On Wednesday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I interviewed physician and fitness expert Dr. Doug McGuff about “Strength Training Using Body by Science.” The podcast of that episode is now available for streaming or downloading.

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Podcast: 5 December 2012

Most people suppose that fitness requires long “cardio” sessions of running, biking, stair-climbing, or the like. In contrast, Dr. Doug McGuff advocates brief, infrequent, and high-intensity weight training using slow movements. Does this approach work? What are its benefits and costs compared to other fitness regimens?

Dr. Doug McGuff is an emergency medicine doctor practicing in South Carolina with a long-time interest in fitness, weightlifting, and high-intensity exercise. In 1997, he opened Ultimate Exercise, where he and his instructors explore the limits of exercise. Dr. McGuff is the best-selling co-author of Body by Science and The Body by Science Question and Answer Book. You can read Dr. McGuff’s blog at www.BodyByScience.net.

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Topics:

  • The nature of fitness and the purpose of exercise
  • The “Body by Science” or “SuperSlow” method
  • Safety in Body by Science workouts
  • Other benefits of Body by Science
  • Dr. McGuff’s discovery of the Body by Science method
  • Workouts for older, overweight, and weak people
  • What’s wrong with “cardio”
  • The injury rates in CrossFit
  • The role of evolutionary theory in fitness
  • Doing CrossFit as a sport
  • The value of a trainer (or workout partner)
  • Sticking with Body by Science over time
  • Calf raises
  • Leg extension and knee injuries
  • Leg extension and leg press
  • Optimal strength gains
  • Timed static contractions

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  • Wayne

    I’ve stayed the same size I was in high school using Dr McGuff’s method of 5 exercises (seated row, chest press, pull down, overhead press, leg press). I modified an old Bowflex so I can do near-gym quality leg presses. My only addition. I figured how to do crunches on the couch. (if you link two belts around a couch cushion, it secures your feet nicely) Thanks for a great program.

   
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