Monday “Did you know…” Slow your roll,
Get out of your Black Hole!
In space, the Black Hole refers to an object with such powerful gravitational pull, that nothing, not even light, can escape.
In fitness, the Black Hole refers to a belief about working out so powerfully inaccurate, that very few, even the most reasonable, can escape. More = Better.
Happy New Year everyone! The CF theme for 2011 is Achievement. This Black Hole concept is interesting and can be interpreted/extended to your fitness experience at CF or applied to your fitness goals in general.
“The black hole” is Stephen Seiler’s term for a nightmare training zone that can be hard to resist—an enjoyable, moderately taxing workout intensity that falls somewhere between a piece-of-cake recovery pace and a hellishly intense interval session. It’s vigorous but not aerobically painful—which is why so many athletes are sucked into its vortex. When most people go for, say, a brisk 30-minute run, they’re often in this zone. These moderate-intensity workouts are fine for beginners who are just interested in building their fitness foundation, but not if you’re serious about improving: middle-of-the-dial efforts just produce middle-of-the-pack results. “To get better, you have to go really hard and really easy—but not in between,” Seiler says. (Outside Magazine, 12/2010)
“Amateurs buy the same stuff at the supermarket, but they produce slop, not stew. The problem? They toss the right ingredients into the pot, but they haven’t mastered the proportions, spices, and cooking time. Smart training is part recipe. But it’s mostly art.”
Other pertinent quotes about the Black Hole:
“It’s simple. If you want to be your best, go hard and go easy,” says Foster, “and don’t go in the middle.”
Foster summarized this compelling and relevant point for CFers…”In a 2001 study, Foster, et al found that most recreational athletes tend to train too hard on easy days and not hard enough on hard days.”
Too much work and not enough recovery…too little results.
Too little intensity and not enough stress to require adaptation…too little results.
If you haven’t gotten the results you expect, maybe you are in the Black Hole. Doing, doing, doing, going, going, going…but only half speed.
So, to be Achievement focused:
Rest. Rest alot. Rest well. Rest so you can work.
Then work. Work with wild-eyed rage. Work so you crawl off the mats. Work so you can rest.