WHAT ARE YOU TRAINING FOR?


The other day I began to ask myself this question. I’ve been doing 2-a-days and really pushing myself to get better. The question is, what is it I’m trying to get better for? I’m approaching 40 and am not competing in any crossfit events. The truth is, I have nothing on the horizon to train for other than life. I recently trained for and completed The GORUCK Challenge and now feel that I can do any adventure race at a moments notice and even drink while doing it. Why am I training? Hell, I enjoy it for one. There are many other reasons including health, camaraderie and challenge.

 I took a hard look at my training and realized that I’m now doing it for health and longevity. Is blitzing my body with 2-a-days the way  to health and longevity? Hell no. In reality, I should be doing 3-4 metcons a week mixed in with a heavy day, yoga, walking and sprints. It’s enough to keep the competitive side of me happy and the perfect combination to keep me in good functional shape.

It’s easy to get caught up in crossfit type training and lose sight of why you are doing it. Hell, it’s fun right? I know many that have specific reasons as they compete in crossfit events, high school sports, MMA and other athletic endeavours. Some come in to lose weight and of course there seems to be a new wave of women doing it now to meet men (You know who you are, sporting Victoria Secret t-shirts and wearing all your jewelry to WOD). Yet others simply started it and are addicted.

What are YOU training for? Just trying to look better naked or perhaps you want to make it to the Crossfit Games next year? Train accordingly. Remember, if you are training for something skill specific such as tennis or MMA, make sure that you spend lots of time training those skills. There is no substitute for that. Look at your age, workload and ask yourself if what you are doing is sustainable over the long haul. If it isn’t, are you training for something? Do you have a set training period for the upcoming event? Do you have a set active recovery period after? Are you allowing enough time to train the specific skills that you will need to be successful in the event?

Each person is different. Your goals may not be mine. Know what your goals are and train properly to reach them.

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A SAD DAY


Today the world of functional fitness became a bit more disfuctional. Beastmodaldomains went offline today under pressure from crossfit HQ, who apparently saw merit to the posts on beastmodaldomains.com .

The good news – T-Shirts are still availible through the weekend. Check out 

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to get yours.

I got me a new one cause I couldn’t resist!

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Chicken Salad with Real Mayonaise, Tarragon, Blueberries and Pecans with Avocado Garnish. Inspired by Twitter.

Weight Vest Training

One month prior to the GORUCK Challenge, I began training with a weight vest to prepare myself for carrying a heavy ruck over a long distance. My weight vest loads up to 40 lbs by inserting small sandbags into the pockets. I began at  20lbs and did all of my WODs at crossfit with the vest, increasing the weight each week until I was at 35lbs. Here’s what I got out of it:

My Stregth Increased 

My Stamina Increased 

Everything I Did, From Pullups to Push Ups to Running Became Easy Without the Vest

The downside to vest training is that prolonged use of the vest while running, box jumping and other impact work can take a tool on the joints. That being said, I had no issues with that during my month of training.

In the future, I plan to throw in the vest maybe for 2 weeks every 2 months and see if I experience continued benefits. I’ll let you know.

 

 

 

IT STARTS WITH FOOD – A REVIEW

This weekend I downloaded Whole9’s new book and read through it. Dallas and Melissa have done an excellent job at presenting the paleo diet to the average person who doesn’t want to get super sciency,  while at the same time giving them damn good reasons to get on board.    I really like the way that they laid the book out explaining the mental aspects of eating first.  The book is filled with Whole9’s no-nonsense approach and humor such as “Sex With Your Pants On”.  They take no excuses and except no bullshit. I like that. 

It’s user-friendly, available on kindle and in print and they make FREE downloads available on their website that make it easy for anyone to follow their Whole30 program. I’ve been paleo for almost two years now, with a few exceptions here and there …wine, tequila, corn tortillas, and paleoish sweets. Reading this inspired me to go strict and do a whole30. I’ll post about this when I’m done. 
Bottom line – If you want to see what a paleo diet can so for you, buy this book and try the Whole30. It’s just 30 days of your life. What have you got to lose?  

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Carne Asada and Guacomole