by: Childers, Greer

Greer Childers from Las Vegas, Nevada, is the creator of Body Flex, an exercise system which is based on the principle of burning excess body fat, and building lean muscle mass by utilizing a specialized accelerated aerobic breathing technique combined with isometric and isotonic positions. Her exercise program claims four to 14 average inch loss the first week, and also provides health benefits because deep breathing exercises oxygenate the cells and system. Body Flex has been researched by medical universities and has been documented as medically sound. World-renowned lymphologist Dr. Sam West, and noted scientist and author, Dr. Daniel Mowrey, were both taught the Body Flex method by Childers personally, and recommend it to their patients and colleagues. Body Flex has also been used as a therapy for asthma, allergies and cystic fibrosis. Childers' clients include cardiologists, psychiatrists, respiratory therapists, Olympic athletes, housewives, secretaries, handicapped people, and movie stars and entertainers including Dudley Moore, Paula Abdul, Linda Ronstadt, Kathleen Turner, Lily Tomlin and Fred Savage.

I did everything that we all have done to lose weight. I went to the gym, I watched what I ate, and I went on diets, but I could never really get to where I wanted to be. I wanted to look good, I wanted my stomach to be flat, and these inner thighs to stop swinging along with me. You know what I'm talking about. I wanted something I could do at home that was cheap and that didn't take very long, and I wanted to see the results right away! Three months is a life time to me. I can't wait three months for anything. Everybody at some time or other has had a gym membership. We go for a week and then we quit because we don't see anything happening. I hate exercise. I am going to tell you the truth. It's boring, it's hard, and I hate it. And on top of that I love to eat. I refuse to sacrifice food. That is why I was fat in the first place. I want to be able to eat sauces on top of things, and bring the dessert cart over because I will have two.

I needed to find a solution, and the conventional methods that were available to me just didn't do it. Then I went to San Francisco and learned this breathing exercise from an exercise physiologist. It claimed to take four to 14 inches off your mid-section in the first week. I was desperate. I did the program, and I took it home and did what I was supposed to do, and I am here to tell you that I went from a tight size 14 to a size four in three and a half months, where I remain today. The cost of learning the system was $1,500. They told me it was the Rolls Royce of exercise for the elite, for movie stars. Then I spent four years researching this system for myself. I met with specialists in different fields of medicine, and after four years I knew why it worked, and how it worked. I streamlined this program into fifteen minutes a day and 11 years ago I began to teach it to the general public, and I also have two exercise videos. I designed it for myself, for everything that was wrong with me, because if it was wrong with me, it is going to be wrong with you. If you don't believe me, try it.


Research shows that 50 minutes of jazzercise burns 250 calories. If you run for five miles, you burn 450 calories. If you were to do this program for the same amount of time (you don't do it for 50 minutes, but for comparison's sake), it would burn 3,500 calories. These are documented results. Do you know what 3,500 calories is? One pound of fat! There is nothing I know of that will burn one pound of fat in 50 minutes. The whole idea is not just to burn body fat, but to lose body fat and inches at the same time. This program not just about losing weight. This program is not about food. Most everyone talks about eating less and weighing less. I tell my clients to forget the scale. Throw it out the window. All of you think that if you lose 20 pounds you are going to look good and be fit, that your stomach will be nice and flat, your thighs tight, your rear end lifted and your waist small. Whatever gave you that idea? You are going to be flabby and that doesn't look good either. What we really want is to be fit. We just care about size in this program. There are only five areas we measure: waist, upper abs, lower abs, hips and thighs. You measure yourself with a base-line measurement, and then every week you chart your loss week by week so you can see how much you are losing and where. You can't look 20 when you are 55, but you can skim ten years off the way you look and definitely more than that off the way you feel. The results of this program give you more like a dancer's body, limber, lean and flexible. As we get older, we lose our range of motion, and we can't bend, move, and stretch. We need more agility as we get older, more flexibility.


There is only one way you can eat more and weigh less - by changing your metabolism; and there is only one way of changing your metabolism - by aerobic breathing. We all know that we have to become aerobic to burn body fat. But what is aerobic exercise? Most people think it is running around in the gym doing jazzercise, running, or jumping. The fact is, aerobic exercise means increasing oxygen to the body through breathing. We know that the aerobic part of all exercise comes in the breathing, not in the activity we are doing. Exercise and movement are tools to get us to change our breathing from a shallow type of breathing to deep diaphragmatic breathing. We want to increase the oxygen levels to the blood. Oxygen is a natural fat burner. Whoever said you had to run and move around to get aerobic? The movement and the exertion of the body is a tool to get us to breathe differently.


It is an accelerated aerobic breathing technique that you do standing still. When you increase oxygen to the body through breathing, you increase the oxygen to the blood. You direct the oxygenated blood to the area you want to affect, and the working muscle group utilizes the oxygen you deliver to it. I have selected areas of the body that we have problems with, and we put particular stress or stretch positions on those areas. This will direct the oxygenated blood to the area that we want to affect because any time you put a stress or stretch on a particular area of the body, you create a need for more blood to that area. That is why a body builder uses weights. If he is working on his biceps, he uses a hand weight to stress the biceps. The whole idea is to increase oxygen in the blood. You direct the oxygenated blood to the area that you want to affect and the working muscle groups utilize the oxygen you deliver to it. In essence, what we are doing is we are burning excess body fat on a cellular level and tightening and toning muscles simultaneously. So we end up with inch loss and body fat loss.


Documented research tells us that 90% of the body's energy is produced by oxygen, and yet we use less than one-fifth of our lungs to breathe on a daily basis. We have limited the amount of oxygen to our system which of course makes us tired. We get up tired, we go to work tired, we come home tired, and we go back to bed tired every single day. Who cares how long you live if you are so tired you don't feel well most of the time. Zest for life is what we are after. The U.S. Olympic Training Committee said on TV about a year ago that they have now implemented a breathing technique very much like this into their training program because deep breathing exercises clearly dramatically elevate the performance of an athlete. Deep breathing is the single most important factor in the effectiveness of all exercise and good health.


You have to work the muscles from the inside out. You have to be able to manipulate the inside of your abdomen. When you do this, you strengthen the muscles, and when you strengthen the muscles, they get shorter and make your stomach flat. The end result is you will have a flat stomach that has muscle tone. I tell my clients that they will never end up with pancreatic cancer when they do this technique because this technique manipulates the insides. Our insides are stagnant. They just lay there. They don't go anywhere. They have never moved. Every time you do this technique, you stimulate the organs on the inside and realign the digestive system. It's like ringing out those organs of old toxins and making them fresh. Suddenly your gastrointestinal system starts to work better. Problems with irregularity and indigestion all of a sudden just disappear because your system is starting to work the way it's supposed to at high efficiency.


I taught a group of plastic surgeons from San Francisco. One was a plastic surgeon of the stars, and he told me that plastic surgeons have always known that facial exercises combined with breathing exercises can reduce the need for plastic surgery. What difference does it make if our body looks 25 if our face looks 80? The muscles in the face and in the neck respond the same way as the muscles in the arms and legs and any place else. But isn't it odd that there is no fitness program that includes the face and neck where we have a lot of problems? As we age, we want to tighten and tone the facial and neck muscles also so we can have a more youthful look that matches the new shape we have. There is only one program on the market, and it is called Facercise, taught by a woman named Carol Maggio. She charges $2,500 for these facial exercises. I have seen them, and what is in my Body Flex program is much more effective and works a lot faster.


Dr. Otto Warburg, who won a Nobel prize for discovering the cause of cancer, said that the one prime cause of cancer is lack of oxygen to the system. Oxygen helps the lymph system to kick into high gear and get rid of toxins in your body. If your lymph system is not working right, you are going to be sick all the time with colds, flu and whatever comes along. One out of two of us in this country will get cancer sometime in our lives. One out of four women will get breast cancer. One out of two of us has a bad back, one out of four of us is on an antidepressant, and 90% of us are overweight and not in shape. We have big problems. I'm not saying that medication isn't good for certain problems, but sometimes the medication we take is worse than the problem we have. I believe that whatever we do in our lives, we should do as much as we can to make ourselves as healthy as possible rather than running to the doctor.

Dr. Sheldon Hendler, a famous medical researcher who has a clinic in San Diego, wrote two books called The Oxygen Breakthrough, and Chronic Fatigue and Other Illnesses. In it he says that you can rid your body of chronic illnesses like Chronic Fatigue and Epstein Barr Syndrome by deep breathing exercises. He explains that viruses and bacteria are reproduced in the blood. When you get conditions like Epstein Barr or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you become very weak, and your breathing becomes even more shallow. You limit the amount of oxygen to the system which lets those viruses and bacteria reproduce in the blood. When you do a system like Body Flex, you saturate the blood with oxygen, and the viruses and bacteria in the blood stop reproducing, and they are kept at a standstill. Your immune system starts to improve and you start to feel better.


Many people take this program just to stop smoking because that is one of the claims it makes. I was hired by Blue Cross and Blue Shield to teach Body Flex at their fitness program. Do you realize that smoking robs your body of 50% of its oxygen? And that accounts for why people who smoke look older than they are. Half the oxygen is taken out of their system and the skin gets very dry and wrinkled.


I have had many people take my program who were depressed and on antidepressants. After two weeks on the program they would call me and say, "I was suicidal when I took this program; now I feel like a million dollars, and I have stopped taking my antidepressants because I feel so good." I discussed this with a doctor who treats only severely depressed suicidal patients, and asked him why these people were all of a sudden going from feeling suicidal to sitting on top of the world. What is happening to them? Is it all in their minds? He started laughing, and asked if I had ever heard of a runner's high. We have hormones in our bodies called endorphins, and when we become depressed, we have a depletion of endorphins. So we go to the doctor and he chemically changes that through medication. When a runner has a euphoric feeling of well-being, it occurs because deep breathing is a natural way to elevate endorphins. He told me that my clients were taking a run standing still, and naturally their endorphins are elevating day after day, and they just aren't depressed anymore even without medication. I think that is pretty significant. I used to take antidepressants myself. I had kidney stones, and I had hepatitis on top of that. I got off my antidepressants and I haven't had one since. I don't like to have to tell people I was on antidepressants. I would like everybody to think that I have been like this all my life, but it's not the truth.


When you oxygenate your system you require less sleep. Most of us don't subscribe to the way they do things in the far east or their philosophy, but some of those old yogis live to be 140 and 150, and they look good and feel good, and it's no coincidence. They say the deep breathing exercises which oxygenate their systems keep them younger, feeling good longer and alive longer. Oxygen is a life-giving force.

Q: Is this technique similar to pranayama? A: Nothing like it. There is a technique called pallata breathing which is good too. I teach a lot of ballet companies this technique. But this is 100 steps more advanced than that.

Q: Does this compare to yoga breathing? A: No. Yoga breathing is designed for stress release, for slow systematic breathing. This is nothing like that.

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