Twenty-six inactive but otherwise healthy overweight men...
When an untrained person starts an exercise program, they get stronger. They always do, no matter what the program is. This is because anything they do that is physically harder than what they’ve been doing constitutes a stress to which adaptation will occur. I’ve said before that for this rank a novice trainee, riding a bicycle will make his bench press increase – for a short time. This, of course, does not mean that cycling is a good program for the bench press for anybody. It just means that for an utterly unadapted person, the cycling served as an adaptive stimulus.
Body fat, total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, and ox-LDL cholesterol only were significantly reduced after 4-AIT.
Kevin Street: "Was there ever a definitive study done on the effects of those machines you see in old-timey movies where you stretch a wide leather strap or rubber band over your stomach which the mechanism then causes to rapidly vibrate while you just stand there, supposedly jiggling your fat away? (Think human pneumatic paint shaker.)"
They've changed a little, but those vibrating machines still exist. The idea now is to do push ups and squats on a plate that vibrates up and down really quickly. I've no idea if it actually works.
Kevin Street: But I'm extremely skeptical of these scientific studies that treat human bodies like they're interchangeable machines. Some people probably respond to exercise a lot more effectively than others, so four minutes would be at best a fuzzy average.
Maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) and work economy 1-AIT and 4-AIT increased VO2max by 10% (17.2 (9.5, 24.9)) and 13% [22.9 (16.1, 29.7) with no group differences (p=0.23)
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