Thursday, June 1, 2017

Exercise is not Movement

I'm a huge fan of Katy Bowman and her message of "It's all about movement." Humans aren't meant to sit still - like sitting in a car driving to work, then sitting at a desk all day, then sitting in a car driving home, then sitting on the couch watching TV. Your body is meant to move. Go dig in to her blog if you want to really go down the rabbit hole of movement. I alluded to it a couple of weeks ago in this post about how you need to move to keep your body healthy, but she does a much better job of showing how you are how you move.

A common theme she discusses is that exercise is not movement. Exercise is something you do for 1 hour a day, movement is something that is how you live your 24 hours. I've always like that thought, but I also believe in strength training and how being strong is the most important thing you can do for yourself. I believe in it so much, I opened a gym centered around that idea.

We live in a world where we don't move all day, and you're doing so much better than average by spending 1 hour a day with me getting stronger. But it's not enough if the other 23 hours you're sitting. I've been struggling with reconciling my belief that exercise (in the form of strength training) is important with my belief that you should just incorporate movement into your life - move while you live.

I happened across this article last week - Resistance training is associated with spontaneous changes in aerobic physical activity but not overall diet quality in adults with prediabetes. (Don't pay for the full text, I've always hated Elsevier.) The takeaway is that folks who introduce some form of strength training into their life had longer lasting effect outside of their exercise time. They all ate less (though quality didn't change, and quality is more important than quantity - but this is a mainstream journal who still believes in eat less, move more as weight loss advice) and they had more spontaneous movement the rest of the day.

That's always what I wanted. I don't want the hour you spend in the gym to be your movement; I want it to be the time you get strong so that you can move the rest of your day. I don't want you to get strong just to be strong, I want you to get strong so that you can move - that's what makes you healthier.


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


snatch pull 8-5-3x5
back to 8s for June


2 windmills between strength sets

Group Workout

5 rounds for sense of urgency
2 heavy power cleans
sprint to the red door
walk to the red door
max set pull-ups

yes, this is almost a repeat of yesterday - everyone who came in was there for test day and no one did the workout. I thought it was a really good workout and it still fits with the schedule, so we'll repeat it today.

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