#Whatsfittrending: All About Extreme Fitness – Multitudinal Perspectives from the Fitness World

I have never attended a formal Boot Camp workout. I have never attended a box gym or participated in a formal CrossFit class. I have created home workouts that follow similar premises (I do a modified “Angie” after runs sometimes) and I would consider the workouts I create to be appropriately challenging while accessing the greatest health benefits for my clients and for me. Attention around these two fitness monoliths (i.e., Boot Camps and CrossFit) is fueled by their controversy, as with most popular arguments (vaccines, anyone? How about gluten?) – that’s what makes them arguments. Below I provide some commentary, some science, some pros and benefits, and some points to seriously consider if you are thinking about or have already begin an extreme fitness regimen. I’ve already received feedback that this post is “unfair” thus I continue my search for the solid science that proves the benefits of either or both method(s) of conditioning as aforementioned.

Kathy Smith: http://www.kathysmith.com/uncategorized/what-is-bootcamp-style-of-exercise

Greatist: http://greatist.com/connect/militarization-fitness

Sports Medicine About: http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/sampleworkouts/a/BootCamp.htm

Crossfit or Boot Camp? http://www.refindfitness.com/2014/05/14/whats-the-difference-between-crossfit-and-bootcamp/

Benefits of Crossfit

All Things Fit: http://blog.focusedtrainers.com/crossfit/

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/crossfit-benefits/

Sean Nagle: http://www.seannagle.com/blog/

Journal of Strength and Conditioning: http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Abstract/2013/11000/Crossfit_Based_High_Intensity_Power_Training.30.aspx

A sidebar on Rhabdomyolysis:

Journal of Exercise Physiology: http://www.asep.org/asep/asep/JEPonlineFEBRUARY2014_Ciccolella.pdf

Journal of Medical Cases: http://journalmc.org/index.php/JMC/article/view/1792

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Saturday Shred

To say “It’s been a while” offers a meager attempt in recognizing my web absence: to further explain that “things have been busy” provides no greater validation. My absence from the blog is due to a rather abrupt and severe work alteration, punctuated by no more than five hours’ sleep per night and what could only be defined as an irony in offering fitness advice. My diet has been “eh” and my fitness a patchwork of here’s and there’s. I basically live for my weekends when I  can fit in loads of physical activity between cleaning the house, grocery shopping, and doing everything I let slide during the week. Today, I’ve been inspired to try a treadmill incline workout, and will persist with a newly-begun diet in efforts to regain my previous physical stamina: below is part of what I will follow for the next eight weeks:

Breakfast: Blueberry omelette (2 cage-free eggs; 1 tsp cinnamon; 1 tsp almond extract; 1/2 cup blueberries)

Lunch: chocolate orange protein shake (1/2 cup light almond milk, 1 scoop chocolate Isalean powder, 1 peeled and segmented orange)

Dinner: Steamed vegetables and chicken


0-5:00                Incline 5%                3.5 mph

5:00-6:00          Incline 2%                5 mph

6:00-11:00        Incline 7%                4 mph

11:00-12:00       Incline 2%               6 mph

12:00-17:00      Incline 9%                4 mph

17:00-18:00       Incline 2%               6.5 mph

18:00-23:00      Incline 10%              4 mph

23:00-24:00      Incline 2%                 7 mph

24:00-25:00      Incline 10%               3.5 mph

25:00-30:00     Incline 8%                  4 mph