The 5 Stars of Health: Train

We’re back at it with the 5 Stars of Health and this week it the one many people dread the most.  What are the 5 Stars of Health?  It’s what we’ve discovered over the past 7 years that total, complete health is really made of.

The 5 Stars of Health are:

1) Eat (the right foods in the right amounts)
2) Train (hard and smart 5-6 days per week)
3) Sleep (optimized rest for the right amount of time)
4) Think (focused, positive thoughts and action)
5) Connect (with other people)

Today, we go over TRAIN.  Why train and not exercise?  Well, semantics mostly, but also it has to do with our mindset (more on that when we cover Think) around our physical ability to perform.  If we think about the fact that we are training to be prepared for life, fun activities, hobbies, and sports we’ll be much more engaged in our training regimine.

 Coach Greg Glassman (founder of Crossfit) wrote this about training:

“Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast.”

It’s tied closely to what CrossFit is: Constantly varied functional movement performed at high intensity.

We could break all that down piece by piece (and perhaps we will in another email) but suffice it to say, you need to move.  You need to move multiple joints, all at once, on a regular basis.

What about things like the leg extension machine, or arm curls, or the weird leg machines I see at the rec?  While those things have their place (mostly in a therapy and rehab application), the focus should be on what coach Glassman pointed out as optimal.  Why?

By training using the method he laid out, we move the human body the way it was designed to be moved.  If you do that an intensity level that is for you, high (not maximal, but high), then you’ll get the most benefit in the shortest amount of time.  Not just from a physical standpoint, but a neurological one as well.  It engages your body and brain together in concert to keep them consciously connected in a way that extends the longevity of independent living (aka, pushing off the nursing home as long as possible).

Want to know more specifics about our training prescription?  Can’t wait for the next 3?  Missed the last couple in the series?  Email or Set an appointment with Coach B and he can help get up to speed and on a track to win in each of the 5 areas.

Have a great week!