One of the the things we hear all the time is the quote from Zombieland: “First rule of Zombieland: Cardio.” After reading someone post this on our Facebook page, I started thinking about the first rule of ZombieFit.
First Rule of ZombieFit: Perform functional movements at high intensity.
Cardio is great, but by training JUST for cardiovascular endurance you are ignoring the benefits of anaerobic strength and the fitness aspects of having an increased anaerobic capacity. ZombieFit aims to increase your cardiovascular endurance, your functional strength and your anaerobic capacity via the performance of functional movements at high intensity.
First, you need to know what anaerobic capacity is. “Anaerobic” means “without air” or “without oxygen.” Anaerobic exercise is a short lasting, high intensity activity where the demand for oxygen from the exercise exceeds the oxygen supply. Anaerobic exercise relies on energy sources that are stored in the muscles and, unlike aerobic exercise, is not dependent on oxygen from (breathing) the air. In other words, anaerobic capacity is the amount of power available to a person when their oxygen system is depleted.
Without going into the various energy systems in the human body (we’ll save that for later, promise), it is possible to recognize when you’re using anaerobic power. Think of running a cross-country race (or any other long distance). If you were to sprint at the end of that race while your oxygen system was depleted, you would be using your anaerobic power.
This is important to those who practice parkour (and also in hundreds of other situations) as there may be a time when your oxygen system is depleted and you need additional power to jump a gap, climb a wall or perform a difficult vault (or run away from zombies). Having that reserve of anaerobic power will be essential to completing that movement.
Cardiovascular endurance is necessary to your overall fitness, but too many people believe it is the ONLY form of fitness.
Now you know better.
**Also, today is a Rest Day! We have started to upload parkour tutorial videos to our Tutorials page, and will be uploading further videos in the very near future.