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PFS & Dumbbell Snatch Sugar!

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Now, I don’t want to be sending you mixed messages, but don’t get lazy with your thinking in terms of sugar and its role in your diet. It is very easy to let a little in and then find ourselves back in “slave” mode to this seemingly innocent chemical compound. As Americans we often take a winner takes all attitude about anything we set our minds to accomplishing. Maybe it’s because of the fast-paced world we live in and how we are encouraged to learn a little bit about everything quickly and get by with understanding the surface of something versus learning about something deeply and really understanding the long-term effects of our decisions. There are many things I could point to here–heart disease and diabetes rates skyrocketing, childhood obesity at an all time high in our country, removing the fat from our diets because we thought that fat was making us fat. A lot of harmful conditions created in our society because we didn’t really dig deep enough.

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You think you already have a good handle on what sugar does to your body. But wait, there’s more–why is it so hard to get it out of our diets? Yes, it’s cheap, easy to produce and quickly sates that feeling of hunger. But consider another reason it’s difficult to get away from. Consider the amount of stress we live in every day. This article talks about how sugar may help to reduce cortisol levels enough to get you through acutely stressful periods. Get it? We use it to calm ourselves down. But beware! If we are always stressed then it stands to reason that we would always reach for the thing that calms us down. Enter sugar- it is easy and cheap and VERY accesible. Sooo easy to just pop that piece of chocolate into your mouth or kill that pint of ice cream at the end of a stressful day. You have to ask yourself is it worth it to reach for this drug knowing all the harm it causes to alleviate an acute situation or do you have the power to find other remedies to calm yourself down and get through the tight spots? I bet you are stronger than you think you are and here are some stress reducers you can try out as an alternative to going to the local FroYo bar.


Friday’s WOD

Pausing Front Squat. 3×5. Start at 65% of 1RM. Linear Progression. Add 5# each week. 3 second count at the bottom. Today should still be on the light side with incredible focus on form.

Note: This is last week of Linear Progression with this movement. We will retest the the 1RM front squat 2nd week of June.

3 rounds for time

40 Dumbbell Snatches (60/35)
40 GHD Sit Ups
40 Burpees Box Jump Overs

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