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Sprint Like a Cheetah - And Get Fit, Fast

By: Matt Furey
Best Selling Author of "Combat Conditioning"


I have to laugh. I mean, I really do.

Got an email the other day from someone telling me that "because a cheetah can only run 70 miles per hour for a few seconds, it's not really in shape."

Before I answer this sort of dumb logic, let me tell you something else that is incredibly funny.

Several years ago I was involved in a discussion about the art of jiu-jitsu, and how the tactics will work on anyone regardless of size or strength - which in most cases is true (but certainly not all).

Anyway, I remember asking someone, "Well, what about a gorilla? He's pretty big and pretty strong. Will your holds work on him?"

The question was partly in jest, partly to prove a point. And that point was that strength and size DO matter.

Anyway, in response, the guy wrote, "Well, if you could sneak up on the gorilla, I'm sure you could choke him out."

I then rounded up a photo of Koko, or some other similarly named gorilla, who just so happened to have a 42-inch neck - more than double the average man.

This gorilla weighed about 800 pounds - and I'm sure his senses of smell was at a level that made "sneaking" up on him an impossibility.

But there's more, assuming you could "sneak up" - you'd have to put your arm in a place where he could grab it and subsequently rip it from your body, while simultaneusly flinging the rest of your body 20 feet in the air.

True story: The gorilla is so incredibly strong that, a few years ago, at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, one of the Silverback Gorillas, managed to find a small crack in the wall. From this tiny crack, this fully grown gorilla got just one knuckle of one finger into the crack - and from that small little crack, was able to pull his entire body weight up and over the wall.

One tiny crack. One knuckle. One finger.

That's animal kingdom strength.

So now let's talk about the cheetah.

My point about the cheetah is that he is lean and mean. And he maintains that shape with one quick burst per day.

But to say the cheetah is not in shape because he can only maintain 70 mph for 300 yards is just too funny.



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First of all, the cheetah's body and it's speed is designed for one purpose: survival. In order to avoid starvation, the cheetah must be blazingly fast.

Yet, it would be a stretch to say that the cheetah's ONLY athletic ability is a 70 mph wind-sprint. I'm sure you'd be astounded at how strong the cheetah is, as well as how limber and agile.

Also, I'm willing to bet that if the cheetah were surrounded by a group of three or four humans (minus their weapons), he would have absolutely NO trouble wrestling the whole group of them for as long as they so desired. Or as long as they could stay alive.

My entire point of today's article is the same as my point in previous ones:

If you want to get fit fast, you engage in activities that force you to "huff and puff." Anaerobic activities get you in shape fast - and yes, the "huff and puff" exercises DO carryover into "aerobic" activities.

Don't believe me, then get my book and videos on Combat Conditioning and begin testing yourself.

Start with Hindu squats and pushups. As you get in better shape add some hills. Then add in hill sprints later on. Do you know what will happen?

Your body will change, and fast.

Believe me, you'll quickly realize that those long cardio and weight training sessions just ain't worth it.

Copyright, Gold Medal Publications, Inc 2004



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Editor's Note:

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