Jan 29th, 2007
Author: Mike Minium
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