So I’ve just hit a week without cigarettes, and I’m trying to decide on an exercise routine.
For a while now I’ve been reading free newsletters from Mr. Matt Furey, who is a hardcore information marketer (and hence his website looks like a huge scam), but is not necessarily full of shit.
His philosophy includes:
- Long distance running damages joints and does not have significant benefits
- Weight lifting is dangerous, causes injuries, and makes you look tough but not actually be tough.
- Body weight exercises are the way to go - dive bomber pushups, tiptoe squats, handstand pressups, etc
- Hill sprints are preferable to jogging
Now this is pretty tempting stuff for me. I was a good long-distance runner when I was young but god, was it boring. Ditto any kind of repetitive exercise that takes more than a couple of minutes. So right now my routine is:
- Chi Gong stretches and breathing exercises
- Sprints up the fire escape from the ground to my 12th-floor apartment
- A pathetic handful of dive bomber pushups, and slightly more squats
- Some Wing Chun drills, mostly turning and stepping.
The whole lot takes about 15 minutes, and I try to do it three times a day.
What do you guys think? Is he right about traditional Western exercise? Is there intrinsic value to boring the bejeesus out of yourself in a gym? Is there some reason to buy expensive weights rather than using your own body? Is what I’m doing worthwhile? And what can I add or change to improve it?