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Time ... Muscle ... and Other Stuff

by Glen Peavey

    It wasn’t that long ago that the pursuit of muscle (it was wrongly assumed) was only for individuals involved in weight training or activities requiring great strength.

    Nothing could be further from the truth. Since 1977 I’ve been teaching people of all ages (early teens to early nineties) the value of properly performed exercise. Anyone at any age can reap the rewards of a well designed well administered program.

    As a matter of fact, research is now proving that much of what we’ve considered aging is the end result of inactivity, or to be more precise, a loss of muscle mass. If we don’t use it (muscle) we lose it.

    The most efficient method of gaining or maintaining muscle is strength training. Most activity is beneficial in one way or another, but nothing comes close to High Intensity Strength Training. It’s the fastest, safest, and most productive form of exercise there is.

    The great thing about High Intensity Strength Training is that it requires such a small time commitment. One to three 20-30 minute sessions per week is the maximum frequency and duration required for most people. For many, two or even one weekly workout is even more productive. The longer you train the stronger you become. And the stronger you become the less exercise you usually need. Regrettably, most people tend to do just the opposite. They believe that as they get in better shape they require more exercise. The consequence of this “more is better” philosophy is more time spent (wasted) working out but little to show for it. Ultimately this type of training deteriorates into a form of manual labor. If carried on long enough, overtraining (loss of muscle mass, joint and muscle pain, decreased immune function, etc.) will occur. Of course when this happens, most people simply quit exercising. If only they realized how little training time was actually required

    Remember,”Time and Energy are finite resources. Use them wisely”.