Let me tell you upfront:
Your chance to reach your peak physical potential is slim to nothing - no matter how hard you train – and it’s NOT because you didn’t follow the rules.
The fitness industry does not want you to know that … but if you learn the facts behind human conditioning and how your body is programmed to thrive, you will shake your head and realize that almost every popular exercise program today, including resistance training, is in the best case only partly beneficial. It can NOT and will NOT yield the results you deserve.
You will be surprised to learn how your fitness goals may have been compromised by false ideas. Yes, even your desire to build big muscles needs to be re-examined.
The truth is: Virtually all exercise programs today are missing one fundamental principle – a biological factor that without it, human fitness has no purpose, and training regimens are useless.
That is –
Whether you know it or not, your survival dictates everything that you do. Like other species, you are inherently programmed with a primal survival machinery, responsible for keeping you alive at all times, and particularly in times of adversity.
Your survival machinery enables you to swiftly react to danger, fight or flee if necessary and endure extreme physical hardship. If repetitively triggered, it will increase your mental and physical readiness, boost your energy, improve your muscle and brain function, and increase your immunity to disease.
Your vitality depends on your survival machinery - this is how your body is programmed to thrive. But there is more to it -
If pushed to its extreme limits, your survival machinery will kick in to unleash supreme physical and mental power, far beyond what you ever experienced. Beyond even your own imagination. Yes, the same survival mechanism that makes mothers lift cars over trapped babies, can potentially work for you!
And that’s exactly what modern fitness fails to acknowledge.
Modern fitness programs have been miserably failing to even recognize this principle. Your survival machinery remains dormant due to inadequate physical activity and wrong nutrition. Most fitness programs today are simply not sophisticated enough. Their training and nutritional protocols lack solid principles. Their impact is random, limited, or counter-effective.
The vast majority of gym members are not in any viable shape. Just go to any gym in your area and check for yourself. You’ll notice how most trainees look soft in spite of exercising regularly.
Even more disturbing is the fact that those with the big muscles are not necessarily the ones who perform best – a strange yet highly notable phenomenon. This is exactly the one thing that bodybuilders are afraid to admit and muscle magazines will never print:
The muscle and fitness industry does not want you to know this. An overgrown muscle is biologically inferior; it’s predominantly made out of easily fatigued fibers with a low fueling capacity and limited energy. This is the undeniable reality that fitness and muscle magazines will never print.
The typical bodybuilder’s body is destined to be dysfunctional!
If you examine how the human muscle is programmed to endure hardship, you’ll realize that today’s muscle guy wouldn’t possibly survive extreme primordial conditions that existed on this planet millenniums ago. His big type II B muscles would have reached a state of paralysis if engaged in survival activities. The muscle type product of today’s bodybuilding is known for its inability to sustain strength.
From an evolutionary point of view, the bodybuilder’s body type would have been rendered FAILURE. If it did exist in the past, it would have most certainly become extinct. This is not a joke! Hall of fame boxing coaches and martial arts masters have been already aware of this phenomenon.
A fighter (or an athlete) who exclusively follows a bodybuilding routine will sooner or later realize how detrimental it is for his speed, explosive power and endurance. Bodybuilding is a show business, not a sport. Its premise is primarily visual, not performance.
But your need to be in a prime fighting shape is neither aesthetic nor professional – it is a biological need. This is how your body is programmed to thrive.
Don’t take my word for it. Just look at the mountains of evidence all throughout history and out in the real world. The ultimate survival professionals were always the warriors – Spartans, Gladiators, Romans, kung-fu fighters, etc. From the greenest recruit to the elite of the elite, you could have never caught them doing bench presses…warriors routinely practiced fighting drills; their survival was at stake and their lives depended on their physical skills, not their look. Sure, warriors were muscular but their muscles were built with strong and durable fibers, geared for fight or flight activities, not for a show.
The survival of the species depends on its ability to initiate and sustain fight or flight activities. Each species has its own unique fight or flight program. Watch how puppy dogs and kittens are playing – jumping, striking, wrestling, biting or scratching each other – spontaneously practicing in accordance with their inherent survival mechanisms – preparing themselves for becoming independent adults, capable of living in the wilderness.
The human species isn’t different from other animals. Fight or flight activities are the origin of all human exercises. You cannot deny your own nature. You must train in accordance with your innate biology.
But the truth is all but denied and suppressed today.
Nowadays, rarely do we need to fight or flee - most of us are intimidated by the very thought of this. The vast majority of us prefer being sheep. And most of those who attempt to act like wolves still eat and train like sheep.
So are you a sheep or a wolf? What do you want to be? And what do you need to do?
You need to condition your body to be in fighting shape, even if you don’t practice fighting – the same way you need to nourish your body with vitamins and antioxidants even if you’re not sick. Regardless to your gender, and what you may have read, heard or thought, this is how your body is programmed to achieve its peak potential.
Unfortunately not. There is a notable difference between practicing fighting techniques and developing a fighter physique. It is common today to practice fighting techniques, without sufficient emphasis on the fighter’s physique – consequently, a typical martial arts student (or a boxing student) will rarely be able to endure a real life fight, if the situation occurs.
Learning fighting technique is just not good enough. A fighter lacking fight conditioning isn’t just compromising his strength, speed and endurance - he might be risking his life.
Let’s be honest – there is no such a thing as a “safe fight”. There is no guarantee! As a fighter, you must condition your body to be in top shape – be able to not just initiate action, but most importantly, sustain alertness, strength and speed – and be capable of enduring extreme hardship and protecting yourself at all times.
And the same holds truth even if you are not a fighter.
You owe it to yourself, to be in the best human shape possible – develop a most functional, energetic and inherently powerful body.
Controlled Fatigue Training CFT
Defense Nutrition's Controlled Fatigue Training (CFT) is a survival-oriented physical conditioning regimen, which taps into the body’s fight-or-flight machinery and force total body adaptation for extreme hardship.
CFT is designed to mimic the impact of extreme combat activities. The idea is to repetitively hit your body with special “shock drills” that shift your body into a survival mode, while increasing your capacity to react to changes, sustain power, and come back with a vengeance when extremely fatigued.
What makes CFT different is the methodical combination of strength, speed, and special durability (the capacity to endure intense hardship). This is the first regimen that exploits this combination to its extremes.
CFT does not work isolated body parts. Exercising isolated body parts may yield nothing more than a dysfunctional collection of body parts.
Moderation is FATAL to fitness!
Human conditioning requires intensity. Scientists have been finding growing evidence that our brain, muscles and hormonal system respond ONLY when sufficient physical and mental stimulations are applied. The more you challenge your neuro-muscular system, the more likely you’ll become physically and mentally advanced. And vice versa: The less challenging your training is, the more likely you’ll face stagnation and regression.
If you have the heart for this, you’ll notice within a few sessions how your body starts transforming itself - you’ll feel a steady increase in your energy along with the capacity to sustain strength and resist fatigue.
CFT does not teach you fighting techniques, nonetheless, advanced CFT drills can be as brutally intense as fighting can get.
CFT can be incorporated with other physical conditioning programs including resistance training, cross fit, and sport-specific regimens. To accommodate your sport specific priorities, CFT can be adjusted with different emphases on strength, speed/velocity, or endurance. It principally increases the level of difficulty on the athlete - making the training harder than the sport itself.
A CFT trainee may need extra nutritional support. The wear and tear of this regimen on the muscle and body must be addressed with proper nutritional compensation.
Given the fact that the typical diet is deficient in key amino acids, antioxidants, and immune supportive nutrients, which are largely missing or destroyed during cooking or processing, it’s imperative to grant sufficient intake of essential, and metabolic supportive nutrients from foods or food based supplements.
A chronic deficiency of even one single essential nutrient whether it’s a vitamin, a mineral, or a key amino acid, could lead to metabolic set backs with severe consequences on the muscular system and overall health.
If you’re engaged in CFT or any other intense physical routine, you must protect your muscle against oxidative damage with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory nutrients. And you must feed your muscle right after training with quality fast assimilating protein to block the catabolic effect of exercise, and initiate recovery and growth.
Your best choices include non-denatured whey protein, and plant based multi-vitamins and antioxidant supplements.
Defense Nutrition's Warrior Athlete Kit was created to serve as the only 100% natural alternative to today’s sport nutrition product packages commonly made with inferior proteins, synthetic vitamins, chemical additives, artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohol, refined sugar and hydrogenated oils, known for their health shattering, muscle deconditioning effects.
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