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April 11, 2005


mark lloyd

If you read the site's comments on Kenneth Cooper's original aerobic computations for an effective workout,(and of course, cross-reference with Cooper's book), you'll find all the scientific evidence you need to support a 4-minute aerobic workout. The 20 minute minimum usually recommended is based on an assumption,(and rightfully so), that the reader is not athletic enough to muster up the intensity that would allow the workout to be under 20 minutes. But, a four-minute miler gets all the benefits in those four minutes, because intensity is as much a part of the aerobic equation as duration. The reason that the average intense exercise isn't aerobic is because it isn't whole-body. BUT, what if you could solve this problem? Imagine this: You are going to "clean and jerk" the heaviest barbell you can. This is the single greatest athletic challenge to full-body power. But it's not aerobic, because you are too weak to do it twice if you do it as heavy as possible the first time,(olympic competitors lie down on cots backstage between their attempts!). NOW, imagine that the barbell magically lightens itself -just enough- so you -can- lift it again. This lightening process continues rep after rep, allowing you to keep doing the "clean and jerk" , with a full effort, for four minutes. This would give you a complete aerobic -and- strength workout. The accommodating resistance of the electromagnetic break on the heaviest flywheel of any exercise machine made alows this is be possible on the ROM time Machine. (The only requirement is that YOU must truly do your best on every rep, because, unlike the barbell, the machine doesn't 'know' how hard you're trying, ie, it will let you finish your reps even if you fake it.) As far as the demeaned "experts", doctors and exercise physiologists(scientists), being proponents of the scietifc method: They're not, plain and simple. Do you really think your doctor knows anything about this?, or is willing to use his expensive time and energy to find out? No, but he has an what? Exercise physiologists are the newest, laxest, and least scientific 'scientists' in history. Their research is some of most suspect, regularly being discovered to be secretly sponsored by commercial interstests. One oft-used techique in "ex. phys." is to bury research when it doesn't go the way the sponsor wanted it to. Watch late-night TV to see some exercise physiologist doing ads for the latest fake exercise gizmos. These guys definitely deserve the quotes around "expert'.

mark lloyd

PS: This no easy way out, no trick. By the time you get the full benefits of the ROM, you will know first-hand that you are working -harder- than you -ever have- before in your life. This is the whole point,(not the work-avoidance that's so common with other devices): ROM allows you to work as hard as you can, and still endure to achieve aerobic benefits. Nothing else will do that. Imagine working as hard as you possibly can for four minutes: Those are the longest four minutes you'll ever live through.


The writer of this artikel should read a comment that a placed on an other forum:

I am a healthclubowner and a groupexercise instructor and I studied medicine psychology and have done acsm ace and afaa certifications. With all this important knowledge and more then 10 years of teaching experience you can imagine I concidered myself quite an expert on exercise and related subjects ten years ago when I saw this adverticement telling me about this 'perfect' exercisemachine and also telling me that I was a stubborn expert blinded by professional tunnelvision for not seeing the truth in the Rom-theory.
I am glad I wasn't too much of an expert not to be triggered by the add and I ordered documentation. Imagine ten years ago telling that a HIT training could offer the same cardiovascular results as 30 minutes jogging.

Now ten years later the odds have changed. HIT research is booming and all the things MR. Temme has been telling the world for almost 20 years where proven right by TNO (a independent Dutch science institute) and presented at the ASCM annual meeting may last year.

If you have any respect for yourself being an expert just read your literature and know the facts found in the last few years before starting to attack people who are so vital for progression.

Come on boys and girls, try the leap of faith and jump over you shadows to discover a new world of other ways to reach the same goals.

I did ten years ago when I bought my first Rom-machine.

Sure you will not become an olympic athlete by training on the Rom(but even this kind of athlete will experience a hell of a workout)but you will have the means to reach out to 80% of the general population and give them a real option to get and stay fit enough to have a bigger change to stay healty. All other efforts ( groupexercise weight training jogging etc etc etc)have had years to prove not to be the live-lasting answer for the bigger part of the population.

Consider we are only enhanced(or if you like degenerated)apes. Have you ever seen an ape running for more then a few minutes!(eating and sleeping YES)Offering long duration exercise is a violation against our biology and as such made for failure. Not only our physiology but also our psyche is made for short intensive action. Sure we can force our body in doing something like jogging for hours but that doesn't make it OK. The only reason a runner is feeling like walking on clouds after an hour running is our body making endorfine to save itself. The body thinks it's in danger being eaten by a sabertooth tiger and tries everything to keep on going. TORTURE!

Biologically HIT training is the answer.

HIT training normally is a thing for trained athletes but with the Rom it's now safe and available for everybody.
Expensive? When you compare it with a tighbuster Yes. When you compare it with other professional fitness machinery NO.
Especially when you take into consideration how much an average person spends in money and time on all kind of conventional machinery and healthclubs and never have any lasting results but an empty wallet, disappointments.

So I stopped behaving like an autistic politician not paying attention to the needs and possibilities of the majority of my members. Some experts choose to behave like religious fanatics. They own the one and only truth, I chose not to be one of them and so can you.

I jumped and I invite you to jump too,

Boris Sala, healthclub owner AND a Proud Rom owner.

PS Some suggested reading:

Triggering of Sudden Death
from Cardiac Causes by
Vigorous Exertion
Albert et al, NEJM, 343 (19), 1355-1361.
“These prospective data from a
study of U.S. male physicians
suggest that habitual vigorous
exercise diminishes the risk of
sudden death during vigorous

Very intense exercise-training
is extremely potent and time
efficient: a reminder
Coyle, E.F. (2005). JAP, 98 (6), 1983-1984.
“The findings of Burgomaster et
al. (2005) challenge the concept
that aerobic endurance performance
is only enhanced by
aerobic endurance training. On
the surface, this concept seems
logical, but it has been long ago
proven wrong both in the
realm of athletics as well as
muscle biochemistry.”

Although more comprehensive inquiry is necessary,
present evidence suggests that, when exercise is
performed above the minimum intensity threshold, the
total volume of training (kcal) accomplished is an
important factor in fitness development and
maintenance. That is, improvement will be similar for
activities performed at a lower intensity-longer duration
compared with higher intensity-shorter duration if the
total energy cost of the activities is similar.”
(Medicine and science in sports&exercise)

You must truly do your best on every rep, because, unlike the barbell, the machine doesn't 'know' how hard you're trying, ie, it will let you finish your reps even if you fake it.


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