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Going Super Slow - Newsweek 2/4/01

The goal is not to burn calories while you're exercising but to make your body burn them all the time. Running a few miles may make you sweat, but it expends only 100 calories per mile (roughly two Oreo cookies), and it doesn't stimulate much bone or muscle development. Strength training doesn't burn many calories, either. But when you push a muscle to failure, you set off a cascade of physiological changes. As the muscle recovers over several days, it will thicken--and the new muscle tissue will demand sustenance. By the time you add three pounds of muscle, your body requires an extra 9,000 calories a month just to break even. Hold your diet steady and, presto, you're vaporizing body fat.

Is Cardio Dead - Elle 9/2003

Many experts agree that for overall calorie expenditure, strength  training leaves cardio in the dust.

 Building Strength Fast By Going Slow - Business Week 4/22/01

After dentist Steven Kafko, 53, had surgery on two vertebrae in his neck, doctors told him he would have to avoid strenuous activity for the rest of his life--and definitely no weight-lifting. But after reviewing the slow-motion strength training offered at New York's InForm Fitness, "my neurosurgeon is thrilled that I'm doing this, because it is so safe and effective," says Kafko. In three months, he says, he has gained 1 1/2 inches in his chest and lost 1 1/2 inches in his waist.

What should be the goal of exercise? - GQ January 2003

The goal should be to build muscle. Any other goal you have will come from that. Name it: slimming down, losing body fat, toning up. More muscle means higher metabolism, which also increases bone density. And there are so many studies that point to the fact that strength training is as beneficial to the heart as conventional cardiovascular activities, if not more so.