The World's Most Efficient Workout by Dr. Doug McGuff

Boomer Anderson
December 19, 2018
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Dr. Doug McGuff is an expert in High Intensity Training, emergency room physician, and bestselling author of Body by Science. Dr. McGuff sheds light on the aerobic benefits of resistance training and how to get a complete workout in 20 minutes once a week.

“You cannot go into this process with an idea of someone that you admire. Or a look that you would like to have or a capability that someone else has that you want to try to emulate or reproduce. That will fail every time. You have to go into the process with the idea is that I'm going to take what I have, in terms of my own genotype and seek its ideal phenotypic expression by applying a stimulus and allowing a response to occur.”

Who is Dr. Doug McGuff?

Doug McGuff, MD became interested in exercise at the age of 15 when he first read Arthur Jones’ Nautilus Training Bulletin No. 2. His interest in exercise and biology led him to a career in medicine.

In 1989, he graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio and went on to train in Emergency Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Little Rock where he served as Chief Resident. From there, Dr. McGuff served as Faculty in the Wright State University Emergency Medicine Residency and was a staff Emergency Physician at Wright-Patterson AFB Hospital.

In 1995, Dr. McGuff moved to Seneca, South Carolina where he joined Blue Ridge Emergency Physicians with whom he continues to practice full-time emergency medicine.

Throughout his career, Dr. McGuff maintained his interest in high-intensity exercise. Doug realized a lifelong dream when he opened Ultimate Exercise in November 1997, where he and his instructors continue to explore the limits of exercise through their personal training of clients.

In addition to his work at Ultimate Exercise, Dr. McGuff is a full-time practicing emergency physician who lives in Seneca, South Carolina with his wife of 30 years, Wendy, and their children Eric and Madeline.

What is High-Intensity Training?

High-intensity training (HIT) is a form of strength training popularized in the 1970s by Arthur Jones, the founder of Nautilus. The training focuses on performing quality weight training repetitions to the point of momentary muscular failure. The training takes into account the number of repetitions, the amount of weight, and the amount of time the muscle is exposed to tension in order to maximize the amount of muscle fiber recruitment.

Source: High-Intensity Training: more strength and power in less time. Human Kinetics.

Why is Resistance Training Most Effective?

Key Highlights of the Podcast

  • [6:00] The Stimulus Organism Response
  • [10:00] The importance of self-reflection before undertaking exercise
  • [18:48] Myokines and training
  • [24:21] The Body by Science Protocol
  • [31:54] Why is resistance training the best exercise?
  • [37:57] The Big 5 exercises
  • [40:55] How to deal with someone getting in the way of your workout
  • [44:19] Tracking time under load
  • [51:27] Measuring HRV and other metrics for recovery
  • [54:42] The final four questions with Dr. Doug McGuff

Resources Mentioned

Dr. McGuff's Favorite Book(s) on High Performance?

How does Dr. McGuff Increase His Focus?

Reducing inputs

Episode Transcript

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