Today (January 21, 2013) the structural engineers behind the Adult Exercise Efficiency Scoring Project released a report that chastises plateau exercise methods, for "crushing" years off of NFL careers. Here is their report:
Almost every stout muscle and cardio strengthening exercise still used today by the NFL, NBA and NHL, appear to be Skeletal Based, which can also usually be called Plateau Exercises.
Skeletal Based Exercises do not directly work muscles, or the heart, they aim their External Motion Resistance Energy (the primary muscle building force) at the mechanical functions of the skeleton first. Then the skeleton sends the energy bone to bone, through many hard parts, eventually forcing joints or vertebrae to oppose (fight) the targeted muscle contraction.
With so many skeletal parts carrying this External Resistance Energy first, plateaus happen once muscles have strengthened enough to start pushing the mechanical limits of the weakest loaded skeletal part, which is almost always a joint, spinal discs, or other moving part.
Once at the plateau, the muscles cannot push the weakest skeletal parts harder without extreme pain or damage, so farther muscle building is replaced with rapid joint or disc deterioration.
However, for still growing children, like High School football players, being able to work their weaker skeletal parts toward their limits, causes them to heal (develop) even stronger to better handle being crushed.
At around age 20, the skeleton stops growing upward, and it starts hardening into adulthood. Now, it's harder joints can handle even greater compression force from Skeletal Based exercises, so the young adult athlete will continue to gain muscle strength and speed, without too much pain for a few more years.
Plateau exercises no longer strengthen their weakest joints and spinal discs, and instead those harder moving parts start struggling to regain their previous strength, after being overworked, possibility because being harder, slows down the healing process.
If the adult athlete continues using extreme joint/disc compression plateau exercises for their muscle and cardio strengthening, they will need more time between workouts for their now harder joints and discs to just fully recover.
If this off time is not correctly increased than their joints and discs do not fully heal between workouts, and they begin accumulating wear.
Then continuing these same methods that only a few years earlier, built up their joints, become increasingly more painful, eventually causing reduced muscle exertion, speed, ability, often followed by a hunt for new career.
Taking an extra day or two off between workouts is a luxury that few NFL athletes can consider, so many if not most players are needlessly smashing a few years off of their careers, because engineering sciences can demonstrate how plateau exercises waste more External Motion Resistance on our joints and spinal discs, than is left to oppose muscle contractions.
Once they learn how to aim some to all of the External Motion Resistance Energy from any exercise, at muscle contractions before skeletal mechanics, plateaus will stop crushing years off of NFL stars. But today's health and fitness experts do not understand exercise efficiency, because it does not make sense until you separate the men, from the boys.
That concludes this morning's information released by the Exercise Efficiency Project. If you have not been following it, read on for a little background:
In 2000, these engineers began mapping the forces of exercise though the human body, using methods that they already used to trace damaging energy through building designs.
They soon realized that almost all stout muscle or cardio building exercise methods taught by today's health and fitness experts, are Skeletal Based, stressing joints and spinal discs four to than twenty times harder than the muscles they target (once the muscles are conditioned to doing the exercise).
By realizing that deeply compressing adult joints and spinal discs no longer benefits these parts, they discovered how to score the adult muscle building efficiency (0-100) of any high exertion muscle or cardio exercise.
An Adult Exercise Efficiency Score is simply the percentage of all External Motion Resistance Energy from any exercise, that only opposes muscle contractions.
This scoring cannot apply to people under age 20 because their joints and disc can strengthen during the healing process, after being overworked.
For most of the last decade they have used this universally consistent measure of adult exercise efficiency to design a new class of fitness device called Body Oars, and to start writing a series of Bodybuilding in Water manuals for Amazon Kindle, soon covering six popular sports.
Their Adult Exercise Efficiency Scoring Project, which opened earlier this month, will eventually map and score 200 of today's most popular exercise methods, to show adults how to greatly improve the efficiency (effectiveness) of the exercise methods they already know. It is being built at exerciseefficiency.com.
The project is free, it is not for profit, and is expected to be taken over by college students this spring.
Because the contributor of these articles is deeply involved with this project, its information, animations and scores will also be available under Adult Exercise Efficiency, under the Health and Fitness category, at examiner.com, the first of each month, starting this February.