So 2007 is over and 2008 has just begun. 2007 was a big year for me, i became involved with the parkour community early in 2007 and since writing a few articles ive had traceurs and free runners from all over the world contacting me for training advice.
some of the articles can also be found on swift freedom
To come are GPP for all (you can find in on the wwj forums), Parkour for health and Inside Injury Prevention. All should appear on WWJ shortly.
Its not been totally plain sailing, ive had to fight for my stance on strength and conditioning especially when a community has such staunch fitness concepts. Looking around fitness forums on parkour websites there is still alot of misinformation but the situation is gradually getting better.
As for 2008 this is a great time for traceurs and freerunners to map out their training and conditioning goals and seek to achieve the best possible.
A Few Choice questions from www.Worldwidejam.tv Q&A thread
Q : The little electronic devices you can buy that claim to be able to build lots of muscle; I imagine most people have heard of them, and how passing a low voltage current through your muscles will apparently make you as muscle-bound as the guy in the advert modelling the gizmo?
Right, well I looked into this a little further recently and found out that they were designed to avoid muscle atrophy for those who were unable to walk etc…
I didn’t think the idea sounded that stupid – I mean, it’s one thing to build muscle, but I can see that it might help reduce muscle *loss* by stimulating them.
There is a saying “Use it, or loose it” which involves your muscles shrinking if you don’t use them. Say for example that somebody were to gain muscle for aesthetic gains – could they use this device to keep this muscle on, or would it not have sufficient power to stimulate that amount of muscle?
Part of me says that it was probably designed for a person with a little, to an average amount of muscle, and that it wouldn’t work for larger muscle mass.
Thanks for reading.
A :The EMS units are nothing magical – they just force the muscle to contract repeatedly. If they are injured however then yes an EMS unit could be utilised along with a suitable rehab program quite nicely in addition, Poor nervous activation, no rom, no load bareing (so bone mineral desity does’nt improve), poor tissue stimulus due to poor motor unit recruitmentment, shows little gain in hyperthrophy. EMS does’nt give anywhere near the same stimulus as actual weight lifting.
Q: Do big muscles affect speed and agility??
A: Muscles are the organs creating motion to allow each of our bodily movements. Stronger muscles allow for stronger movements.
If you want to run faster or swing a bat harder, you must have stronger muscles. An athlete can play better if posses stronger muscles. Thus, there is really no truth at all to the statement that muscles will just slow you down.
sure there can be instances of all show and no go that exsists only in the largest body builders, but this because a body builder does’nt give a flying crap about functionality just pure size. that said most bodybuilders are strong/powerful guys. Having bigger muscles will make you powerful and fast.
Most highlevel gymnasts/sprinters/olympiclifters ive met have been well built and are fast and powerful.
The fear getting too big is silly, with the other activities traceurs do, it would be physiologically difficult without steroids.
to Quote CT “The size of a muscle determines its strength and power potential. I say “potential” because without the proper neural adaptations a big muscle won’t be a super strong muscle. Similarly, a super efficient nervous system without the proper engine (muscle mass) won’t be very powerful either.” – Christian Thibedeau
Q : Pasta has lots of complex carbs yes? (Correct me if i am wrong).
How long does it take for thr complex carbs to “release” the energy?
A: Complex carbs are a very broad umbrella term for polysaccarides
classical distinctions leaned toward recommending complex carbs because nutritionists assumed that a long polysaccharide (many simple sugars joined together) would take longer to digest than a simple sugar
simplistic notion of “complex equals good” and “simple equals bad” once had merit, but has become rather archaic, at least in application to real world (read as: fast, pre-packaged, yummy and artificial) choices. Now we have complex carbs that are heinous just as there are situations when good ol’ simple sugars are great.
Anyway i digress, the glycemic index, put simply, is a scale of how rapidly ingested carbs enter the bloodstream as glucose. we see large variations in the way the body handles various starches (technically, complex carbs). There’s considerable variation between rice, bread, and potatoes, for example. Brown potatoes and white pasta, are in fact, are very similar in glycemic and insulinogenic response to simple glucose hence i only usually eat sweet potatoes (yams) and brown pasta/rice.
Right thats all for this post.