Please help critique this short article.
The crux of its argument is as follows:
"Despite being held in such high regard by mainstream health and fitness specialists, when analyzed objectively it becomes clear that aerobics are more deserving of a warning label from the Surgeon General rather than being touted as the ultimate form of exercise.
SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: participation in aerobics results in: loss of muscle tissue, destruction of joints, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage, stress fractures, loss of flexibility, a shapeless physique, interferes with results from real exercise, and is generally a misdirected use of time.
It is the formal position of Precision Fitness, the SuperSlow® Exercise Guild, and hundreds of exercise and medical professionals nationwide that aerobics are an ill-advised activity that are neither necessary, nor desirable as a component of a proper exercise program. If performed correctly, strength training is capable of stimulating cardiovascular health and fitness benefits which match and exceed any possible benefit obtained through aerobic activity – without the negative side effects of aerobics. Strength training therefore, is the only activity or type of exercise that needs to, or should be performed for total fitness."
Just saying "cardio" means nothing. 20 minutes on the tready isn;t gonna make you look more like richard simmons.
Oh, and i felt it quite ironic that the generals warning:
"SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: participation in aerobics results in: loss of muscle tissue, destruction of joints, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage, stress fractures, loss of flexibility, a shapeless physique, interferes with results from real exercise, and is generally a misdirected use of time. "
Can be exactly true for poor lifting practises too. (maybe with the flexibility one being an exception)
f you cycle it into you training properly then cardio can be beneficial.
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Well, looking at the big picture.... you gotta look at who is doing this. You have to remember that only a small fraction of the nation's population is like we are; dedicated to fitness.
Mainstream America is obese. More so now than ever. When these big, fat pukes hit January 1st and decide that it's time to get fit, they over-do it. IMO, they decide that if they crank double time for a couple of weeks, all will be better.
So they overdo it, big time. They get hurt, sick, injured... and wind up in worse shape than when they started.
But someone who takes his/her time to start right and build from a good foundation has a much better chance of remaining injury-free.
Just my opinion.
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Right on, W8.
It's like I'm a juicer... but I'm not.
that's what I thought.
weights wont give you any endurance either.
Aerobic activity is good for all kinds of reasons.
Like the old guy said, anything taken to an extreme is bad.
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