I am a fitness professional with more than 25 years of experience ranging from nationally recognized personal trainer, to Division I strength and conditioning coach, to researcher at the world renowned Tufts Center for Aging and Nutrition. When headlines like this come out, I feel terrible for people who are struggling to take control of their health and lose weight. Unarmed with the tools to decipher the information, you are left with the media’s interpretation. I’d like to help.
The hot topic of the moment is research published in this week’s JAMA. Written by Boston area researchers who, after following tens of thousands of women, “living life as usual,” found that the only ones who avoided age related weight gain were the ones who (a) were not overweight to begin with and (b) exercised at a moderate, “brisk walking” pace at least 60 minutes a day. These women made no modifications to their diet, nor did they strength train. The study researchers made no recommendations. It was an observational study.
The typical, oversimplified media take on it has become: “New research suggests 60 minutes of daily exercise necessary to not gain weight!” To me this begs the question, if walking at a brisk pace isn’t getting the job done for the people who need it most, why would we tell them to do more of it? Albert Einstein described insanity as, “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” By that definition, this conclusion is insanity.
Knowledgeable fitness professionals know the real key to controlling or losing weight from an exercise perspective, is not walking moderately at a steady pace. You must build and maintain lean muscle mass through strength training, which raises your metabolism so your body naturally burns calories at a higher rate every hour, every day. And for cardio exercise, it means decreasing time and maximizing calorie burn, during and after exercise, by employing high intensity interval training.
A far more useful, inspiring, and actionable study for men and women alike was publicized last month that showed that the quality of exercise is far more important to weight control than the mere quantity of exercise.
With time as the number one obstacle to exercise, having a faster, more-efficient way to exercise effectively is something that will positively impact millions more Americans that simply telling them to spend more time exercising. That’s why Koko FitClub is so important to me. Koko Smartraining technology is entirely based on highly-efficient circuit strength training and interval cardio training programs. They both maximize calorie burn in the minimum time possible. This methodology, combined with Koko’s custom guidance technology makes success easier than with any other method or system I have ever seen in the fitness industry.
So Koko Nation, I’m glad you are here with us, above the insanity and on your way to success!
Michael Wood, CSCS,
Chief Fitness Officer
Koko FitClub, LLC