all the fires. I've met here have been really terrific. It's interesting. Every time I meet a fighter how often I shouldn't be surprising where they're often. Very soft-spoken. Right? Always extremely pull. Yeah and fighting is such a you know, it comes from a very primitive portion of the brain right as a but a large portion of the brain none, but
I think that's another skill is that switch, you know, and again that's the recoverability piece. He's right. Like you cannot be Taipei or you cannot be like supercharged 24 hours a day because you're going to just fry your system. Right? And I think that's something else where we're really trying to manage this whole process be through, nutritional interventions, be through, education around sleep, be through training program, management, be through psychological interventions, you know, you could look at fights and say like these guys are go like that red alert and they'll run through a brick wall, but actually again their ability to To turn it on. And off means that they can do what they do, you know, they can bring it down and be very normal, very, very private, very, you know, accommodating maybe even better than most people
because, you know, one of the reasons I'm obsessed with with human performance and high performance and people like Fighters and you know, Elite military or or even bodybuilders for that matter. Is that they experiment? Yeah, they find the outer limits of what's possible, but one of the things that they have discovered as you're Scribing is this ability to toggle between high alert States and calm States? Most typical people can't do this. They see something that upsets them on the Internet or something on the news or some external event pressures down on them and they're stressed for many many days and weeks, and sometimes it goes pathological, right? And and this, I don't say this as a criticism. It's just that most most human beings within our species, most members of our species, never learn to to either flip the switch or two, just voluntarily toggle between states. I think athletes. Learn how to do that. Extremely well. And it sounds like MMA fighters do that even better than perhaps many other athletes.
I mean, yeah, the the odd one or two that would struggle with, but I think in terms of that chronic exposure, we see that coming from challenges around, you know, cyclical weight cutting and metabolic disruption of metabolic injury. Not necessarily from the psychological drive, you know, they do they do understand that this is a job for them and the time on the mats. You know, most of them can can turn it off a little bit and downgrade things when they're off the mats. It's impressive to see because again, like as a Layman, just looking at the fight game, you think, you know, it's going to be crazy chaotic. A hundred miles an hour, every hour of every day, but that's not likes. Clearly not the case. They, they manage their energy and their efforts pretty well. It's
a little bit like science. Although maybe scientist could take a lesson from
yeah, evidence-based practices practice-based evidence. All right. That's
MMA Fighters Have a Remarkable Ability to Switch Between Different Arousal States
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