Three months ago I put out my 5 part series on exercise and fat loss. If you don’t wish to read it, my belief is that exercise is vastly over rated when it comes to long term fat loss. What looks like progress in the short term erodes when looking at longer time frames due to injuries and increased appetite in response to increased energy demands. In the post Fat Loss and the Case For Less Exercise, I outlined my updated minimalistic exercise plan.
Prior to outlining this plan, I was only doing HIT once every 5 days. Well my plan ran into some resistance. Shortly after doing that post, I got some unexplained back pain after one uphill sprint session, so I stopped running. The back pain went away shortly afterwards. I also stopped rowing, because my gym only has a single rower. Once the cardio junkies saw me using the machine, they got inspired and started using it. Unlike my 2 minutes of high intensity intervals, they would camp out there doing slow steady state rowing.
Another thing happened at my gym. The average temperature went from 66 to 71 and the air now feels muggy. There were a few times I came close to breaking a sweat! Long time readers know that I take pride in not having broken a sweat exercising in years. I have also discovered that exertion headaches doing High Intensity are triggered easier when it is warm, so I’ve increased my rest time between exercises. This is why HIT gyms often keep the temperature at 61 degrees.
My HIT weight sessions have gone from every 5th day to every 7th day. There is something extremely powerful about the Static Weight Max Pyramid. I’m getting a deeper level of fatigue and my recovery takes a little longer. If you are an ectomorph, I highly encourage you to try this workout.
So here we are in the summer of 2012 and I’m exercising just 15 minutes a week, which is a record low for a healthy me. I also spend half that workout standing outside the gym cooling down between exercises. And the result is I’m in the best shape of my life. Quality absolutely trumps quantity. Once fall arrives to Seattle and my gym is less stuffy, I’ll slowly resume rowing and uphill sprinting.
Photo by Lisa Parker. I’ll resume uphill sprints in the fall.