Tuesday, January 29
This theme keeps coming up in the podcast/videos/articles I am reading - Everything has a cost.
We are in this age of biohacking and trying to dial in every little detail to maximize our performance. But at what cost?
The human body is so complex, with so many different systems operating in perfect balance - at least in a healthy individual. And while no one is perfect, it seems like we need to be more careful about changing any one of those systems without knowing how it affects the others.
Even things that seem so good for us on the surface can upset that balance. Antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene) are a good thing, right? Sure, those things are good for you, but everything has a cost so you can’t just maximize your antioxidant intake without affecting the other systems in your body.
Check out the post from Dr. Andy Galpin below - the study shows that antioxidant supplementation blocks strength training adaptations. So, if you’re loading up on vitamin C during the cold and flu season, it will affect your strength gains. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take these supplements. If taking vitamin C helps prevent a cold (need citation), then maybe it’s worth the hit your strength gains take. In fact, if you don’t get sick you might be able to train more and end up stronger in the end.
The point is that it is never as simple as we want it to be. So when you hear someone say that this supplement or this exercise or this recovery method can help with X, you might want to dig a little deeper.
It’s like hearing that broccoli is good for you and then only eating broccoli. Or squats are good for you so the only exercise you do is squats. You’re going to be missing out on other essential nutrients and movements your body needs.
The human body is pretty amazing and usually works like it is supposed to. When you get hurt or sick it has systems to heal itself, when you exercise it has systems to rebuild and grow, and when you eat certain foods it has systems for using and storing energy. When you introduce non-natural things into any one of these systems you are going to affect them.
It’s hard to say when something is worth it or not, but I encourage you to try to research a little deeper next time you hear that this one thing is so good for you. Maybe it’s good in small doses, maybe the costs are worth it, but you have to do your research to make good, informed decisions.
Workout for Tuesday, January 29
4X3 @ 70% to 80%
*Only Increase Weight with Technically Sound Reps!
Burpees Over the Bar
C2B Pull Ups