Friday, February 10, 2017

Insight from the playground

Chris staring into the void recovering from the volume this week in the strength class
Today I had a good reminder of the importance of natural movement when I was at the playground with the boys. As usual, I followed them around and monkeyed around on the equipment a bit - climbing, hanging, sliding, jumping, walking, running, pushing. And I realized I feel so much better and have so much less pain than I did when my day job was sitting at a desk. Here I had this incredible variety of movements and positions, things that children choose naturally. And what do many of us do to ourselves for years, if not decades? We sit still in one place for hours.

Now, not everyone can or wants to make the escape from office work that I did. But we so often are sore, injured, sick, propping ourselves up with caffeine, sugar, and prescriptions, that we need to question what we are doing. We can question why we value being focused or productive, or failing that, appearing busy. Years in school trained us to be good students, to be quiet and still, to stay at our desks and complete a task. But that is not good for us, physically, intellectually, or creatively. Getting into a flow state where you're absorbed in your work is great, but it really can't happen all day - you know you're just killing time with busywork.

If you have an office job where you normally behave like a good worker, I urge you to be a little bit of a "problem student". Get up, move around, get outside for a bit if you can. Be the person who gets up to get a drink of water or goes to the bathroom twice an hour. Be aware of your posture, how you're moving, and go ahead and be restless. Move your body to rest your mind, and you'll come back with better ideas. We live in a knowledge economy, not a factory economy, and it's time we started fighting to act like the vibrant, variable human animals we are, not steady-output machines.



Warm-up

row 500 / run 400
crawling lunge
10 KB swings or snatches
double KB overhead lunge
10 TGUs or windmills
10 goblet squats
5 pull-ups or push-ups or dips

Strength

front squat 5-3-3-3x3

Accessory/Skill

2 TGUs between strength sets

Group Workout

EMOM 8:00
5 burpees
10 heavy swings
5 pull-ups



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