A Healthy Reminder

Most Monday mornings I wake up at 5:30am and hit the 6am WOD at CFS. I’m at a doctor’s office by 8:30am, ready to spend my day helping to care for patients, most of who suffer from the chronic and preventable conditions that plague our nation. It’s a drastic contrast in the course of a couple short hours, going from working my butt off next to other people who have made a commitment to their physical and emotional wellbeing, to seeing the consequences first hand of neglecting one’s body for years. photo1

I recently saw 12 patients over a couple days in the doctor’s office – 50% were obese, 33% had type 2 diabetes mellitus, 25% had coronary artery disease, and 60% had hypercholesterolemia. Every female over the age of 65 had osteopenia or osteoporosis. This was a very “normal” day in clinic.

As I’m sure all of you know, exercise and proper nutrition have been shown time and time again to have beneficial effects on weight, glucose levels, lipid levels, and bone strength. Studies have begun to come out in the last few years showing the additional benefits of high-intensity training like the kind we do at CrossFit. A recent meta-analysis of studies looking at high intensity training found that even in healthy subjects, insulin sensitivity improved after as little as 15 minutes of high-intensity training over 2 weeks (1). In type 2 diabetics, similar amounts of training resulted in increased insulin sensitivity and decreased blood glucose 2-3 days after exercise. A study of sedentary women found that weight, waist circumference, glucose, and lipids all improved after 12 weeks of 20 minutes of high-intensity training. The effects were the greatest for those with high blood glucose and high cholesterol (2).

The effort that each and every one of you make in coming to the gym each week is doing more than helping you shed a few pounds, build muscles and PRs, and improve your mental wellbeing. The next time you start getting down on yourself for being slower than you wanted in a WOD, or before you tell me that your score isn’t worth putting on the board, stop and remember that you came to the gym today and gave it your best effort. In doing that, you are reversing the development of chronic disease or keeping yourself from developing chronic disease in the first place. For my part, I need to empower my patients to take care of their bodies.

(1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3587394/#b49-dmso-6-113
(2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24522357

Squat Snatch

100 Double Unders
18 Overhead Squats (95,65)
80 Double Unders
15 Overhead Squats
60 Double Unders
12 Overhead Squats
40 Double Unders
9 Overhead Squats
20 Double Unders

Level 2 (75,50), 50,40,30,20,10 Double unders
Level 1 – (65,35), Singles
ADV 115,80


  • goose

    02/19/2014 @ 1:02 am

    great post Em

  • Kendra

    02/19/2014 @ 1:01 am

    9:52, 45#, 1/2 dubs
    Sore from yesterday so took it easy

  • Alec

    02/18/2014 @ 4:19 pm

    Good stuff Emily, always a good reminder to keep things in perspective and remember one of the reasons we do this is to stay healthy, fit, and strong for the long haul.

    This is one of the reasons I always end my workouts using one of the new shaker belt machines in the mobility cave:


  • Petra

    02/18/2014 @ 3:19 pm

    Strength: 73#
    WOD: 9:25 RX

  • Arik Pogrebinsky

    02/18/2014 @ 3:12 pm

    Strength: 175×2
    WOD: 9:08 (115lbs)

    Was really hoping to make the 530 but stayed up too late last night 🙁

  • Kelly

    02/18/2014 @ 2:16 pm

    Awesome post Em!

    Sass-Squatch: 90#
    WOD:7:33 Rx

    • Kara

      02/18/2014 @ 4:44 pm

      Super fast, Kelly! Nice job!

  • Rob Hassell

    02/18/2014 @ 12:50 pm

    9:30 @ 115

  • Kara

    02/18/2014 @ 12:45 pm

    Squatch: 73#
    Wod: 13:57RX my dubs were not cooperating today til the very end.
    Great post, Coach Dr. Em! A good reminder to look at the big picture and not get too bummed out about getting tangled in the jump rope!

  • Marc Piccuirro

    02/18/2014 @ 12:19 pm

    155×2, 165×1
    11:20 at 115 dubs were killing me today.

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