John Boos (www.boosmass.com) is a recognized leader in the field of strength training. A native of Babylon, NY, Boos was former Mr. World, Mr. Eastern America, and Mr. New York State during the 1970's. He is currently a certified medical exercise specialist, ACE-certified personal trainer and NYS licensed massage therapist. Five machines in Boos gym are ergonomically designed with his patented MULTI ANGULAR STRENGTH SYSTEMS (MASS), which prevents injuries from occurring while training, are good for impingement problems and help people with already existing injuries to be rehabilitated faster.
Boos' Lat Pull Down machine is designed so that you cannot pull the bar down behind the neck. "The problem with the lat pull down machine at the regular gym is that the pulley drops to the front and middle of the seat," Boos says. "If you want to pull it to your chest like you should, you have to lean back, which puts dangerous stress on the lower back." His machine is designed to take pressure off the lower back. Boos also says you never want to activate joints at their end points and load them up with weight. "The conventional lat machine designs when pulled down behind the neck are not safe for the shoulders and when pulled to the front of the neck activate the lower back."
All of Boos' MASS machine designs help improve active range of motion safely. "People keep doing it wrong in the gym because they see other people doing it that way. Most standard exercise equipment has failed to evolve enough to truly stay on the cutting edge of exercise science." Boos admits he did make mistakes in his early days of training, but through his intuitive and instinctive approach, he designed equipment beyond the status quo, creating more effective and safer results. Physical therapists and orthopedic doctors have supported his designs that improve strength and fitness.
"I go to the gym and still see people swinging and heaving weights and all sorts of jerking motions. I see the misuse of equipment and the lack of the true understanding of effective and practical exercise. It should not be how many reps with a certain weight you can perform, but how you perform the reps with a certain weight. More is not better, but better is better. It's about traumatizing the muscle safely, then resting and eating correctly, that allows the muscle to respond and grow. Most people in the gym are trying to impress others or the opposite sex."
Boos designed equipment to dramatically reduce the ill effects of inertia. His equipment is also designed to exercise the muscles properly through multi-angle training. His facility appeals to the "baby-boomer" and clients that have various medical concerns including diabetes, osteoporosis, menopause, high blood pressure and orthopedic concerns. It appeals to the young athlete to the senior citizen, and anyone in between who wants to achieve maximum, safe, effective results.
His environment is not intimidating and is people-friendly. His clients sense his passion and commitment to helping them achieve their best results. He says "...in the outside world, it's "mind over matter, but with weight training it's matter over mind. You must get past your mind or it will hold you back. You must become part of what you're doing. It's a belief system that stresses quality over quantity."
Boos believes weight training is the foremost way of improving resting metabolism for fat burning, but does not eliminate the support of cardio training, which he believes should be done three times a week, more intensely. In cardio training, he believes most people are approaching it in a less effective way. He feels the focus should be on being inefficient rather than efficient, such as getting less from a calorie, rather than getting more.
"It should not be about how long you can perform an aerobic activity, but rather what that aerobic activity can create in post exercise energy expenditure." Boos' theory about cardio training is that it would be better approached in A.D.D. fashion, that is Aerobic Deficit Disorder. What he means by that is spending no more than 5 minutes per aerobic activity or machine and never allowing your body to enter homeostasis, where you become calorie efficient and comfortable.
"If you've ever gone jogging, the first 5 minutes seem difficult to adjust to, because your body is trying to achieve a new level. After your breathing and pulse stabilize, you feel better, because you have adjusted and have become more efficient. You are now getting more work out of each calorie burned. That is performance oriented and not what you need. You need to become inefficient and, thus, burn more calories in less time." His A.D.D. program achieves this by never allowing your body to lock in to homeostasis, by constantly changing the activity every 5 minutes. One of his trainers has tried this by doing 5 minutes on the stepper, 5 minutes on the bike and 5 minutes on the rower, repeating this for 2 cycles for a total of 30 minutes. She has reported that although her muscles did not burn like they would have by staying on one piece of equipment for 30 minutes, she felt she had done a more comprehensive workout in the same amount of time with far better results. Once again, it's quality over quantity. Not "more is better" but "better is better.
"In other words, it's not about how many calories a manufacturer claims you burn while you use a certain machine, that's called marketing. I want to know how many calories you burn after exercise. If you do too much aerobics you can actually produce too much cortisol, which can tear your muscles down and make you more susceptible to illness and thus increase the aging process. Boos says women are targeted by the industry and that all the books are telling only half the story. "Women's egos go up when the scale goes down, but it's often weight loss, not necessarily fat loss. Most diet books are very misleading. The industry depends on making them come back for more, so they can make more money. The "how to" books do not tell you "why" you are doing what you are doing. If they did, you wouldn't do it." John believes in teaching his clients so they can take part in their own success. He is a true exercise Renaissance man who practices what he preaches.
Editor's note: Having known John Boos for more than 14 years, the editor vouches for his holistic approach to fitness and sincerity in helping people achieve their fitness goals. Boos is a very dedicated, professional who imparts cutting edge information in the health & fitness field that he so passionately shares with other.
For more info, please visit John Boos' website at www.boosmass.com, email boosmass @aol.com, or call 1-631-587-4786. or see his ad in this issue.