The Clown Has Awakened

6 February 2014

Puke. Upchuck. Ralphing. These are just a few of the slang terms used to describe a natural bodily reaction to a stressor. CrossFit has come a long way since Pukie the Clown. Why though?! Why must I vomit, you ask? There are a few factors that can cause vomiting during or immediately after a WOD, individually or in tandem.

  1. Blood Flow Changes: When working out at high intensity, your cardiac output will be directed to the areas of the body that need it most, such as your limbs. Blood flow to organs and the stomach will diminish.  This can cause cramping in the stomach that may induce vomiting.
  2. Hormone release: When placing your body in fight-or-flight mode, you release multiple hormones including endorphins.  The surge may cause you to purge!
  3. Dehydration: if you WOD without hydrating, you can experience dizziness, disorientation and vomiting.  Muscle contraction depends on the electrolytes calcium, sodium, and potassium. Without them, muscle weakness or severe muscle cramps are likely.
  4. Food: You ate a Crunchwrap Supreme slathered in hot sauce in the lobby 5 mins before the WOD.  Need we say more?

If you have to use the puke bucket, don’t be embarrassed.  But – don’t aspire to make Pukie The Clown your WOD buddy. Vomiting can be a side effect of highly intense workouts, but it’s not a goal to aspire to.  Train smarter. Not harder… and hydrate generously!


Pukie in his glory days.

7 Feb 2014

Back Squat:
WU: 5,5,3 @ 40,50,60
WS: 3,3,3 70, 80, 90

KB Swings
Russian Twists


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