Since the last issue I decided to put the rest of the resistance training article on the website as a page. I was going to save it as a newsletter issue but now you can view it on the site.

In this issue however I will provide some pointers that will not be included on the site. So really, you get the best of both worlds as a subscriber.

Just to let you know, in the next issue I will be covering some performance related issues and how certain types of training can accelerate every other area of your life. After that it's on to some mental/emotional conditioning tools to make radical shifts in all areas of life.

As many of you know, I am qualified and registered as a fitness professional and have studied exercise physiology, personal development and human potential for many years. Along the way I have noticed many things that trouble me...

The first thing is the misconceptions, myths and half truths that the public are fed by lazy experts in magazines, TV and everywhere else.

Here's an example, "only slow, aerobic exercise is good for fat loss and weight maintenance." That's a good one. Something else you may have heard is that fat only starts burning after 20 minutes of exercise. Geez it just keeps getting better and better. What a bunch of uneducated, lazy and stupid "experts".

First of all, your individual circumstances and genetic make-up will have a large bearing on what you use predominantly as fuel. Someone who is conditioned aerobically will have stored a large amount of intermuscular (between individual muscle fibres) and intramuscular (inside muscle fibres) fat, as opposed to subcutaneous (directly under the skin) fat.

This mechanism creates a storage of fuel that is readily available for the anticipated future bouts of a long and continuous effort. It results in the person being able to perform for longer periods of time.

Another thing that aerobically trained people will have is both an increase in the number of cappilaries in the predominant working muscles and an increase in the density and size of mitochondria, which are like the fat burning factory of the muscle cell.

So to put it simply, people who are aerobically trained will access fat as fuel more easily and quickly during bouts of exercise.

On another note, people who predominantly perform resistance training will have a greater development of muscle tone and mass. Muscle is very highly metabolically active, meaning that it needs quite a lot of energy just to be maintained. This results in fat, carbs and even protein being eaten at a rapid rate, even while resting.

The other thing about high intensity training such as resistance training, is that although the primary source of energy used during the session will come from carbohydrates and creatine phosphate, overall it will chew up more calories.

There is another thing to consider that is overlooked massively. It's not just the session that burns energy, it's also post session and recovery. After a resistance training session the energy burned for the 24 hour period following the session is increased by quite a lot as opposed to the aerobic session. During this time of increased metabolic rate, the body uses more fat stores in order to recover and replenish the muscles.

So to disregard this myth I will say, do not neglect either form of exercise. Resistance training is just as important as aerobic training when it comes to weight maintenence.

That's just one thing that is massively misinterpreted and misrepresented when it comes to physical conditioning and health. In the next issue we will cover some more and also deal with some interesting performance related issues and how resistance training will help you really get the edge in your personal and professional life.

To your health, wealth and happiness,

Chris Lyons.
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