There is something terribly wrong with the state of exercise as we know it presently. Sales of treadmills, running shoes, gym memberships, and yoga classes are at an all-time high, but so too are our national levels of obesity and type II diabetes. Ever since the 1960s the exercising public has been told to stretch for flexibility and to perform low-intensity steady-state aerobic exercise for their cardiovascular systems and some form of resistance training to keep their muscles strong. With regard to diet, they have been told to restrict or omit macronutrients such as fats and carbohydrates and lots of other advice with regard to calorie-counting. Could it be that this information, however well intended, was mistaken? And is it really necessary to devote so much time to the pursuit?
Fitness researcher and pioneer John Little has spent more than twelve years researching the actual science underpinning our most prevalent beliefs about exercise and has come away from the enterprise convinced that we need an entirely new paradigm, one that would involve reliance on briefer workouts. He presents this revolutionary new approach in The Time-Saver's Workout.
Among the fascinating revelations presented in this book:
• Certain types of exercise can actually make you less healthy and fatter.
• Taking large doses of food supplements might actually shorten your life and put you at greater risk for disease.
• Stretching to become more flexible or to recover quicker from injury has been found to do neither of these things.
• Resistance training, once considered to be the weak sister of exercise, is now looking like the best form of exercise one should engage in.
The new protocols that Little exposes offer a far safer alternative for those looking to become stronger, fitter, and healthier without spending their lives in the gym.
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About the Author
John Little has been a personal trainer for more than a dozen years. The author of over a dozen books on health, fitness, and exercise, including The Art of Expressing the Human Body, Max Contraction Training, and Body by Science, Little has been hailed by Ironman magazine as “one of the leading fitness researchers in the world.” He resides in Ontario, Canada.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Problem with Exercise
Chapter 1 Coffee Talk 1
Chapter 2 Exercise And Wear & Tear 10
Chapter 3 Stress, Insulin, And the Non-Responder 17
Chapter 4 Exercise-The Not-So-Healthy Addiction 24
Part 2 Exercise-The Old Paradigm
Chapter 5 Running For Health And Fat Loss 36
Chapter 6 Yoga For Health And Stretching For Flexibility 46
Chapter 7 Athletics For Fitness 55
Chapter 8 Nutritional Supplementation For Super Health 61
Chapter 9 Bodybuilding For Massive Muscles 71
Part 3 Exercise-A New Paradigm
Chapter 10 The Genetic Factor 84
Chapter 11 The Conservation Of Energy Phenomenon (C.E.P.) 94
Chapter 12 Resistance Training-A Better Way To Exercise 105
Chapter 13 The DeLorme And Watkins Method 114
Chapter 14 The Max Pyramid Protocol 131
Chapter 15 One And Done! 149
Chapter 16 The Future Of Exercise 166
Chapter 17 Nutrition And Fat Loss 173
Notes on Text 197