As a former crossfitter, I never understood how people could show up for a 5:30 or 6:30 AM session 5 or 6 days a week. My hsCRP levels were quite elevated at the time even with my rule to sleep twice between workouts. For example, I could do a Tuesday night session and a Thursday morning session, but nothing on Wednesday.
Perhaps those daily crossfitters had such a low-stress lifestyle outside of the gym? Based on their personalities and stories of only sleeping 4-6 hours, I think not. I think they just had a "power through it" attitude, but that doesn't seem like a good solution for the long run.
When I trained much more I knew some of these types and most of them took a lot of painkillers and other drugs plus lived on caffeine or stronger stimulants. Daily hard training takes a toll on most people.
And speaking of the heyday of Russian and Bulgarian supremacy, Crossfit doesn't submit to WADA jurisdiction and the non-competitors don't even get tested by Crossfit.
It's a matter of finding a sustainable level of intensity. Daily crossfitters have more in common with daily 5km or 10km joggers.
One thing I never do though is the one-rep max.
“We’re taught we can’t trust our bodies and that it’s not enough to listen to your thirst.” But it turns out thirst is a great indicator of dehydration.
“You really can use [thirst] to know whether it’s time to drink or not,” she said.
You'll get thirsty before you are dead. But for me I hit the wall before I really feel thirsty. Nobody describes feeling insatiably hungry and following their hunger as a strategy to avoid bonking- they manage their exertion and monitor their carb intake. For me & water, it is the same.
Perhaps there is some nuance here- perhaps, like with food, your body suppresses the drive to drink during endurance sports. But maybe when you sit on the bench after a play, you do reliably feel thirsty when you need it.
Very specific machines are great for isolation work. The leg press, for example, is used by a lot of trainers to target quads in isolation vs. attempting to address that imbalance with squats which introduces the back and hamstring.
I don't think this is true, unless the claim is 'on a marathon course' so they can discount dying later in the hospital. Still, it's not common.
This point was mentioned by the health director of the NYC marathon, an MD responsible for an event which sees ~50,000 runners participating each year.
Sports academia has a long history of false findings and changing its mind. Just look at how the opinion about stretching changed, which in my humble opinion should be rather easy to assess.
Given this uncertainty I'd look both at academia and at what top athletes do. Keeping in mind that the top athletes have very different circumstances and needs compared to amateurs.
What happened with stretching? Did we formerly not like stretching, or did we formerly like it but no longer?
...and there's the proposed next bogus pseudoscientific fad for recovery.
seems to work fine.
cupping seems like obvious woo, for sure.
So it's not "detoxification", but rather stimulating healing functions.
This was a two-minute conversation, so...
I don't really do warmup or cooldown because they're a waste of time when I have to do cardio for ~20 minutes and one hour for weightlifting.
i’ve previously run into tendon and joint issues from not taking care of myself afterwards.
i think that regular core exercise is a broad-spectrum anti-injury treatment...but it doesn’t protect against ITBS, and my jacked up shoulder complains when i don’t do my normal PT warmups for it.
at this point it’s so fully part of The Gym Ritual that it’s automatic anyway.
the sauna is mostly a psychological luxury, but that’s important too.
But, they probably also won't hurt you (possible exception for static stretching before exercising).