February, 2015

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Running, Swimming, Bicycling VS Weighted Hands

There are other aerobic activities like running, swimming, bicycling, cross country skiing, but Michael Senoff believes Weighted Hands has advantages over the rest.

Weighted Hands is the only aerobic activity that offers a minimal chance for injury, requires little equipment and gives a total body workout.

Not only does running do nothing to develop the upper body, but running injuries are very common, partially because the running motion delivers a joke to the joints roughly equal to three times one’s body weight.

In Senoff’s Weighted Hands training, you simply walk with your hands “Weighted”.

Each week, you’ll progress to more and more weight in each hand.

As a result, there is considerably less force placed on your bodies joints, particularly the knees and hips since the speed at which you transfer your weight from one foot to another is substantially slower than running, and your feet remain closer to the ground.

While swimming, bicycling and cross country skiing also give excellent aerobic workouts, with few entries, swimming requires the presence of a pool or body of water, bicycling requires a bicycle and dealing with traffic, and cross country skiing isn’t possible year-round.

The greatest benefit of Weighted Hands is that anyone can do it, anywhere, with almost no risk of injury, and they can do it year-round without expensive equipment.

Senoff who is 50, walks pumping 11 1/2 lb Weighted Hands three to four miles, four to five times per week.

He says . .  “I do it because once conditioned, it’s easy.  I can work my entire body out, get aerobically conditioned and keep my upper body looking good and strong.  But the hidden reason I do it is because I can continue to eat whatever I want.”

“The Best Shape Of My Life” . . .

Here’s a great stroy about a Heavyhands user and what it did for him . . .


It was with a good deal of interest that I found your website.

I have been using, probably since 1985 or earlier, in my best recollection, a set of AMF Heavyhands.

I bought it with the 5 lb. and 10 lb. weights.

I read a book on it written by Dr. Leonard Schwartz in 1983, and was impressed with the regimen.

Besides, he looked absolutely great for his age!

I tried a lot of exercise disciplines.

I first started out as the proverbial “98 Lb. weakling” that Charles Atlas originally described himself in comic book ads.

I sent off for his course, but I didn’t like it much.

I wanted more results.

I then did the Joe Weider course, and it did about as much for me as possible with my “ectomorph” frame when I was in high school.

I later tried “free” weights, and a variety of easier or cheaper ways of body building and exercise.

I finally bought a Nordic Tracker.

This was a great tool.

But personally, I liked jogging quite a bit, and when I found the book material on HeavyHands, well, I was hooked. It made so much sense.

I sold the Tracker and have never looked back, as the HeavyHands routine was not like work to me, but something that I enjoyed doing.

I have achieved results that have exceeded well above all of my other efforts combined in exercise, fitness, and wanting to look your best.

As I mentioned earlier about being in the best shape of my life, the body feature that received the most complimentary remarks, from nearly all women no less, was my flat “as a washboard” tummy, which I had at age 50.

For many years, regularly, I have used this utensil in exercising, in which I have increased my cardiac benefit of at least 300% over regular walking.

My peak in using this regimen came when I reached 50 years old.

I “ran” two-three times a week, with the ten pound weights, plus additional ten pounds strapped to my legs.

This gave me a 20 pound benefit when I ran for 20 minutes over a 1.6 mile course that I had mapped out for many years.

That year, when I was fifty years old, I was 5’9″+ height, weighed 161 pounds, had a 31 inch waist, and a suit jacket size of 44 inch shoulders.

Yeah, I looked like a little football player without the pads.

I was in the best shape of my life.

Since then, I have had a good deal many injuries from my former mode of employment, and of course, have gotten older.

I can only “walk” or kind of “power walk” nowadays, at a pace stride (30 inches) which is still not too bad.

I can no longer wear the leg weights.

I also have trouble carrying the ten pound weights, as it is painful for my forearms anymore.

I put on the five pound weights, but they feel as though they are nothing.

I am 62 years old, but in still fairly good shape.

My waist is about 32 inches yet, but my shoulders may not be as substantial.

The biggest difference is muscle tone; you just lose it more as you get older.

My goal is to not worry about muscle buildup anymore, but flexibility and muscle tone.

I am looking for seven or eight pound weights, that would fit my old AMF’s?

I think, that with a seven pound or plus, I could find a happy medium and get a maximum benefit from my old AMF heavyhands.

Thanks for any help that you can give me.

I owe folks like Dr. Scwartz and you, a debt of gratitude, for discovering this physical fitness facet and now making it available to more folks than ever.

I am very pleased to have found your site.

Kind regards

Joe S.