Childhood Obesity / News

Childhood Obesity / News


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Next training session, free for prospective members is at Crossfit Digbeth at 1000 on 29/08/2018. Let me know if you’re coming as there is an online booking and waiver to sign which I can direct you to.


A nice simple but deadly one this week. Hopefully everybody who wants to can have a go at this without any specialist equipment.

5 2-minute rounds of:
10 burpees
200-m sprint
Max-rep burpees (as many as you can do up to the 2 minute time cap).
Rest 3 minutes between rounds.

Reduce the reps so that the first set of Burpees and run take no more than 90 seconds. Each round should be an all-out sprint.

Intermediate Option
As Rx’d.

Beginner Option
4 2-minute rounds of:
5 burpees
200-m sprint
Max-rep burpees
Rest 3 minutes between rounds.

If you cant run due to injury or other circumstances, substitute run for row or cycle.


I’d like to draw your attention to a couple of articles, one from the Guardian regarding obesity being on the rise in the general population, and one from The BBC regarding a worrying rise in Childhood obesity. Both have prompted a lot of debate regarding what is causing it and how to remedy it. There are lots of proponents of taxing sugary and processed foods as these are heavily linked to the crisis and the rise of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes particularly. Whilst that would be great it’s not likely to happen in a significant way, anytime soon for various political reasons (foil hat time).

That pretty much leaves individual responsibility. You are responsible for your own health and that of your kids. That requires education to know what the right choices are with regard to eating and activity ,and the discipline to make them consistently.

There are lots of good books out there that explain why we get fat but a really excellent choice to start with is ‘Why we get fat’ by Gary Taubes.

There are numerous case studies across the world whereby Crossfit and the associated lifestyle has reversed Type 2 Diabetes and other Chronic diseases. The prescription is simplistic and measurably effective. Crossfit prescribes the following:

The antidote…..

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: deadlift, clean, squat, presses, clean and jerk, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climbs, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.”

Greg Glassman – Crossfit founder and head coach.

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