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Ready, Set, Go! Synergy Fitness for Time-Crunched Adults is a great title. In this day, most adults fall into the "time-crunched" category and are concerned with staying fit within their time limitations. I was hooked by the cover!
Phil Campbell's experience in the area of fitness is apparent. He has a tremendous amount of knowledge about the body and the effects of exercise on the body. His plan is outlined simply and reinforced by charts and tables. The exercises and weight training skills he suggests for the reader are outlined and illustrated with photographs. He uses models of all ages and fitness levels, which is an encouragement to the beginning fitness seeker. At the end of the book is a workbook section, allowing the reader the opportunity to put the plan into action with a minimum of thought. He or she can easily keep up with progress by using these charted pages.
The information is divided into small chunks, which help with understanding the relationship of the exercise to the body's metabolism. **(Results may vary)

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A Cure For Middle Age Spread

by Al Valente*, President of Fit**(Results may vary)

Stimulating the body's own HGH production can remove fat, add muscle, and take years off your appearance, and because it's nature's way, it's safe.

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For those of you approaching middle-age and beyond, imagine one day a drug that will make you look 20 years younger, remove 15 lbs. of body fat, add lean muscle mass, increase your cognitive functions including memory, give you a healthier heart, increase your bone density, and elevate both your mood and your libido. Well actually that drug is here now and it's called, human growth hormone (HGH). The injecting of HGH is popular among the Hollywood cognoscenti but it's expensive and risky. However, there may be ways tap into this amazing fountain of youth naturally…

From Hollywood to Main Street

If you want to know what's truly hot and fashionable, look to Hollywood. Many aging actors have been regularly taking human growth hormones for years to remain thin and attractive for their careers.

Although far from being a mainstream phenomenon, it is estimated that about 300,000 Americans are shooting up with HGH, a rapid rise from the estimated 2,000 that were doing so in the mid-1990's.

One of the reasons is that HGH is more readily available now that biotech companies have learned to synthesize it through recombinant DNA technology; previously the only source was natural HGH from human cadavers, an obviously rare and expensive supply.

Somatopause - The Middle Age Spread

Older health club members face a double whammy. Although they work out at the gym regularly and seem to be constantly dieting, as they age they lose more muscle mass and gain more body fat especially around the middle. Those long cardio sessions can't seem to get the midriff past a certain point.

Welcome to middle age. This malady is called "somatopause". The middle-age somatopause is signified by energy decline, weight-gain (usually around the middle, and hips), loss of muscle, and wrinkled skin. Other symptoms include energy decline, a rise in bad LDL cholesterol and a lowering of the good HDL.

Somatopause is related directly to the decline of HGH being produced by the body by the pituitary gland as we age. It is an extrapolation of the term "menopause" and applies to both men and women whose natural production of HGH started a steady gradual decline since age 30 and continues to decline for the rest of their lives.

So, it begs the question, if somatopause is caused by the body's natural decline of HGH, what if we were to increase the HGH in our system, would that reverse its effects? By most observations, the answer appears to be yes.
Wisconsin along with at team of researchers made a startling discovery in July 1990. They performed experiments on men age 61 to 81 to determine if HGH could cause a reversal in aging symptoms. One group was given subcutaneous injections of HGH while the control group was not. HGH cannot be measured directly because it is detectable in the blood for only a few minutes; therefore they measured a byproduct called IGF-1 (Insulin Like Growth Factor). The more IGF-1 in the system, the more HGH is there as well.

It All began With a 1990 Journal of Medicine Article

The late Dr. Daniel Rudman of Madison Wisconsin along with at team of researchers made a startling discovery in July 1990. They performed experiments on men age 61 to 81 to determine if HGH could cause a reversal in aging symptoms. One group was given subcutaneous injections of HGH while the control group was not. HGH cannot be measured directly because it is detectable in the blood for only a few minutes; therefore they measured a byproduct called IGF-1 (Insulin Like Growth Factor). The more IGF-1 in the system, the more HGH is there as well.

At the start, both groups averaged less than 350 U per liter of IGF-1. After 6 months, the group given the HGH injections had levels of IGF-1 in the range of 500 to 1500 U per liter, a level found at a much youthful age, while the control group still remained at the original 350 level.

What was more astonishing was that with no other variables, there was:

An 8.8% increase in lean body mass
A 14.4% decrease in adipose tissue, aka body fat
A 1.6% increase in vertebral bone density.
It was concluded that the drop in natural HGH levels is directly responsible for much of the observable effects we call "aging". And furthermore, that aging's effects could be reversed if the level of HGH could be maintained at a higher elevation. This is the finding that launched a thousand ships and explains why today you get all those spam e-mails trying to sell you HGH and HGH releasers over the web. Who doesn't want the fountain of youth?

The Vanity Medicine

There are roughly 76 million baby boomers in the U.S. alone and in contrast to previous generations that have reached middle age, this generation is determined to remain young and vigorous. They seem to be looking for that magic bullet, or pill they can take to keep their looks and vitality. Should that magic pill be regular subcutaneous injections of HGH cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000 per month and carry unknown health risks?

Risks of Artificial HGH

If taking a pill, or in this case an injection, for prolonged youth seems too good to be true, well, you're probably right.

A respected source about anti-aging is Dr. Nicolas Perricone, a Yale affiliated dermatologist. In his latest book, The Perricone Prescription, he clarified the findings of the original Rudman studies as follows:

" As exciting as these results were, there was a downside. Subsequent studies using injectable growth hormone at similar doses to the first study found unacceptable side effects . . . The studies were extended to a period of a year or longer and researchers realized that prolonged supplementation could induce diabetes, arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, making the results very disappointing…Supplementation with injectable human growth hormone is still very experimental and we have not accumulated enough data to assure its safety."

He goes on to explain that HGH is basically good, it's the means of injecting high doses of HGH that causes health risks, therefore, it's best to mimic our own body's production of HGH. Dr. Perricone goes on to say:
"Another very new and exciting strategy for growth hormone supplementation is to use amino acids or small peptides to trigger the body's own release of HGH from our pituitary. This is a much safer method because we have normal feedback mechanisms and controls over a hormone when it is being produced by our own bodies. "

Luckily, there are alternative ways of raising the HGH levels without costly injections and one of those is the neighborhood gym.

The Natural Way

It is widely believed that certain forms of exercise will stimulate the body's natural production of HGH in older adults. Since the body seldom produces compounds that will be harmful to itself, what better way to enjoy the benefits of HGH invoked youth without the health risks?

According to Phil Campbell, age 50 and author of a fitness book, Ready, Set, GO! Synergy Fitness, natural HGH production can indeed be stimulated to produce outstanding physical results. He cites 160 biomedical research studies in his book

His presents a new regimen which focuses on high-intensity training. Such training, combined with proper sleep and diet, can spur the pituitary gland's "pulsing" output of HGH. Campbell calls such HGH goosing a natural anti-aging regimen. And he stresses natural.

Anaerobic Exercise Should Be A Part Of Every Fitness Routine

Like the newer low glycemic diets are challenging the staid old food pyramid, Campbell wants you to do the opposite of what you've been told:

"The focus is not on endless hours of aerobic exercise, but on the incredible benefits of anaerobic exercise on the body's hormone release system. Short bursts - lasting 10 to 30 seconds - of intense activity can induce your body to naturally release HGH growth hormone by 530%, which is the substance that keeps you looking and feeling young.

The reason older players like the aged Oakland Raiders keep playing beyond their time, is due to the anaerobic exercise that they perform during practice. Anaerobic exercise - the hard and fast, sprinting types of exercise - is shown by medical researchers to make the body produce significant amounts anti-aging growth hormone," says Campbell, And this keeps older players strong, lean and muscular".

"Growth hormone is given to children with clinical stature growth problems to help them grow normally," says Campbell, "however, it does not make adults grow taller, but it does reverse several measurable clinical factors of the middle-age spread, which has been named 'the somatopause' by researchers."

"Anaerobic exercise should be a part of every fitness routine," However, he cautions that physician clearance and a progressive build-up of the high-intensity exercise is necessary to prevent injury.


Youth and fitness are an associated pair. Conversely, pharmacology is closely associated with disease. Nature should always be preferred over drugs. Mankind's quest for the fountain of youth may lie not in a bottle or in a syringe, but in the grunts and groans of intense exercise.

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"I am 51 years, and was weighing in at a whopping 228 pounds, the most I have ever weighed in my life. I was always tired, out of shape and just plain sick of feeling so bad. I started reading the Ready, Set ,Go book and was so excited about the Sprint 8 program, I could not wait to get started. I made slow changes in nutrition such as eliminating the 6 cans of regular soda I was drinking daily, started drinking protein shakes and eating whole fiber foods, fruits and vegetables. Regarding my exercise, I am using a personal trainer, joined a gym and am working out about 5-6 days a week: Aerobic training 2x per week, weight training 4x per week, and finally the Sprint 8 program 4x per week. I do the Sprint 8 program on a high school track, elliptical machine or a stationary bike. Since June 1, 2007 I have lost a total of 31 pounds, 4 inches in my waist, and am developing some muscles. I feel more energetic, confident and some of the girls at work say I even look HOT!!! This is a life style change, and good lord willing, I will be using this routine the rest of my life. Thank you so much for writing this book and changing my life." - Michael Altman*

Book Review by Vince McConnell*, CPT, C Ht.
Exercise Science Editor, Dolfzine On-line Fitness
**(Results may vary)

There are two features to a fitness regimen to consider when planning an overall program, the obvious direct effect from the workouts, and the not-so-apparent indirect result from the fitness lifestyle.

The direct results from working out and eating right are well known in regards to increasing muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance, gaining lean muscle tissue, and losing bodyfat. However, especially as you progress in years, it's the indirect effect of living the fitness lifestyle that matters as much as, if not more than, the evident muscular benefits.

Author Phil Campbell provides a comprehensive framework to this fitness lifestyle in his book, "Ready, Set, Go!, Synergy Fitness". Campbell is a competitive masters athlete who truly exudes the benefits of a committed life in fitness. This book is a complete guide to take you from beginner to advanced in five separate levels. Throughout the book, there are testimonials from people of all ages, and all levels of fitness, expressing the benefits of following this program. Though some of the proposed theories in this book are not as black and white as they appear, the information definitely serves a valid purpose in enlightening you to what is possible through a well thought-out fitness program.

In Part One of the book, Campbell begins by explaining your hormones' role in anti-aging, and the results you can achieve through a well-planned health regimen. He then discusses how to naturally manipulate your Human Growth Hormone (HGH) profile without drugs through proper rest, nutrition, and specific types of exercise. He mentions the liabilities of HGH injections, and how HGH affects other areas of your health. Campbell goes into why HGH is so popular amongst today's fitness vernacular, and reveals the origin of HGH abuse. This section on how to use nutritional supplementation to affect your overall health is of great value to anyone unclear with all the typical medical jargon espoused today. Though there is some question on some points, such as refraining from carbohydrate consumption after training, it must be understood that Campbell's recommendations are geared purely towards enhancing your body's own production of HGH. Thus it all depends on what your particular goals are.

Continuing on the hormonal path, you learn of how to turn up your fat-burning metabolism through controlling your blood glucose levels. How exercise helps prevent diabetes is covered, as well as the antioxidant advantages of regulated exercise. Commendably, Campbell expresses his disdain for relying on pharmaceuticals to ward-off ill health. He gives plenty of sound information that puts your health's destiny in front of you, by providing guidelines to follow in a practical way. The next chapter deals with "redefining your age", as many prime examples are given to backup what many of us in the fitness profession know to be true, that there is a major difference in your chronological count and your fitness age. The author then accurately writes on the need to train all three muscle fiber types, which is rarely covered in programs directed at those over 40. Everything you need to know regarding muscle fiber types, and their energy pathways is covered in more than sufficient detail for the inexperienced reader, and professional alike.

Part Two of the book begins with a strategic plan in coordinating the various targets of a sound fitness program. Though much of this information is "over the head" of the average reader and not a prerequisite for being successful on a plan such as this, it's there for those readers who want to know the theories, and science, behind what they are accomplishing. The five levels of this program are discussed so that you will be able to assess where you should begin. From here, Campbell does an excellent job of covering effective, non-conventional stretching application. He wisely steps away from the typical flexibility training advice, and explains why it's best to stretch a certain way before your workout instead of in a manner that adversely affects muscle activation. An efficient stretching routine is included, along with appropriate photos. The book then covers cardiovascular conditioning, and its significance in an overall body composition, health program. Campbell's version of cardio interval training is called the Sprint 8 Workout and is well presented in this format, including many theories on possible beneficial hormonal effects. Methods for increasing speed are discussed as well as several references for further study. This type information is what separates this book from other "fitness for life" books, as the content is more than sufficient for any competitive athlete, as well as the man or woman simply wanting a program to get in their best shape and maintain it. Along these lines, plyometric exercise is included, though I would caution this method of training be used only judiciously even for well-seasoned athletes. Regardless, considering the included photos, many of these exercises can be modified to apply in most individual's workouts to enhance agility and coordination. This section of the book concludes with a wide-ranging segment on weight training. Photos and clear explanations are provided to orientate the beginner, and to inspire the experienced athlete. Campbell separates the exercises into two groups to provide you with better understanding of why you perform certain movements at prescribed times. Again, excellent photographs with a wide range of models are used to illustrate the recommended exercises.

The Part Three of the book provides a strategic plan to follow, according to all five fitness levels. You have the routines all laid out to eliminate guesswork. Campbell admirably covers the potential pitfalls to maintaining a demanding, yet effective, exercise and nutrition program and practical ways to avoid succumbing to them.

In closing, it's better that a book cover more than is needed rather than vice versa, and "Ready, Set, Go!" does just that. Although, the book is directed at "time-crunched adults," it definitely requires a commitment to adhere to. That may sound like a not so positive statement about this book, but it's the plain truth about any effective fitness program that will bring lasting results. Though the common reader might not digest some of the information, it need not distract from all of the solid practical advice that a man who leads by his example is sharing. Though not for the man or woman who is still trying to make their mind up on exercising, but for the person looking to naturally alter their body chemistry for better health and appearance, and those wanting to challenge themselves beyond the typical gym routine this book has just the tools to give you that "feel like an athlete" edge. For the aspiring, or competitive athlete, both young and "not so young", I recommend this book as a good overall manual that will more than suffice in providing you with tools to apply for optimal health, performance, and appearance.

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