Friday, August 09, 2013
So I got to season 11 of the Biggest Loser and saw the "unknown trainers" and their use of Metabolic Resistance Training, which I find intriguing. Bob and Jillian's trainees are shown moving like cattle whenever they can get away with it, while the unknown teams are constantly in motion in a way that reminded me of 4 year olds. Belligerent 4 year olds. It could be just editing.
I looked up Metabolic Resistance Training, and a lot of the benefits involve growth hormone activation. You can also boost growth hormone by getting adequate sleep and not eating between meals. But I still want to try this, at least on my run to 60 pounds lost this month. Then I may return to more traditional methods of muscle focused training. Biggest loser has already gotten me to doing full body strength, which is just 3 sets of 10 reps of:
Modified pull ups (on my homemade TRX dealy with my feet forward of my body)
Modified push ups
Modified squats (I hang on to the TRX handles to reduce knee strain)
bicycle crunches (alternating knees toward elbows)
So rather than doing these with rests between I'll do 10, and then change exercise and move through them 3 times. That's the circuit.
I've been thinking of adding some things. I mean, I wish I could do lunges. Lunges work the whole leg kind of like pushups worth the upper body. I'll try some stuff. Maybe bring in some dumbells. Deadlifts are kind of lame without dumbells, but I can feel my hamstrings now so that's awesome.