The video above shows three nutters doing a workout called "In-N-Out Fran"
21-15-9 reps of thrusters and pullups, with an In-N-Out triple beef patty burger eaten at the start, a double before the 2nd round and a single before the last round. I feel sick just writing this........
But I think the video highlights perfectly one of the biggest myths in exercise. How many of you exercise in order to justify eating unhealthy food, or just more food in general? How many of you decide after a long run, cycle or gym workout, that you can eat what ever you want straight after?
Well I'm afraid you are misinformed. YOU CAN'T OUT TRAIN CRAPPY NUTRITION.
Do you exercise every day, maybe twice a day, but still aren't losing weight? What's your nutrition like?
Trying to gain muscle, but can't shake the scrawy? Are you using functional, full body exercises like deadlifts, squats, pullups and presses? Then your nutrition needs work.
Can't seem to improve on your Fran time? Even your burger free Fran time? In fact your last attempt was SLOWER?! Then you've got to sort out your nutrition quick smart.
If we look at the In-N-Out Fran, the fastest guy took 12 minutes to finish his Fran, which will burn around 200 calories (820kJ) at the most, maybe 400 if we are really generous with the increased metabolism post intense exercise. But the calories from the burgers are about 1800 cals (or around 7500kJ), pretty much 2/3's of an average males entire daily food intake.
The guys in the vid have consumed 4-9 times more energy than they have burned. How is that going to help them achieve optimal body composition?
What do you think would happen if the In-N-Out guys did 3 or 4 more Frans to balance out the food they ate? Maybe a poor example, as the Frans would probably kill them before the junk food.....
Now the above mathematical equation was simply to make a point, no matter what kind of food you are eating, no matter how healthy, you will always consume more energy than you burn during exercise. Most of the energy in our food goes to the myriad of cellular processes happening to keep our bodies alive and functioning. Even if you just lay in bed all day, you are burning a reasonable amount of energy.
Exercising to offset your diet does not work. An intelligently designed workout will allow you to create the body you want, as long as you provide the right materials to build it with.
Those materials come from the food you eat.
After the 2010 CrossFit Games, a bunch of us really wanted to try In-N-Out after driving past outlets all week prior. Not being able to remember where any were in the maze that is Los Angeles streets, we punched In-N-Out into our faithful GPS. After 30 mins of driving, we rounded the last corner to arrive at our destination.......... Rick's In-N-Out Auto Mechanics..........