Hey CFIers! As CrossFitters, you know it’s important to have precise and accurate measures of fitness and performance. But, do you really know how your exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle affects your health? If you’re planning on participating in the Whole Life Challenge, what metrics will you use to tell you whether it had a positive impact on your health and well-being? Greg Glassman has said: “It is one thing to suggest that quantifiable methods, and measurable definitions with the potential for accuracy and precision replace non-scientific ones… and quite another thing to offer up some actual parameters and definitions that can be measured and graphed accurately and precisely, and a third thing to possess the resources to actually measure them.”
We now have a unique and innovative method to evaluate human physical capacity and performance that we believe addresses these concerns and complements the CrossFit principles. By determining the profile of expressed genes in a blood sample, we can start to make decisions on our training and nutrition based on our true physiology, rather than guesswork or blind faith. CrossFit training is perfectly suited to benefit from this process of identifying and measuring metrics that maximize human physical capacity by
1) Validating the ways in which the CrossFit approach is differentiated from conventional strength, endurance, and cross training regimens
2) Comparing training protocols to identify the most effective methods leading to optimum fitness
3) Monitoring the status of individual athletes and their progression towards specific goals
4) Optimizing performance across a broad range of fitness categories.
We are offering to help you get the most out of your CrossFit training whether or not you are participating in the Whole Life Challenge by performing a panel of clinical tests including a complete blood chemistry profile, cholesterol and blood sugar screening, and complete blood cell count. These are all standard tests that could be performed by your personal physician, but we will do this at no cost to you, twice, over the 8 week Whole Life Challenge interval. In addition, we are studying the changes in gene expression that occur with CrossFit training and with lifestyle changes such as the Whole Life Challenge. A separate blood sample will be used to measure the activity in each of the 25,000 genes to determine which genes are changing over the course of 8 weeks.
Click Here to Join the CrossFit Impact Team for the 2015 Whole Life Challenge
As a physician in Internal Medicine, my passion is wellness and preventive care. My husband and his business partners are genomic scientists and physicians as well as founders of Paradise Genomics, Inc. We believe that merging clinical medicine with genomics can not only change the paradigm of healthcare, but can change the way that health and fitness is measured and quantified as well.
The Whole Life Challenge is a perfect opportunity to extend this approach into nutrition, lifestyle, and wellness. We are excited about the ways these developments could forge a revolution in human performance measurement and would welcome the opportunity to discuss them with you.
Please let coach Carlos know that you are interested in signing up for this opportunity the next time you are in the gym.
Marcy Millar, MD
Workout of the Day
A. DE Lower Body
In teams of two, alternate every 5 reps in order to complete as many reps as possible in 8 minutes of:
135/95 lb Ground to Overhead
Rest 3 minutes
In teams of two, alternate every 15 reps in order to complete as many reps as possible in 8 minutes of:
Wall Ball Shots