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Metabolic Pathways Part 1

28
Nov

Metabolic Pathways Part 1

Nothing like a Roots/Verve duo to get the coach to try his hand at double Dutch.  Okay, not quite double Dutch, but a good start!  Leslie, a member of CrossFit Verve in Denver, Colorado stopped by to hit a workout with friend and Roots member Nisha.  Nisha is just a few weeks out of the Foundations Course and hit the Filthy Fifty in solid fashion.  Woo woo!

Nothing like a Roots/Verve duo to get coach Eric to try his hand at double Dutch. Okay, not quite double Dutch, but a good start! Leslie, a member of CrossFit Verve in Denver, Colorado stopped by to hit a workout with friend and Roots member Nisha. Nisha is just a few weeks out of the Foundations Course and hit the Filthy Fifty in solid fashion. Woo woo!

In CrossFit, we use three standards to define and evaluate our fitness: the 10 general physical skills, the ability to perform well at a wide variety of physical tasks, and our cumulative proficiency in the three metabolic pathways.

Three metabolic pathways fuel you for the variety of tasks you perform; they are the phosphagen, glycolytic, and oxidative pathways. Short, hard effort, and high powered work that lasts 10 seconds or less utilizes the phosphagen pathway.  An example of this is a 3 rep max deadlift.  Stretching a hard effort into several minutes of work causes the body to utilize the glycolytic pathway and includes efforts such as Fran and a single round of Barbara.  Longer efforts lasting more than several minutes and characterized by a comparatively low-powered effort fall into the oxidative pathway.  The Filthy Fifty and a 5K run are examples of oxidative work.

Training and proficiency in all three metabolic pathways is vital for every athlete.  Check back tomorrow for Part 2!

1 Response

  1. leslie

    Eric and Nicole- Thanks for the great workout yesterday. You’ve got such a great space- I hope to visit again real soon. Take care and thank you again. Leslie

    P.S. Eric- look how high you can jump!