So you watched the latest episode of The Biggest Loser and you want to replicate the success of the people you have seen on TV. They are working out like maniacs so you decide that you must duplicate their intensity in order to duplicate their success. This is a misnomer.
If you do decide to try Crossfit after you have been sedentary all your life or if you want to do 3 hour workouts from the inception of your exercise program, you must realize that there are some potential downsides.
You don’t have to feel like you are on the verge of dying in order to have a good workout. When you see the people on TV that are drenched in sweat, breathing like it is their last breath, and seeing spots while laying on their back and looking at the sky this is not the ideal for which you should be striving. Steady, consistent exercise is much more effective and you are more likely to stick with the program.
Going on a starvation diet makes your body react like….wait for it….you are starving to death! When you go on a starvation diet, your body decides that times are bad and starts to shut down non-critical functions so you completely defeat the purpose of a starvation diet when you try this. A muted caloric intake is much more effective.
Rhabdomyolysis is a $5 word that is great to use when playing Scrabble but it isn’t great condition to achieve. The NIH defines Rhabdomyolysis as when the breakdown of muscle tissue is so severe that you actually have muscle particles present in your bloodstream. In extreme cases, Rhabdomyolysis can cause kidney failure and death. Most people don’t realize that when your muscles are sore, that is because the exercise has damaged the muscle tissue and the soreness is a result the damage and your body repairing itself. The more strenuous the exercise, the more chance of Rhabdomyolysis.
There are more reasons you should be reasonable in your training but these are the most common results that we see when someone catches the exercise bug and loses their mind when they decide to start.