Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Training & Nutrition Learn how to develop a training schedule that's good for you. What should you eat and drink on your ride? Learn everything you need to know about training and nutrition here.

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-20-01, 10:17 PM   #1
Sumanitu taka owaci
Thread Starter
LittleBigMan's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 8,945
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Is Chuck Norris wrong?

"FACT: unless you run 30 miles per week, you may not change your body shape."

Chuck Norris' "Total Gym" infomercials use this statement as a means of promoting their product. There is a basic truth to what is said: aerobic exercise (cycling, running, walking, skiing, skating, swimming, etc.) may not change your body shape, unless you do it enough.

What they don't tell you:

1) Without aerobic exercise, the heart and blood vessels do not get adequate workouts. Cardiovascular fitness cannot be achieved in a few short minutes per day.

2) "Body Shape" can be changed in two ways: by toning the muscles underneath "flabby" areas, and reducing fatty tissue overall. It's a fact that when fat is burned, it is removed from fat stores generally, not in "target areas." Toning underlying muscles is good, but one cannot remove fat from a specific area
(except by liposuction.) Males and Females may reduce fat from different areas, but targeting specific areas is nonsense.

3) Running 30 miles per week might seem improbable, which help their point, but cycling is another aerobic exercise, as is walking, swimming...aerobic exercise is at the "heart" of overall fitness (even Chuck will tell you that.)

4) The "Total Gym" sounds like a great product. Too bad it has to be marketed at the expense of so many other great fitness endeavors, many of which may be more important to overall health.

5) Cycling is a lot more fun (IMHO).
LittleBigMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-01, 10:28 PM   #2
Dances with Rocks
Dirtgrinder's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Jefferson City, MO
Posts: 1,441
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally posted by Pete Clark
Cycling is a lot more fun (IMHO).
I think so too but remember, he has Christy Brinkley to work out with.
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough...

To become a registered member of BikeForums Click Here
Dirtgrinder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-01, 12:43 AM   #3
NOT a weight weenie
Hunter's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 1,762
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Remember this about Chuck. He still works out as a martial artist. However at 60+ years of age, I doubt he runs 30 miles a week.
Chuck gets plenty of aerobic exercise doing martial art routines. He was the undefeated middle weight kickboxing champion of the world at one time as well.
Hunter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-01, 04:14 AM   #4
Chris L
Every lane is a bike lane
Chris L's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - passionfruit capital of the universe!
Posts: 9,626
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Running 30 miles a week will tear up the knees if you do it on hard surfaces (I learned that one the hard way before I turned 21!). I wonder how much of a workout one would get from Chucking Norris?

Sorry, couldn't resist!

"I am never going to flirt with idleness again" - Roy Keane
"We invite everyone to question the entire culture we take for granted." - Manic Street Preachers.
My blog.
My bike tours. Japan tour page under construction.
Chris L is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:35 PM.