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Decade Old Questions Answered On Heavyhands . . .

This is cool.

I found an interesting Q&A exchange with the inventor and developer of Heavyhands and a long time Heavyhander in the archives of an old Heavyhands blog run by the old distributor of Heavyhands.

This was at a time, over a decade ago, when Heavyhands was poised for a comeback into the mainstream of America.

Here is the question . . .

Hello, and Happy New Year to all

I am a retired pathologist living in Cape Town, South Africa

Len Schwartz has been an inspirational eminence in my life since 1984 when I was 38 years old. A moderately good but rather heavily built recreational runner (10k in 34:15; marathon 2:50; 170+lbs at 5’10)

I happened upon the first HH book in a local bookstore in Upstate NY and the B&W photos of the 57 year old were an epiphany.

That was the kind of body I wanted to have

The exercise physiology expounded seemed plausible.

I bought and experimented with a selection of generic dumbbells 1-15 lbs.

And quickly I made great improvements in my upper body endurance and strength.

Before I could test whether the enhanced muscularity of upper body was detrimental to my running, I tore a meniscus in my knee playing racquetball.

This was in the early days of arthroscopic surgery.

I couldn’t run for over 12 years without knee pain.

But I kept up religiously with HH walking medleys with lots of double ski poll exercises in particular

I, too, rarely ever saw anyone else doing Heavyhands right!

At age 50, I gingerly started running again as my knee pain seemed under control and entered some 5ks/

Interestingly, my age adjusted running times were several notches higher than almost a decade and a half earlier.

I was matching and often easily beating my erstwhile nemeses who had continued running and training hard all the while.

Now retired, I have recently taken up competitive race walking, a very challenging sport, but one far more suited to my (panaerobically conditioned) physiognomy.

Whereas I was an 84% level 53 year old runner (national class), I am a 90% level race walker at 57 (3k in 14:00 in judged competition – world class for age)

Clearly, quite consistent intense training with HH over 15 years has in my case been crucial in mitigating the usual or expected age related decline in aerobic capacity.

Aerobically trained upper extremities are a definite advantage in race walking (as predicted by Leonard Schwartz in his walking book)

A few questions for LS (I have many):

Len, would you say your originally rather heterodox ideas have now entered the mainstream in exercise physiology circles, or are there still doubters?

What was your (amazing) combined VO2 max of ~ 80 at age 57 estimated at?

What has been your personal experience with respect to VO2 Max decline in your 60s and 70s

What about your % BF and MHR/RP?

How recent is the great looking color photo on the HH website?

NF

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Answers

Monday, January 05, 2004

Responses to the questions posed by N.F. from Len Schwartz

N.F.: Would you say your originally rather heterodox ideas have now entered the mainstream in exercise physiology circles, or are there still doubters?

Schwartz. My guess is that the infiltration is both spotty and iffy! It appears that this ‘heterodoxy’ has been either bypassed or over a short time frame-adopted as the only way to go. This feast or famine quality may have to do with the fact that Long strength hasn’t really been presented to the public so that men and women would get involved. Same applies in physiologic circles. It appears that the folks at the University of Pittsburgh are eager to reengage = Heavyhands (Panaerobics-Longstrength) research. There are many interesting pockets of doubt, just as in all the basic areas of fitness/exercise research, but that’s where the fun lies!

N.F. Why was your (amazing) combined VO2 max of ~ 80 at age 57 estimated?

L.S. As I recall, we had measured my 02 pulse at various levels of continuous intensity earlier. That made it feasible for me to estimate V02s by merely pulse counting. With later direct measurements (many) this level was reaffirmed. I remember one level of 70 ml/kilo/min-1 was directly measured at a pulse of less than 120/bpm! A famous U.S. physiologist, looking at my findings was prepared to say that was indeed a most high test! Actually, given the likelihood of the reentrance of genetic and technical issues I make much less fuss about V02’s. We do what we can, period! More important, I think are those sub maximal V02s which is where the work of exercise is accomplished!

N.F. What has been your personal experience with respect to VO2 Max decline in your 60s and 70s

Schwartz. Surprisingly little, if any decline. A couple of years ago I did walk ‘n’ pump treadmill test that appeared to be as high or higher than that direct test.  The literature indicates that there is a fall off in performance among aging, regular, aerobic type athletes. I do believe that eventually Long strength type athletes will record some of the highest sub maximal performances. These could well be accomplished by athletes who handle heavy weights while doing  comparatively many repetitions (perhaps a thousand or more), within the aerobic sphere. The work of Pavel Tsatsuline at Dragondoor is fascinating in this respect.

N.F. What about your % BF and MHR/RP?

Schwartz. Perhaps 3-5% at my petite 130lbs! Resting pulse 40-50.

N.F. How recent is the great looking color photo on the HH website?

Schwartz. Pretty recent, within 5 years.

To read more original post of Heavyhanders and answers from Dr. Lenard Schwartz,

go to. There is some great history here to be discovered here.

Enjoy

http://heavyhands.blogspot.com/2004_01_01_archive.html

Worth Their Weight In Gold . . .

From Dr. Neil Katz.

He sent this after testing out his new fitted Ergonomic Weighted Hands grips.

Here’s what he said.

“Michael,

The snug back straps are perfect.

I like a tight fit.

I have 4 or 5 sets of the AMF and Lyons handles and have wrapped them with tape and resorted to using a sticky Underarmor glove to get the desired tightness, but who wants to use a glove in warm weather.

I just ordered the the 2 1/2 pound weights.

Like I told you, I have done Heavyhands walking since Dr. Schwartz wrote his book.

Your handles take it to a more productive and enjoyable level.

Dr. Schwartz would have loved them.

They are worth their weight in gold.

Neil Katz”

Link below has up close images of how these grips are different and more details how why you’ll get more from them compared to the old Heavyhands handles.

http://www.weightedhands.com/ergonomic-grips/

WeightedHands: We Got Your Back

WeightedHands: We Got Your Back.

Do the makers of dumbbells have your back?

No.

But we do.

Here’s why.

The Difference Between The Original Heavyhands Back Straps and The New Flex Fit Back Straps are clear.

The new Weighted Hands flex fit back straps are better than Heavyhands back strap because they are flexible.

Plus we design, measure and cut to form fit YOUR hand.

Previous Heavyhands model have no flex and produce force during use that many report to be uncomfortable.

For more details and photos of Weighted Hand Flex Fit Back Strap, go to

http://www.weightedhands.com/heavyhands-back-strap/

Thank God For Your Two Hands . . .

Ignorant men don’t know what good they hold in their hands until they’ve flung it away.

We’ve designed aerobic hand weights that work!

But Weighted Hands should not be confused with dumbbells.

One look and feel of our ergonomic grip in your hands will clearly sets Weighted Hands apart from such conventional weights.

Our textured non-slip grip and form fitting back-straps will provide you with maximum comfort over an extended period.

They’ll fit snugly onto your hands.

They don’t have to be gripped as tight so there is no chafing, no straining, no cramps, and no constriction.

You’re going to thank us after just one workout for how functional these grips feel compared to your old 1970s foam coated Heavyhands handles. Kiss wrist, elbow, and joint pain goodbye when you switch to the Grip Without Slip.

For more details and photos of The Grip Without Slip go to

http://www.weightedhands.com/ergonomic-grips/

Eating healthy and using Weighted Hands for only 30 minutes per day three times per week, you can expect to . . .

* Burn more calories in less time.

* Tone and tighten your body while melting fat around your face, legs, thighs, arms and belly.

* Get an intense cardio and upper body workout that feels easy and is low impact on your joints

* Increased in energy, mood, and stamina.

Faster Results Guaranteed

Faster results guaranteed with WeightedHands.  It’s all in your hands.

Research and workloads have been calculated by state-of-the-art human performance labs.

For example, if you weigh 175 lbs. and you walk 30 minutes pumping 11 lbs.

Weighted Hands to shoulder height at a rate of 100 pumps per minute, you’re going to incinerate 600+ kilocalories.

And your grip strength, your upper body, your arms and your chest are going to get conditioned like never before.

You’ll feel and look better too. And as you whiteness the changes in you, your confidence is going to shoot through the roof.

Download and read some of the research on this type of training at the link below.

http://www.weightedhands.com/research/

Eating healthy and walking with Weighted Hands for 30 minutes per day three times per week, you can expect to . . .

* Burn more calories in less time.

* Tone and tighten your body while melting fat around your face, legs, thighs, arms and belly.

* Get an intense cardio and upper body workout that feels easy and is low impact on your joints

* Increased in energy, mood, and stamina.

Burn Calories Fast

Walk With Weighted Hands and get a better workout in half the time.  In fact, you will Burn Calories Fast!

If you are tired of boring workouts at the gym on the elliptical, treadmill or stair stepper, then you’re going to love walking with Weighted Hands.

Walking at the same pace with Weighted Hands burns far more calories than walking alone.

Weighted hands is the perfect way to make walking more challenging, more fun and more effective.

You’ll enjoy the benefits of walking along with the challenges of an upper body workout without the stress on your knees, ankles, and hips.

Eating healthy and walking with Weighted Hands for 30 minutes per day three times per week, you can expect to . . .

* Burn more calories in less time.

* Tone and tighten your body while melting fat around your face, legs, thighs, arms and belly.

* Get an intense cardio and upper body workout that feels easy and is low impact on your joints

* Increased in energy, mood and stamina.

Amazing Results In Less Time . . .

All you have to do is walk with Weighted Hands.

You’ll need to stop eating sugar and bread.

Use Weighted Hands for 14 days walking four to five days per week for 40 minutes.

AND WE’ll PROMISE RESULTS!

You’ll FEEL and LOOK stronger.

Results YOU can actually SEE in a mirror and measure with a tape.

For more details, go to

www.WeightedHands.com

The Case Against Dumbbells

The Case Against Dumbbells

Did you know the term “Dumbbell” didn’t originally refer to a handheld weight?

Instead, it referred to a real life “bell” like the ones that would ring day and night from a church or public building.

People would install them in their homes for the exercise value of tugging on the rope!

The only difference was that these bells didn’t ring.

They were mute or “dumb”… hence the term “dumbbell”!

It just goes to show that just when you think you know everything worth knowing about something, you may end up having to rethink what you thought you “knew for sure”!

That’s not only true about the “name” of the dumbbell. It’s also true when it comes to thinking that those “dumbbells” you’re using down at the gym are the tool you need to blast blubber or get that “ripped” and muscular look you’re working out to achieve.

in fact, it’s quite likely those dumbbells you’re lifting may not be doing the work you need – and never can!

Why’s that?

Simple.

To look “ripped” you must not only build muscle, but you must also burn calories!

You must obliterate the layers of subcutaneous fat that will hide whatever muscle you do build a “cloaking device.”

Burning those calories takes sheer work.

And the dumbbells you’re using, and the way you’re using them aren’t capable of getting the work done that you need to do!

It’s just math.

Let’s say you’re trying to build up some lean and mean arms and shoulders.

Hey, who isn’t?

So you do three sets of 10 curls with 20 lb. dumbbells.

You rest a few minutes between each set and before moving to the next exercise… Overhead presses for three sets of 10 as well.

Then you do three sets of 10 upright rows with the same dumbbells.

How much work have you done?

By the time you’ve done the set and rested for one minute, you’ve got about 2.5 to 3 minutes invested per set.

By the time you’re done, you’ve worked 25 to 30 minutes total and still haven’t worked the rest of your body.

We still really haven’t gotten to how much work you’ve done.

When it comes to “work,” let’s figure that when you move your dumbbell from the resting position at your thighs to the overhead position you’ve moved the weights a total of 42 inches.

(You’re doing the exercises separately, but we’ll combine them when calculating the work output!)

When you’re doing the upright rows, you’re moving the weight 25 inches total.

Now we’ll calculate your total “work output” by multiplying the distance, by the weight, by the number of repetitions. OK?

Curls and Presses totaled – 42 inches x 40 lbs. x 30 = 50,400 “units”

Upright rows totaled – 25 inches x 40 lbs x 30 = 30,000 “units”

The totals “units” of work output for the three combined exercises, then, are 80,400 units in 25-30 minutes.

Respectable? Or not so much?

What if you could learn how to . . .

* Increase the work output by 500%,

* CUT your training time by more than HALF (or 10xs your job output in the time previously used ineffectively!)

* Burn massive calories and EXPOSE those “hidden” muscles

* Exercise your whole body, AND

* Give you the endurance of a long distance runner without ever breaking into a jog!

You CAN achieve all these benefits faster than you think by forgetting the dumbbells, changing your thinking, and learning to walk with WEIGHTED HANDS!

It’s true. The very same experiment has repeatedly been done while being tested by physicians and university trained observers!

Best of all you will turn your whole body into a FAT BURNING, OXYGEN PROCESSING MACHINE.

This is the type of training that allowed Dr. Leonard Schwartz to “eat like a young horse” while boasting a ripped, lean physique at age 70+  that turned the heads of men and women far younger than him!

If you’re not reading this while seated, sit down because your head is about to explode!

If you thought you were getting a “good workout” for your arms, you could be doing FAR BETTER, working out FAR LESS, and achieving the results you’re seeking by walking with WEIGHTED HANDS.

If you had simply walked with our ergonomically designed 10lb. WEIGHTED HANDS, for 25 minutes, you’d have performed over 1 million work units with your arms alone, not to mention the work done by your legs!

That’s over ten times the work units your 20 lb. Dumbbell workout gave you.

While lifting dumbbells the old-fashioned way isn’t a great calorie burner, walking with WEIGHTED HANDS will burn far more calories than lifting dumbbells or even running alone.

How much, you ask?

First, that depends on your bodyweight because you’ll be moving your whole body.

But based on our example, someone weighing 125 lbs, walking with WEIGHTED HANDS and lifting 10lbs 42 inches would burn an incredible calorie load! How much?

If our 125-pound person ran for 25 minutes at the speed of 5 miles per hour, he’d burn 189 calories… and do virtually nothing for his arms and shoulders in the process.

But walk with that 10 lb. WEIGHTED HANDS for 25 minutes as described above and he’ll not only get a powerful arm and shoulder workout along with solid leg exercise, he’ll also burn 300 calories, almost DOUBLE without even breaking into a jog!

And, of course, if you weigh more, you’re burning more calories! Using the example above, a 200-pound person would be burning 960 calories in only 50 minutes!

Why does this burn calories so well? It’s been known for decades that athletes who use the most oxygen when they compete (and therefore burn the most calories) are the ones who use both their arms and legs at the same time like cross-country skiers.

When you walk with WEIGHTED HANDS, you harness this knowledge for your bodybuilding advantage!

As your arms become conditioned, you’ll find that it becomes easier and easier to burn the calories you want to stay “ripped” because working your arms and legs together “feels” easier than working exercises that only isolate a small muscle group.

With WEIGHTED HANDS it becomes possible to build muscle, burn fat, and take care of your heart in one “package”!

Because of the incredible CALORIE BURN that comes with WEIGHTED HANDS instead of dumbbells you’d be well on your way to GETTING that ripped physique and those muscular arms (and whole body in fact) most gym rats CRAVE while taking care of your cardiovascular health at the same time!

Who knew it could be so easy?

Waited Hands should never be confused with dumbbells.

One look at our ergonomic design clearly sets Weighted Hands apart from such conventional weights.

Our textured no-slip grip and the soft form fitting back-straps will provide you with maximum comfort over an extended period.

They’ll fit snugly onto your hands.

They don’t have to be gripped, so there is no chafing, no straining, and no cramps.

Weighted Hands are expensive compared to regular dumbbells.

If you buy them, you will never have to buy another set unless you lose them.

We unconditionally guarantee your Weighted Hands to give you a lifetime of satisfaction, or we’ll replace them.

Weighted Hands are expensive compared to regular dumbbells.

If you buy them, you will never have to buy another set unless you lose them.

Weighted Hands are a tool.

It’s one you can use to get in the best shape of your life.

One you can build you upper body and aerobic conditioning.

And one that is essentially a time multiplier for burning fat.

It’s up to you what you do with them.

Reply back if you want more Heavy Hands add-on weights or ergo grips and let me know what you want and I’ll send a PayPal invoice.

You can pay with a credit card and you DO NOT need a PayPal account.

Feel free to call or text to 858-692-9461.

To Avoid Ordering The Wrong Weight It’s Important You Read This Below.

All older model AMF and Lion Sports Heavy Hands weights will twist on to our new ergonomic grips

All weighted hands ® weights are designed to fit your older AMF Heavy Hands handles regardless of the foam grip color.

Your old Heavy Hands handles weigh a total of 1 lb. each without any twist on weights.

The new Weighted Hands ergonomic grip handles weigh 1 1/2 each.

To calculate your total weight in each hand add the handle weight + weight X 2 = Your total weight in each hand.

If you own the older Heavy Hands weights with the number on each weight, that number represents your total weight in each hand (Handle + weight x 2 = total weight in each hand)

Now get out and get ripped!

Michael Senoff

http://www.WeightedHands.com

Makers of Heavy Hands® Weights, Grips & Gear

Heavy Hands® / Weighted Hands® and are the registered trademarks of Michael Senoff.

All rights reserved

Weighted Hands Free If They Ever Break . . .

You’re covered no matter what.

JS&M Sales and Marketing unconditionally guarantees your Weighted Hands to give you a lifetime of satisfaction, or we’ll replace it.

This is one reason Weighted Hands are the next big thing in weight loss and rapid results fitness.

Read seven other reasons.

There are thousands of fitness items on the market for exercise and weight loss.

Many offer excellent value.

But only one out of every 1,200 is a fantastic value.

1.  Weighted Hands are designed with the authentic feel, weight, and balance for maximum training.

2.  Weighted Hands are the only aerobically designed hand weight system with reinforced steel treads.

Fifty men together couldn’t pull the weights apart.

3.  A “GLOVE”- shaped grip lets you work longer without hand discomfort, calluses or blisters.

4.  The weight face is precision machined and beveled to minimize chipping.

5.  The steel was drop-forged for enormous strength.

A jet aircraft’s landing gear is drop-forged for the same reason.

6.  The round steel grip bar can withstand twenty-eight tons of force.

7.  A patented pending grip assembly is designed to absorb shock and reduce energy.

8.  The rubber grip is textured to enhance grip and is resistant to perspiration, oil, and grease.

Weighted Hands are expensive compared to regular dumbbells.

If you buy them, you will never have to buy another set unless you lose them.

Weighted Hands are a tool.

It’s one you can use to get in the best shape of your life.

One you can build you upper body and aerobic conditioning.

And one that is essentially a time multiplier for burning fat.

It’s up to you what you do with them.

Reply back if you want more Heavy Hands add-on weights or ergo grips and let me know what you want and I’ll send a PayPal invoice.

You can pay with a credit card and you DO NOT need a PayPal account.

Feel free to call or text to 858-692-9461.

To Avoid Ordering The Wrong Weight It’s Important You Read This Below.

All older model AMF and Lion Sports Heavy Hands weights will twist on to our new ergonomic grips

All weighted hands ® weights are designed to fit your older AMF Heavy Hands handles regardless of the foam grip color.

Your old Heavy Hands handles weigh a total of 1 lb. each without any twist on weights.

The new Weighted Hands ergonomic grip handles weigh 1 1/2 each.

To calculate your total weight in each hand add the handle weight + weight X 2 = Your total weight in each hand.

If you own the older Heavy Hands weights with the number on each weight, that number represents your total weight in each hand (Handle + weight x 2 = total weight in each hand)

Now get out and get ripped!

Michael Senoff

http://www.WeightedHands.com

Makers of Heavy Hands® Weights, Grips & Gear

Heavy Hands® / Weighted Hands® and are the registered trademarks of Michael Senoff.

All rights reserved

Weighted Hands vs. Dumbbells . . .

What’s the deal?

Why can’t one walk with just plain old dumbbells and or wrist weights for an extended amount of time?

They are less money than Weighted Hands.

It’s a good question and one that was answered best by Dr. Lenard Schwartz.

Here is a modified version of his explanation taken from him 1980 patent application.

He states . . .

“Aerobic exercises by their very nature is prolonged in duration, frequently extending over periods more than an hour.

Thus, the limiting factor of gripping power is very real and significant in regards to maximizing one’s aerobic efforts.

Wrist weights have been proposed. However, the effective lever arm is lengthened by placing the weights in or on the hands.

Moreover, the comfort factor is a genuine consideration, for wrist weights are frequently uncomfortable and tend to chafe the skin.

Weighted gloves are a highly adequate means of adding the desired weight for aerobic exercise, but are limited by inherent practicalities of glove size and comfort.

For a hand weight or dumbbells to be practical for use in aerobic exercises, it must meet the following criterion:

1) Capable of supporting an exercise of long duration.

2) Prevent undue spasm of the arm and hand musculature by a soft, yet firm hand engaging means extending over the back of the hand

3) Capable of releasing the hand muscles from the necessity and burden of gripping a dumbbell shaft continuously, so as to promote optimal circulation of blood, reduce the likelihood of untoward elevation of blood pressure, and promote prolonged exercise

4) Be able to support the continuation of very rapid arm movements of extreme amplitude, including a succession of abrupt starts and stops which would be traumatic to skin, muscles, ligaments and joint structure of the hand if not protected

5) Permits the user to determine his pulse count without removing the weight from the hand

6) Suitable for all ambulatory exercises involving both arms and legs, such as walking and running

7) Ensure the safe use of the dumbbell during exercise in which the hands attain an inordinately high velocity. During such use, the force involved tends to cause the weight to be disengaged from the gripping hand, thus increasing the exerciser’s concern and effort, and diminishing their freedom of motion

Weighted Hands handles are highly satisfactory for use in aerobic exercises and fulfill all of the other requirements.

Its form is such that the hand can be relaxed periodically and the constant isometric contraction of the hand and forearm muscles, which is a severe limit in prolonged exercise with dumbbells, is reduced markedly.

This relaxation serves to increase the blood flow to the gripping fingers and to substantially reduce the likelihood of a muscle spasm which frequently aborts such exercises prematurely when using conventional dumbbells and weights.

The handle portion of the Weighted Hand handle is contoured to conform generally to the shape of a user’s hand and fingers when in the gripping position.

This provides a self-adjustment not available in any dumbbell, and the hand can remain partially relaxed during aerobic exercises.”

In this position, the hand weight will be held in hand with the fingers relaxed so that its use is not dependent in any way upon the continuous strength of the user’s grip.

A textured surface aids in the gripping action of the hand weight in the hand of the user.

And the grip does not get slippery after sweating.

If your hands start to sweat while holding dumbbells, you will have to work harder to avoid slippage.

Weighted Hands are expensive compared to regular dumbbells.

If you buy them, you will never have to buy another set unless you lose them.

Weighted Hands are a tool.

It’s one you can use to get in the best shape of your life.

One you can build you upper body and aerobic conditioning.

And one that is essentially a time multiplier for burning fat.

It’s up to you what you do with them.

Reply back if you want more Heavy Hands add-on weights or ergo grips and let me know what you want and I’ll send a PayPal invoice.

You can pay with a credit card, and you DO NOT need a PayPal account.

Feel free to call or text to 858-692-9461.

To Avoid Ordering The Wrong Weight, It’s Important You Read This Below.

All older model AMF and Lion Sports Heavy Hands weights will twist on to our new ergonomic grips

All weighted hands ® weights are designed to fit your older AMF Heavy Hands handles regardless of the foam grip color.

Your older Heavy Hands handles weigh a total of 1 lb. Each without any twist on weights.

The new Weighted Hands ergonomic grip handles weigh 1 1/2 each.

To calculate your total weight in each hand add the handle weight + weight X 2 = Your total weight in each hand.

If you own the older Heavy Hands weights with the number on each weight, that number represents your total weight in each hand (Handle + weight x 2 = total weight in each hand)

Now get out and get ripped!

Michael Senoff

http://www.WeightedHands.com

Makers of Heavy Hands® Weights, Grips & Gear

Heavy Hands® / Weighted Hands® and are the registered trademarks of Michael Senoff.

All rights reserved