Monday, January 28, 2013
good morning everyone! well its pouring rain outside--which is somewhat better than the freezing rain it did yesterday. don't know when it was supposed to stop--i was hoping to get to the park to do podrunner this morning--haven't been able to go due to the cold weather and i have been missing it a lot.
been learning a lot of things while reading this new book--"which comes first--cardio or weights". among them: there isn't any research that shows a benefit from a particular kind of shoe for activity (i.e. running shoes). there is also a school of thought that barefoot running is better, although that hasn't been clearly shown either. the main thing is to buy shoes that are comfortable and feel good while you exercise.
also: if you do a workout that combines strength training and cardio; whichever aspect you do FIRST will benefit the most during your workout. i.e. if you do strength training at the beginning of your workout, your strength will improve faster than your cardio and vice versa. so when you decide how to workout you should consider what your main goals are and approach your workout in that way.
there are two kinds of strength--strength and power. strength just means you can hold a heavy weight over your head or something. power means you can exert the strength in motion--like jumping higher or getting out of a chair more easily. obviously power is the more functional of the two, since it combines strength and motion.
two groups of functionally identical subjects were put on identical exercise programs. one group worked out by themselves, and the other were given trainers. the trainer group made significantly higher progress by the end of the study. i think the difference between the groups was 39 percent! upshot of that--if you can afford it, a qualified trainer is money well spent.
those are just a few of the nuggets i picked up. its a very interesting book!