riyada in arabic means "training" or "discipline". It was used by the arabs in relation to horse taming. Sufis refer to their discipline as "riyadat an-nafs": disciplining the soul / training the ego. Today, the word riyada has come to mean "sports". There is an Arabic proverb that says: "The purpose of sports (riyada) is not to win cups, but to discipline the soul". This blog is here to help me discipline my soul and train my body.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The Numbers

ok, just had my weight, fat percentage, etc tested.. It's one of those long machines you see infront of pharmacies.. tis called Keito K-6... I hear this type of machine is not accurate, but I dont care about accuracy as much as i care about consistency. As long as it accurately shows me how much I'm improving in regards to lean body mass, i'm happy.

So:

Today: May 9, 2006

Height: 170 cm
Weight: 87.2 kg
Fat percentage: 16.3 %
Lean Body Mass: 73 kg


the machine printout also says the optimal fat percentage for a male of my height and age is 14-20%...

So these are my numbers currently with which I will compare future numbers after the end of every program.

As for comparing them to my numbers from before starting this last program, I cannot use these same numbers because the last time the machine measured my height at 169 cm, which changes things a bit. So I had to retake the measurements and stood a bit slouched on purpose so that it would measure my height at 169. This is just so i can compare accurately with last month's measurements (unless I grew 1 cm since then which is highly unlikely).


So:

Numbers from April 8, 2006

Height: 169 cm
Weight: 87.3 kg
Fat percentage: 16.9 %
Lean Body Mass: 72.6 kg

Numbers from Today May 9, 2006 (at 169 cm)

Height: 169 cm
Weight: 87.2 kg
Fat percentage: 16.8 %
Lean Body Mass: 72.6 kg


According to these numbers, I lost a negligible amount of fat (but that's not really what I care about).. What I care about is lean body mass and it hasn't changed at all!!! I dunno how that's possible, I mean I really feel bigger and my lats looks bigger. I dunno. Well, this was a strength-focused program and they usually don't do much in regard to changing body composition. The main point of them is just to increase my strength. (That or the machine isn't consistent. Maybe I should start taking pics of myself as well). [Edit: I was told this machine is not consistent at all because it relies on consistent water weight and that is obviously impossible.]


The Next Program

Next up I'm gonna do Don Alessi's Meltdown Training program. It's main purpose is fat loss, but it can also cause muscle gains as well because of the "anabolic shock" of this program.

If you read the article, it gives a great summary of why using weightlifting is far better than aerobic endurance training for weight loss.. MUCH better. Don't get me started on aerobic endurance training.

BUT Don Alessi says that this program works by inducing large amounts of lactic acid release which leads to Growth Hormone release which leads to fat loss and muscle gain. That's not entirely true. While growth hormone release does help, it doesn't give the radical improvements that such a program causes. People supplementing with Growth Hormone supplements take far larger amounts of growth hormone to see the same changes than any amount your body could ever produce, and so the fat loss cannot really be attributed to the growth hormone release.. not all of it anyway.

The real cause is that this type of program really really gets your heart pumping. Now aerobic endurance exercises like running get your heart pumping too, but they have so many negatives that go along with them that they're bad for you. Really bad for you (unless you do less than 20 minutes a day, and you need it- i.e. you're fat). On the other hand, you might not want to touch it even if you were fat.

From a cortisol perspective, aerobics just plain sucks. Charles states that Diana Schwarzbien, the guru of adrenal disorders, forbids even her morbidly obese clients from performing steady state aerobic work for this reason.

- From the report on the 2005 Society of Weight Training Specialists symposium.


[Charles Poliquin, who is quoting Diana Schwarzbien is probably the world's most respected strength coach and is such an expert on the human body and it's hormones that he developed a whole new method of measuring a person's hormone levels, simply through skinfold measurements in different locations! He taught this Biosignature Modulation method to hundreds of doctors too. In short, listen to what he says.]

But sorry for getting off topic there. Anyway, the Meltdown Training article has a great breakdown of why "aerobic weightlifting" is far superior to aerobic endurance work such as running.


Anyway, I'm looking forward to trying this killer program. Killer in more than one sense of the word:

This training has been nicknamed "death circuit" and "projectile speed training" by those who’ve survived it. This is because blood lactate levels rise to 20 mmol/l. You may want a partner to manually force you through all the prescribed sets — or help you clean up!
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Yep. This will be so intense it might actually make me throw up.


Final Note: I'll also be taking Universal's Thermo Green Tea supplement for the month. This will help with the fat loss BUT it will screw up any way for me to determine the effectiveness of either the Green Tea or the Meltdown Training on its own! When someone wants to try a new supplement or a new program, he's supposed to keep everything else the same so that he could properly evaluate the effects of the new variable. But now that I'm introducing two variables at once, I won't be able to find out how much each of these works for me. On the other hand as long as I reach my goals, I'll be happy enough. (Hey at least I'll know for sure that the combination of both things works, haha!) Inshalla.

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