Inefficiency . Cardio vs. Weights . part V - FIT Human Performance

Inefficiency . Cardio vs. Weights . part V


September 30, 2012

In addition to the biochemical benefits of weight training we talked about last week, a functional strength-training program also keeps you operating at maximal inefficiency. That is better than it sounds!

The problem with many repetitive exercise programs is that they require progressively less energy the more you do them. That’s partly because repetition of any activity makes you more efficient. Your body gets better at performing that task. This enhanced efficiency can be a major hurdle if you’re trying to lose weight.

One of the advantages of F.I.T. are the programs we have and adapt specifically for each client. We mix it up, using aerobic and anaerobic training. We develop functionally sound programs and tweak them regularly to ensure you continue to improve for as long as you continue to train.

“Changing things up guarantees inefficiency” says Lou Schuler, coauthor of The New Rules of Lifting for Life. “And that’s what you want when you’re trying to create a metabolic stimulus.”

Clients often find that the variety and progression inherent in weight and strength training keeps the activity engaging, which is an advantage in itself. The higher-intensity activities may actually burn large amounts of fat in part because they require so much focus an attention and don’t allow you to simply go through the motions. It’s pretty tough to zone out when you have a heavy kettle bell over your head!

Who knows, science may soon discover that strength training improves your I.Q or at least it may give it a boost!

In good health


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