Can You Lift Weights and Practice Qigong?

I usually only answer questions from clients.

But every now and then I get a spare nano-second and I like to dip into my general mail bag and reply to any interesting questions I find in there.

So let me share this question I got from John yesterday (not his real name).

My comments will follow:

Hello Marcus

I am interested in your qigong course and have a couple of questions. Is your method of qigong easy to learn without an instructor (referring to your online course)?

For many years I have heard qigong teachers say you shouldn’t lift weights if you practice qigong which stopped me from pursuing it because I enjoy lifting weights. Is there any truth to lifting weights interfering with qigong development based on your knowledge?

Thank you.

Hello John,

For many years I was one of those Qigong teachers who said if you practice Qigong you shouldn’t lift weights.

But not anymore.

The philosophy is that Qi finds it harder to move through tense/large muscle.

From my own direct experience I simply don’t believe this to be true.

For the last two years I’ve been training 3 times a week using calisthenics – I’m talking heavy lifting using my body as the gym.

I have not noticed and detriment to my Qi development – in fact quite the opposite.

The human body has evolved over millennia to benefit from 3 types of physical exercise:

  1. Walking – We all spend too much time sat down
  2. Heavy lifting – I recommend keeping your workouts to 30 – 45 mins max.
  3. Sprinting – my preference is High Intensity Training

Since adding these three types of exercise to my life I feel stronger than I have in 20 years, I’m fitter and I don’t look like I’m 3 months pregnant any more!

Look, I believe you practice Qigong to enhance your life, not restrict it.

I believe if you enjoyed doing something before becoming a PERFECT Qigong Playa, you can continue to do it after.

And you know what?

I’d expect you to be even better at it because of your Qigong practice.

I believe if you combine Qigong with exercise and nutrition you’ve got the ultimate system for living a happier, healthier and longer life.

I covered this subject in great detail in this post: Qigong and weight loss

Having said all that I would recommend you leave a minimum 30 minute gap between your PERFECT Qigong practice and your weight lifting.


Because you must approach your Qigong training in a completely different way to lifting weights.

With regards to your other question:

Is PERFECT Qigong easy to learn without an instructor?

The answer is yes.

How can I be so confident?

Because the reason I created the Qigong Secrets Home Study Course (QSHSC) was so people who – for WHATEVER reason – were unable to learn directly from a good Qigong teacher, could still learn skills based Qigong.

In fact I felt so strongly about this project, I had to resign from my position as Head Honcho in the UK for a well known world-wide school. Because it has a zero tolerance approach to using online tools for teaching Qigong.

Now is the QSHSC better than learning from me directly face to face?


Your common sense tells you that’s not possible.

But the QSHSC is built upon my PERFECT Qigong system.

7 simple steps that take a beginner systematically, step-by-step through the 7 stages for practicing authentic, skills based, Qigong.

I made it as simple as I could and no simpler.

Plus if you get stuck, you can write to me and ask your Qigong questions via the client only email you get once you join.

Sound fair enough to you?

If so you can take a two week trial for only $4.95 and find out if what I say is true.

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Bye for now


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