Posted by Andy Petranek : Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012
The following is a post I wrote for Wellness FX and I'm reposting it here because the message is REALLY important. Knowing what is going on inside your body is as important (or more) than how you see your body responding or how your clothes are fitting. So what's going on in there? Do you have any idea? If you've been to your doctor, you might know your HDL & LDL levels, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. We've got a blood draw scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, but you don't have to wait until then. CLICK HERE to get signed up at CrossFit LA... you can then go to any Labcorp location around town (they are all over the place) to have your blood drawn for your test. And if you have any questions or comments, please post!
Reposted from the WellnessFX Blog
Do you remember your last physical? If it was anything like mine, you spent about 30 minutes waiting for the doctor, had a PA check your vitals, had the doc with you for about 10 minutes during which he poked and prodded, looking at very general things, and asking you an entire smorgasbord of questions, most of which have NOTHING to do with your particular situation, and after drawing blood at the end of the appointment he gave you an “everything’s fine”. MAYBE you got a call with the results of your blood test, and if you did, it lasted no longer than about 3 minutes, with either a “looks good”, or “let’s get you on Lipitor to lower your cholesterol.” Sound familiar?
Although your physical will possibly point out MAJOR discrepancies in your health, how does it help you take a proactive role in optimizing your health and fitness over the course of your life? Answer… it doesn’t. It falls short, WAY short.
Enter functional medicine. This branch of medicine distinguishes itself from others in it’s emphasis on prevention and treating underlying causes instead of symptoms. “Functional medicine is personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms for serious chronic disease. It is a science-based field of health care.” Personally, this is WAY more interesting to me… problem is, it’s time consuming and very expensive.
Enter WellnessFX. As a company their mission is to empower you to take charge of your health by providing you with personalized data, giving it meaning, and then connecting you with integrative health experts who can help you interpret it. This is all done through blood testing, laboratory analysis, and an interactive web site displaying your results. All of this is followed by a 15-45 minute phone consultation with a doctor of your choice who specializes in reading and interpreting your results. That last piece is KEY. Seeing results from a lab test is one thing, but trying to figure out what to do with it / about it is quite another. I have a hard time keeping even just a few test results and numbers straight – imagine having to interpret a battery of 30 – 125 tests! That is EXACTLY what these doctors do… they will help you make decisions about diet, lifestyle and supplementation you might want to consider to optimize your health based specifically on your numbers. By the way, this goes beyond “oh, just eat Paleo and take fish oil.”
WellnessFX offers several packages to suit your desired health goals and commitment. It’s truly personalized medicine designed to make you get the most of your time and effort. We’re kicking off a series of draws at CrossFit LA for anyone interested in a better way to manage your health. Join me today.
Monday's Workout (NO CAP)
In 20 minutes:
Front Squat 5-5-5
- work up to three heavy sets
5 Thrusters (135/95)
5 pull ups
... and coming Tuesday (CAP)
"Team CFLA Level 1 Test"
Section 1: To be completed in 24 minutes with a partner
70 Squats in 2 minutes
10 Deadlifts (BW/ ⅔ BW)
400 m run, 1:45men, 2:00 women
30 Hollow Rocks
Cobra Hold - 2:00
Push Ups - 30 men / 5 women (from the toes)
12 Rebounding Box Jumps (20/16)
Dead Hang Pull Ups - 7 men / 1 women
12 Wall Ball (unbroken) 20# at 10ft target men, 12# at 9ft target women
Section 2: To be complete in 24 minutes with a partner
Knees to Elbows - 5 men / 1 women
15 Push press (75/55)
15 burpees in 1 minute
50” HS Hold
12 OHS (75/45)
15” L sit or 30” Chair sit
12 Double unders
21 KB swings in 1 minute (24/16)
- note: no rest between sections