Thanks to health & fitness gyms and fitness equipment manufacturers eager to provide ‘a solution’ to the growing numbers in the fitness boom, training and specifically sport specific training became dumbed down to the point that skill, technique and aerobic capacity were never even identified nor included in the solution that became what we know today as the standard of training. So all that we know is how to harm ourselves by over-trying to the point where we train and race ourselves to a toe tag.
Beyond the body count, has anyone checked how the solution is working for those not yet dead?
Let’s check… how did heart rate training zones work out for weight loss? Well, let’s see… since the ’80s and ’90s we – the collective we – has become the most overweight, obese and morbidly obese society to exist, the most diseased society to exist, the most medicated, drugged, intoxicated and ‘high’ (as in Cheech and Chong high) society to exist. I believe its rather safe to say… that heart rate training zones didn’t work out for weight loss, or general health especially since heart disease is still the #1 killer. Well, what about the success of runners in road race events? Surely the average times must be well ahead of times ran in the ’80s and ’90s, right? Wrong! Finishing times today are on average slower that in prior decades. So, so much for heart rate training zones taking running and runners to new levels.
Yet unconvinced that training zones are a dead-end, now we are taking them to new levels. Heart rate zones have lost popularity because with the latest gadgets being power meters for both cyclists and runners and with ‘sport science’ now becoming a marketing division and no longer actual science, manufacturers eager to sell are again selling the solution of training zones – this time just power zones – once again as the key to success. But it doesn’t stop there. Our suicidal tendencies have not been fully realized with training zones, so to supercharge training with power, its being tied with an even deadlier concept in training: HiiT [Hi Intensity Interval Training].
But we can surely put our faith in power training zones and HiiT? Right? Wrong! Hi intensity training which incredibly is being touted by all today has been shown in the literature (as in medical research) to be directly correlated with greater risks of cardiac and respiratory illnesses! Seriously, Google for yourself ‘J curve’ and ‘reverse J curve’ and you can read for yourself what you can expect training HiiT or any of its subsets: (i.e.) power training, bootcamps, Tabata training, spin classes, etc.. They are all the anti-thesis to training to be healthy, but hey… who cares, right? Because HiiT sells!
FYI… a coroner in the UK who performed an autopsy on a 15year old boy who trained for cyclocross to confirm the cause of death could not identify anything congenitally wrong with the boy’s heart… leaving only one thing to blame: how the boy trained. FYI… HiiT was his coaches go-to form of training. If HiiT can kill a 15year old who had an healthy heart of a 15year old… imagine what HiiT can do to you.