221 – John Little – The Time Saver’s Workout Part 2

John Little
John Little

John Little (Linkedin) is considered “one of the top fitness researchers in North America” (Ironman magazine). An accomplished author in the field of exercise (Max Contraction TrainingBody By ScienceThe Art of Expressing the Human Body), philosophy, history and martial arts, John’s articles have been published in every major fitness and martial arts magazine in North America. He’s produced over 40 publications.

Throughout his career, John has worked alongside the biggest names in the industry, from the Estate of Bruce Lee, to bodybuilding icons such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mike Mentzer, Steve Reeves and Lou Ferrigno to action stars such as Jackie Chan. John is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker, having produced and directed films for both independent companies and major studios such as Warner Bros.

John and his wife Terri opened Nautilus North Strength & Fitness Centre in 2004, where they continue to conduct studies on exercise and share the data with their personal training clients. Nautilus North has supervised in excess of 80,000 one-on-one workout sessions.

Check out John Little’s NEW book, The Time-Saver’s Workout: A Revolutionary New Fitness Plan that Dispels Myths and Optimizes Results

In this podcast, we continue to talk about John’s new book (The Time-Saver’s Workout), exhaustion and HIT, the Delorme-Watkins method, why diet and exercise might not correlate with longevity and much, much more.

Listen to my other podcasts with John here:

  1. John Little: Inside the Mind of Mike Mentzer, Body By Science and his Workout with Hercules
  2. How To Find Your Purpose – John Little 
  3. John Little – The Time Saver’s Workout Part 1 (#214)

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Show Notes

  • [00:16] Introduction to John Little
  • [01:35] Why some people don’t exhibit exhaustion after an HIT workout? 
  • [05:50] Is exhaustion necessary for an effective HIT workout?
  • [10:01] The Delorme-Watkins Method for your HIT workout
  • [23:49] John’s preferred way of training
  • [25:39] Why diet & exercise do not correlate with longevity?
  • [36:58] How genetics correlates with longevity?
  • [41:39] John’s cognitive dissonance and the search for truth
  • [54:14] John’s thoughts on modern resistance machines vs. gravity based machines 
  • [01:06:12] The evolution of resistance machines
  • [01:10:19] Find out more about John and his book

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  • Awesome conversation guys. Really digging in deep with lifestyle vs. genetics. So much to think about over the span of the whole recording. Free thinking indeed. Continual evolution of processing and proceeding with interacting with the great diverse world we live in. Probably contradicting some of my comments I made regarding part 1 of this interview. Different things make sense in theory and in practice and then somebody brings another element/factor into the mix and opens up more doors like John said here and in an older interview too I believe. John talking about his initial Max Contraction and how it is still very valid but then adding in the Bill DeSimone influences and then fruition of yet another idea/practice: Max Pyramid. Then there is still the validity of full range of motion. This is similar to how I view strength training: having various intermingling ideas that all make sense and combining/integrating them. This is the type of stuff that really helps motivate me and inspire me to workout. Again I really enjoyed the talk about nutrition and lifestyle as I am somebody that greatly enjoys a lot of so called unhealthy food. And of course I have to make those decisions myself of what I put into my body. I love the detail discussing the the motorized machines and at the same time if I love the the breakdown of it coming back to producing muscular force, high energy out put and having a safe way to do this being very important, be it a Nautilus machine or a bucket of rocks. The philosophical, free thinking, and beware of those who claim to have found the truth and thinking they have all the answers is so mind stimulating. I agree with questioning just about everything and I’m probably set in my ways with certain things too, contradicting myself. Thoroughly enjoyed this fellas. Enjoying your new book a lot John.

  • Not sure if this will go through. In a nut shell: I have great appreciation for the refinement, minimization of wear and tear, of the strength training stimulus. In my opinion and experience Max Pyramid, Max Contraction with a not to threatening load, Done in One, slow controlled fullish range reps are definitely in my bag o’ tools. Timed static contractions are another I need to delve more into as well.

    I love the dynamic of this interview/conversation. You guys really dove deep with a lot of stuff.

    Seek the truth but beware those who find it. The talk about this and the conversation stimulated from was awesome. The talk about time as well.

  • John Little does it again! Great interview, Little is an impressive thinker and his opinions deserve serious consideration…

  • Seems to be going off base if i understand it, with mult warmup sets. Frustrating to me and you that we tout the line the ‘experts’ who write the books do, only to find out they really didnt mean what they had espoused! Then dont write a book if ur not sure what you’re saying is correct! Rite? Also does not have a good grasp of longevity research– and contradicts mcguff on med benefits of inroading. Geez…

    • @ Tom B.
      I don’t know if you will even see this message. From reading your comment here I am curious about your training and training thoughts. You may have no interest in discussing of course. But it you do I thought it might be interesting.

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