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The Lazy Marathoner: Wait, what do you mean, 'No weights'?

Kettlebell My least favorite part of working out is cardio. That might be funny for a runner to say, but it's true. I need zero motivation to go to the gym for a weight workout -- barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls, kettlebells, squats, Turkish get-ups, pushups, Arnold presses, you name it, I'm fascinated by anything new and different in the weight room. Now, I'm not telling you I'm great at it -- I'm just telling you that I love it.

Cardio, though, is another thing entirely. I always feel like cardio is work. And I also feel like unless I am killing myself and doing cardio as hard and as fast as I can, that I'm not doing it right. So, of course, I skip it as much as possible in favor of the weight workouts. Fitness guru Dr. Phil Maffetone says that schizophrenic approach to working out is what got me here. I'm someone who can easily do 50 pushups (five sets of 10!) and finished the L.A. Marathon, but isn't really all that fit.

So I'm back at square one, and Dr. Phil has me focusing solely on aerobic conditioning. And that means no weights, as weightlifting -- even the relatively light single-digit weights that I lift -- is an anaerobic exercise. And for right now, I'm supposed to avoid that. So it's all been about cardio: Walking and really slow running. Dr. Phil promises that if I keep it up, he'll have me back doing Zottman curls in no time. For now, I just wave to my gym-rat friends in the weight room as I go on my way to the treadmills and stair-steppers. I hope the kettlebells don't forget me. I miss them.

-- Rene Lynch 

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Strange as it seems to slow down to get more fitness, that is what most of us need. Phil Maffetone has taught me, and most of the world's elite triathletes, that too much anaerobic and not enough aerobic capacity is typical of even elite athletes and keeps you from reaching your goals or the finish line as quickly or as well as you can if you get these aspects into balance. The kettlebells are NOT your friend until you get your aerobic capacity up. Follow Phil and you will be amazed at how your performance will improve!!

Phil Maffetone knows his stuff - you are lucky to have him as a personal trainer. The weights can wait, just take things easy and follow his rules for a bit.

Have your cake and eat it too!!! You must use kettlebells for ballistic exercises. By doing this you will get the benefit of weight bearing exercises while receiving an aerobic workout (and a killer one at that!). Discuss this possibility with you trainer.


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