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How to Not Lose Your Fitness

To maximize your fitness, sleep and lift heavy things. Get-Fit Guy explains. 

By
Ben Greenfield
March 14, 2014

How to Not Lose Your FitnessI was talking to a friend of mine the other day, and he asked, “If there were two things you could do to maximize your fitness, what would they be?”

Naturally, because it has so much research behind it, my first response was “sleep more.”

But my second response was “…and lift heavy stuff.”

Why that second response? Why didn’t I say “run more” or “do more burpees” or “stretch more”?

I was influenced heavily by this recent study, which compared how long it takes to lose your fitness when you lift weights three times per week at a high intensity and a low volume (5 sets of 5 reps) compared to a low intensity and a high volume (3 sets of 12-15 reps). Both groups performed bench press, squat, arm curls, triceps, biceps, and shoulder press. The results were significant: after 2 weeks of not doing anything at all, the high intensity group had retained much more of their fitness.

So what is the take-away message for you?

If you really want the best fitness maintenance, lift heavy stuff a few times a week, and check out my episode on “How To Build Muscle” to maximize your knowledge of exactly how to lift and which exercises to do. Simple, eh?

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