a New York Times article by Heather Havrilesky pokes fun at "extreme fitness" such as sledgehammer workouts and compares them to sacrifice with religious overtimes:
"The whole notion of pushing your physical limits — popularized by early Nike ads, Navy SEAL mythos and Lance Armstrong’s cult of personality — has attained a religiosity that’s as passionate as it is pervasive. The “extreme” version of anything is now widely assumed to be an improvement on the original rather than a perverse amplification of it."
unfortunately, the writer is missing the target. the problem in the United States is not "extreme fitness," but that so many Americans engage in no fitness at all. with obesity rates skyrocketing, we should embrace any movement to increased fitness, sledgehammers or not.
having counseled many prospective patients in regards to weight loss, nutrition, and increased activity, we at rhee plastic surgery preach the mantra, "there is no quick fix."
of course, body contouring will help, but if the fundamental issues that led to weight gain are not addressed at the same time, patients will end up very quickly where they were (or even worse). we encourage our patients to maximize their own efforts first, always.
in addition, the CrossFit movement, disparaged by the NYT writer, has done more for fitness in the past decade than any other type of workout (yes, even Zumba). we at rhee plastic surgery love CrossFit, and our local gym in Midland Park, CrossFit Bison, is definitely tops on our list.