Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Are You A One-Dimensional Trainer?


Most people are classically biased toward one of the three legs of the fitness triad: progressive resistance training, cardiovascular training or diet/nutrition. How many folks try and lose weight by dieting and dieting alone? A safe bet would be a majority of individuals. Ever wonder why people who lose a lot of bodyweight rapidly still look fat? It's because they are still fat.

When the human organism perceives starvation it reverts to a primordial hardwiring that seeks to preserve body fat (the last line of defense against starvation) at all costs. So dieting alone can results in weight loss but when more muscle than body fat is lost as a result of crash dieting, the end result is not all that impressive.

I had a self-indulgent buddy who balloon up from 200 to 350. He eventually went on some sort of weird diet and lost back down to 200. He looked terrible, loose skin, still fat and to make it all worse he was now a 'diet expert' and told me and anyone else within earshot how stupid they were to follow any diet other than the one he had used. Of course he still couldn't catch a ball or walk up a flight of stairs without getting totally gassed.

At the other extreme I knew a really good long distance runner who was thin as a rail, lived on carbs and eschewed lifting or protein. He became anemic and emaciated the combination of mega-miles and carbs and fruit in meager amounts produced a physique that resembled a famine victim. Lifting weights to his way of thinking would add muscle that he would have to haul around and would have the same impact as wearing a backpack with a 10 or 15-pound plate in it. Needless to say by the time he got to his mid-thirties he started experiencing the usual repetitive motion injuries - knee arthroscopic surgery, ankle ligament damage, eternal shin-splints. He eventually had to give up running altogether.

My third example is a former national level powerlifter; a man who set regional records and grew gargantuan. Eventually he weighed 350 and was able to squat over 900-pounds. He ate everything in sight and had to quit lifting altogether when he developed terrible circulatory problems.

Each individual I referenced took one particular leg of the fitness triad and because of overemphasis turned the pursuit of their specialty into something opposite of fitness & health. Better to practice a little of each leg of the triad instead of emphasizing one aspect to the exclusion of the other two. It makes perfect sense when we are presented with extreme and obvious examples.

Marty Gallagher is a former fitness chat columnist for washingtonpost.com. He is also a former world champion powerlifting coach. Marty has written for publications such as Muscle Media, Muscle & Fitness, and Powerlifting USA. His website, http://www.martygallagher.com, assimilates years of accumulated knowledge from the athletic elite and makes them accessible to the common person. The "Purposeful Primitive" way has been proven effective time after time after time for weight loss, building muscle, increasing strength, and improving health.


MORE RESOURCES:

New York Times (blog)

How Exercise Changes Our DNA
New York Times (blog)
We all know that exercise can make us fitter and reduce our risk for illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. But just how, from start to finish, a run or a bike ride might translate into a healthier life has remained baffling. Now new research ...

and more »


Yahoo Health

6 Reasons Why You Can't Out-Exercise a Bad Diet
Yahoo Health
Sure, you could eat whatever you wanted in high school and stay thin as a rail. But unfortunately you're not 17 anymore, and even if you work out 'round the clock, you can't transform your body if you constantly give in to cravings, high-fat foods, and ...

and more »


Hometownlife.com

Teacher rewards students for at-home exercise
Hometownlife.com
The hot-footed lizard is just one of various exercises that physical education teacher Greg Thompson teaches students. In an effort to encourage students to exercise at home, he's rewarding students who regularly practice the exercises with free movies ...



Medical Xpress

Self-reported daily exercise associated with lower blood pressure, glucose ...
Medical Xpress
Data collected from Kaiser Permanente's Exercise as a Vital Sign (EVS) program, in which physicians ask their patients about their exercise habits at every check-up, revealed associations in both men and women who reported moderate to vigorous exercise ...

and more »


Let Your Love For Your Pet Motivate You (Both) to Exercise
Lifehacker
Chubby dogs, although adorable, may not be as healthy as they can be. If you feel like both you and your dog need to shed a couple of pounds, your love for your pet can be the motivation you need to exercise more. Although love and concern for a dog ...



Exercise class created by Parkinson's patient may slows the disease's progression
WTNH
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH)– A new exercise class is slowing the progression of a neurological disease, one move at a time. Studies show exercise has a huge impact on balance, flexibility, and mobility for people diagnosed with Parkinson's. Physical ...

and more »


Today.com

Dr. Ephraim Engleman, 103, on longevity: 'Exercise is over-rated'
Today.com
Dr. Ephraim Engleman will celebrate his 104th birthday in March, but he's too busy to dwell on reaching that remarkable age. Engleman, the director of the Rosalind Russell-Ephraim P. Engleman Rheumatology Research Center at UCSF, keeps looking ...
103 Year old Doctor; Exercise Over-Rated for Long LifeThe Costa Rican Times

all 2 news articles »


Stress Management: Finding the Right Exercise To Do
York County Coast Star (blog)
Fitness enthusiasts will tell you that exercise is the best stress-management therapy there is. It relaxes your muscles and your mind, combats anxiety and depression, and improves self-esteem and mood. Research has found that almost any kind of ...



RadarOnline

Fitness Guru Sean Hyson Provides Your 2015 Fitness Tips In New eBook 'The ...
RadarOnline
The fact is, carbs are the body's preferred source of fuel for exercise. If you lift weights (and you should, if your goal is to have a muscular, athletic physique), extreme low-carb diets deprive you of the energy you need for intense workouts. To ...



Gamezebo

Atari Fit Incentivizes Exercise With Game And Retail Rewards
Gamezebo
Announced today, Atari Fit is a new project from Atari that is focused on getting people off the couch by gamifying the exercise experience. By utilizing the Atari Fit app (along with other apps like FitBit and RunKeeper) individuals can track their ...

and more »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.