While most of us were at Sanctify for the Festivus Games, we also had Jodi Marino, Anne-Lise D'Angelo, and Jodi Corbit competing in the Athena Classic women's only comp at CrossFit Arlington Heights. These ladies represented Sanctify VERY well and we're proud of them!
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Rest Day Reading
Note: This is another one "from the archives" that was originally posted on July 22, 2011. Hope you enjoy!
What Maintains Fitness Over a Lifetime?
by Josh Earleywine
I was thinking during a recent workout about how long I’ve been training for and where I might be without it. I still remember my first pyramid bench press workout (10-8-6-4-2 reps per set with increasing weight) when I was 15 years old in 8th grade. That was 10 years ago (editors note: nearly 15 years ago now!) and I’ve been training and working out in some way, shape, or form ever since then. I thought about the literally thousands of workouts that I’ve completed and the tens of thousands of reps that I’ve done since that first one a decade ago. That’s a whole lot of squats, presses, pullups, sprints, and Olympic lifts. That’s kind of crazy for me to think about.
Then another thought popped into my head: the idea of quantity vs. quality. Specifically, which of the two has allowed me to have my current level of physical fitness and general readiness? How would this play out over the course of my lifetime? My first thought was that it’s got to be the quality of workouts (both in terms of smart programming and sound mechanics), because I’m so meticulous about that stuff. But the more I thought about it the more I realized it was simply the consistent, regular, routine training over that period of time, that is, the quantity that I’ve done. Over the course of one’s life, what’s critical to maintaining a high level of fitness isn’t necessarily what’s being done or the quality with which it’s being done, but simply that fact that something is being done on a regular basis. In other words, if you want to be fit and therefore healthy for a long time, exercise regularly, regardless of what you do. Over a decade (or two or three) that’s a lot of work being done and that is bound to have a profound impact on your physical state. But, we can’t totally disregard the quality piece either.
If we’ve established that regular, consistent exercise over the course of a lifetime is the key to a lasting high level of fitness, then the next question that proceeds is what will allow us to exercise consistently for that long? That’s where the quality of the exercise and training comes in. Let me explain.
Regardless of your chosen mode(s) of regular exercise, if you do it so poorly that you injure yourself, how apt are you to continue doing it for a month or two, let alone a lifetime? Or if your exercise routine is constantly hindering other aspects of your life (because of time commitment or being so fatigued from working out that you don’t have energy for other activities) how likely is it that you’ll continue? Both of these examples are what can result from poor quality exercise.
It would appear then that there is both a short- and long-term perspective to have on this whole concept. In the short term, your exercise protocol needs to be of high quality (sound mechanics, appropriate volume, intensity, frequency) so that on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis you want to and are able to continue with it. But from a long-term approach you simply need to exercise with regularity. High quality exercise on a daily basis will allow and encourage you to do it for the rest of your lifetime.