How to Start Exercising: Cross Training Fads May Need To Be Renamed Cross Failure! (Part 1)
There is a reason that airplanes don't have "fender benders". When anything on planet earth is taken to an extreme, like moving 500 mph. at 30,000 feet, or exercising with intense and extreme movements, the results are likely to be either amazing and spectacular, or horrifying and destructive.
If you're interested in how to start exercising, consider this, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This is Newtons third Law. This is science, but it's also wisdom. Exercise is as much a sport as eating or driving a car. Food nourishes the body and cars are designed to get you from point A to point B, and that's it. Anything else beyond that is purely for mental satisfaction and the human desire for MORE! The reality is that exercise is no different. It's purpose is to improve the health of your heart, joints, and muscles, not to put your body through grueling, intense routines. How to start exercising = Not starting with intense cross training.
Let me have you read something right from the website of perhaps the most prominent cross training regimin today, and you tell me if this is the right way to learn how to start exercising, "CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist. The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. (I strongly disagree with the "regardless of experience" idea) We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs." - www.CrossFit.com
Wow! Are you on a tactical operations team? How about a champion martial artist? As a physical therapist who sees 1-2 patients a month just from cross training programs, I am here to tell you that there is another, more upsetting side to these routines. Learning how to start exercising certainly doesn't start here. Just like the airplane idea, there are those who get to there destination and those that don't. I hear and see the side of intense cross training you never want to see. It's the before and after picture, the only difference is the after picture is a 40 year old in a sling after having rotator cuff surgery from working out! Check out this you tube video if you need to see it to believe it. P.S.. Pay close attention to their amazing technique and form! (wink wink) Click Here.
I had to see inside a cross training studio for myself. In part 2 of this blog post, find out why I never even got past the lobby.
In exercise, what you don't know CAN hurt you!