Renegade Health Radio – Book Review: The Maffetone Method – Podcast Episode #51

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In this episode:
Why do people give up exercise shortly after signing up to the gym? Find out more in this podcast.

Get more fit and avoid injury by working out slower!

In this podcast we review Dr. Phil Maffetone’s method for health and fitness with his book “The Big Book of Health and Fitness.” This method has completely changed Frederic’s life — from repeated back injury and over training to enjoying exercise injury-free! Dr. Phil is an old-timer in the fitness world, but more people are discovering is work nowadays. It goes against the grain of the current trend of Cross Fit and “high intensity training” (HIT).

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Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.


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  1. What is an aerobic base? How is It developed?

    I’ve just had hammer & bunion surgery on both feet so not be able to exercise for two months. Then I’ll need to start exercising again.

    Excellent discussion!

    • Hi Barbara!Thanks for your comments. An aerobic base is your capacity to sustain endurance work. It’s a little more complicated than that but it means your body’s ability to burn fat, generate energy and recuperate faster. And according to Dr. Phil you develop it by training exclusively in the zone he recommends (180 minus your age plus or minus adjustments). And it takes 3-6 months to develop it. During that period you focus on building that aerobic base exclusively! No work that gets your heart rate past the threshold. I recommend reading the book as it goes in more details about this! I’m working on an article to summarize it as well…

  2. Hi Fred and Shelli,
    Thanks for this. I value your calm and non-guru approach to things. Keep up the good work!

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