|Image 1: Vince Andrich, here at the 1988 Nevada State Bodybuilding Competition, knew it all along: Hard work, not high reps will get you the stage-ready physique everybody aspires... and I mean look at him are you seriously questioning Vince's expertise?|
Exposed! The absurdity of going to the gym to "burn calories"
Scott A. Mazetti and his colleagues recruited 10 resistance trained young men (22+/-3.6 years) with an average body mass of 84+/-6.4kg, a height of 180+/-5.1cm, and a body fat percentage of 13+/-3.8% - an adequate model of the "average gymrat", if you asked me. After a 3-week familiarization and testing period, all participants performed every of the following four different explosive strength training regimen in a randomly assigned, but counterbalanced order (cf. figure 1)
|Figure 1: The four training protocols all trainees performed after an initial 3-week familiarization and testing period in a randomly assigned, but counterbalanced order (Mazetti. 2011)|
|Figure 2: Energy expenditure (kcal/min) during and after squatting, and bench pressing in the four training groups and total energy expenditure during the whole workout and 60min post-workout window (data adapted from Mazetti. 2011)|
|Image 2: Don't let your lazy love handles decide what type of "cardio" you are doing!|