Wednesday Form: The form of you.
Sure, maybe long-term studies of heavy endurance training shown on the left will show effects of oxidative stress (ie, rusting from the inside out…see JJ’s comment from Monday). And maybe “fitness” and “athletic” don’t automatically come to mind. But certainly there are respiratory, cardiovascular, and muscular benefits.
And sure, maybe the power training shown on the right builds strength, mass and functional fitness. But all that muscle doesn’t eat for free (muscle consumes a ton of oxygen…JJ might elaborate if he’s around).
Marathoners pound out thousands of miles that ruin their hips/knees/back, but don’t ask the dude on the left to get your groceries, put down mulch in your garden or carry laundry up a flight of steps. Likewise, a strict regimen of serious power training will decimate your hips/knees/back over time, or in a matter of seconds with one improper OH Squat. Not to mention, isn’t the average lifespan of a football player like 52?
So, do what you love, love what you do non-judgmentally. Keep moving…have fun getting or staying fit…find what makes you healthy, adaptable and resilient!
Such a forced choice from such a false dichotomy probably comes with a purple Kool-Aid chaser – because the answer to which body is better for health and performance and which would you rather look like isn’t A or B.
The answer is C (or CF more accurately). Happy, vibrant people who work, play, own businesses, raise children, tend to families, volunteer in the community, and buy clothes off the rack. CFers…we salute your form…keep pushing it in ’11…all kinds of athletic!