Steve Maxwell – Breathe – London Real

Steve Maxwell – Breathe

Steve Maxwell is an American fitness coach, physical educator, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor. Maxwell was named one of the top 100 trainers in the United States by Men’s Journal.

Steve becomes only the second guest to return to London Real for the 3rd time (Graham Hancock being the other)!

This time he has some fascinating things to say about breathing (you’re probably doing it wrong).

Steve claims we have literally forgotten how to move and suggests we study toddlers in order to “practice being a good human”.

He also has some very strong opinions on how it takes reaching a certain age to understand what kind of physical work is really useful and sustainable. Ido Portal fans beware!

We go into the evolution of MMA and UFC, Steve’s inspiring daily affirmations, and why he sets “intentions” instead of goals.

And yes he is still living out of his backpack. In fact it has got even smaller!

Let me know in the comments below what your favourite part of the episode was.

00:00 Trailer.
02:13 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
06:11 Brian’s Introduction.
07:09 Steve’s nomadic lifestyle.
10:02 Travelling light.
11:37 The accumulation mind-set.
14:45 What Steve has learned from his travels over the past year.
17:18 Why Steve stopped owning guns.
18:51 Steve loves Australia and its people.
20:29 Breath work, where he learned various techniques.
27:03 How he tests and teaches students.
29:09 Why Steve tapes his mouth.
31:10 Swedish dry brush technique.
32:44 Different breathing patterns.
37:26 The Benefits of breathing technique in training.
40:58 Health and fitness industry and diets are based on fear, fear of dying.
46:54 How Steve views his own death.
47:45 Many people hate their lives, but can’t find a way to change that.
48:59 Calmness from breath techniques allows you to get in touch with your higher mind.
50:19 How Steve deals with negative thoughts. His positive affirmations.
55:24 Movement techniques. Is Brian convinced of the argument?
1:08:35 Memory of Hélio Gracie.
1:11:10 Perspective on the UFC
1:17:56 Steve’s view of Conor McGregor.
1:20:14 Present state of MMA
1:22:30 Failure is just a concept.
1:26:28 Where Steve will be travelling to in the coming year.
1:29:17 What is happening in the USA at the moment?
1:34:48 Why Steve visits an astrological predictor.
1:42:58 Success Secrets
1:43:40 Steve’s intention for some time in the future.
1:46:16 Intentions not goals.
1:53:15 Phone call to the 20 year old Steve Maxwell.
1:55:03 Best advice ever received.
1:56:45 Advice to the 20 year old who has dreams.
1:57:40 Brian’s summing up.
1:59:02 Steve’s new website, baby crawling video and upcoming trainings.

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James Buechler

To see the second half of this great interview I clicked on the full episode link and then I signed in on Facebook but then the full episode on my cell phone I am watching and it does not allow me to see the bar on the bottom so that I can advance the video to the second part.

Ivo-Ivan Powerlove Yamalieff

true piece of wisdom. it’s rare to see a whole episode that fully engages my attention. LOL! The man is a true inspiration for those who resonate with the message. A true practical guy. Philosophy tested over the decades for fully practical reasons. I did not see any signs of “futile left brain exercise”.

Israel Cortes

I have been to several countries and we all have so many things in common. We want a good education, good job, our children are healthy and they will be better off than you were. The theme is all the same.

Stephen Briggs

So many interesting points made by Steve. I found his comments re Basic Movement Patterns intriguing and have found these training movements being used by numerous gymnasiums the past 10 to 15 years or so.

Rob Dellinger

Not all who wander are lost, for sure. Steve’s nomadic wanderings make for quite an enviable lifestyle. They also make for a gripping interview. Steve is most compelling when he sticks to what he knows best – exercise, mobility, baby training, martial arts, mastering the breath. However, even when he veers off into New Age woo-woo (e.g., astrological predictions, the law of attraction, Universal Mind), it’s fascinating because it’s all part of what makes him uniquely Steve Maxwell. Steve is one of London Real’s most captivating guests. I’m glad to hear he’ll be back for round 4.

Jordan Crow-Stewart

I’m just commenting to be in with a chance of winning that t-shirt!? Brian and Steve are my idols even if I don’t win!

Matt Angiono

Steve brought up so many great points in this episode! I am now trying all kinds of crazy breathing techniques, and used it while I carried a couple rocks up to Royal Arch in Boulder today. I felt so much stronger while focusing on triangular/square breathing while making the climb (quite steep for several miles). I have a lot more work to do, but I really appreciate this!

frank oconnell

steve is such a poor listener, but he has some good points as well. a free spirit

James Buechler

Huh, interesting comment, I had a problem with Brian interrupting.

Aria Zoner

“A person who lives under the roof of a house is lost if their soul is not at home in their body. A person who roams and may very well be lost, will always be home if their at peace in their body.” – Aria Zoner

Carlos Rebelo

I would like to give back to Steve, and everyone else :), sharing a song that seems to fit him and where he is now as a glove… Do enjoy the ride

Paul Evans

Steve must have laughed when the western media told us that Systema was a Putin exercise to plant Russian ops in our society.

Paul Evans

And the same breathing is used in singing. A really fun way to introduce people to breathing properly is singinging. We all know that singing makes us feel good and making us sing better makes us feel better. Add this to the Chinese saying that, to live, you must breathe. To breathe good is to live good. So, you get this fun of singing and this feedback from breathing well and you get what?

Paul Evans

If you want to buy a gun, you have to justify it. Well, that means you have to fear the poor and we know that in places like America, that means Blacks and latinos. So, where are you now? Well, you just went and made yourself a racist to justify a murderous tool. Its precisely like the state justifies buying their kill toys and it makes us hate the Russians and Muslims. If you weren’t afraid, you might ask, why are we not spending this money on health, education and our communities.

Renata Koba

We are so lucky to have the opportunity to listen to this wise man!

Julius Vladimir Francisco

Wonderful guest. He is like bubonic chronic that makes you choke up the bad stuff.


Steve is right that russians and chineese mean us no harm. Muslims around the world do though. I wonder if he has been to the middle east.

Nicole Mate

He was talking about Bahrain for a few minutes if you had listened to the talk properly, which is in the Middle East. Islam is a religion and not an ethnicity as the other comment replying to you pointed out. Most people around the world mean no harm but there will always be some extremists (more people in the US are shot by toddlers than by terrorists btw, source: Please think for yourself and don’t let the media brainwash you.

Cameron Murray

Must say this is a very strange comment. You state Russians and Chinese then “Muslim” in the same sentence as if they are the same ? There can be Russians, Chinese, French etc ect that belive and are muslims ? ?

Isidora Errazuriz

im trying the taping your mouth thing TONIGHT

jamie curtis

@isidora errazuriz How did you find it?

Isidora Errazuriz

I didnt drool at all (I sleep with my body faced down so my mouth tends to open) but i didnt really feel a big impact on sleep quality.

Joe Garma

Longevity is good, but as Steve says, gotta be healthy.

Adrian Alberts

“There are lies, damned lies and statistics.” Mark Twain

Scott Shanks

This is another fantastic interview. Steve Maxwell is the guy that need in your life to keep you grounded. I’m now really interested in this breathing correctly, I’m 40 and just released i’m doing it wrong 🙂