*Thinking about Champion Michael Harris’s comments on the “Top Ten Things They didn’t Tell You in the Book”, his #10 point is that it is nearly impossible to get the upper body workout done in 45 minutes. I’ve seen numerous posts on this point from others doing BFL as well. *

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*Thinking about this led me to find what I think is a real inconsistency in the recommendations given in the “Champions Body for Life” text. It’s clearer if you do the math for both the UBWO and the LBWO. The recommended workout times are 46 & 42 min, respectively, with corresponding rest times of 28 min. and 22 min. That leaves only 18 min. of real lifting time to do 300 reps on the UBWO, or 16.7 reps per minute. TUL is thus 3.6 sec. For the LB, it leaves 20 min. to do 240 reps, or 12 reps per minute. TUL is 5 sec. The TUL is much too short for the UB compared to typical weight lifting times of 6 sec. The real workout time should be about 300 *6 sec /60 (sec/min) + 28 min. rest = 58 min. *

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*In fact, on page 112 of the text, a recommendation is given to do the reps slowly and smoothly (very good advice…according to many weight lifting guides), taking 1 second to raise the weight, two seconds to lower it, and pausing for 1 second at the top and again the bottom. That means the recommended TUL is 4-5 seconds, and hence 300 * 5 = 1500 seconds, or 25 minutes is needed for the actual lifting. Add in the 28 minutes of rest, and the UBWO recommendation should be 53 minutes, not 46!! The significance is that one of the Principles of Body for Life, namely “Weight lift 3 times weekly for no more than 46 minutes”, should probably be rethought. *