Connect
To Top


Is Aerobic Exercise Bad for You?


Q: I know you’re not a fan of aerobics for weight loss, but shouldn’t some people do aerobic training for general health.

A: Absolutely not! For one thing, long-term aerobic exercise compromises the immune system. There is ample evidence that aerobic training leads to immune suppression, putting aerobic endurance athletes at greater risk for infection, particularly upper-respiratory illness. The worst kind of aerobic exercise for causing  immune dysfunction is exercise that is continuous and long (about 90 minutes a session) and of moderate-to-high intensity (60 to 80 percent of maximal oxygen uptake).

How can aerobic exercise be so bad when doctors and health professionals are encouraging everyone to do it? In fact, aerobic exercise does have some legitimate benefits, especially for specific populations, such as people with high blood pressure, the obese, the sedentary or those with significant belly fat. The point is that substantial negatives come with aerobic training as well, which many people fail to realize, and you can avoid them by doing strength, or anaerobic-system, training.

Editor’s note: Charles Poliquin is recognized as one of the world’s most successful strength coaches, having coached Olympic med-alists in 12 different sports, including the U.S. women’s track-and-field team for the 2000 Olympics. He’s spent years researching European journals (he’s fluent in English, French and German) and speaking with other coaches and scientists in his quest to optimize training methods. For more on his books, seminars and methods, visit www.CharlesPoliquin.com.  IM


 

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

More in Beginning Bodybuilding

  • Hormones And Recovery After A Brutal Workout

    Two days after a brutal leg workout, when delayed muscle soreness is at its peak, you hobble back in the gym...

    Iron Man MagazineNovember 11, 2015
  • Gain More Mass With Functional Hypertrophy Clusters

    How can I increase my strength while also gaining some muscle mass? Is there some special method that accomplishes both goals?...

    Iron Man MagazineOctober 23, 2015
  • How To Master The Front Squat

    Squat. Squat. Squat. There are few movements that activate the nervous system, recruit muscle fibers, and build structural integrity like the...

    Iron Man MagazineOctober 12, 2015
  • The Big 3 Circuit

    Use the best compound exercises in one workout to build muscle and burn fat at the same time. With so many...

    Iron Man MagazineOctober 7, 2015
  • Pronated Grip Best To Grow A Big Back

    If you’re trying to grow a big back, the lat pull-down is probably a go-to machine for you. Make sure you’re...

    Iron Man MagazineOctober 5, 2015
  • The Future Of Men’s Physique

    The relatively young sport is only in its adolescence, but it’s experienced explosive growth. What will the division look like 10...

    Iron Man MagazineOctober 5, 2015
  • BCAAs Might Be The Best Supplement You’re Not Taking

    More research has been emerging on the many benefits of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), and most of the news is good....

    Iron Man MagazineOctober 1, 2015
  • Mind Over Muscle – Visualization And Bodybuilding

    Visualization is a key training tool in a variety of performance-based sports, and now you can add bodybuilding to that list....

    Iron Man MagazineOctober 1, 2015
  • How To Do Cable Torso Rotation

    Set the pulley on the cable machine to chest height with a D-handle attachment. Stand upright facing the cable machine and...

    Iron Man MagazineSeptember 29, 2015