4:00pm at The Marcos de Niza Track
Work to Rest 1:1
4:00pm at The Marcos de Niza Track
Work to Rest 1:1
L Sit Pull-up
Turkish get up
6 KB Swings 70/44
9 Box Jumps
Women often express the concern that lifting weights or exercising at high intensities will make them bulky or masculine.
Masculine characteristics are caused by androgenic hormones. Women are women and men are men.
People do not accidentally look like bodybuilders. Bodybuilders spend many years training in a very specific manner in order to achieve a very specific adaptation. The bodybuilders that you see in magazines are taking large amounts of steroids. It’s not an accident that they look the way they do.
Bulk! Bulk is caused in large part by diet. The FDA food pyramid recommends the macro-nutrients in the same ratios that farmers feed livestock in order to bulk them up for the slaughter.
Women need strength training. Strength training increases bone density, improves the integrity of connective tissue, improves the ability of muscles to forcefully contract and raises the basal metabolism.
Women need high intensity exercise. High intensity exercise improves the efficiency of the circulatory and respiratory systems, burns fat, improves muscular strength, relieves stress, develops mental toughness and increases the number of mitochondria in cells. An increase in the number of mitochondria is inversely correlated to the likelihood of developing type II diabetes.
Strength training and high intensity exercise make women stronger and more capable.
The idea of a fragile sedentary woman is a recent development. Throughout most of history women had to be strong and capable in order to survive. Weak men may be threatened by physically capable women.
We have been sold a bill of goods as to what exercise is. Exercise is running, climbing, jumping, lifting, pushing and pulling. Exercise should be performed in the real world with bodyweight and barbells not machines.
If you want to see the product of real, intense exercise, go to a track meet, a gymnastics competition, an amateur wrestling match or a CrossFit gym.
The fitness industry makes money by selling products that promise to make exercise easy.
If it doesn’t feel like work, it probably isn’t.
Commercial gyms create a revenue stream by selling memberships and hoping to never see you again. They provide rooms full of exercise machines because machines require little or no skill to use. It takes time and energy to teach people useful skills and movements. It takes no time to sit them down on a machine.
Americans are overweight because as a population we generally eat too much and exercise too little or exercise at too low of an intensity.
High intensity exercise is much more productive then low intensity exercise.
1.5 Mile Walk = easy and causes little adaptation the body of a healthy person.
1.5 Mile Jog = still pretty easy but may cause a little more stress and therefore adaptation.
1.5 Mile Run = at an all out effort can be very demanding and stimulate significant adaptation.
1.5 Mile Sprints (broken into .25 miles) = at an all out effort is an extremely demanding workout.
All of the above workouts covered the same distance. The difference is intensity.
Divide a pool of test subjects into four groups; assign each group to one of the four exercise protocols.
Instruct the test subjects to perform the assigned workout three times per week for six weeks.
Which group is going to experience the most change and positive adaptation?
The adaptation would directly correlate to the intensity of the exercise protocol.
Higher intensity = more adaptation.
Who is fitter and looks better, a walker or a competitive 400m runner?
Posted on the CF Message Board by a CrossFiter named Kelly Rakow:
My experience as a CF Trainer and Affiliate owner for almost three years is that not one of the 180+ women we have trained has gotten bigger and stayed bigger. I have seen a couple women get bigger as the body begins its transformation. However, bigger is temporary. Usually lean mass increases first. Shortly thereafter, a layer of fat melts off the top of the newly acquired lean mass. As soon as that happens, the women are thrilled. For the clients that incorporate a zone/paleo approach to nutrition, the results come quickly and without fail. For those that do not make dietary changes, the process takes longer.
For those women that experience muscle growth aka “get bigger,” it’s important to help them through this process. There will be doubt on their part that you know what you are doing. They may choose not to come on the weightlifting days becasue they are sure the bars and plates will make them “big.” As we all know, the last thing women want is for their legs or butt to look any bigger. Therefore, we make it a point to assure our clients that patience is a virtue as far as body composition change is concerned. We educate our clients about how muscle growth typically occurs before the fat melts off. Additionally, we educate people about the importance of the weightlifting component. Not doing the lifts for fear of getting bigger is not an option. CrossFit programming done correctly keeps the furnace burning and the bulk at minimum.
I tell all our CrossFitters to be their own guinea pig. Try it. Track the results. Evaluate. Make necessary changes. Be open to new ideas and possibilities. Most of all, be patient and trust the process.