Tuesday, June 11, 2013

An interview with John Sifferman

John Sifferman has just posted an interview that he did with me focussed on the Hillfit book.  It is on his Physical Living site.

The questions really let me get to the heart of what Hillfit is about


16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great article, nice job Chris. But who is Arthur Smith?

Chris said...

argh.....OK I meant Arthur Jones....

Doh

CK said...

So what do you think is the best way to develop optimal muscle mass?

Asclepius said...

Good interview. +1 for recommending we simply spend more time stood on one leg! ;)

JamesSteeleII said...

+1 from me too.

I've changed to a standing desk at work for the past few months and spend most of my time standing on one leg, swapping from one to the other.

Enjoyed the interview Chris with my coffee this morning. I always find it refreshing to have things brought back to reality. The academics (myself included) can debate which approach might be 'best' but ultimately unless it is something that can be maintained (i.e. simple, time efficient, does not require specialised equipment/location/supervision. avoids injury etc.) then it isn't going to work.

I've been reading Clarence Bass newest book the past few days and again find myself feeling quite refreshed in his approach to things along this vein.

Asclepius said...

@James - My personal benchmark is standing on one leg whenever I put on my socks/shoes - including tying the shoelaces.

I try to do this without wobbling like a jelly - nor putting a foot down, until I am shod.

It takes strength and balance to hold your leg high enough and also works your abs.

Ondřej Tureček said...

James
It's a great book. I just think the cardio benefits of WTF deserved a bit more space. On the other side I understand why Clarence prefers HIIT for conditioning, but the negatives - high injury risk without proper equipment, overtraining risk/compromised lifting intensity, rather small fat burning effect...I read Max Muscle Plan and Schoenfeld prefers low intensity cardio to complement training, or nothing. That said, his training is probably on that line of overtraining already, three to six times a week, that's why he's cautious.

JamesSteeleII said...

@Ondřej

Funny you mention that. I'm led to believe he was going to include discussion on our paper but was to far into the process once it was available. Having said that he did invite me to sit on a panel later in the year at a symposium around the chapters covered in his book. Unfortunately I don't think I;ll be able to make it out there. Already presenting at two international conferences this year so can't really afford it.

Suraj Purohit said...

Well done boss i liked your post so much ... right to get edge of calories ... but best part is thank for shearing it with us ...

Kondicionavimas said...

Interesting interview and an amazing book. :)

Craig in CT said...

What does WTF mean?

Chris said...

Work to Failure?

JamesSteeleII said...

'W'eight 'T'raining to 'F'ailure

Ondřej suggested it as a suitable acronym when I published my BJSM article saying 'intensity' is not being used appropriately. HIT (High Intensity Training) doesn't mean much really and is quite ambiguous. He suggested WTF which I thought was funny. Me and James Fisher have discussed how funny it would be to start using the acronym in our work and try to get a change in the peer reviewed literature from using HIT to WTF.

Chris said...

Excellent. I want to be a WTF trainer!!

Chris said...

Excellent. I want to be a WTF trainer!!

Gaby @ first steps fitness said...

Great interview! And I love the WTF acronym. Cool! :D