Total Fitness: The Next Generation

by Stew Smith

Each week, I search for ideas to write about. Most ideas come from the readers themselves, but every now and then I find a new fitness product or idea I think could really be beneficial to everyone. Many of the program developers I interview claim they have the total fitness solution, though they actually lack some of the key components of fitness. I define total fitness as strength training, aerobic training, core strength training and flexibility.

I saw a new product while on travel when I stayed in a Marriott Hotel. They have just introduced a new, in room fitness program and they offer the BodyRev FAST program. I tried it and I liked it. When I saw the F.A.S.T. principal, I thought this may very well be the next generation of fitness. F.A.S.T. stands for - Functional, Aerobic, Strength Training. At worst, it is still one of the best fitness acronyms I have ever heard, so I did some research.

I found that the BodyRev was developed by a counterpart of mine, a former Navy SEAL. The BodyRev is a two-handed rotating weight, and was used in a study focusing on increased injuries to military members during their fitness training. The study found that repetitive exercises using heavy free weights placed extreme stress on joints and isolated muscles. The BodyRev weight, using two hands, offers greater control during exercises, and the F.A.S.T. program gives an all around workout in an hour. Having the muscles and heart function together is what will help sustain lifelong strength and fitness, hence: Functional Aerobic Strength Training (F.A.S.T).

In a twelve-week clinical study, participants in the BodyRev program lost 30 percent body fat and dropped four clothing sizes. Additionally, participants burned an extra 150 calories per day following the weight loss program. Workouts like this eliminate the jarring of joints that can happen with free weights. The system is designed to engage the entire body at once so you're lengthening and toning while revving up your heart rate at the same time. The BodyRev comes with a training video too - Trim for Life (TM).

I will be incorporating the BodyRev into some of my workouts and will soon help resale this product on the StewSmith.com and Military.com Fitness Store along with the many fitness eBooks, new published books on military fitness, and more. For now you can see the product by going to www.bodyrev.com.

Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. If you are interested in starting a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle - check out the Military.com Fitness eBook store and the Stew Smith article archive at Military.com. To contact Stew with your comments and questions, e-mail him at stew@stewsmith.com.


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