Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Why CrossFit Stops Working...Eventually

From this article:
Given that our metabolism can only produce a finite amount of energy in a day, no matter how much food you eat or rest you get, what do you think happens when you pile on three, four, or even five high intensity training sessions a week? What about when you couple all that training with the stress of daily life?
A while ago I wrote this post detailing how doing more work doesn't mean burning more energy. Your body can only do so much. The linked article above referenced the same paper (and stole the same figures) that I did but went a little more in depth.

I stopped at "eat more, move less doesn't work." That is, the conventional advice of eating one fewer cookie or taking the stairs instead of the elevator will put you in a caloric deficit and marginally you'll start to lose weight. And then you go full Biggest Loser and start overtraining and undereating and you wonder why your hair is falling out.

But what about the other extreme? The "I eat 8 pounds of meat and coconut oil a day so that I can go do two-a-days plus competitors class at the box" level of crazy. I've seen it! Obviously if you're not eating enough bad things will happen, but what people don't realize is that no matter how much you eat, you can only burn through so much in a day. So there's a finite amount of energy that you have to give to things like recovery and repair in addition to getting fit. You also need to fuel your brain and help restore your neurotransmitters.

That's why I'm trying to get the hashtag #lazystrong to be popular. We're all about getting stronger and fitter while not putting much effort into it. You just want to train hard enough to give you that hormetic stressor to come back stronger. You don't want to beat yourself down every day over and over again and then wonder why you're not getting better.


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


power clean 3-2-5x1


5 push-ups between strength sets

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8 rounds:
5L, 5R kettlebell swing clean as heavy as possible 


3 rounds:
10 inchworm + push up
15 kettlebell swings at a moderate weight


2 minute double kettlebell rack hold


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