Monday, April 30

Mitch Z. told me to listen to this episode of the Joe Rogan podcast on sleep with Matthew Walker and it is eye-opening!

We've talked a lot about the base of CrossFit's fitness pyramid is nutrition, but I think sleep needs to be right there with it. It may be more important than what we eat when it comes to certain body functions.

For some reason, our society looks at getting very little sleep as a badge of honor. I'm not sure how this started, but it is completely ridiculous. EVERY study on sleep shows that we ALL need 7-9 hours of quality sleep to function properly. 

I can't tell you how many times people have told me that they're just fine on 6 hours or less of sleep. You are lying to yourself. 

If you are not sleeping, your brain isn't functioning at 100%, your hormones are out of whack and your exercise is all for nothing because you're not recovering and growing stronger or fitter properly. You make all of your "gains" while sleeping.

Also, the science is clear that those that don't sleep enough are much more likely to get cancer, Alzheimer's and other fatal diseases.

I really hope you listen to this episode, or check out Matthew Walker's book. Sleep is such a natural normal thing and possibly the easiest thing we can do for our health. Stop making excuses and start getting enough sleep!

Workout for Monday, April 30
Power Clean Technique Practice
10X1 Building to 80%
*Pause in Catch Position for 2 seconds*

5 Rounds for Time
Run 1 Lap (220m)
7 Power Cleans (185/125)
22 Push Ups

 

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