after his chest expansion was doubled from 2” to 4”. As a result, he went from making a C+ grade average to making straight A’s in two majors and two minors. Grade school and high school swimmers (who exercise 1.5 to 3 hours daily) improved their school grade point average up to a full letter grade after Somax doubled their chest expansion.

A runner who averaged five miles a day on his daily run worked as a senior software engineer in Silicon Valley. After Somax doubled his chest expansion, he received two promotions and three raises in pay as his ability to solve complex problems improved dramatically.

A group of ten runners tested by two psychologists with the Adjective Check List before and after Somax doubled their chest expansion. The psychologists found unprecedented improvements in self-confidence, self-esteem, extroversion, perseverance, affiliation, nurturance and assertion and dramatic drops in abasement, deference and sympathy-seeking. Here are the results of one of the runners in the study who achieved their ideal self in four weeks.

Professional soccer legend Preki went from playing from the bench to leading his team to the national championship after Somax increased his chest expansion ten-fold, from ½” to 5” at age 39. Three years later he was voted league MVP.

American record holder in the 50-meter freestyle, swimmer Amy van Dyken was never competitive in 100-meter events. After Somax doubled her chest expansion, she won the 100-meter freestyle at the Olympic Trials and went on to win four Gold Medals at the 1996 Olympics, three of them in 100-meter events.

A runner whose blood pressure was 150/90 saw it drop to 120/60 after Somax doubled his chest expansion. Years of running and watching his diet had no effect.

Doubling chest expansion also improves chest size and posture as can be seen in these before and after photos.

“Doubling chest expansion is so much more effective than exercise for improving mental performance,” says Somax Performance Institute Bob Prichard, “because it is impossible to exercise during sleep. The increase in brain oxygen from exercise only lasts a few hours, while doubled chest expansion provides more oxygen during the critical sleeping hours when the brain is consolidating what it has learned during the day. This is why we say ‘let’s sleep on it’ when faced with solving difficult problems.”

Somax president Bob Prichard recommends that students, mental workers and athletes measure their stomach, diaphragm and chest expansion to make sure their brain and body are getting enough oxygen. First measure the three circumferences at rest, then blow out all the air and take a deep breath, measuring the amount of each expansion. Divide each expansion by the corresponding circumference to get the percentage expansion, which should be 15% for mental performance and 20% for athletic performance. Someone with a 38” chest should expand 5.7” for work, mood and school and 7.2” for sports. The largest expansion Somax has measured is 9”, which was a 20% expansion.

Other studies have found that low oxygen intake increases risk of Alzheimer’s, depression, anxiety and suicide. Any tightness in the stomach, diaphragm and chest areas will reduce lung capacity and oxygen intake.

Many common activities and events have been found to chronically reduce chest expansion, lung capacity and low oxygen intake. Eight studies from around the world have found that wearing a school backpack reduces student lung capacity up to 40% by restricting chest expansion. The young swimmers and the college athlete who improved his grades from C+ to straight A’s reported that school backpacks were responsible for restricting their chest expansion and lowering their school grades.

Teen depression, anxiety and suicide rates have doubled over the past decade as more and more students carry backpacks to school with their breathing muscles. “There may even be a second-generation effect,” says Prichard, “in teens born to mothers who carried larger, heavier backpacks starting in the mid-90’s. One study found babies born in a low-oxygen pre-natal environment had less GABA in their brains. GABA is the calming neurotransmitter that helps us cope with stress.”

Somax has also found that chest expansion can be chronically compromised by sports impacts, texting, video games, bench presses, sit-ups and ‘core’ work, auto and bike accidents, bronchitis and pneumonia, smoking, and work and family stress.

More information on chest expansion and mental and physical performance can be found at and in Prichard’s forthcoming book The Great Brain Robbery.

Bob Prichard
Somax Performance Institute
4 Tara Hill Road, Tiburon, CA 94920
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