James O’Connor’s Top 5 Unconventional Fitness Tips

There’s a lot to be said for Australian Rugby wunderkind, James O’Connor and his triumphant return to the St.George Queensland Reds. His career to date has been nothing if not eventful. Debuting for the Qantas Wallabies back in 2008, the 18-year-old came off the bench and scoring a hat trick in just his second test. Since then, a litany of off-field incidents resulted in O’Connor spending the last six years overseas playing – still terrific – footy.

But Australia loves an underdog story and the now 29-year-old has found his place back in Australian Rugby. Joining the Wallabies on their Rugby Championship and Bledisloe campaign, he proved instrumental in their upset win over the All Blacks in perth (where it all began for O’Connor. His ability to play the ball at Outside Centre may prove to be a pillar in the Wallabies offense at the RWC in Japan later this year.

We caught up with Jimmy to pick his brains on what he’s learned about off-field training since his stint overseas.

Here’s what he had to say:

1. Follow Your Intuition

The first tip doesn’t relate to a specific exercise at all but based on the teaching I have received from Saviour World, is the most important and has enabled me to build the most power within my physical being. This tip is simple. Follow your intuition! Borrow ideas and training tips from those around you but remember that your fitness journey is your own. Do not run someone else’s race! Borrow their ideas and then use them to create your own pattern, a routine that works for you. It must feel right to you! Only your intuition can tell you this. Get to know yourself and your body a little better first before following others.

2. Nature is a Gym

All around you is a playground of gym equipment made by Mother Nature herself, just waiting to be trained on and explored! Pick up rocks, bench press logs, climb trees, run on sand. When you access nature, all around you is training equipment! On top of that you get a great connection to the valuable energy that can be found in the natural world and spaces. I particularly enjoy training animal movement on grass to get myself grounded to the earth’s energy. Just make sure if you train with Mother Nature you leave it as you found it. It’s important we protect and nurture it so it can cultivate more energy for future generations.

3. Run Stairs

If you can’t get into nature, you can still find great training equipment in cities! A long set of stairs is your best friend for busting those lungs and building overall body power, especially in the legs! Sure they hurt but the pain will give you greater control over your mind in chaotic situations. You have to find calm during painful training which translates well to navigating tough life situations. I sprint stairs. Jump them. Sometimes climb them on all fours to mix it up. To reiterate point one, you’ve just got to experiment with your body and what works for you. Follow your intuition and run some stairs!

4. Breathe

I practice different breathing techniques to ensure that when I’m on the pitch, I know how to correctly flood my body with oxygen and maybe more importantly, evacuate carbon dioxide. It’s our Co2 tolerance that really determines our lung capacity and how long we can keep performing for. I recommend people look into kundalini breathing if they want a starting point.

5. Raise Your Vibration

Again, through the teaching I have received from Saviour World on ascension, I have learnt that my body is a vibration! It is not solid. It is actually atoms vibrating at a specific frequency that is unique to me. This is the same for all of us. Training with consistency every day in a balanced way ensures that I continually raise the vibrational frequency of my atoms giving me access to more energy. More power! I follow this path religiously and would say that consistency of training, never losing a day has been the biggest facilitator of my rise back to the Wallabies. No days off. You just get really smart at listening to your body and knowing what type of training it requires that day. Not all training days can be intense!