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Facts and Fallacies of Fitness: Cardiovascular Fundamentals
I'm in the middle of reading Facts and Fallacies of Fitness by Mel Siff. It was first published about a decade ago and still stands as a masterwork in terms of debunking just about every pop fitness myth or half-truth out there.
Many of the fallacies Siff exposes will be familiar to most of you who train with us, but nonetheless bear repeating.
So without further adieu, here are the fallacies that Siff lists (and builds a case against with solid data and logic) related to cardiovascular fundamentals (these all appear on page 6):
* A major cause of heart disease is lack of adequate aerobic exercise.
* Aerobic exercise is the most effective form of cardiovascular training.
* Cardiovascular exercise is the most effective way of reducing bodyfat.
* Aerobic training is excellent for reducing overall stress in the body.
* Aerobic exercise is an excellent form of cross-training for all sport.
* Exercising above the aerobic threshold causes oxygen debt.
* One should never exercise above a training heart rate of about 80% of one's maximum.
* Continuous long duration exercise offers the best form of cardiovascular conditioning.
* Cardiovascular training is the only form of exercise that produces endorphins.
* Cardiovascular training plays a major role in determining performance in most sports.
* Anaerobic training plays no significant role in improving cardiovascular performance.
Post any bones of contention you have with these fallacies to comments.