Train like you’re trying to lower your cholesterol

Posted: January 27, 2011 in Results

Lately, I’ve been visiting with a friend on some tips for lowering his cholesterol. He wants to take a swing at seeing how much he can bring down his number (which is astronomically high) without getting on any drugs. I told him that the first thing he needed to do was listen to his doctor and make sure he was taking his/her advice, and if he didn’t like it to get another opinion but to only take what I say with a grain of salt (or, let’s make pepper instead).

My first TRAINING advice was heavy lifting. He’s got some extra bodyfat he needs to get rid of and lifting weights is the fastest way to transform one’s body (apart from proper dieting). When people’s bodyfat goes down often their cholesterol does too…so he’s lifting heavy 3 days per week. Check.

Next, I told him to avoid long, drawn out bouts of “cardio” and instead, take the dog for some brisk walks every day (20-40 minutes, 5+ days/week) and on his non lifting days to hit some Super High Intensity Training (aka: SHI Training 😉 ) in the form of bodyweight exercises (martial arts moves, burpiees, bear crawls, sprints, jumping jacks, agility drills, plyometrics and other movements that are just plain hard!). He’s doing that 2-3 days per week (more is not better here). Check.

I told him that these workouts could take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes (40 tops) and that “how long” was not as important as “how hard”…that he should be pushing himself to the limit but keeping them short and sweet so he can get on with the rest of his life and give time to recover as well. I think he’s figuring this out slowly but surely. Check.

Finally, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, were big changes in his diet. He had some major areas to improve in here and sense his numbers were so high he is VERY motivated. I really kicked his butt when it came to the stuff he’s stuffing his face with and I think he’s slowly getting his mind wrapped around his new (and mandatory) way of eating.

I’ll share with you the tips on how I’m getting him to eat in tomorrows post. Until then, let me know how you TRAIN to keep your cholesterol numbers in check! (Don’t worry, you can share with me your nutrition tips TOMORROW!)

Train Hard,
Darin

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