Monday, April 2, 2012

Pushing the Limits of the Human Body

Leonardo Da Vinci - Baddass

Adrenaline and Strength

When we feel fear or are faced with a sudden dangerous situation, the human body undergoes an amazing change. The stressor -- for example, the sight of your son pinned beneath a car -- stimulates the hypothalamus. This region of the brain is responsible for maintaining the balance between stress and relaxation in your body. When it's alerted to danger, it sends out a chemical signal to your adrenal glands, activating the sympathetic system, which sends the body into an excited state. These glands release adrenaline (epinephrine) and noradrenaline (norepinephrine), hormones that create the state of readiness that helps a human confront danger. Together, these hormones raise heart rate, increase respiration, dilate the pupils, slow down digestion and -- perhaps most importantly -- allow muscles to contract.

All of these changes in our normal physical state prepare us to face danger head-on. Combined, they make us more agile, allow us to take in more information and help us use more energy. But adrenaline's effect on muscles accounts for amazing strength. Adrenaline acts on muscles, allowing them to contract more than they can when the body is in a calm or neutral state.

Westside Strength Training
Lower Body Max Effort
Back Squat worked up to a 2 Rep Max of 245 lbs (no improvement from last week)
Deficit Sumo Deadlift worked up to a 2 rep max of 335 lbs
Metabolic Conditioning
5 rounds
5 thrusters [front squat to a press] at 135 lbs
5 kipping pull-ups
Core Training
10 rounds
5 kipping pull-ups
30 second plank hold

Bone Cortical Remodeling

Quote of the Day
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us."

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