10 Reasons Why I Don’t Do Aerobics


This is a great article by a colleague of mine and I guy I have the utmost respect for, Steve Maxwell. It reinforces what I have always said about doing sprints, strongman conditioning, playing sports, etc to get in shape instead of just mindlessly pumping away on the stair climber. To see that Steve practices what he preaches check out his pic to the left and take note of the fact that he is FIFTY FIVE years old!

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By Steve Maxwell

One morning, while observing a female endlessly running the treadmill-to-nowhere-fast, I realized I see the same people returning day after day, iPods silently blaring or, worse, mindlessly captivated by one of the ten wall-mounted television screens, while grinding away on those steppers and treadmills.

The drudgery of their Sisyphean tasks compels their attempts to lose self-awareness by inundating themselves with external stimuli. Often, their bodies reflect this lack of self-awareness in skewed gaits and other imbalances.

These same people come in religiously to get the feel-good fix, believing somehow their mindless, movement addiction is in some way benefiting them. Interestingly, they stay fat, show no progress, and sometimes even get fatter, especially after holidays. Most of these people are loathe to touch a weight, much less engage in any kind of productive strength-training. You see this same phenomenon in gyms all over the country.

Some will say, “Well, some exercise is better than none,”

But I say, if you’re going to spend the time, why not produce something worthwhile?

Here are ten reasons why I don’t do aerobic exercise:

But first, what is aerobic exercise? Any steady state locomotion elevating the heart rate into the zone for twenty minutes or more. The zone is determined by formulas based on age and resting heart rate.

Now, ten reasons why it not only doesn’t work but is a poor use of exercise time:

1. Oxidative Stress
Which causes a breakdown of tissues. It also predisposes one to cancer and heart attack.

2. Elevated cortisol production
Which causes a breakdown of muscle tissue and increases fat storage or depot fat. People do aerobics to alleviate stress yet end up creating more stress.

3. Lowered testosterone and HGH levels
For men, aerobics are a form of chemical castration. Low T-levels are associated with lowered libido, depression, anxiety, increased body fat and decreased muscle tissue. This contributes to muscle-wasting and lowers the basal metabolic rate.

4. Increased appetite and a tendency toward binge eating patterns
Aerobic exercise makes people hungry!

5. Excessive Muscular Fatigue
Making it difficult to do other more productive forms of activity. Aerobics creates muscular weakness.

6. Conversion of fast-twitch muscle fibers to slow-twitch
The loss of fast-twitch muscle fibers contributes to aging and the loss of explosive power and speed. People become slower and slower.

7. Burns a relatively small amount of calories vs. the time spent
One large meal completely offsets the pitiful amount of calories burned in an hour aerobics session.

8. Overuse injuries to the feet, ankles, and knees from excessive, continual force transmitted throughout the body
This is exacerbated by over-engineered running shoes which cushion the feet in such a way to create a neural amnesia.

9. Shortening i.e., deformation, of the muscle tissue from repetitive mid-range (partial range) movements
This creates inflexibility, immobility, and muscle imbalances. Besides being tight, the bodies postural alignment becomes compromised. Aerobics create tight, inflexible bodies that are in chronic pain.

10. Adrenal burnout
A consequence of the “feel good” neurotransmitters which also stimulate the release of adrenaline. Adrenaline is the fight or flight hormone. Excessive adrenaline creates an addictive response and people going routinely for the so called “high” of running end up with adrenal burnout, e.g., chronic fatigue and depression.

Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the father of aerobic exercise (and the person who coined the term) completely recanted his assertions regarding aerobic exercise. After observing a disproportionate number of his aerobic-enthusiast friends die of cancer and heart disease, he reversed his ideas on the benefits of excessive aerobic exercise. He now claims anything in excess of 20 minutes has greatly diminishing returns. In fact, he’s now an advocate of scientific weight training.

In strength and health,

Steve Maxwell

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10 Responses to 10 Reasons Why I Don’t Do Aerobics

  1. Corey Bachmeier, M.Ed August 26, 2008 at 11:53 am #

    Jason,

    Love the blog!

    Your sites are always packed with practical information.

    Well organized and easy to read.

    Keep up the great work!

    -Corey

  2. Barry August 26, 2008 at 12:33 pm #

    Sounds like what Lou Schuler has to say in his Men’s Health article “Death By Exercise”.

  3. James McDougall August 27, 2008 at 6:14 am #

    I just had to see it for myself. I decided to take my skills as a CPT to the godforsaken local gym {not training facility}, to earn some extra cash. I was asked whether I would mind filling in a floor spot position here and there, and gladly accepted. I had to see if what all of you guys were really seeing on a daily basis was what I was missing. A vast contingency of either misinformed , or uninformed people trying to attain physical fitness.
    It only took about three hours to watch the general public practice every faux pas one small gym could handle.
    If one can read while doing excercise, than I say it’s not excercise!
    Maybe it wasn’t for me to say but I just had to stop the 6’0 155 lb. fellow who was about to do his {no lie} 21st set of a chest press type excercise.
    Now I know why people are fascinated by car crashes.
    One saving grace was the totally jacked lad who had it all going for him asked me to watch his form for any possible corrections.
    I guess I should have just beleived all of you. Now I have my work cut out for me.

  4. admin August 28, 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    Thanks Corey. Your comments are very much appreciated.

    Jason

  5. hamad_aj August 29, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    NO ONE CAN TOP THE INFO THAT IS PUBLISHED IN THIS SITE!!

    2 THUMBS-UP TO J.F. AND HIS EXCELLENT WORK!! :)

  6. admin August 29, 2008 at 12:50 pm #

    Thank you very much.
    Jason

  7. Janet September 3, 2008 at 11:16 am #

    Please cite some research that proves aerobic exercise causes heart attacks and cancer. What does the American Cancer Society or Heart Association have to say?

  8. gleasel shaffer May 20, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Good info for people who dont know whats what thanks

  9. Dudon August 23, 2012 at 2:07 am #

    Thank you sir, for ur insight…

  10. afolabi November 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    mehn… jason, gud job! as a matter of fact,

    makes me feel gud cos i’m not the biggest

    fan of aerobic exercises. just wondering y

    err1, from military to health organizations

    make a big deal out of it.