Aims part two “We sought to build a program that would best prepare trainees for any physical contingency – prepare them not only for the unknown but for the unknowable.”
Benefits to following a well-balanced strength and conditioning program include all the regular improvements on health and performance as the parts that make up that program. This means by including all the safe and effective training protocols that CrossFit and even other training methodologies use, the results soon speak for themselves. Participating in regular strength and conditioning improves bone density, balance and coordination, pulmonary and respiratory performance, and even mental health and cognitive ability.
Training in the gym has clear benefits outside the gym, too. These improvements on the quality of life go beyond their common primary focus on burning fat, building muscle, and looking good naked. With all these positive outcomes in mind, they also have tertiary effects like slowing the aging process, one that if unattended, leads to a life of requiring constant assistance with lifting, walking up and down steps, and even bathing and showering. It is important to put distance between you and the rising morbidities that are associated with this lifestyle such as heart diseases, cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes and more. Even if genetics are in play with current life, living a healthier life will aid in decreasing the negative outcomes involved with chronic diseases.
It all comes back to being chased by a bear, bees or a dog - you must be able to get away or you’ll be stung, bit or worse. Life happens, and if you are stronger and more conditioned physically, you worry less when inevitable sickness or accidents do happen. This all comes back to the constantly varied training we do, so that we can be more prepared for the constantly changing world around us than we would be otherwise without it.
British Journal of Sports Medicine
ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal
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