Workout of the Day:
Seven rounds for time of:
3 Thrusters (use approximately 85% of your 3-RM)
Party ’til you Puke?
Written by Mark Riebel
I had a conversation/debate the other day with one of my office mates concerning work out intensity. I’ll have to set the stage a bit first, but I’d like to hear the community’s thoughts on this.
First of all, my colleague is a 30-year veteran of the SEAL teams, so he’s got a slightly different mindset and set of objectives than the rest of us typical CrossFitters. You can’t really consider his argument without taking those points into account, and here’s what we were discussing.
Kurt was telling me that it is of great benefit to work out to the point of vomiting while training. He believes this because of the mental fortitude required to push oneself that far is of utmost importance. SEALs and many other MIL/LEO guys and gals have to have rock solid psyches in order to reach some of the levels that are required not only in their training, but in the performance of their duties in the field as well.
My initial assessment was that it’s not of any benefit to work to this point, but I made that claim solely on a physical basis. I believe that the stress the body must undergo in order to result in vomiting from training (assuming you’re not sick, haven’t drank or eaten great quantities immediately before working out, etc.) is of such a degree that this training would not result in a positive physical adaptation unless significant recovery was taken afterwards.
However, from a purely mental perspective, I believe Kurt is really on to something. I think if you are someone who requires exceptional abilities for your profession or chosen sport, or if you just are interested in really seeing how much suffering you can inflict upon yourself, then I think the ability to force oneself to a state of such physical exhaustion that vomiting is induced can be of great benefit. If you’ve already pushed to those levels of discomfort and beyond, when the situation is really on the line and calls for extreme feats of endurance and resilience, one could likely rise to the challenge much easier.
This is not an endorsement of the mindset for your WOD today, but I’d like to hear your thoughts. Please post them to comments.
(Editor’s Note – If you have an interest in testing your ability to push yourself to the point of vomiting, please let your coaches know. We will be happy to recommend a workout that can be done in your local park or beach – or any place other than the gym.)