Why this and not that?

Posted: February 17, 2011 by Jason in WODs

WOD #3 from Nor-Cal 40’s

AMRAP 15 minutes (it was programmed for 12, but it was also the third WOD):

5 Burpees

10 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls 95/65

15 Toes to Bar

Let me make one thing perfectly clear before I start.  I am not opposed to distance running.  I believe it has its place, a very small place, in overall fitness.  Typical, or conventional “cardio” workouts are generally specific and target only those areas of your body directly involved.  As you’ve experienced in CrossFit, we target everything at once.  I’m saving the deeper meaning and more involved philosophy for another post.

This all came about when I asked a co-worker why he would want to run a marathon?  The answer was exactly what I expected.  It’s a benchmark in your life, or recogniotion of an accomplishment, or because my wife wants to do it.  I followed by asking how he trains for it?  By running of course, duh!  I then asked if he thought someone who has never run a marathon, or trained for distance running, could do it using the CrossFit methodology?  You see where this is going, right?  The point is this; unless you are trying to win a race there is no need to punish your body on the pavement.  And even if you are, there is only a degree of adaptation your body will recognize.  After that it doesn’t care.  My resolve is simply train your body to do anything you want it to do.  If your goal is running a marathon, do not neglect the other parts that sit on top of the legs.  We’ve seen how force is generated up throughout our body during a ground-to-overhead movement.  That force works the other way by creating momentum, balance, coordination and distributing some of the stress.

Running is good for whatever reason you do it for.  Our bodies were created for it.  We were designed to chase food and run away from being food, ideally no more  than a few miles or minutes.  The first person to ever run a recorded marathon died right after completing it.  Running will burn fat.  And after about 20 minutes, or when fuel supplies are depleated, it will eat muscle.  Do not run to burn calories or believe the digital number on the treadmill screen.  If you’re trying to loose weight by counting calories, eat fewer calories, exercise more and let your metabolism take over.  Or better yet, come here more often and cut your running in half.  Your knees will thank you for it.

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