Friday 1/16

“Jack”
AMRAP 20 Min
10 Push Press @ 115/75
10 Kb Swing @ 53/35
10 Box Jump @ 24/20

From Calvin

When i worked “elsewhere” my friend and colleague J.Jones once asked a new member how fit she thought she was based on her activity level. She replied that she thought she was very fit because she “tanned a lot”.  Fitness is one of those things that seems to have to many interpretations. For some it’s walks in the morning. For others it’s the fact that you had a salad for dinner. For folks like myself, it’s constantly varied functional movement performed at high intensity. Then there are those who have a very singular and extreme approach to “fitness”. I’m talking about participants of long-distance running.
Some of you have stopped reading.
I understand that runners are a very proud community of people who enjoy the thrill of endurance challenges and pushing oneself to the brink of exhaustion. And as someone who spends a good amount of time post workout gasping face up into the air, I totally get it. But even though running 13.1 miles does pose a a solid challenge, is it really that good for you? Does it actually make you more fit or are you getting hurt in ways you don’t realize? Don’t get me wrong, I believe in running. In moderation. Just like weightlifting and jump rope and gymnastics…etc. Too much of any of those things can have negative side effects. Can you imagine if you only measured fitness in another singular activity done to extremes? 3000 GHD situps? 4hours of wallballs? Rhabdo anyone? No, it doesn’t make sense there either. Don’t always believe more is better. Take a look at this article to see what i mean.

Have you ever noticed that the marathon runners in the Olympics look like concentration camp victims?

Have you ever wondered why marathons are considered “healthy” in our society yet the first man that ever ran one collapsed and died immediately after?

Yeah, and Pheidippides was fit too, likely selected for his job as a herald due to his speed and distance running ability – not some ancient Greek version of the modern couch potato.

While life may be a marathon your training program should not be. Running a half or whole marathon or competing in a triathlon are all admirable goals. But there are many dangers associated with excessive endurance training.

Dating as far back as the 1970’s, the misconception of mainstream training philosophies that 45 minutes to an hour or more a day of intense aerobic activity has led to an overtrained, unfit, immune-compromised exercising population.

Man was not designed for movement at a chronically sustained high intensity aerobic pace. We’ve all seen it in the local globo gym–day in and day out, week after week Jane and John plod away on the treadmills and ellipticals or pedal themselves into exhaustion in spin classes. It has done nothing to shed the extra fat on their butts and guts let alone tone them. I have never been impressed by any of these results.

 What exactly are the problems caused by training for long periods of times at high intensities such as what occurs during a marathon? Several things. . .

  • Debilitating osteoarthritis . . . at young ages
  • Tendonitis and other repetitive strain injuries
  • Recurrent upper respiratory infections
  • Increased oxidative damage (free radical production)
  • Decreased fat metabolism
  • Susceptibility to injury
  • Loss of bone density
  • Depletion of lean muscle tissue
  • Coupled with the common high refined carbohydrate intake promotes a dangerous level of continuous systemic inflammation.

Eeek! Sounds like a workout gone very bad to me and the sad part is the intentions of this exercising population are good; they are doing this all in the name of “health.”–they are not out to destroy it.

Aside from the disastrous results mentioned above why is high intensity aerobic pursuit such a dead end? One reason is the high level of carbohydrates consumed needed to sustain this activity leads to chronic inflammation. You’ve all seen it–Sally and Johnny are running a 5 K so they load up on a big bowl of pasta the night before and chow down on bagels and juice immediately after their 36 min 5 K. Type 2 here we come.

Read the rest HERE.

Supplemental5 rounds each for reps
30sec max rep hanging hip touch
30 sec rest
30 sec max rep toe 2 bar
30 sec restAccumulate 3 min plank

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