Tuesday, October 18, 2011
San Diego ...and what I learned..a must read
My wife, sister and I attended the first ever OPT Big Dawg Bash in beautiful San Diego 2 weeks ago. We had the pleasure of listening to multiple presentations from Doctors, and business owners along with numerous discussions with individuals who are filled with outstanding knowledge. Below I will provide some good cliff notes that some of you may find interesting.
James Fitzgerald started out the evening with his definition of fitness:
Fitness is an evolving journey and exploration of the connection between spirit, mind and body while attempting to discover physical potential while leading to discovering purpose and producing longevity of oneself.
It was encouraged that everyone come up with their own definition of fitness, there is no right and wrong answer, defining this word can and will give you guidance and a big picture view of why you are doing what you are doing.
Dr Mike Malloy, neurologist, chatted about the positive feedback loop regarding poor food choices, chronic inflammation and its relation to depression. There are approx 10 trillion bacteria in the gut, poor bacteria from crappy food leads to a leaky gut (displaced microvilli) and that poor bacteria has negative influences on the rest of the body, depression and a whole host of other problems.
Cortisol (hormone released from stress) turns on the immune system (to protect the body from harm) which leads to increased inflammation. A treatment found to be successful in reversing depression and anxiety is by treating and blocking inflammation in the body. We can fix that in numerous ways....we do it everyday at GG.
He chatted about removing stressors in your life that dont apply to your goals, whether its physical goals or life goals. Thats accomplished by teaching clients how to perceive stress differently. The "stressor" is still present in most cases but simply viewed differently.
Scotty Hagnas chatted about flow work and how you can implement that into your daily training program as recovery. You can check out that info soon at http://scotthagnas.com/
Dr Dick Tom talked about the exercise tolerance test. The exercise tolerance test evaluates the adrenal gland (part of the endocrine system) and cortisol to determine whether exercise is seen as a stressor to the body and gives detailed analysis and recommendations based on results to optimize performance. There is no difference in good stress versus bad stress to the body. If we can balance your cortisol levels over the course of the normal day there is COUNTLESS health benefits to this. We reviewed numerous results of clients. Ex: clients who exercise to relieve stress, clients who exercise for energy, clients who exercise way too much and clients who have normal cortisol levels.
Do you have low energy at 2-4PM, exercise, and then have trouble falling asleep? Do you come to the gym stressed and find yourself relaxed after your training session? Do you enter the gym with good energy, leave feeling as though you worked hard and fall asleep with no problem? do you exercise 2x a day are sore and not seeing improvement? WE CAN TELL ALL THIS AT THE GG, with this simple test that we have access too. Important? very....
James Fitzgerald talked about long term athlete development and what that means. An athletes "training age" determines many things when developing there training program. A training age is how long a client has had hands on experience with specific modalities. A client who has worked out for fun at the local gym for the past 10 years with no coaching has a training age close to zero. A 6 year crossfitter with some proper coaching has a 4-6 year training age. The older the training age, the more than training program changes for that individual. A young athlete can compete 6-8x a year and has to be tested frequently to find limitations ( young as in training age). An athlete with an average training age can compete 3-4x a year and their main purpose is to discover their essence/engine with training and find out exactly where they are within their sport. An older athlete can compete 1-2x a year and the majority of their training is skill based versus testing. An off-season is mandatory for competitive athletes, allows proper healing and mental relief. If fitness is for health and longevity then you must always stay active.
Dr Geoff Drobot
Your body is a bucket. Think of poaring water into a bucket, the water just sits there until you add a spout. Toxins sit in your body if not properly digesting them. If your liver is overflowed with crap it spills over into your blood = bad news.
Your not what you eat, your what you can not eliminate (digest). Toxins b/t cells interrupt cell signaling causing a whole host of short term and long term problems. Proper digestion = good health
Dr Sean Riddle
It takes 30 hours to digest a meal through your gi tract which has the surface area of a tennis court. Leaky gut syndrome is caused by food particles that pass thru the gut lining causing an immune response. This draws the immune cells from the rest of the body to the gut for the food intolerance/allergy. If the immune system is busy fighting this problem it can not function elsewhere = problems. 80% of serotonin(major contributor to feeling happy) is produced in the gut. Unhealthy gut leads to unhappiness. This is simplified but you get the point.
There is a solid cortisol connection between a leaky gut and immune response. Inducers of cortisol are mental/emotional stress, Blood glucose dysregulation, chronic inflamation, poor sleep patterns, excessive/inappropriate exercise.. Cortisol thins the gut membranes which leads to leaky gut. Cortisol also exaggerates the immune response. Get sick alot or just feel "off"...hopefully this sums up some things for you.
A quote that stuck with me after leaving San Diego:
Everything popular is wrong- James Fitzgerald
Our team at Garage Gym and its business partners are working in collaboration to bring the latest research/information to our community that is 30+ years ahead of the general publics in regards to fitness/longevity/nutrition and mental-emotional health.
Im hoping this was helpful for some of you.