The benefits of a "random" programming style like CrossFit promotes are totally overstated. The whole "training for the unknown/unknowable" is kind of silly. But if you don't take it to the extreme, if you still do some periodization and plenty of planned strength training and skill work, the crazy CrossFit metcon really does help to fill in gaps, expose your weaknesses, and keep you motivated.
Metcon workouts are good in moderation, kind of like macadamia nuts. :) If you're doing six of them a week and never doing any strength or skill training, well, you might have fun but you'll probably never recover properly and after a while, you won't see progress. And you're likely to get hurt eventually, or burn out your adrenals. But if you only ever do carefully programmed strength training and never sprint or try to gut through something, well, you'd better be a competitive lifter (i.e., you live and die for lifting, it is Your Sport), because you won't be as well-rounded an athlete and you will probably get kind of bored. At least that's my take on it.
This afternoon I'm checking out a new practice for my ob care - it's actually a group of certified nurse midwives. Fingers crossed it's a big improvement. Even if it's a small improvement, I'm switching. The number of medicine-related rants appearing on the blog in a week is a good barometer for my unhappiness with my own care. And that number has gotten rather high, in case you hadn't noticed. Why fight battles you can't win? And why set yourself up for a stressful birth? I need someone who respects my decisions even if they don't agree with them. And who maybe remembers my name.
I'll leave you with some links for the long weekend. Enjoy the holiday!
- Rabbit Awareness Week from The Life and Times of Bunnies
- This is how TV ads are so loud from The Consumerist
- Cool table makeover from Ikea Hacker
- Memory game from The Purl Bee
- Want to do some grilling this summer? Mike cooked me up some tasty burgers and eggplant on the gas grill last night and I made a big salad and roasted sweet potatoes to go with. But our grill from Home Depot is just so...functional. Instead you could get a pig-shaped hibachi from Anthropologie for almost 500 dollars! Seriously, I love Anthropologie, but this is insane. I hope it's a joke somehow.