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What’s the Single Best Exercise?

An article by Gretchen Wilson in the N.Y. Times Magazine, 4/15/11, which consulted exercise researchers from around the country to get their opinion, included the following nominees:

The Butterfly is one of the most taxing movements in sports, requiring greater energy than bicycling at 14 miles per hour, running a 10 minute mile, playing competitive basketball or carrying furniture.

“[It] is miserable, isolating, and painful. It requires a coach, pool and ideally supplemental weight and flexibility training to reduce the chance of injury.” —Professor Greg White Livepool John Moores University, England.

The Burpe, in which you drop to the ground , kick your feet out behind you , pull your feet back in and leap up as high as you can.

“It builds muscle. It builds endurance. But it is hard to imagine most people enjoying it for long.” —Martin Gibala, Chairman, Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

The Squat, which activates the body’s biggest muscles in the buttocks, back, and legs by bending knees and lowering your trunk until your thighs are above parallel with the floor.

“There is something undignified and boring about a squats-only routine.” Dr. Stuart Phillips, professor of kinesiology at McMaster University.

High Intensity Training  or HIT: for instance you sprint all out for 60 seconds on a stationary bike followed by easy pedaling for 60 seconds,  times 10 intervals.

“Of course to be effective it must hurt .” —Professor Gibala

The answer to the question of what may be the best exercise? “[S]printing up stairs is a power work out and interval session simultaneously. Meaning running up stairs just might be the the single best exercise of all.” —Professor Gibala

Read the Article in the New York Times Magazine.