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Sports Medicine Made Simple: Training your heart with strength training

August 18, 2010

Cardiac muscle is one of three major types of muscle, the others being skeletal and smooth muscle.

Exercise and Physical Activity increase several of the components of the cardiovascular system, such as stroke volume (SV), cardiac output, systolic blood pressure (BP), and arterial pressure. A greater part of the cardiac output goes to the moving muscles. At rest, muscles receive approximately 15-20% of the total blood flow, but during exercise, the blood flow to muscles increases to 80-85%.

In other words, You don’t need to run to train your heart. You need to train your heart not only for health reasons but also to help you develop a powerful and resilient physical body. How is it possible to train your heart if you are not running? Really simple:  Every time you move any part of your body your heart needs to pump extra blood to those muscles improving their oxygenation and their strength.

I have researched my program for over six years. Every time you add balance and coordination with each strength training movement you are moving as many as 35 muscles at once requiring extra blood for those muscles. Clearly one movement is not going to exercise aerobically your heart, but the key is to maintain the instensity and a specific structire of differente exercises. In other words, If you structure the program and transition different exercises together you will experience how your heart is really working almost to the point where you ask yourself  how is it possible that I am training my heart without running? In my upcoming book I will share the specific sequences I will explain how you can train your heart with unique movements in my upcoming book. It is ready for pre-order either in Hardcover or Kindle, please click here if you want to get your copy now

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2010 9:59 am

    Nice overview, it got all I needed.

  2. September 14, 2010 9:40 pm

    Thank you very much my friend, you are very kind in sharing this useful information with? others…. he details were such a blessing, thanks.


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