When co-existing with gravity, it is mandated that the foundation of the body (the feet and lower legs) must be stable, supported, strong, balanced and symmetrical. If one or all of these are defective the body will wear and tear, degenerate, deform, injure and perform poorly (87).
The body needs to have enough stability, support, strength, balance and symmetry to counteract g-force and gravity at all times and to have enough reserve stability, support, strength, balance and symmetry to perform all of life’s tasks and activities optimally in order to prevent degeneration, deformity, arthritis, collapse and compensatory damage and poor performance.
All objects are outweighed by gravity. All of us oppose gravity whenever we lift a weight. We react to and are formed from gravity. From the day we are born until the day we die, Earth’s gravity (g-force) remains a constant force in our lives. G-force at the surface of the Earth is 9.8 meters per second per second. Any object on the surface of the Earth experiences this acceleration due to the vector sum of non-gravitational forces acting per unit of the object’s mass. It is gravity that allows us to stand and move about and we are well-adapted to the physical conditions at the surface of the earth (88).
In an experiment performed in the 1970’s where 23 generations of chickens were placed
in a hyper g-force centrifuge that raised g-force 10-15%. The offspring had lower body fat, larger muscles, denser bones, and a very robust and powerful cardiovascular system. They had few health problems, and in many ways were arguably healthier. (89-91).
Jupiter, on the other hand is a massive planet with gravity 2.4 times that of earth. If you weigh 200 lbs on Earth, you would weigh 480 lbs on Jupiter. Imagine the effect of wearing a vest with 280 lbs of weight on your body and imagine the impact it would have on your posture, your function and your longevity.
Weighted resistance training uses kettle balls, free weights, sleds, weight machines and other devices in order to create a temporary synthetic hypergravity (greater than g-force) that promotes health and fitness while denying injury.
Key Takeaway 1. It is important to note that free weights produces the same quality of force (gravitational) as gravity and has the same benefits and potential problems. It is synthetic g-Force.
The stress formula for this type of Weighted (synthetic g-force) Resistance Training is:
g-Force + Additional Weight Force = Total Force of Training (92-94).
Resistance Band Training (RBT + Gravity Dependent Training (FWT) Concurrently
There has been little clinical trial and virtually no research directed towards the risks and benefits of combining resistance band training with free weight training. There is some anecdotal evidence and expert opinion that there may be advantageous in combining gravitational resistance with resistance band variable resistance at the same time. In reported clinical experiences, adding resistance bands to standard free weight workouts such as the squat provides additional benefits. It seems plausible that a single rep of a single exercise such as the free weight squat may have added benefits if resistance bands were added to the exercise providing its unique stresses into the equation (94).
We know that adding resistance bands to a g-weight squat increases the force curve at the top of a squat rep because the bands are pulling down. As the squat gets to the bottom the only force in play is g-force. As the squat rep begins to rise, the bands add increasing force until end range of motion(95-97). .
As the bands generate their maximum force at end ranges of motion and free weights generate their maximal force at the middle of the rise and fall, the effect of the combined exercise is greater than either performed separately. The result of a gravitational free weight squat is well known. Trainers are claiming that resistance band assisted squats strengthen, stabilize and support muscles faster and with more flexibility. Resistance band squats additionally stretch and remodel the myofascia due to their variable, multi-joint, multi-directional impact (97).
Key Takeaway: Hybrid exercise that combines g-force and artificial g-force resistance training with elastic band resistance force training in a logical progression of thought seems to have symbiotic value and applicability and deserves clinical trial and research in the future.
Wearable Resistance Band Training (WRB Training) + Free Weight Training (FWT) or Resistance Training Machine (RTM) Training Concurrently
There do not seem to be any clinical trials and no research that could be found directed towards the risks and benefits of combining wearable resistance band training with free weight training or resistance training machine training. There is some anecdotal evidence and expert opinion that there may be advantages in combining gravitational resistance with wearable resistance band variable resistance at the same time. In reported clinical experiences, wearable resistance incorporated into standard free weight workouts such as the squat provides additional benefits. It seems plausible that a single rep of a single exercise such as the weight assisted side goblet lunge may have added benefits if resistance bands were added to the exercise providing its unique variable elastic forces into the equation.