I once heard that if you ever experience writers block, begin writing about something that pisses you off. So, I have decided to give that a try.
There are a ton of people out there who describe there workouts as intense. The problem is that they are doing the exact opposite. The term intensity revolves around how heavy of a load you will be lifting, not how quickly an exercise will make you throw up. A max repetition deadlift is intense. 100 burpees in a row is not.
When training to high levels of intensity (ie a high % of your 1 rep max), you will not be able to complete the task for more than 1-5 reps, for maybe 2-3 sets. This also goes for speed training. A sprint is at near 100% max speed. When you run at this speed, you can only do so many runs before your speed begins to deteriorate. Once you see the speed dip below, say 90%, you are no longer running at the speed you should be. Either take a break to recover or call it a day. Doing more runs on a day where your speed has diminished due to fatigue will most likely do you no good if speed improvement is your mission.
These issues can obviously improve with a proper training plan. Training at high intensities day after day will begin to diminish power and speed output while increasing the likelihood for injury. The body can only handle so much. When you decide to go hard, go hard and then take some time to recovery. It will be the best training decision that you will ever make!
A few weeks ago I read a crazy story. There was a truck on the highway heading to the slaughterhouse. In the back of the truck, was a full load of pigs. During the trip, one of these pigs was not ready to die. This pig climbed over other pigs and to reach the top of the truck, and, while the truck was moving, jumped to its freedom! As the story goes, the pig survived and was adopted by the local police department.
Recently, I have begun thinking about the conditions that the animals we eat live in. Trust me on this, I have no intention to stop eating meat, but where that animal lives and the life that it lives is important. Just think about us as humans. Stress, fear, malnourished, confined to a cell, are all things we try to avoid in our day to day life. But without realizing it, we are consuming animals that live this way. If the food is not of a quality source, this will wreak havoc on our health. More specifically, our gut bacteria. If you don't think gut bacteria is a big deal, you are wrong. For every 1 human cell in our body, there are 10 microbial cells (An adult human being has approximately 100,000 billion cells). They live everywhere in your body and play a huge role in your health.
These animals aren't unaware of their fate. When the time comes and they are ready to be slaughtered, fear, anxiety and stress levels soar in the animal. So at the moment of slaughter, these levels are at an all-time high. This will absolutely show up in the meat we eat. The animals that yield prime meat quality are the ones that have not been subjected to stress. If an animal is mistreated, it’s reasonable that this can affect nutritional content. So next time you hit the store, keep in mind that the little piggy you are about to eat may not be as nutritious as you hope!
Chris is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He has recently served as a high school football and wrestling coach. Chris loves swinging kettlebells around, watching football and reading books!