I recently watched the Crossfit movie “Fittest on Earth – A Decade of Fitness”. This movie/documentary tracks the annual crossfire games as the top crossfire athletes meet up to compete. It was very impressive seeing elite athletes perform very tough and punishing workouts but a lot of perspective is needed for the vast majority of people (the general population) who are not professional crossfire athletes. Many will watch and come to the conclusion that they just need to work to failure everytime they work out. This is the wrong conclusion and a dangerous one when it comes to your health and well being.
1 – These elite athletes train daily. They do not have a 9-5 job, they do not have to deal with the stressors that come with everything that a job entails. They train and they recover. Thats it.
If there is one lesson here it is not that we need people to push more, we need people to recover more. In a previous article titled The 4 Pillars of Health: Live Your Best Life, I detail how to go about improving four main areas of your life. Sleep, stress management nutrition and exercise.
2 – Workouts are random elements thrown together in order to test your ability to endure.
3 – Training is a program designed to teach you the fundamental movements consisting of the hinge, squat, push, pull and the carry. A properly designed program will progress you based on how well you are adapting to the movement being taught until you have acquired the the necessary skill level needed to progress to something more complex. The truth is you don’t need much more than the basics.
4 – Use the Pareto Principle when it comes to training to failure. Perhaps one in five should be very challenging. If you drove your car in an extreme fashion or as I like to say “like you stole it” – every time you got in it, how long would that car last?
Now think of how your body deals with training to failure on a consistent basis. This would lead to over training very quickly and some much needed time off to recover. Thats not something you can do consistently.
Consistency > Intensity
5 – Katrin Davidsdottir is really impressive and she might scare me a little……..