Tue 1 May 2012
I took 9 days off between workouts to allow extra recovery from a heavy load of ER shifts. I did the following WOW on Sunday morning with the kids “supervising”.
MedX Chest Press (followed by manual neck flexion sitting in the chest press)
Neck Extension on SS Neck Machine, directly to Lumbar Extension on SS Pulldown
MedX Leg Press (with strict lower turnaround and end-stop technique)
Nautilus Pullover (with SS retrofits)
MedX Row (with SS fall-off cam)
This was a great workout, largely due to the recovery interval. The days after have been good as well. Last Night Wendy and I saw The 5 Year Engagement. It was a funny movie, but with serious undertones. The female lead in the movie is a psychology grad student who has to move away to Michigan, dragging her fiance along with her. There was a scene that really struck me with regard to the value of many studies. In the scene, a professor and a group of grad students are brainstorming ideas for a study to secure NIH funding. Some of the scenarios are made up in order to fake out our female lead, but in the process of the leg-pulling, she comes up with a study idea that ends up getting NIH funding and becomes her doctoral thesis. At one point in the movie, she even uses her ridiculous thesis as a measure of her fiance’s suitability. In reality, the premise of her study was probably no better than reading a fortune cookie (my interpretation, not the movie’s). As John and I plowed through the numerous studies that would ultimately make up BBS (or be discarded), I kept thinking about the old joke about fortune cookies that says, whenever you read your fortune out of a fortune cookie you should always add the phrase “in bed” at the end. As I read the conclusions of all of these studies, I had to keep reminding myself that these studies needed an ending like a fortune cookie. However, instead of adding “in bed” I thought you should add “for the first 12 weeks”.
When we try to devise training strategies to use over a lifetime, and try to gain guidance from the literature, we must remember that most of these studies are carried out in untrained subjects and for a 12 week study period. If you really want to know how to optimize things over a lifetime of training, look to the posters on this blog for guidance at least as much as you do PubMed.