Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Bigger Doing Nothing

The HST site has an article concerning hypertrophy minus the workout!
  • Summary: Shorebirds such as Red Knots (Calidris canutus) routinely make migratory flights of 3000 km or more. Previous studies on this species, based on compositional analyses, suggest extensive pectoral muscle hypertrophy in addition to fat storage before take-off. Such hypertrophy could be due to power training and/or be effected by an endogenous circannual rhythm.

Ok - so this might be of greater interest to Bill Oddie rather than Bertil Fox, but it is an interesting reminder of how we cannot escape the long shadow of evolution and how it may be both more productive and easier to work with it than against it.

5 comments:

Chris said...

Slightly off topic, but I went to a seminar with Bertil Fox in 1988 or 89 in Leeds when I was a student there. He was absolutely huge. Quite short in stature, but huge.

Asclepius said...

I was getting in to BBing as a teenager in the late 80s and 'Brutal' was The Man as far as I was concerned!

Sad to see how his life has taken such a turn of events...

Chris said...

I saw a few of the top bodybuilders in that era in seminars - Lee Labrada, Mike Quinn, Bertil Fox, Ron Love. Most were pretty open about their steroid use which was interesting. I thought they would be in denial but Mike Quinn in particular was very clear even as far as dosages.

Asclepius said...

Mike Quinn - I seem to recall a photo of him at 20 years of age with two rottweilers chained to his neck!

Chris said...

That is the one. He came across as a scary character. He looked slightly on the edge like he could kick off at any minute.

Lee Labrada on the other hand came across as very intelligent, polite and professional.