Sunday, May 16, 2010

Stimulating the Parasympathetic Nervous System

You wake up after a restful night’s sleep to hit up the gym before the sun comes up. The last few training days have been pretty taxing on you, but surprisingly, you were able to hop out of bed with very little soreness. But that was gone three minutes into your warm up. Today is your deadlift day, and even though your legs, back, and arms feel strong, the weight feel heavy. Way too heavy. Why is this? Why do you feel so weak and unmotivated to lift heavy and strong? Because while your muscular system may have recovered from your previous workouts, your nervous system hasn’t.

If you’ve ever felt this way in the gym, odds are that it can be attributed to your nervous system being in a sympathetic state. To understand how to fix the problem, you must first understand the problem, so a brief physiology lesson is due. The nervous system is broken down into two main components—the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The CNS is made up of the brain and spinal cord while the PNS is broken down into subdivisions—the sensory-somatic nervous system and the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS controls much of what goes on internally in the human body to make sure that it functions normally, such as breathing when we aren’t thinking about it, stimulating the release of bile from the gallbladder, and controlling our heart rate.

Taken from EliteFTS, read the rest here.

The no-handed pull up.

Med Ball Rotation Passes

Max Effort Deadlift

Rest 5 minutes then
Squat Jumps (Men use 45#/Women use 33#)
Clapping Push Ups

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Aaron running his T-Test.


  1. 335# Deadlift - PR from 320# and felt easier pulling this time.

    I think I did the metcon in 6:40 but I could be wrong...