As many of our members know, Kati and I had the privilege to attend the first-ever Strong Endurance seminar with our Chief StrongFirst Instructor, Pavel Tsatsouline last weekend in Denver, Colorado. The unveiling of Pavel’s recent years of exhaustive research drew quite the whos’s who crowd of fitness industry luminaries and it was very exciting to have a seat at the table. At the risk of becoming overly hyperbolic, I’ll just say that the event was an exceedingly powerful experience! With a better understanding of energy systems and endurance training at the cellular level, I couldn’t be more geeked out on writing effective new training programs and implementing the principles of what we’re calling “Anti-Glycolitic Training.”. Without going too deep into all the biochemistry stuff, I’ll try to share a taste of this evolutionary research and why it will be so powerful in improving the health and fitness of all of our trainees. To kickstart that effort, allow me to share with you Pavel’s “Tale of Two Leopards.”
A big cat researcher observed two separate leopards hunting for their evening meals. The first specimen was quite the spry, athletic type and was able to make his kill in about 16 seconds! After the hunt, he rested for a short while and then dragged his heavy prey up into a tree (a formidable feat of strength and endurance in and of itself) and ate at his leisure. The second cat, still quite the athlete, had a bit more trouble. He had some “mileage” on him, a few thorns in his paws, and possibly some other minor injuries slowing him down. It took him a full four minutes to make his kill. After all that struggle, as he panted in the shade trying to recover his strength, some hyenas attempted to take advantage of his hard work and steal his dinner. Following a confrontation with them and another significant recovery period, the leopard was finally able to laboriously, in stages, drag his prey up into a tree to hopefully eat at some point once he felt up to it.