Message from Stacey: Hi, Newlywed Survival readers! I have been blogging here since September 2011 and I finally convinced my husband, Dan, to join us. I hope everyone makes him feel welcome with his first post about fitness and the book Body by Science!
Stacey and I have been working out at the gym together following a system outlined in the book Body by Science: A Research Based Program for Strength Training, Body building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week by Doug McGuff M.D. and John Little. This doable approach has opened a nice window of sharing for us as a couple. We now approach the gym together in a much more realistic way and support each other as we derive the benefits from working out according to this book’s method.
What is the Body by Science method?
There are many theories and scientific studies listed in this book that support the overall concept of not needing to spend hours and hours for days upon days in the gym to get in shape. In fact, one of the major premises of this book is the fact that you only need to work out in the gym once a week and even then, you only need to spend 8 to about 12 min total on your workout!
This book has many “game-changing” principles in it, and I’ll leave it to the reader to flesh them all out. However, it is safe to say, there are more than a few positions in this book that take quite an opposite stand from the mainstream fitness community, most of which, I used to believe in my 36 years working out with weights.
Everyone can benefit from the Body by Science method of fitness
I think the book also opens up the doors and provides hope to other segments of the population. For example, there is a chapter in the book that goes through the approach senior citizens should take for fitness. There is such a feeling of hope for the elderly population reading this; I really like the fact that it is never too late to fight for your right to obtain fitness and an increase to your health.
Find out for yourself
Overall, I believe this book is worth a read for several reasons. For instance, it contains very good definitions for fitness and solid human biochemistry theory. It definitely can increase one’s understanding of how the body works. Even though some of this theory can get quite in depth, there is no need to stress about it, as the main concepts presented in the book are easy to grasp. So if you like to read the science and theory behind the method, it is there for you. If not, just brush past it knowing that it is valid.
If the idea of working out in the gym once a week for about 8 – 12 minutes seems interesting to you, you should definitely check out this book! It is the contained fitness techniques within the book that create the most important reason to read it – there is a distinctive “formula” described that creates a concrete and hands-on system to follow, not just words to read.
Our results with the Body by Science method of fitness
Although I don’t have before and after photos to wow you with, I can tell you that we are continuing to increase the amount of weight we use on the machines at the gym. This in itself proves that the system works and our muscles are strengthening. Stacey doesn’t have back pain when she bends over anymore and has gone down a dress size. Plus, we have the benefit of quality time together in pursuit of a more fit lifestyle.
After 36 years of working out with weights and 6 years as a certified personal trainer, I didn’t think I could change the way I think about fitness. Body by Science has done just that.
Do you and your spouse work out together? Are you interested in the Body by Science method?