Today is that start of our 31 day Bozeman Locavore Challenge. This is our second year doing the Locavore Challenge. Locavore was the Oxford Word of the Year in 2007. A Locavore is someone whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food.
The idea for the challenge was born from the need for a summer nutrition challenge and through comments that all of our other nutrition challenges focus on what we can't eat as opposed to what we can eat. If it grows or was produced within 100 miles of the Gallatin Valley you can put it on your plate.
The rules of the Bozeman Locavore Challenge are simple:
Allison competed in the Battle for Quiet Waters on Saturday with her teammate Heather U. They were the Ginga Ninjas!
Oh the snatch! It seems nothing else we do can elicit so much angst and frustration. Remember, the Snatch is an Olympic sport and it takes lots of practice and training to really get the hang of it.
The most common problem we Coaches see when learning the snatch is not pulling yourself under the bar. When we start we are really great at muscle and power snatching. But, at some point we begin to attempt lifts that are at the edge of our strength and technique ability. We pull the bar to our chest, our chin, our eyes and we fail to pull ourselves under the bar to get it overhead. All is takes is just a quarter squat, a quick reverse in the direction of your hips, and that bar will make its way overhead.
Watch today's Technique Tuesday video to get some great tips from the blokes at Barbell Shrugged on learning how to pull yourself under the bar. Good luck!
Noah runs it in. She and Coach Leslie took third place in the Master's Women division at the Battle for Quiet Waters on Saturday. All our teams, Coach Zach and Brian, Coach Amanda and Annie, and Allison and Heather U. did very well and represented our gym with great spirit and beautiful movement. Thanks to everyone who came out to cheer on our teams! We also won some new sandbags! Woohooo!
A few Monday's ago I addressed the myth that if you want to lose weight you need to to more cardio, and more cardio for most people means a long slow run. When most people consider what they need to do "to get into shape," they mostly think about doing long slow runs. The long slow run has a tight grip on the misbelief that it is the best way to lose weight and get into shape.
Don't get me wrong, a long slow run has its place in a well round and varied fitness program. We regularly program 5 and 10k runs for the gym (Sweet Pea, Huffing for Stuffing, Run to the Pub.) It's also great for mental health. A long slow run can help you get into a mental state where you can either solve all of your problem, or completely forget about them.
However, the long slow run will not, exclusively, make you lose weight or get into shape. What helps you do both of those things? You guessed it, high intensity interval training (exactly like the kind we're doing today.)
High intensity interval training (HIIT) in the running world can be sprints (like the kind we're doing today), running up hills, running with weight (sandbags, medballs, or sleds), or surging during a longer run (running at a steady state and incorporating faster intervals at a specific time or distance into the run.)
High intensity interval training taps into your anerobic metabolic system and promotes muscular endurance as well as power. High intensity interval training can help you run longer runs faster, and can help you have energy for a kick at the finish of a long run. High intensity interval training helps you develop power and speed, both of which help you in sports such as skiing and cycling.
The long slow run (or LSD) only works on ONE metabolic system, the aerobic one, whereas HIIT works your TWO anaerobic systems in addition to your aerobic one. This means you work ALL of your metabolic systems thereby getting you in shape faster. It also means you build muscle (through the anaerobic systems) which means you expend more energy thereby helping you lose weight. Muscle has a larger metabolic energy requirement than fat. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn.
So the next time your well meaning friend, co-worker, or family member mentions to you that they need to get into shape so they're going to start running, you can help guide them toward a better way. Certainly running is a natural (after all, we were born to run) and inexpensive (you just need some shoes) way to get into shape and lose weight, but we can do it better by incorporating some HIIT. Good luck!
We're floating the Madison today. Then we're going to take a nap and not feel one ounce of guilt about it. You should nap today as well.
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