8 Results Reviewed in the LA Times January
15 2007 in an article by Roy Wallack
TIMES article Highlights:
For years, Michelle Cuellar exercised five days a week. "But
you wouldn't have known it by looking at me," says the 33-year-old
mother of two. "I felt fit but I was still fat."
Cuellar says she trimmed 10 minutes from her workout time simply by
replacing her old steady-state 30-minute, 6-mph treadmill jog with
"Sprint 8," a 20-minute aerobic session. Sprint 8, the centerpiece
of the book "Ready Set Go! Synergy Fitness," by Phil Campbell,
has a growing list of believers.
Green, 45, a Web-based businessman from Tustin, says he halved his
workout time and cycled off 25 pounds since switching to the program
in August. Dan Conner, a Sacramento fitness store manager who lost
50 of his 265 pounds and 9 inches off his 45-inch waist.
marketer Robert Burns of San Diego, 43, says he lost 25 pounds since
May.. "I feel younger and get faster and faster every day,"
phenomenon is known as the "stress adaptation response,"
says Leonard A. Kaminsky, director of the clinical exercise physiology
program at the Ball State University human performance lab and editor
of the exercise guidelines manual of the American College of Sports
nursing-home populations can improve
human body adapts to the stresses placed on it," he says. "Challenge
it, and it improves. To effect change, you need to overload your system
beyond what it is accustomed to. When you go beyond your aerobic threshold
[the point at which you are unable to bring in enough oxygen to support
the exercise] to where you perceive that you're getting winded
you initiate a chain of positive events that work for everyone.
Even nursing-home populations can improve."
2005 study of competitive cyclists at New Zealand's Waikato Institute
of Technology even found that intervals can speed up serious athletes
in midseason form; eight to 12 sessions gave test subjects power gains
of 8.7% for 1 kilometer and 8.1% for 4 kilometers over a control group
of non-interval trainers.
it is the unexpected weight loss, time savings and sense of "feeling
younger" that have average exercisers most excited.
this may help explain why Michelle Cuellar gained weight with regular
"Given that resting metabolism does decline as
you get older, it is not uncommon to see regular exercisers add a
pound or 2 per year over time," says Kaminsky. "Either that,
or Michelle was stopping at Starbucks a couple times a week"
a charge she denies.
now 20 pounds lighter than six months before, thinks she's gotten
to that point. "My husband has offered to buy me a whole new
wardrobe," she says. "But I told him to wait until I get
down to a size 6."
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