Almost Everything You Know About Exercise Is Wrong!
The fitness industry is littered with dozens of unique training modalities that promise to sculpt, tone, and reshape your body into that of a Greek God or Goddess. It is generally believed that if you want a certain "look" you must perform a specific type of exercise. This is why people say things like; "If you want a dancer's body, you should do Pilates." Unfortunately, this is never the case. The assumed cause-and-effect of the activity is misinterpreted and inverted. Those who possess the necessary genetics to excel at an activity, often gravitate towards that activity. Those who easily build muscle are encouraged to compete in physique sports, and those with exceptional body control and rhythm usually excel at dance and gymnastics. The activity does not make the body type; the body type does well in that activity.
Properly applied exercise can only maximize your physical qualities.
What you need to know.
- Every form of exercise is cardio; the only requirement for stimulating the cardiorespiratory system is muscular work
- You cannot completely separate aerobic(cardio) from anaerobic(strength) work because all of the machinery is interdependent within the cell
- Every form of exercise is resistance training
- Exercise is simply a force applied within a movement pattern
- Force is required to make:
- Stretching exercise
- Strength Exercise
- "Cardio" exercise
- Endurance exercise
- Without sufficient force you have no exercise and absolutely nothing happens to change your body
Below is a simplified flow chart that gives you an idea of how all exercises reside under the umbrella of resistance training.
The only physical difference between yoga, Pilates, "cardio", and strength training, is the level and duration at which force(resistance) is applied to a movement pattern.
The most effective way to make significant changes to your appearance is to systematically expose your body to INTENSE muscular work(i.e. weight training). Intense muscular work is the only activity that stimulates adaptation in fast-twitch muscle, which is necessary if you want to look good and be strong.
LIFT WEIGHTS and PLAY!