With yesterday’s post finally off my chest so to speak even though the story isn’t yet finished, I would like to switch gears somewhat and wade into the great debate of evolution at this corner of the internet. This won’t be a nature versus nurture article, or a deeply thought piece on whether we were created by the universe as opposed to having evolved from primordial goo. It isn’t even an attempt to ponder the possible reasons for our existence. Seriously, what a mind bending, chase your thoughts around in your head for a relative eternity that can be. No, philosophy and dogma are not going to be the order of the day. I will not be debating creation or evolution in that sense, not at this point in time at least, and not here.
Regardless of which side of that never ending and never to be resolved conversation you are on, I think we can all agree that we human beings are an incredibly adaptable species. Adaptation is a necessary component of evolution. In the world of survival of the fittest, either you adapt and thrive, or you suffer and become extinct.
It’s with that in mind that I tell you that the body I have today is not the same body I had ten years ago. I don’t just mean that it’s stronger or has better endurance, although both of those are true as well. I literally mean that I have a completely different body than I had ten years ago.
You’re thinking that through lots of weight training, sprints and Olympic lifting that what I mean is I’ve added to my body. Assets such as muscle, endurance, strength, power, agility and mobility. Once again that is a correct assumption, however those were just the tools used to accomplish the task. I’m telling you straight up, the body I have now is a completely different body.
As some of you likely already know, at any given point in time, our bodies are in a state of growth, maintenance and decline. This cycle is perpetual and to break it down to rough numbers, 25 percent of our cells are regenerating, 50 percent are in their prime, and 25 percent are declining or dying off. This is from our skin all the way through to the marrow in our bones. Every six months our bodies have completely rebuilt themselves.
This alone backs up my point that I now possess a different body than I did ten years ago, but only tells part of the story. It’s this fact coupled with the earlier assumption that it is through training and diet that I have added to my existing body, because those two facts together present the point I’m getting at. That point is that it has been through training and diet that an adaptation has occurred resulting in a body that has evolved to become a completely different body.
Yes, it has evolved. The body I now have has capabilities that before it did not. It has grown new tissue, bone density, additional mitochondria, greater lung capacity, has shorter recuperation time, increased insulin sensitivity, more advanced coordination, agility and mobility. Those are just the adaptations I can think of off the top of my head, all of which are measurable. If a body has adapted in this many different categories, has that body not evolved?
Those of you reading this are likely members of this newly adapted breed of human. Bigger, stronger and faster than the being you were born. Have we in fact become something else? I’m not for a moment implying that we aren’t human or are better than someone that doesn’t train with the same exuberance, or someone that doesn’t train at all.
At our core we are still the people that we have always been. Our beliefs and values are something that also can evolve over time if our minds remain open. It’s with an open mind and a willingness to communicate and share ideas that as a society we continue to move forward. Hopefully to a better place in the future.
Getting back to our constantly adapting and evolving bodies, does it not stand to reason that if our bodies are constantly forced to adapt and grow, that more regeneration will happen than decline. If through our training we always provide a greater stimulus within relative parameters of course, is it not a logical conclusion that we will continue to grow younger? I’m not referring to age as that’s a number and the odometer clocks new seconds constantly, but the actual age of our bodies.
The generation of entirely new cells means that real and measurable growth is occurring. If that state remains constant even in a small, but slow climb to more new cells, then how can age related decline manifest itself. You are literally growing in ways similar to a child.
Maybe there comes a time when this progress becomes impossible. I have yet to see that day and I’m not entirely convinced it exists. I see that a tree grows big and strong and eventually dies. A tree can’t put itself under continuously adaptive stress though.
Weight training, fitness and health as we now know it is still in its own form of infancy. We have yet to see anything close to what will eventually be discovered. There is so much we don’t know about nutrient ratios, timing, training induced hormone release and detailed training programs that are structured to maximize all of these factors.
I’m aware that I see things differently than most, and as a result of that I believe that anything is possible if you have a strong mind, body and spirit. For now I am from the school of thought that if you are growing new cells that previously were non existent, then you are in fact growing stronger in every capacity. If you become more, then you are becoming more alive. It’s through this additional life that we can turn back time and become more vital, not less. Until next time,