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Super Slow Resistance Training

Today I wrap up my series on exercise with the actual routine that I’m using. My Definition of The Ideal Exercise Routine Let’s recap the key attributes of the routine I was searching for. Increase the metabolic efficiency of my muscles (i.e. the endurance) Increase strength so that I can do more with less effort Reduce percentage of body fat (Of course diet is more important than exercise in this regard.) I want a whole body workout - Research shows that metabolic improvements are muscle...

What is Sequential Recruitment?

This is the last explanatory post in this series on exercise. Next post I’ll share with you the actual routine I’m using. But before I do, I need you to understand one more critical concept. It’s called Sequential Recruitment. This sounds like some kind of military strategy but it’s actual a term used by physiologists to describe the process your body uses to engage muscle fiber in sequence. First, let me put an end to one of the most commonly stated myths in your local...

The Power of Anaerobics!

Aerobics, exercises designed to increase the efficiency of the aerobic stage of muscle metabolism, were introduced by Dr. Kenneth Cooper in the 1960’s. Dr Cooper assumed that the aerobic part of the metabolism was the most important part. I hope from my previous posts you begin to see that Dr. Cooper was wrong in that assumption. Your muscles have a metabolic cycle that is dependent on BOTH aerobic and anaerobic processes. You cannot optimize one without optimizing the other. Most people think that food is...

I Hope I'm Not Bohr-ing You.

In my last post I explained three things that you must do to be more “fit”, where I define being “fit” as being able to do more physical activities with less effort. •   make oxygen more chemically available to muscle cells •   deliver energy to muscle cells at a rate that maximizes oxygen consumption •   increase the strength of individual of muscle fibers You can read that post and the rationale behind these fitness imperatives here: Why Doing Aerobics Won’t Make You More Fit. The only exercise modality...

Why doing aerobics won’t make you more “fit.”

My favorite kind of questions are those that most people just never think to ask, questions about things we take for granted and so never ask why it has to be so. When I ask those kinds of questions it often turns out that what I took for granted is actually wrong. I love that! And even if my understanding was correct I usually learn a lot by asking the question. So, here is a question I asked recently, “Why do I breathe harder and...

What a Difference an “S” Makes!

Before we continue talking about exercise, we need some definitions. I‘d like to start with the word “Aerobics”. Aerobics We all know what it means…right? Certainly my gym knows, they have tons of aerobics classes. You will find a definition in most dictionaries something like this one: “a system of physical conditioning involving exercises (as running, walking, swimming, or calisthenics) strenuously performed so as to cause marked temporary crease in respiration and heart rate” (compliments of Mr. Webster) I guess you are nodding your head...

Are You Exercising TOO much?

It’s a strange question I know. Most of us think our problem is not exercising enough. If you are a complete couch potato, maybe that’s true. But even so, keep reading.  Because what’s stopping you from exercising may be that it seems like too big a commitment of time. But, recent research shows that many regular exercisers are actually exercising more than they need to and that less frequent trips to the gym may be better for your long-term health. Life As A Gym RatUntil...

Why Is It So Hard To Find A Tai Chi Teacher?

Earlier this week I posted a blog on the benefits for tai chi for diabetics. I mentioned that it was important to find a well-qualified instructor. Several of you wrote me to ask what to look for in a tai chi instructor. As I responded to that question, I realized that it is a subject I’m passionate about and that my answer was long enough to deserve a post or two. I realize it’s a little off-topic for me. If it’s not of interest to...

10 Questions to Ask a Taichi Teacher

This post continues on a theme I started a couple of weeks ago on the difficulties of finding a truly qualified taichi teacher. I’ve got nothing to sell here. I don’t believe it’s possible to learn taichi from a video and I think seminars are a waste of time and money unless they are a part of ongoing studies in the same discipline. I asked my sifu (teacher) once why he didn’t sell videos. He laughed and said, “You are right here in front of...

Running at Optimum – Jiaogulan for Athletes

Guest Post by nutritionist and freelance writer Lisa Peters Over the past 20-30 years, the herbal pharmacy of Chinese medicine and wellbeing has gained much wider recognition and acceptance in the Occident. Ginseng has taken its place at the forefront of this change in public perception and now Jiaogulan is set to join it as a firm favorite for its health giving properties. Jiaogulan tea is made from the wild herbaceous vine, Gynostemma pentaphyllum. Used in China for many generations to increase longevity, boost energy levels and...