Posted by Dr. Brickey on February 13th, 2010
Host: Anti-Aging Psychologist Dr. Michael Brickey
Guest: Fredrick Hahn
Broadcast and podcast starting: February 15, 2009 on webtalkradio.net. After 2-22-10 the podcast is also on the links below
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Let’s review the conventional thinking that Fredrick Hahn turned upside down. According to Mr. Hahn:
• Forget aerobics and lots of reps, the best way to build muscles is to challenge them to exhaustion.
• There is more benefit to doing exercises in slow motion than there is to fast movements that takes advantage of momentum, and consequently places fewer demands on muscles.
• Most athletic pursuits may actually be harmful but may be worth pursuing for enjoyment.
• Stretching makes joints less stable; strength training improves flexibility anyway.
• Exercise does little to improve the heart or lungs. Rather, exercise makes muscles more efficient in extracting oxygen and nutrients.
• Stronger muscles are more flexible.
• The key to weight loss is limiting carbohydrates.
• Cholesterol and saturated fat have been given a bad rap and aren’t necessarily harmful.
• Grains are hard to digest, have little nutritional value, and leach minerals.
• The dietary requirements for carbohydrates, according to a government study, is zero.
Some other points he made included:
• Our muscles atrophy with age unless we use them.
• Muscles are recruited in sequence with fast twitch muscles being the last to be recruited.
• We cannot make new muscles; we can only strengthen the ones we already have.
• Most of weight loss comes from nutrition, not exercise.
• Strength exercise is the best way to build stronger bones.
• Genetics plays a big role in athletic skills and athletic physique. Most people are not capable of having body builder muscles no matter how much they exercise.
• Strength training will not make women look muscular.
• Our bodies are very efficient and require proof its limits are taxed before enhancing muscles.
Is he right? I hope so. Physical fitness and nutrition are a Tower of Babel with many conflicting theories and opinions. What matters most is the results. I’ve started doing the Slow Burn exercises and will give it a two-month trial. I’ll report back later on my experience. As for eschewing carbohydrates, I’m doing some more research. The A to Z study he cited is in the March 2007 issue of the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association.
Mr. Hahn’s website is www.seriousstrength.com. Dr. Brickey’s other websites are www.DrBrickey.com and www.Anti-Aging-Speaker.com.
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- Resistance Training: Better Posture, Less Pain, Better Health
- How Learning to Move Better Profoundly Improves Your Health and Fitnesss (and Changes Your Age)
- Nutrition, Brains, Appetite and Weight Loss
- Taking Care of Your Feet