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Jan 29th, 2007

Scott Caught On Camera

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Scott in the middle of performing a push-up.

A Case for Physical Activity

For those of you who know me a little, you know that I’m an evolution nut (with more of an emphasis on nut, I’m sure).

I was recently turned on to Mark Rippetoe’s latest book (along with Lon Kilgore and Glenn Pendlay), Practical Programming for Strength Training. This is a must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in strength- or power training.

Anyway, Coach Rippetoe has a nice passage in the book on the importance (even necessity) of physical training. Enjoy:

As is often the case, sports preparation can shed light on the human condition. Humans are built to move. We evolved under conditions that required daily intense physical activity, and that hard-earned genotype is still ours today. The modern sedentary lifestyle leads to the inactivation of the genes related to fitness and performance, attributes that were once critical for survival and are still critical for the correct, healthy expression of the genotype. The genes are still there, they just aren’t doing anything because the body is not stressed enough to cause a physiological adaptation requiring their activation. Heart, lungs, muscles, bones, brain, all operate far below the level at which they are still intended to function, and at which they function best. Those among us who are sedentary suffer the consequences.

–Practical Programming for Strength Training, p. 108

DISCUSSION 6 Comments

  1. Maren Jacobsen January 29, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    Mike,

    This is great info, it makes so much sense. It wasn’t that long ago that we were hunter/gatherers – we really haven’t evolved out of that physiology yet.

    Since you’re an evolution nut, have you read “The Selfish Gene” by Richard Dawkins and “The Moral Animal” by Robert Wright? I read Wright’s book last quarter in my Evolutionary Psych class. His argument is that a lot of human behavior is genetically coded. The readings caused some hot debates in my class for sure, but I found his arguments very compelling.

    “The Selfish Gene” is at the top of my reading list. I’ve seen Richard Dawkins speak and he’s amazing.

    MJ

  2. Mike Minium January 29, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    Maren,

    The Selfish Gene is awesome. I’d lend it to you but it’s currently packed up and in storage with a ton of other books I have. The genotype and phenotype distinctions he defines are useful, if not critical, for understanding health and fitness.

    Another good one is The Red Queen by Matt Ridley. Lots of interesting insights into human nature…

  3. Leo P January 30, 2007 at 12:01 am

    Here are a few more neat evolution books:

    The Origin of Virtue (also by Ridley)

    Why We Get Sick (about the linked evolution of disease and the immune system)

    The Beak of the Finch (about observing evolution in real-time)

  4. Jonathan January 30, 2007 at 1:09 am

    here’s a question i’ve pondered. do you think the evolution of the human species has ended because of advances in technology?

  5. Jonathan January 31, 2007 at 1:59 am

    just did a rehab version of Angie. My neck’s still not quite right.

    100 ring rows at about 30-45 degree angle (can’t do pullups right now)

    100 pushups

    100 hanging knee raises (can’t do situps right now)

    100 squats

    all sets unbroken, 10×10

    21:57

    holy grip workout batman.

  6. annie Vought February 1, 2007 at 2:32 am

    I am feeling a little slow. What are you talking about ann?