Jaquish Biomedical
By Koin 6 on April 11, 2022

Move It Monday: Variable resistance training with Dr. John Jaquish

Move It Monday: Variable resistance training with Dr. John Jaquish

Scientist, inventor, and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, Dr. John Jaquish, joined Portland’s CBS Affiliate, KOIN 6 AM Extra Monday to demonstrate variable resistance training. A method to building muscle faster than conventional lifting while also preventing joint injury.

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Emily Burris: All right, it’s Move it Monday. I know it doesn’t feel like it, but spring is here.

Travis Teich: Are you sure?

Emily Burris: Uh-huh (affirmative).

Travis Teich: Can we confirm?

Emily Burris: It is. It will be here very soon if it’s not already, and the nice weather, the T-shirts and tanks are going to be here before you know it. Speaking for myself here, but maybe you’re not a typical fan of the typical gym experience, maybe you try variable resistance training.

Travis Teich: You might be wondering what in the world is variable resistance training?

Emily Burris: I am wondering that.

Travis Teich: Luckily, we have an expert, you don’t need to hear it from me, to explain what this is and the benefits it has to your health. Joining us now is bestselling author and scientist, Dr. John Jaquish. Thank you so much for taking the time this morning.

Dr. John Jaquish: Emily, Travis. Thanks for having me, I’m excited.

Travis Teich: We’re excited to have you on. What is variable resistance training?

Emily Burris: Yeah, I’ve never heard of it.

Travis Teich: I feel like you think of resistance bands, but I don’t know anything else outside of that.

Dr. John Jaquish: You’re close. Variable resistance is the resistance that’s changing as you move. For example, when I go to bench press, I hold maybe a hundred pounds here, 300 pounds, and 550 pounds, and that is the curve of my biomechanics. We can go to a much higher level of fatigue with more weight and a greater level of safety if we use variable resistance. Variable resistance is something that should have been obvious 75 years ago, but it just wasn’t.

Dr. John Jaquish: If you look at the research, it’s like why didn’t we think of this? It’s the absolute superior way of training and there’s a reason why most people, you, no, I haven’t even asked you this before, but most people that the two of you know who go to the gym regularly, don’t look any different over time. Most people don’t respond to regular weights, usually only the genetic outliers do.

It has to do with where their tendons insert. The origin of my pectoral is here, but it’s inserted over here. Some people have a mutation where it’s inserted over here, and they have a longer lever arm so that they can get access to more of the musculature, but when you train with variable resistance, everybody has that same advantage as the genetically born pro athlete.

Emily Burris: Interesting.

Travis Teich: Yeah, that is.

Emily Burris: What does a variable resistance training workout look like? I’m guessing it’s not just going to the gym, clicking the weight into whatever weight level you want, and then doing the machine?

Dr. John Jaquish: No. As Travis said, it could have to do with bands. The problem with bands is when you wrap the band around yourself and go to do a pushup, which is happening with your wrist. This could break your wrist. If it’s heavy enough, it’s going to hurt you, so band training, it’s tried to take off a lot of times. It’s never, really, because the band by itself is not good.

Dr. John Jaquish: When you have a bar that the band hooks to, and then that wraps around yourself and you’re doing that movement, that makes all the difference in the world. The same thing applies to the ankles and the feet. You could break an ankle by trying to step on a band and do a deadlift type movement, but if you have a steel plate protecting your ankles so that torsion doesn’t go into the ankle joint, then you can deliver so much more force to the target muscles without any injury risk.


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Travis Teich: Interesting. When you are programming these types of workouts, is there a specific age group for which this is more beneficial, and how difficult can it be?

Dr. John Jaquish: All ages. There are people in their nineties that respond to this.

Travis Teich: That’s great.

Dr. John Jaquish: Yeah. I wrote a book about it, it’s called “Weight Lifting Is a Waste of Time:” a Very controversial title. I didn’t write the title being like, “Hey, this is good.”

Travis Teich: Probably a large portion of the training community that you have probably bothered with that title, I would imagine saying.

Emily Burris: I was going to say, they’re going to see that and go, “What?”

Dr. John Jaquish: It’s a shame that people have a religious devotion to a workout program or a nutrition program. You should probably be open to learning, but we’re regressing as a society, so I’m not sure if that’s happening all that much, but it’s happening enough.

Emily Burris: How often can you do this kind of workout? Because the problem that I run into sometimes is I get into that weekend warrior mode where I’m like, “Okay, I didn’t do much this week, and Saturday, I’m going to go-

Travis Teich: You’re just going to crush it.

Emily Burris:… run a bunch of miles and do all these things, and then Sunday I can barely get out of bed. How often do you do this so that you don’t fatigue, and that you can keep progressing?

Dr. John Jaquish: It’s a 10-minute workout per day because you can only handle so much of this. It’s very intense. You do one separate body part and you cannot do a second. That keeps the workout time short. I suggest if your weekend includes maybe a brunch with some-

Travis Teich: A little bloody Mary.

Emily Burris: How’d you know?

Travis Teich: We’re a bit easy to pin down.

Emily Burris: Lucky guess.

Dr. John Jaquish: Yeah, and I think that’s what Emily’s talking about, not to pick on you, Emily.

Emily Burris: It’s okay.

Dr. John Jaquish: You did volunteer, though.

Emily Burris: If you’ve watched the show for any amount of time, that was pretty spot on.

Dr. John Jaquish: Okay. It’s ten minutes, six days a week. I get it in on the weekends because on Saturdays, and Sundays, I just wake up and do it and it’s over with, and then I can do whatever I want.

Emily Burris: I can do ten minutes, you’ve talked me into that.

Travis Teich: You can move on with your day, I think that’s great. I wish we had more time, but Dr. John Jaquish, really appreciate your time this morning. I think it’s fascinating. Thank you for explaining variable resistance training, I think there’s a lot to learn and unpack there. I appreciate your time this morning.

Dr. John Jaquish: Thanks Travis, thanks, Emily.

Travis Teich: All right, appreciate it. If you want to pick up his bestselling book, Weight Lifting Is a Waste of Time:, you can pick it up on Amazon or wherever you like to get your books. I think it’s fascinating.

Emily Burris: That title got my attention.

Travis Teich: Yeah, no doubt about it.

Emily Burris: All right, I’m buying that.

Travis Teich: It catches your eye for sure.

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