Posted by Andy Petranek : Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012
What if I were to tell you that if you wanted to learn a new skill, in anything, the best way to "cement" it into your nervous system is to go for a run immediately after learning the skill? According to researchers at the University of Copenhagen, "There is evidence that aerobic exercise produces substances in the brain that drive memory consolidation and learning." Read the full article here from the NY Times.
When I read that, my first thought was, well duh... I've been CrossFitting now for years and putting runs after learning things like snatch, clean and handstands, and I can tell you that THAT works. But I didn't know that it actually works BETTER or faster than simply doing nothing. This might help to explain why we see such incredible and relatively fast fitness and skill improvements in CrossFitters. I find it interesting how often science tries to (and often does) prove what those of us that are out doing stuff already know is true. You know, that CrossFit thing... it really works. Ha!
1RM Hang Power Snatch
3 Hang Power Snatch @ 75% of 1RM
6 Box Jumps (32/24)
... and coming Wednesday
5 Triple-unders / 15 Double-unders
10 Ring Push-ups
15 AbMat Sit-ups