Muscle – The Fountain of Youth

We haven’t found the mythical fountain of youth yet, but many are still (figuratively) trying, mostly with futile stabs in the dark at fad diets, “miracle” supplements, and other “shortcuts” that don’t require much effort.

Well, if you’re one of those people, how’s that going for ya?

The bad news is: effort-free schemes are merely scams.

The good news is: there is a way to achieve the youthful vigor we all seek, even if we aren’t a “youth” anymore, thanks to muscle quality improvements, involving muscle density, mitochondria health, telomere lengths, stem cell activation, and cardiovascular benefits.

The X Gym has the best hack for achieving all this, thanks to our time-saving methodology. It is also the safest methodology, making it attainable for any age.

Remember the video of John doing 81 pushups on his 81st birthday? Yeah, he can also do a 5-minute plank. Try that, Z Gens!

Remember who still holds the “air chair” record at the X Gym of 4 minutes (regardless of age or gender)? Hint: She’s a woman. And she’s 85. And, by the way, I just interviewed her yesterday about her 100-mile hike in Spain. That story will be coming out in our next newsletter. For other great stories like that, including Xclusive tips, tricks, and hacks, sign up for that by clicking here.

Now, getting back to this fountain of youth hack. For those who know me, it’s common knowledge that I am a research nerd. I’ve even been called a research study “junky” by some. The information I get comes mainly from my own searches on pubmed, but also from other research nerds I follow. Much of the information in this post comes from a podcast of a fellow nerd who gave some great new information to back up what I’ve been telling people for years.
Research shows that muscle quality is essential to good health and anti-aging.
The X Gym methodology is specifically formulated to give better muscle quality over big, bulky muscles because that’s what the X Gym members want.
Our unique proprietary methods produce muscle density – both in the looks and feel of the muscles – and also on a micro level with more mitochondria and blood vessels, increased stem cell activation, neural benefits, and more. All these things don’t happen nearly as fast – or as much (if at all) – using traditional sets and reps training.
Here are the main points of the studies cited at the bottom of this post.
  • Poor muscle quality increases the probability of poor metabolic health, which increases the possibility of cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and autoimmunity.
  • Low muscle quality increases your odds of dying prematurely.
  • Differences in mid-life leisure can positively reduce the risk of impaired mobility in your older age.
  • Fat can accumulate within and outside the muscle, leading to functional decline and muscle quality.
  • Aging is associated with a decline in muscle and strength, starting in your 30s and 40s.
  • Strength and Muscle loss happens up to 3% per year without proper exercise. The decline in muscle power is even greater.
  • The intermuscular (between muscles) and intramuscular (within the muscle) fat accumulation underpins poor muscle quality and causes insulin resistance within the muscle.
  • Doing resistance training to failure (i.e. CMF) a few days per week helps to preserve fast twitch muscle fibers that generate force and strength.
  • Fast twitch muscle fibers (type 2b fibers) are recruited during high-intensity activity, such as with our methods, which take people to CMF.
  • Type 1 muscle fibers are recruited during low-intensity activity, such as with our methods, which incorporate TUT.
  • Be explosive in your training (i.e. our Tierendos, Ratchets, and Midstops methods). Your last rep should be challenging (i.e. CMF).
  • The neuronal aspect of your muscle, high force motor units, becomes dysregulated first, but with our intensive control, nerves are trained just as much (if not more) than the muscle fibers.
  • Muscle architecture improvements are possible with just 4 to 5 weeks of regular resistance training. This precedes changes in muscle size.
If all that’s not enough motivation to train hard, I don’t know what is!


For a deeper dive on this subject, see Mike’s podcast here: