Good article on why interval training is more productive than long steady-state aerobic work for fat loss:
Cosgrove's Afterburn is good example of a focused fat burning program. It runs about 16 weeks, so it's a serious committment.
Before you read on, the review is scattered with profanity. If this offends you, maybe you shouldn't read it.
This was my review of the product:
That's a great review, Shaf. I love the program. I needed something crystal clear and I enjoy not having to think. In fact, that is like the basic point of my next article.
I like the way he combines things...
I just took a look at his Afterburn II program.
What's interesting is that he points out some stuff that I should have noticed, given both my personal experience and having listened to other's anecdotes.
I never did, but he's summarizes it pretty thoroughly in both materials.
I am doing the original Afterburn workouts for much the same reason Dan is doing the Afterburn II workouts...I am just sick and tired of dabbling with this, and that, and it fit my needs at this point in time, remarkably well.
I also just bought Frank Forencich's two books, "Play as if Your Life Depends on it" and "Exuberant Animal." Now, he argues a different approach to workouts, but I am going to stick with Cosgrove's workouts for my "training" and model my throwing et al (as I honestly already have done) on the goanimal approach to fun and play.
This crap has to be fun. Oh, and not so damn scientific. You can measure and test and measure stuff all day and still not deadlift what my daughter Lindsay pulled on her first day of class.
That was a good lesson...for me.
Frank Froencich is awesome! I attended an intro to goanimal here at the club where I work, and it was a lot of fun. We are now offering group goanimal classes here at the club taught by him.
I found a link for that site on the Parkour site, so if anybody reading this hasn't seen it, it's http://www.goanimal.com/
I bought the Afterburn program about 6 months ago and have let it sit on my computer because I thought it was geared mainly toward beginners and females.
I'd like to know if you made any adjustments to the program.
Based on Shaf's review, I better take a second look.
I am a low rep guy. I train in the 1-5 rep range for most of my big movements. To counter this, I do my metcon work (when I do it) with kettlebells, the jump rope, the heavy bag, and bodyweight calisthenics (because that's what I can do in the basement when the back yard is mush).
When I first looked at the workouts in Afterburn, I kind of snickered. Just take the first one:
Each couplet is a superset.
Squats: 20 reps, 60s rest.
T-Push Ups: 8 reps each side, 60s rest, then repeat 2-3 times
Step Ups: 20 reps each leg, 60 sec rest
Rows to neck, 20 reps, 60 sec rest, repeat 2-3 times
SHELC: 20 reps, 60s rest
Ball crunch: 20 reps, 60s rest, repeat 2-3 times
Doesn't look all that hard.
It floored me. It was so far away from what I normally did with weights that the minimal amount of anerobic conditioning that I did perform didn't help me much.
So, basically it's all about managing EPOC, and eating right, and performing both appropriately metabolically challenging weight work with interval energy systems work.
(EPOC = excess post-exercise oxygen consumption)
It's was, for me, a big surprise when I finally bit the bullet to try it for real.
If you're a dedicated XF kind of guy, to be honest, I don't know if it's going to be as good for you as it is for me.
There's one alteration Alwyn mentioned for "advanced" guys. His definition of "advanced" for the Afterburn program was to have attained a good level of leanness, either through something like Afterburn or whatever else...having established a certain amount of competence in losing fat.
Anyway, the alteration was simply this:
Before you do the high rep stuff, do a few sets of heavy, low rep work in the appropriate lifts.
Using the above workout as an example, you might do some heavy squats first, before you started the rest of the program.
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