I've always been confused and annoyed with these stupid bastards training the terrible exercise hybrids I call Crosshitty.
What these "Crosshitters" do is a kind of CrossFit, but they do not use Olympic lifts or squats or deadlifts or any attempt to fulfill the ten recognized "fitness domains". It's a bit like HIIT, but there are no active recovery periods. It is just a frenetic, incessant, sweaty activity, accompanied by an enigmatic complacency. Hence the name "Crosshitty."
They do not train for any sport, and if training itself is their sport, they do not have barometers to measure their progress or ability if they do not gradually increase their speed with which they pit the ground with their sad ones Featuring ridiculous combat ropes represent their version of a sporting event.
They do not even seem to adhere to fixed nutritional guidelines or plans. Food is not so much the gateway to health or the building blocks of muscle, it's just gasoline to keep their high-revving engines running.
Their numbers are legion and who knows what motivates them to make their sweats, but it seems there can actually be a measurable benefit to what they do, only they do not know it.
A huge new study from the Cleveland Clinic says there is "no upper limit" to the life-prolonging benefits of fitness ̵
What They Have Done
Cleveland Clinic researchers analyzed data from 122,007 patients admitted to a tertiary care medical center between 1991 and 2014. Patients were divided into five groups based on their performance on a treadmill.
The subjects were placed in the lower quarter of fitness, a below average fitness level, above average high, fit or in the top 2% of fitness and endurance. The researchers tracked them every eight years and discovered which ones died and why.
What they found
Due to low fitness, the risk of death increased fivefold. This means that fitness played a bigger role in longevity than smoking (which increased mortality chances by a factor of 1.4), diabetes (also 1.4) and cardiovascular disease (factor 1.29).
The mechanic was less likely to die for some reason, be it from illness or a randomly installed ceiling fan. In addition, this relationship proved to be true at every fitness level. Those with the lowest level of fitness were more likely than those with average fitness, while those with a higher level of fitness were less likely to die than those with above average fitness levels.
At the forefront of longevity, the highest scores were 2 percent of respondents, who were about 80 percent less mortal than those with the least stamina, led senior researcher Dr. Wael Jaber, writing that there is "no observed upper limit of utility" in terms of mortality.
The results of this study were clearly based only on a very narrow definition of "fitness", ie how well someone's ticker worked while he was making a kiboo like a two-legged hamster on a bike with a pair of cords.
The study had no impact on nutritional status, hormone status, immune system function, genetics, economic status, or anything else that could contribute to overall health and longevity.Of course, patients would probably suffer from cardiovascular health eating poorly, having hormones, or having an immune system that was barely ahead of them.
Still, the results are convincing, which brings me back to crosshitty people, who, as it turns out, actually did could benefit from their frenetic activities. Whether they can sustain their crazy activity long enough to derive life-long benefits seems unlikely.
No, my longevity money is on the generic, sensible, not crosshitty fitness rat, which is a man or woman who practice resistance training with either a conjugate or linear system and sprinting with kettlebell work high repeatability, running or running treadmill and maybe even occasionally working with the fool fighting ropes and who looks at food through a wide functional lens and does everything they can to enhance and preserve the wonderful machinery of the human body.
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- Kyle Mandsager, MD1; Serge Harb, MD1; Paul Cremer, MD1; Dermot Phelan, MD, PhD1; Steven E. Nissen, MD1; Wael Jaber, MD1, "Association of cardiorespiratory fitness with long-term mortality in adults undergoing the treadmill test," JAMA, 19 October 2018.