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I recently watched a documentary by Nova about 12 couch potatoes who trained 9 months to run a marathon. Surprisingly, the flick was fair, reiterating what us physical cultural folks have spewed for a bit now.
No, jogging is not a good fat loss tool, says the film. The only person of the 12 to drop a considerable amount of weight also worked hard on her eating habits and did a comprehensive weight training program. She also stalled after the first 4 months and didn’t drop another pound. I believe it was Alwyn Cosgrove who said fat people run marathons all the time.
No, running (at least modern traditional heel-toe style) is not really good for the joints. One person had to drop out for pain reasons, and several others suffered pretty hard during the training.
These 12 folks were all coached by high ranking marathon competitors, by the way. They weren’t just huffing it on their own. They all finished (except for the pain drop out), even if many of their times were considerably beyond the 6 hour point, and no matter how miserable they seemed crossing that finish line, it was, truly, still inspiring.
For my little brain, this brought up 2 questions…
1) Now what? What do they do next?
2) Why are marathons, which don’t pack the greatest fitness punch, so popular as a bench mark?
If ya dig yogging, by all means, yog like crazy! Get into your embodiment zone phase and enjoy the freedom of movement. You’re big boys and girls and don’t need my approval or permission. Do your thang and love every minute. BUT as a magic fitness bullet, as the fat goo destroyer, as the go-to for beginners to kick start their movement journey, there might be some more doors to open, another option or 2 (or 1,000,000,000,000) that might be worth at least sniffing a little.
So, Nova, try this for your next experimental documentary:
Take 12 couch potatoes and take a year to train them to clean and jerk their bodyweight (maybe a bigger ratio for men). I bet body composition would change more dramatically (and for the better) then the marathon runners, and they’d have to learn more movement skills along the way. And that’s just one possibility.
Just a thought…