The Sport of Life
Sarah Pope MGA has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She is a summa cum laude graduate in Economics from Furman University and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
She is the author of three books: the bestseller Get Your Fats Straight, Traditional Remedies for Modern Families, and Living Green in an Artificial World.
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Her mission is dedicated to helping families effectively incorporate the principles of ancestral diets within the modern household. She is a sought after lecturer around the world for conferences, summits, and podcasts.
Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year in 2010 at the International Wise Traditions Conference, subsequently serving on the Board of Directors of the nutrition nonprofit the Weston A. Price Foundation for seven years.
Her work has been covered by numerous independent and major media including USA Today, ABC, and NBC among many others.
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There are many methods to fitness of which CF is only one; the “safety” of any method is more a product of the abilities and techniques of the instructor or athlete but you are right this can be debated. . .
I will state it again: every training routine contains within its structure a blueprint for deficiency but I will define that term as implied. If a marathon runner trains solely in the aerobic realm he may very well develop excellent cardio respiratory fitness but he will be deficient in strength. On the other hand if a power lifter trains solely for strength he will indeed be strong but deficient in endurance. To excel at any sport you must to a considerable degree train with some specificity but not to the degree that everything else is neglected or you will limit your full potential. While the article dealt with sports the main focus was the sport of life and the applicability of preparedness for it to the average Jane & Joe.
The very nature of CF and its inherent strength is to not be the strongest or have the best endurance but to have overall fitness, which is required to survive or rather thrive in the game of life. To be prepared for whatever may come your way on a daily basis; thus the popularity with the military, law enforcement officers and firefighters. And yes, any athlete involved in a sport definitely needs some specific training of which CF can be a part. I would not have baseball, football or basketball players run a 10k nor would I completely ignore the need for a small amount of cardio respiratory fitness.
I cannot speak for the 1700 + CF affiliates but I can tell your misinformed friend this; our programming is designed to impact lives and while the group classes are for general physical preparedness they are far from “babysitting”. There is a high level of coaching employed with strict emphasis on form and technique. It not only improves their fitness but their lives in general. I have also trained several excellent athletes for various sports; while they most definitely train specifically for the skills required in the sport the strength and conditioning aspect–a fine tuning of the same principles and tailored for their needs brought them to levels not previously achieved. It was the “proper knowledge, assessments skills and programming of the coach” as well as the drive and talent of the athlete that got them there. And while not the only path it is unwise to not acknowledge the efficacy of the CF methodology.
And FTR I don’t eat cake
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Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist
Thanks for taking the time to write this comment, Eric. I very much appreciate your perspective.
I agree wholeheartedly with the idea of giving every day "misters and misses" the opportunity to work out using a variety of methods (whether this is through CF or other and possibly inherently safer and more structured methods; this can be debated…).
I would be very careful in stating the following however: "Every training routine contains within its structure a blueprint for deficiency." We need to define deficiency if so. As your article is dealing with sports and athletes in particular, one has to be careful not to apply the training methodologies of your average gym-goer with the very specific needs of athletes who, essentially by choice, require more specificity.
There's a Hungarian proverb that says: "If you only have one ass, you can't sit on two horses." So basically, if you try to do everything in your workout, you get a lot less accomplished. This is but the reality of the SAID principle… And because of the very nature of CF, its inherent weakness is just that: you will never be good or great at anything specific, just average at everything. If that's your piece of cake, fine 🙂
I agree with your statement: "Sports and games like football, baseball, tennis and basketball in contrast to our workouts have more varied and less predictable movements." Yet, these less predictable elements are still within the realm of relatively specific conditions. Baseball players have no business of going for a 10km run, any more than tennis players should swim (enough shoulder issues already…) or basketball players should take up long-distance cycling.
The goal of the majority of sports athletes ARE very specific, and therefore their training should reflect that (that doesn't entail redundancy, far from it). This is where proper knowledge, assessment skills and programming of the coach or trainer come in. As a friend of mine has said before, simply writing a program on one dry erase board for hundreds of athletes isn’t training; it’s babysitting. And I believe that to be true for most athletes.
Perpetual General Physical Preparedness for the general population is one thing, but I think it is unwise to try and apply those principles to sports and their practitionners who, by definition, are specialists.