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Jan 10, 2019

Healthy Living: Mindfulness Meets High Intensity Exercise

A mix of two very different fitness trends: mindfulness and high intensity workouts, is making a hit in Belize. That’s what we found in one gym.  Tonight in Healthy Living will look at the fusion of two different types of exercise make a perfect workout.


Marleni Cuellar, Reporting

In the fitness world, when you talk about high intensity interval training or HIIT, you imagine a physically demanding workout that pushes the body to its maximum capacity with short intervals to catch your breath. When you talk about mindfulness, it’s literally on the other end of the spectrum, a still calming practice focused entirely on breathing and relaxing. Coupling them together may seem like an odd mix but it’s exactly that balance that fitness trainer at burn box and co founder of Soul Spiral Wellness, Keanu Chaplin promotes.


Keanu Chaplin

Keanu Chaplin, Co-Founder, Soul Spiral Wellness

“I started off in the body building and I was solely focused on looking and not feeling good and it wasn’t too long until I began feeling bad. It made no sense to look good and not feel good. So I began with my diet and I began to losing all the muscle mass I had all that buff rip look and it played on me mentally but even that was a source of strengthening my mental stability and how I perceive things.”


Chaplin switched to vegan lifestyle then went a step further to incorporate yoga and mindfulness into his workouts.


Keanu Chaplin

“I more resonate with the subtle energy work. You know the breathing technique and I realize that if I’m already getting in a subtle workout routine then the best thing to battle that with is energy work. Clearing my energy that is trapped in my body and muscles so I began mixing it into my routine daily and I realize how much it made me feel restored.  After a workout, your nervous system is excited, your adrenalin is up your body is pumping and you would leave the gym feeling like, “Yes, I’m on top the world” then you would have sudden crash and I realize that it wasn’t working and I needed something to really bring me back down subtly and I found that that was the perfect balance.”


Then he took it from his personal workout and began offering it to his clients.


Keanu Chaplin

“It started with a boot camp I did and then with HIIT drills and cardio drills, plyometrics and calisthenics and then the second was more catered to breath work and mindfulness and mindfulness mediation. It’s not about quieting the mind. That’s virtually impossible. It’s the loudest place you can ever be but what you can do is to observe your thoughts, observe the noises, observe the loudness that only you alone hear at times.”


A series of deep breathing like this alternate nostril breathing exercise known in Sanskrit as nadi shodhana pranayama is common in yoga and meditation practice and is just one of the techniques he uses to help his clients still their mind.


Keanu Chaplin

“One thing that mindfulness has significantly changed in my life is being a beacon of love and a beacon of light. It helps me throughout my workout. A simple thing is if in squatting and my mind is thinking about what I have to do after my workout that can lead to injury cause I am not aware of my form and I’m not aware of the weight that I am suppose to push, but being aware of that makes me more in the moment and helps me to be more grounded and helps me to fully activate my strength. Because I am aware that I am squatting that there is a weight on my shoulder that I have to bring back up as opposed to me thinking about my client afterwards and I would fall and hurt myself.”


Chaplin is now introducing a half hour mindfulness class three times a week at the new Burn Box Gym in Belize City at a cost of twenty dollars for members and thirty-five dollars for non-members.

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