Every three months I get an urge to practice basic gymnastic holds (handstands, planches, levers). I never really get anywhere though. Maybe I’m impatient. Maybe I like barbells better. Regardless, I have much admiration for those that can do a planche. I mean, a push up without hands? Really?
Everytime I search for tips, I run into pictures and videos, and it hit me the other day: most people that can do advanced holds are lean. And I’ll even say, most are rather muscular without much fat. I know, I know, a fat person wouldn’t be able to do them, so I shouldn’t expect to see much evidence against my observations. But it reminded me of the adaptation process and why it might just make sense.
Muscle is formed when our body thinks it will be destroyed without it. Our legs grow from squatting because he barbell will collapse on us if they don’t. If there isn’t enough food to support the growth, then we will just get stronger. Either way, adaptations are taking place from specific signals given to the body.
But consider moving you bodyweight through space. Would a signal be put through that says, “how fat I am affects my ability to survive” ? If you’re constantly being chased by velociraptors, are you lean because you’re burning calories, or because your body knows it runs slower with love handles?
DeFranco says that he can tell how fast a guy is by how many pull ups he can do. Isn’t this similar? How can we be fat if we can move our body through space with strength and speed?
Is moving your body through space in challenging ways more important than burning calories? Can your mind tell your body, “I need to be lean, I can’t be fat, I need more muscle to survive” ?