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Spent the entire day yesterday building a huge bobsled run in the woods behind our neighborhood. Then spent a couple hours hauling kids up the hill in their sleds as a human tow rope. Have never felt so beat after a day where I didn't 'work out'.
Today: 4x2000m row intervals...very tough and back very sore from yesterday.
I think that the emphasis on the machines in BBS stems from all the research that went into the Nautilus machines to get the most smooth and consistent lift. Probably much harder to replicate with free weights. Oh well. But it was a great read nonetheless!
@ Jess do you mean I have read BBS. No. I have watched all the videos off of the site and my one son has bought it for me for Christmas. (He read it and we have been discussing it.) We are heading for his place on Wednesday.
I'm just reading Mark's Primal Blueprint, and my daughter also got me Max Contraction by John Little.
I did them from Aug to the end of October. From Nov till now I have done a variation of the big 5. I tried a bench press static hold about a month ago at 385 lbs.
I think static holds have a really great application. For someone like me who is 53 and haven't really exercised for decades, I've probably lost in excess of 20-25 lbs worth of muscle tissue. I'm also overweight.
The static contraction and the big 5 are safe but they very high in intensity. With the big 5 I increase the weights once I hit 70 seconds worth of full range reps. This really triggers the insulin and does wonders for the weight loss. I would guess I've put on four to five lbs of muscle but I can't be sure.
For someone like who needs to lose weight but add muscle mass I think they are the best training available.
I see my self doing them for about another 2-3 years then backing off to incorporate more explosive resistance training. I am adding wing chun as I mentioned on my other post 90 day test.