Weightlifting and Commentary On a Yahoo/Stack Article

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Strength, size, or functional athletic ability? This is the choice when it comes to weight lifting. Is weightlifting an adjunct to another more important goal, being a performance athlete? Is it a means to an end, sheer mass and bulk to be cut for aesthetic purposes? Is it just to be heaviest lifter in the gym or lift as heavy as you can?

There are many paths to fitness. Your goals will determine what defines that fitness. The power lifter and body builder are in terrible shape for a 100M race or any running. The marathoner won’t be placing in the shot put tomorrow.

The performance athlete will have the most difficulty, figuring out what type of lifting can be successfully time managed into the rest of the skill sets specific to their sport.

I prefer, power lifting over bodybuilding, since power lifting has performance standards. But the pinnacle of general fitness is, decathlon or fighting sport training. Any decathlete or fighter would destroy a bodybuilder or power lifter, in almost any sport or skill oriented athletic event, except posing or maximum lifts, and some could actually do better than either in olympic lifts.

So if you are sculpting to look cute, your lifting path will involve a lot of sets and a huge number of isolation lifts. If you are lifting for absolute maximal strength, you will require fewer exercises, with a great emphasis on compound lifts (lifts requiring more than one joint or articulation). The performance athlete is more likely to require more explosive olympic style exercises (snatches, power cleans, clean and jerks and variations on those themes, for coordinated power, these lifts are either full body or very close to being full body.

When it comes to time management, the olympic type of lifts are the best, they are full body and jack up the heart rate almost as much as sprints. To check whether this is true for you weightlifters, try taking a one hundred lb. bar from the floor overhead twenty times with no break and in less than 45 seconds doing power clean&jerks. At age 56, I have done 135 lbs. 19 times, 185  6 times, and 225 lbs. once, and can do a standing military of 175 lbs. This is not weak for my age group. One major reason that strength increases from this type of training, that is not mentioned is the increase in anabolic hormones, caused by the increased total percentage of muscle mass being used at near absolute capacity, something alternating dumb bell curls will not do, thus the importance of leg work. My clients and I get a bigger anabolic impact from 15 minutes of quality lifting and loaded ballistic movement, than most lifters do in 90 minutes, diddling around with a bunch of time wasting isolation exercises. If you are younger, you should be able to do better. As always, before doing any type of exercise, make sure you have clearance from your M.D., and consult with a personal trainer to guide you on your path to health, and fitness, not just strength or aesthetics.


Edward Troy, personal trainer



A Weight Off Your Shoulders

Hi Everyone,

Tune in to KDNK tomorrow Tuesday (5/6/2014) at 4:30PM for “A Weight Off Your Shoulders.” This is live. I will be interviewing Barry Chapman, a master of meditation and Gong Meditation, amongst the many types of healing spiritual arts he does. We will explore how to use the mind to heal. Be one with the world, tune in and call in 963-2976 with your questions. I am a personal trainer, and I interview many people in the fitness world.
Edward Troy

This show will be archived on http://www.KDNK.Org



KDNK interview A Weight Off Your Shoulders

Tuesday, 4:30PM MST on KDNK, I interview fellow personal trainer Curtis Schwab. This can be streamed from http://www.KDNK.org, tune in! We will discuss;
Fitness trends; past, present and future
Fitness objectives for people decade by decade; teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond.
and last but not least, New Years Resolutions!
Edward Troy, Aspen VIP International


Your Health Misdirected to Weight Loss

As a personal trainer in the Aspen CO area, I am not shocked to read this type of article; one that begins by attacking exercise as a part of weight loss, diet being 4 times as important (80% vs 20%). Just go to your kitchen and do the latest “I refuse to exercise diet plan”…. So here are the results the good doctor is crowing about;

<Compliance was incredible – only seven study dropouts – and over the course of the year, men averaged 6.16 hours of weekly exercise, and women, 4.9 hours. So did the 320 hours of exercise for the men and the 254 hours for the women lead to weight loss? Yes, but probably less than you might have guessed. Men lost, on average, 3.5 pounds, and women, 2.6. That translates to 91.5 hours of exercise per pound lost.>

I am not saying that everyone can understand this, but what were the qualitative changes in these sample pools? I am not interested in some BMI nonsense, I am interested in body composition. What were the resulting changes in body composition, strength, agility, how many medications from “big pharma,” were eliminated or reduced, how about VO2, cholesterol, triglycerides? How many reversed and eliminated type 2 diabetes…. those are the types of questions that actually address the important issue of health.

Weight loss as an end can be easily achieved through amputations, a stupid notion, unless the limb is gangrenous. Losing muscle mass is yet another way to lose weight, and become even less healthy, as casual glance at many cigarette smokers, crack heads and meth pipe heads will reveal this to be true.

The “take away” from my comments is; simple minded discussions and “news,” about weight loss, isn’t necessarily synonymous with good health or improving your health. These blogs, bits of “news” are themselves dangerous to your health, because weight loss is treated as an end, not as part of the means to the end — your good health. Don’t be fooled by this kind of crap.

Fitness health tips and dance


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A quick tip on how balance is very important in life, and how to balance the exercise that helps balance your life. Then you get the dance you were waiting for!

Fun Fitness Health Tip — Eating Breakfast


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Not eating breakfast is one of the best ways of making sure you gain weight. For those of you who are genuinely sincere about losing weight, eat breakfast and exercise

Fun Fitness Health Tips http://youtu.be/cA-QCfcTuXM

Anyone getting started with a weight loss or an exercise program, check this out. http://youtu.be/cA-QCfcTuXM

This is part of a series! Stay tuned. More cool stuff soon!

Edward Troy