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    FATOPROFVGVS is offline Junior Member
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    Default RTK and Heart Health (Kenneth or Pavel please help)

    I have just completed the Rite of Passage and wish to begin RTK to increase size and strength. I'm 20 so no troubles yet, but I have a family history of heart disease and Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia to contend with, which makes heart health a large priority. Because of this, I originally intended to practice VWC. ( I will eventually a year or two down the line after bulking up on RTK). My question is, will the Long Cycles in the quick lift block have a positive effect on my heart health? I don't expect them to increase VO2 max like the VWC protocols, but should I be concerned about unfavorable heart hypertrophy? I read in a post of Kenneth Jay's that weightlifters (and powerlifters) suffer from unbalanced heart hypertrophy. Will KB Long Cycles also cause this, or will the higher reps balance things out? Sorry if I misunderstood anything, and thanks to whoever helps me for the assistance.

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    I read this article awhile back Cardio Busters Strike Again!: A Strength Training and Powerlifting article from Dragon Door Publications and found it interesting. I think it may answer your question. But since I have no idea what Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia is maybe your doctor would be a better candidate for answering it, heh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FATOPROFVGVS View Post
    My question is, will the Long Cycles in the quick lift block have a positive effect on my heart health? I don't expect them to increase VO2 max like the VWC protocols, but should I be concerned about unfavorable heart hypertrophy? I read in a post of Kenneth Jay's that weightlifters (and powerlifters) suffer from unbalanced heart hypertrophy. Will KB Long Cycles also cause this, or will the higher reps balance things out? Sorry if I misunderstood anything, and thanks to whoever helps me for the assistance.
    I am not sure, but Long Cycles, when done with weights that you do for 6-10 reps RTK style, would be more like powerlifting than snatches. I know that breathing and bell speed are much different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FATOPROFVGVS View Post
    I have just completed the Rite of Passage and wish to begin RTK to increase size and strength. I'm 20 so no troubles yet, but I have a family history of heart disease and Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia to contend with, which makes heart health a large priority. Because of this, I originally intended to practice VWC. ( I will eventually a year or two down the line after bulking up on RTK). My question is, will the Long Cycles in the quick lift block have a positive effect on my heart health? I don't expect them to increase VO2 max like the VWC protocols, but should I be concerned about unfavorable heart hypertrophy? I read in a post of Kenneth Jay's that weightlifters (and powerlifters) suffer from unbalanced heart hypertrophy. Will KB Long Cycles also cause this, or will the higher reps balance things out? Sorry if I misunderstood anything, and thanks to whoever helps me for the assistance.
    Get clearance from a doctor to do heavy lifting and then decide what to do.
    For me personally, I would spend a tremendous amount of time doing cardiovascular activities (Ie running) and only very moderate lifting. I would do that if if the doc says it is ok to lift heavy.

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    Thanks everyone for the very helpful advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FATOPROFVGVS View Post
    I have just completed the Rite of Passage and wish to begin RTK to increase size and strength. I'm 20 so no troubles yet, but I have a family history of heart disease and Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia to contend with, which makes heart health a large priority. Because of this, I originally intended to practice VWC. ( I will eventually a year or two down the line after bulking up on RTK). My question is, will the Long Cycles in the quick lift block have a positive effect on my heart health? I don't expect them to increase VO2 max like the VWC protocols, but should I be concerned about unfavorable heart hypertrophy? I read in a post of Kenneth Jay's that weightlifters (and powerlifters) suffer from unbalanced heart hypertrophy. Will KB Long Cycles also cause this, or will the higher reps balance things out? Sorry if I misunderstood anything, and thanks to whoever helps me for the assistance.
    Get clearance from a doctor to do heavy lifting and then decide what to do.
    For me personally, I would spend a tremendous amount of time doing cardiovascular activities (Ie running) and only very moderate lifting. I would do that if if the doc says it is ok to lift heavy.

    IMO,

    KJ
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    [SIZE="3"][URL="http://www.bettermovementnow.com/articles/Jay_et_al_2010.pdf"]Download my most recent peer reviewed published study on kettlebells![/URL][/SIZE]
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