Workout of the Day
Five sets of:
Back Squat x 4-6 reps @ 30X1
Rest 60 seconds
Single-Arm Trap 3 Raises x 10-12 reps each @ 2011
Rest 60 seconds;
Three rounds for time of:
Walking Lunges with 35/25 lb. DBs x 20 reps
35/25 lb. Dumbbell Push Press x 20 reps
Double-Unders x 40 reps
(Now might be a good time to remind you all that we are hosting a jump rope clinic on January 29 with superstar jump rope instructor Sara Lightall. If double-unders are a weakness, join us for just one hour and they will become a strength.)
The Warrior Gene
Written by Nichole DeHart
So, do you have it? You know what I am talking about, the Warrior Gene. That’s right, the gene that many say can be linked to aggressive behavior. However, the effects this gene has on a person can vary. There is an enormous amount of controversy about this gene. Its effects on a person seem to vary with the person’s background and how much the person was provoked. Some scientists are even saying that people with the ‘warrior gene’ are better at making risky decisions and identifying what they really love. So what is this gene?
Monoamine oxidase A, also known as MAOA and dubbed the ‘warrior gene’, is an enzyme that breaks down several neurotransmitters, like dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. The enzyme is regulated by the monoamine oxidase A gene. Humans have various forms of this gene, which results in different levels of enzymatic activity. Those with MAOA-L produce less of the enzyme, while those with MAOA-H produce more of the enzyme. There have been correlations between the low activity form of MAOA and aggression in observational and survey-based studies. Interesting enough, the low activity form of MAOA is reported to be much more frequent in populations that had a history of warfare.
The research behind this gene suggests that the low activity form of MAOA can influence aggressive behavior when provoked. This may go beyond just violent behavior. Aggressive behavior can come in many forms, like when running a powerful company. A commanding CEO may display aggressive behavior in order to grow the company into a powerful corporation (think Microsoft) or a politician who has this gene may be influenced in their decision-making.
What about with training? Those who have the warrior gene may have a higher tolerance of a pain threshold. The aggression linked with the warrior gene may be the driving force behind some people in a workout. This could explain why some people are willing to push themselves harder then others. It could be that they have a predisposition to be more aggressive and they take it out in a workout (or whatever way they make manifest for their aggression.) How many athletes at the CrossFit Games, do you think, have the warrior gene?
The research behind the ‘warrior gene’ is still inconclusive but the topic is interesting and lends itself to more research. Check out the study that Rose McDermott, professor of political science at Brown University, conducted in 2008.
You can also learn more about this gene by checking out the new series on The National Geographic Channel called ‘Born to Rage?’ Henry Rollins, the founding member of Black Flag, hosts this series and introduces the audience to a handful of characters who may have this gene. NFL players, Buddhist monks, mixed martial arts fighters and many other characters, are tested to see if they have the gene. If the topic interests you, or you are just a huge fan of Henry Rollins, then check out this episode to learn more about the ‘warrior gene.’