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More Skinned Cats

Since my last post, I have received several other testimonials about people’s experience with Slow Burn, meaning, proper strength training. When it rains it pours. Again, my way isn’t the only way but it sure seems to be a potent one:

I thought I might chime in about cardio here. If I recall, the definition of Cardio is to get ones heart rate up to 80% of his/her maximum heart rate (according to ones age) and keep it there for more than 20 minutes. As of this week I’ve been doing Slow Burn for eight weeks and my heart rate always gets up to target range. I do slow burn twice a week and still cannot complete it in 30 minutes (takes me 40). If I were to complete it in 30 minutes (although I try) my heart rate would go well over target range for my age. So, anybody that says, “slow Burn is not cardio” has never done it! I might add, since doing Slow Burn, along with a low carb/high protien diet that I started several weeks before Slow Burning, my resting heart rate has gone from 80 to 59 and I have lost 27 lbs. on the scale and 4.5 inches around my waist. Many of my friends would like to strart Slow Burn and are asking me for advice. I always tell them to buy the book first and read it thoroughly before starting. This way if someone trys to tell them something that’s not true and discourage them, they will know the truth!

My friend and instructor extraordinaire Sean Preuss recently competed in a 5K race and did well despite not doing any formal cardio for years. You can read his story here.

The moral of this story is: Strength training does it all. It is so sad that so few people do it and do it right.

Skinning a Cat

I love hearing testimonials especially ones like this:

I told my boss about your Slow Burn method and loaned him the book. He’s been doing it for about 4 weeks now and LOVES it. He’s getting better results, and has more time to spend with his family rather than the guys at the gym. A buddy of his at the gym, though, has been ragging on him for not doing cardio on a regular basis. He (my boss) used to run, but got away from it and hasn’t done any cardio at all for months and months. Because of the guy’s nagging, he decided to try it again, figuring he’d be able to do only about a half block before having to stop. When he hit the 2-mile mark and still wasn’t winded, he KNEW you were right about not needing cardio and about how Slow Burn is all you need.

Of course, when you strength train properly you ARE doing cardio. There is more than one way to skin a cat – or to increase mitochondria.

You can’t judge a book by it’s cover, though we do all the time. When you see people doing Slow Burn it doesn’t look like much. In fact, it looks downright useless. Though the mechanical work looks meager – and compared to how typical people strength train it is, the internal work or metabolic work is considerable.

If you’re a Slow Burner or into strength training in some other way and don’t do any traditional aerobics, the next time someone says “Don’t you do any cardio?” you’re answer can and should be “Yep. Sure do.”

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