Holy crap. I am so sore this morning. I mean, everything is sore. I can’t remember the last time a Body Pump class kicked my butt like that. It sounds like the principle of specificity to me!
Ready for some science?!? (I totally just felt like Mal writing that. He says that any time he wants to teach me something new.)
The principle of specificity is often refered to as the SAID principle, which stands for specific adaptation to imposed demands. Essentially, this means that the body will specifically adapt to the type of demand (training) placed on it. Lance Armstrong’s experience in the 2006 New York City Marathon is a great example of the SAID principle.
Armstrong barely met his goal of breaking 3 hours in his first marathon. Rumor has it he pretty much walked the last couple of steps of the race. For real. He said no alpine climb on his bicycle had ever been as tough as the New York City Marathon.
For the level of condition that I have now, that was without a doubt the hardest physical thing I have ever done. I never felt a point where I hit the wall, it was really a gradual progression of fatigue and soreness.
Ok, Lance finished in 2:59:36, which is still an amazing time, but he really struggled.
I think I bit off more than I could chew, I thought the marathon would be easier. [My shins] started to hurt in the second half, especially the right one. I could barely walk up here, because the calves are completely knotted up.
Even though I’m sure he trained for the marathon, Armstrong’s body was likely much more adapted to the endurance cycling training he placed upon it. (I mean, he kicks ass at cycling for a reason!) According to ESPN.com, “Armstrong’s build presented a stark contrast to the elite men’s runners who preceded him on the course. The cycling champion’s heavily muscled legs and powerful chest set him apart from the slender Kenyans who traditionally dominate the race. Even Armstrong compared the leaders’ legs to pencils.” Hello, SAID principle.
Obviously, I am no Lance Armstrong, but the same principle applies. After all of that training for NYCM, my body adapted to those demands, which helped me to run a 4:21 marathon and not die doing it. However, I wasn’t strength training as much at the time, so my muscles were definitely surprised by a new demand placed upon it yesterday during Body Pump.
Interesting stuff, right? Studying for this NASM exam is actually a lot of fun. I hope you guys don’t mind me sharing this type of info with you. I think it’s really neat, and it helps me learn it!
Yummmm! Great breakfast this morning!
I made an oatmeal pancake with peanut butter, maple syrup, and banana slices on top. I amped up the nutrition of the pancake by adding 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed and 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder to the recipe.
Murphy and I are off to the dog park!
Enjoy your Saturday!