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    Bulletproof Body-opinions? Experiences?

    Came across their article on fitness after being linked to the bulletproof coffee recipe. Interesting concept-slow movements, only five exercises.
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    My question-anyone have experience with this? I wonder about 1)only working out once a week 2)using machines-I've pretty much shunned them since going Primal and 3)no mention of sprinting.
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    They should be performed using machines since reaching muscular failure under free weights is dangerous.

    I stopped reading right there.

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    This is based on Body by Science (BBS) -- lots of other threads on BBS. I started about a month ago, and I'm impressed so far.

    The idea is to to complete failure with very slow movements --easier said than done, and dong it with a good machine is safer for things like leg presses/squats.

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    It's body by science, not health by science. You can look healthy-ish because of hypertrophy, but that does not make you healthier, or even necessarily fit.
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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    They should be performed using machines since reaching muscular failure under free weights is dangerous.

    I stopped reading right there.
    Are you saying muscular failure under free weights is safe, or that there's no point to reaching muscular failure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_h View Post
    Are you saying muscular failure under free weights is safe, or that there's no point to reaching muscular failure?
    I'm saying the author is essentially saying free weights are dangerous and thus only machines should be used, which suggests to me the author's advice on training should be ignored.

    To answer your question, failure with free weights has a purpose, if your training calls for it. Whether it's safe depends on the lifter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quikky View Post
    I'm saying the author is essentially saying free weights are dangerous and thus only machines should be used, which suggests to me the author's advice on training should be ignored.

    To answer your question, failure with free weights has a purpose, if your training calls for it. Whether it's safe depends on the lifter.
    You have to really try this once to appreciate it. It is a very different approach. I'm a big fan of free weight and even prefer dumbbells over barbells for many things. However, I found it much effective to kill my muscles with machines using the the very slow reps - 10-20 sec is very long. This is especially true with something like chest flys where the resistance varies radically through the full motion. Using cables provides a more uniform load which is ideal when you want smooth motion. I haven't used Nautilus in many years, but I think that that type of uniform resistance would be ideal.

    I was dong everything in my home gym, but decided to only do leg presses safely with a machine. I really love squats, but it was impossible to go to failure with my simple rack and no spotter.

    I'm considering some kind of hybrid approach where I do BBS once a week and insert a more traditional free weight routine in each week after five days of recovery from BBS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miata View Post
    You have to really try this once to appreciate it. It is a very different approach. I'm a big fan of free weight and even prefer dumbbells over barbells for many things. However, I found it much effective to kill my muscles with machines using the the very slow reps - 10-20 sec is very long. This is especially true with something like chest flys where the resistance varies radically through the full motion. Using cables provides a more uniform load which is ideal when you want smooth motion. I haven't used Nautilus in many years, but I think that that type of uniform resistance would be ideal.

    I was dong everything in my home gym, but decided to only do leg presses safely with a machine. I really love squats, but it was impossible to go to failure with my simple rack and no spotter.

    I'm considering some kind of hybrid approach where I do BBS once a week and insert a more traditional free weight routine in each week after five days of recovery from BBS.
    I am not sure what you're trying to do when you say "effective to kill my muscles". I don't judge a training plan based on whether it "kills" my muscles, I judge it by its effectiveness in making me stronger.

    You can get a power rack with safeties for ~$250, cheaper than a year of gym membership.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quikky View Post
    I am not sure what you're trying to do when you say "effective to kill my muscles". I don't judge a training plan based on whether it "kills" my muscles, I judge it by its effectiveness in making me stronger.

    You can get a power rack with safeties for ~$250, cheaper than a year of gym membership.
    The idea behind BBS is that you push your muscle fibers to failure. The idea is to hit the slow twitch, the fast twitch and anything between. This way by the end of a set you don't have one type of fiber covering for the others, they are all worn down in the slow movement. You also hit the fibers hard through the entire movement. By the end of a set you are blowing out your lungs. I thing the key is the slow motion. With normal speed movements I am not breathing hard until the last two or three reps. With BBS I am breathing heavily after 30 seconds, really heavily after a minute and hyperventilating by the end.

    I'm doing just fine with the machines at my company gym that cost me nothing. As far as results, I made more dramitic improvement in my cycling with three sets of leg presses over two weeks than I did with two months of previous squats. Sure I made improvements with squats, but felt like I had new cycling muscles after the slow motion leg presses.

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    I'm saying the author is essentially saying free weights are dangerous and thus only machines should be used
    That's a very black and white view. Doug McGuff (Body By Science), where this info seems to be adapted from has spoken about equipment with a bit more nuance. He's not opposed to free weights in many cases and certainly doesn't say they are outright dangerous. I'd much rather have my muscles fail under a chest press machine than a bench press.

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