Originally Posted by Allen Yeh
Huh? If he's not making money then he should gain weight?
, but not exactly. Hm. I attempted to type out an explanation here, but wasn't able to come out with anything too coherent. (Sleepy.) My belief here is sort of along the lines of CrossFit's "general fitness is better than specialization," except:
1. In the case of elite athletes, specialization is obviously better, because it provides you with a job.
2. I don't like the recent CrossFit definition of "fitness," and would prefer to use the term "physical health."
3. It seems to me that it's easier to semi-specialize in strength without harming overall fitness/physical health, then it is to semi-specialize in endurance.
4. If you're not elite, you can still compete in your sport for the fun of it, obviously, but winning on a local/regional level shouldn't necessarily be a high priority if it could interfere with overall fitness/physical health, since generally, a decrease in physical health leads to a decrease in overall health (where that includes physical, social, mental, and spiritual components). Of course, for those people would see that prioritization of physical health as seriously interfering with with their enjoyment of life (which is part of overall health), then ignore what I'm saying and do what you want, since I'm not one of those people, and what I'm saying doesn't apply to you. (Well, it does in the way that overall health should be put first, but not in the way that I see physical health as playing into overall health.)
So, it's possible for an elite athlete to train in a way that wrecks is body in the long run, but still be healthy, because health encompasses more than just physical stuff. For example, he might have been very regretful for the rest of his life had he not gone for the opportunity to go pro in whatever sport he was in. It's also possible for a recreational athlete to feel the same way, but not as common
, I don't think, because people don't generally take recreational sports as seriously, because, well... They're recreational. It seems to be that most of the ones who take it seriously are either elite, or at least trying to get there.
Bah, crap. I just typed out another long explanation. At least these one is semi-coherent.
Does anyone else ever find themselves spending upwards of 30 minutes on a single post (or email, or paragraph in an essay, or topic of mediation, etc.), or am I an oddball in this regard?