Courtesy of Dr. Joseph Mercola, that tireless researcher of sane solutions for your health, here is a series of videos (4 in all) he recorded with exercise coach Phil Campbell regarding an entirely "new" approach to exercise AND the science behind it:
Campbell's basic thesis, based on extensive studies, can be reduced to this:
- Ordinary cardio, typified by long-distance running, does not in fact work all the muscles and energy systems of your heart. It gives you aerobic exercise but not the vital anaerobic component.
- This type of exercise (which also includes much of standard weight training) also fails to work your fast and super-fast muscle fibers, leaving them underdeveloped and atrophying
- When you work the fast and super-fast muscle fibers and the aerobic and anaerobic components together, your body produces large amounts of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), which improves cellular regeneration, improves your physical performance and retards the aging process.
I mentioned above that many of us had intuitively felt for years that distance running and similar endurance training methods were unnatural, unnecessary and responsible for a depressingly high body count (it seems every time I hear about a marathon somewhere, it's because one of the competitors dropped dead).
As Dr. Mercola mentions in his own article on this, kids and animals in the wild do short, intense exercise, not long distance. I'd add that from my studies of ancient Warrior cultures, they focused largely on short, intense exercise.
And as a side note, to all of you who are using Matt Furey's famous Combat Conditioning system - don't stop! The reason I began recommending Furey's program a few years ago was because he was promoting short, intense exercise and not a 2- hour jog. His system is superb for building core strength and endurance using high intensity in a minimum time frame.
So, if you're concerned about your fitness and your health, do take the time to digest this information from Phil Campbell. Even though I've been doing short, intensive training for years, I'll be making some adjustments in the coming week based on this new information and I'll let you know what I discover. Please feel free to share your results too!
Just remember - you should not begin any new program of physical exercise without first consulting your medical doctor.
~ Dr. Symeon Rodger :-)