In this video I demonstrate an aerobic challenge type of manual muscle testing procedure. The patient in this video is (was) a vegan/vegetarian. He consumed very little dairy and no other animal products and therefore was suffering from what can be considered “aerobic deficiency”.
Dietary fat is necessary for aerobic endurance; it helps to fuel the aerobic system along with other nutrients such as iron. Many people wonder, “Are fats – particularly dairy fats – bad for you?” This in-action demonstration shows you the immediately beneficial effect of butter as it affects the brain thus the entire body.
Since dietary fats are beneficial for aerobic endurance, hopefully this live demonstration will get more fat-phobic people asking “How much butter is good for you?” As you’ll see through applied kinesiology testing, dietary fat will help you perform better for greater aerobic endurance.
Hey, this is Dr. Gangemi. And in this brief Sock Doc video here in Copenhagen, Denmark, I want to show what an aerobic weakness looks like. A lot of athletes train their aerobic system via heart rate, and they’ re always exercising to help improve their aerobic system. But if you lack the actual essential nutrients, you will deprive yourself of any aerobic metabolism, any aerobic success in building and healthy aerobic base, to fuel you to go longer and harder with any activity. Plus, your aerobic system feels your body throughout the day.
So what happens here is we’re gonna show what happens, how muscles react when there is an aerobic deficiency as we call it. So I’m going to check a few muscles on him, and he’s going to resist. Push hard. That’s a nice strong pec muscle there. Push hard. Here’s another strong pec, and we’ll do his rectus here. Push hard. That was nice and strong, and let’s just do this one too. Really solid muscles.
So now he’s going to do aerobic activity for about 20 seconds. Go ahead. So this might seem really, really easy like he’s not even getting his heart rate up. It’s not about heart rate. It’s about activating the big thigh muscles that have to do with a lot of aerobic metabolism, the red muscle fibers. Good, stop. Put those down. Then we recheck the muscles. Push hard. Look what happens. Basically fatigues any muscle in his body. Bring this back up. Bend, bend, push hard. Barely have to push now. Push hard. Just shuts them right off.
So let’s do again now, aerobic. Stress the system out even more. It fats that fuel the aerobic system. Here’s some good butter that we had already checked to see that he had an issue with. Put that on your tongue, a nice pat of butter. We’ll let it melt so he can taste it. It’s not in his system. It activates the brain, and the brain is going to affect the nervous system, of course, part of the nervous system, and that’s going to feed back to the muscle’s skeletal system.
So it’s a sensory indicator task feeding back as a motor response. Same test as before, maybe even a little bit longer. This would even fatigue him even more now that he’s done it so long. Put those down. Retest the muscles. Push hard as you can. How hard are we pushing? Very hard, yeah. And it basically fires up every muscle. Push hard. Before I would just push it with my arm. Now I have to actually push with my whole body and it stays strong. That’s why you should eat more butter if you want to fuel your aerobic system. The end.
Copenhagen Claus: Can I go hallelujah now?
Mark Hewitt says
This video clip is very hard to believe to be true, I am a Maffetone runner and initially found his big books to be a change from the status quo. Thanks for your knowledge an for helping me improve my health and fitness. Best, Mark
Sock Doc says
BTW – that testing I am doing is one similar to one that Maffetone himself developed many years ago.
John Ogilvie says
Steve. Been watching this video many times. When I set off cycling in morning (fasted) I have no power in legs for 1st 10 miles. I eat fairly high FAT, minimum CHO, and moderate PRO. If it’s that easy for large muscles to switch off, how can you keep muscles engaged from start of cycle to say 112 miles ?
Dr. Stephen Gangemi "Sock Doc" says
If no power in your legs early on then I’d consider you’re starting out too fast (too high of a heart rate). Have you tired a very easy warm up first (no hills)?
John Ogilvie says
Thanks for taking time to reply. Much appreciated. Checked Garmin stats and heart rate does seem to ramp up quick. ( avg 156-160 ) I’ll try as suggested and monitor any changes. Cheers.