I am a Health Coach, a Trainer, a Nutritionist. Most of my blogs are about my passion, nutrition. But, it seems the question I get after, “What do you recommend to eat?”, comes “What do you recommend for exercise?”. This is a post to help answer that question. I recommend hormesis. Most of the workouts I perform on my clients and myself are short and sweet. Acute not chronic. I have been training this way for 32 years. I attribute my staying fit, and feeling much younger than I am, to hormesis. I very rarely have injuries with this type of training, and it has served me well in keeping my body, and my client’s bodies, aesthetically and physically healthy. Hormesis, as it relates to exercise, boils down to short bursts of intense sessions. Not chronic endurance type of exercise that can degrade the body physically and aesthetically. Below is a video series I did to show an example of this type of weight training. When I train my clients I use variations of this type of training depending on their fitness level, goals, and personality type.
I am in this for the long haul. I want to see how long I can hold on to my health and I want to help others do the same. The experiment of a lifetime, I guess you could say. The only time my bodyfat went up, my muscle mass went down, and I had a chronic injury is when I did a marathon. I also performed triathlons, but they were sprint tri’s, and they didn’t give me injuries or change my body composition…they were fun. The one thing I have always done that has served me well is high intensity weight training, interspersed with some slow and heavy weight training, plus outdoor “gym class” crossfit type of training. I also mix in short intense or long and slow cardio sessions. The short intense cardio is called HIIT training. High Intensity Interval Training. I’ll talk about that in another post. The key ingredient to all my training is FUN. If it isn’t fun I won’t do it. I won’t make my clients do it either. Now, get out and play, have some fun, and experiment with your amazing self! (Video location: Quick Fitness 24/7 in Maryville).