Dr. Doug McGuff on Strength Training Using Body by Science
Radio Interview: 5 December 2012
I interviewed Dr. Doug McGuff on "Strength Training Using Body by Science" on 5 December 2012. Listen to or download this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio below.
Most people suppose that fitness requires long "cardio" sessions of running, biking, stair-climbing, or the like. In contrast, Dr. Doug McGuff advocates brief, infrequent, and high-intensity weight training using slow movements. Does this approach work? What are its benefits and costs compared to other fitness regimens?
Dr. Doug McGuff is an emergency medicine doctor practicing in South Carolina with a long-time interest in fitness, weightlifting, and high-intensity exercise. In 1997, he opened Ultimate Exercise, where he and his instructors explore the limits of exercise. Dr. McGuff is the best-selling co-author of Body by Science and The Body by Science Question and Answer Book. You can read Dr. McGuff's blog at www.BodyByScience.net.
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- The nature of fitness and the purpose of exercise
- The "Body by Science" or "SuperSlow" method
- Safety in Body by Science workouts
- Other benefits of Body by Science
- Dr. McGuff's discovery of the Body by Science method
- Workouts for older, overweight, and weak people
- What's wrong with "cardio"
- The injury rates in CrossFit
- The role of evolutionary theory in fitness
- Doing CrossFit as a sport
- The value of a trainer (or workout partner)
- Sticking with Body by Science over time
- Calf raises
- Leg extension and knee injuries
- Leg extension and leg press
- Optimal strength gains
- Timed static contractions
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