Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Collected Fitness Wisdom #6

If you fail to strengthen the entire body, it limits lean mass. When we strength train, we are building lean body mass and decreasing body fat.
~Jessica Matthews

If you do 45 minutes of interval training, you are sacrificing quality for quantity, and that type of interval training is best left to marathon runners.
~Craig Ballantyne

Every exercise is an “ab” exercise. Your abs are working super-hard when you do heavy squats, for example. Crunches and crap like that are useless.
~Sarah Rippel

Interval training is like putting your savings into a high return investment account. Low intensity aerobics is like hiding it under your mattress. Both will work, but the return you get is radically different.
~Alwyn Cosgrove

Most people allow their minds to be their greatest barrier. This is unfortunate because, properly utilized, our minds are our greatest asset and ally.
~Doug Jackson

The bottom line is if you do ANY "cardio" to try and lose weight..you are doing too much cardio.

If you are doing "cardio type" activities because you enjoy running or biking or because you are competitive in an endurance sport that's another story, but cardio for weight loss, any amount is too much.
~Brad Pilon



Marla said...

These are all great, but I especially like two things: Ballanytne's comment about interval training: it's hard to break that longer-is-better mentality and he's spot-on here. And "Every exercise is an ab exercise." Yes, I learned that the hard way with pushups and pullups, which you would think are upper-body exercises! For that reason I always prefer doing on-the-toes pushups instead of knee pushups; it's a totally different exercise. When a real pushup is too hard for me, I do them with my hands on a stair or box.

Mickey said...

Glad you liked the quotes, Marla.

Thanks for commenting and I totally agree with you about working the abs. It's too bad how much time people waste doing crunches when they'd get so much more bang for their buck doing other exercises.

Right again on the pushups. Incline pushups are way superior to knee pushups and anyone can find an angle that works for their level of fitness.