Thursday, December 9, 2010
Yesterday we explored how danger can push us to max efforts in a small burst. Today we will look at how work capacity and danger go hand in hand. Work capacity in simple terms is how much sustained work can you do over a given period of time. The longer the time, the less work output for most people. A power lifter can exert a tremendous amount of power but on for a very short time while a marathon runner has a relatively low power output but can sustain it for a very long time. Danger WOD will teach you how to sustain a weightlifter's high power output over a marathon time frame by harnessing the extreme power of the human survival instinct.
Danger WOD #2: "The Chilean Mining Disaster"
For this WOD you will need a 12lb sledge hammer and the ability to locate an old mine shaft. When selecting your mine shaft try and locate one as remote as possible. Many old USGS topographical maps have abandoned mine shafts marked. This is an excellent resource, use it. If you pick a mine shaft too close to civilization you run the risk of being discovered and potentially rescued before your training session is complete.
Ok, so you're at the opening of the mine located somewhere in the mountains with your sledge hammer. Enter the mine and just start whacking away at anything that looks supportive or load bearing. Why not just use dynamite? Because then you wouldn't get A) a really good warm up and B) the satisfaction of collapsing a mine the old fashioned way.
Soon enough, you should have weakened the structural integrity of the mine to the point where it has collapsed. At this point there will be no light, hazardous debris in the air (if there is any air, you might just get buried) and poisonous methane gas may be starting to accumulate. If you are not dead, this is the time to start the workout. One boulder at a time dig yourself out of the mine. Remember, air will run out and there's a chance the gasses will kill you before even that happens so work fast! When you emerge you will have the exact same work capacity as an industrial grade mining operation. Awesome.
A quick note on nutrition and supplements. Danger WOD is not about preparing for the unknown and unknowable, it is about throwing yourself headfirst into some life or death shit. when your life is on the immediate line, long term health, the law and just about everything else goes out the window. For this reason we recommend high doses of every performance enhancing drug. To survive and thrive using the Danger WOD training method you should be at a MINIMUM using 3 types of anabolic steroids, HGH, EPO, blood doping, military grade amphetamines, insulin shots, epinephrin shots and free base cocaine. Sleep or 24 hour recovery commas as we call them should be enhanced with heavy doses of GHB. As far as day to day meals are concerned, eat as much as possible of everything. If you stop eating, the terrorists win. The only beverage suitable for danger training is 4 Loko.