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All Goals Are Equal…..

What does that mean?  It means that I think it’s important for you to have some kind of goal in your training, and ALL of those goals are valid….

That being said, not ALL ‘fitness’ goals are healthy or synchronize with each other.  

I had a great conversation with a member the other day about this very subject.  In the conversation, her goal is overall health, body fat reduction, and to ride her bike 50 miles.  In order to accomplish this, she was working out 6-7 times a week sometimes 2 x a day.  I had to explain to her that what she was doing wasn’t accomplishing her goals.

Number 1…. riding a bike 50 miles and overall health are dichotomous.  There is a misconceived notion, thank you Richard Simmons, that endurance training is the epitome of health….. it’s not.

Long slow distance training causes all kinds of issues- hormone regulation problems, joint problems, overuse injury problems, the list goes on and on.  In fact, did you know that the number 1 cause of injury in any sport is running?

Now I’m not here to bash endurance sports.  I think they are a fine goal.  I think that if you want to run a marathon, or ride 150 miles on your back or whatever it is that’s a perfectly valid goal.  In fact, I ran a 50k and a 50 miler once.  My point is, that if that’s your goal, you have to understand that there are consequences that come along with that choice, and it does not produce optimum health and well being.

I could go on and on here, but he point of the matter is this:  All goals are equal, but you must understand that not all goals are healthy.  If you choose a goal, cool, communicate with your coach and we will get you there, but understand the consequences of that decision.

Last point:

I would also take it one step further… I would look at everything that you are doing and ask yourself if that is supporting or negating progress towards your goal.  If your goal is health and fat loss, running 10 miles everyday will not support that. (this is research based btw) So, talk with your coach about your goals, set them up, set up a plan, and work to achieve that goal.

4-24-2014 WOD


Clean & Jerk

Met Con:

Deadlift x 10

HSPU x 10

5 rounds for time