I first found out about the book Body by Science, written by Dr. Doug McGuff and John Little, while reading Dave Asprey’s site, The Bulletproof Exec. For those of you who are unaware, Dave is a biohacker, and is all about doing whatever is best for his body — even some extreme stuff — and he swears by Body by Science and uses it as the basis of his exercise program.
Because I have such respect for Dave, his glowing endorsement of Body by Science made want to check it out and see if it was worth implementing as part of my exercise program.
After reading through the book, I feel like it’s pretty safe to say that this is a significant shift from traditional exercise programs — even stuff like CrossFit — that have you working out multiple times per week. In fact, the program in Body by Science aims to get you in optimal health and prime physical shape in 40 minutes per month, give or take.
Basically, here’s the workout program:
- Lift heavy weights, so basically 75% of your one-rep max.
- Do 3 to 5 compound movements per workout.
- Do only one set of each movement per workout.
- Each rep should last between 6 and 10 seconds.
- Take each set to failure.
- Work out like this every 7 to 14 days, taking longer periods of time off if you hit a plateau.
Like I said, this whole “20 minute workout every week” will likely come as a shock to most people, particularly those who have followed the “I need to workout 45 minutes per day in order to be healthy” idea of training.
The one thing I don’t particularly like about this book is its reliance on machines over free weights. Personally, I think free weights are better since they adhere to your range of motion, not the other way around.
In all honesty, I have not yet had an opportunity to implement this workout plan since I’m still exhausted from the first three weeks of fatherhood, however, once I get back to a more normal sleep schedule, I plan on giving this a try for a few months. At that point, I will update this review.
In the meantime, I found this to be very interesting reading, and recommend you check out this book based on the information alone.
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