Examination Week, Day #2

Today I passed my first anatomy exam.
I’m in Linz again, going through the examination circle for my BSPA-License. This can be compared to a strength and conditioning certification.

Anyhow, yesterday we did some coordination training and went down to the lab to conduct performance tests. Four people were tested, the tests covered were:

  • the WHO tri-level aerobic test
  • the PWC 170 test
  • the Conconi test
  • a lactic acid analysis

All pretty interesting.

Today, we focussed on nutrition. The lecturer is a cool guy who goes by the name Christian Putscher. You can find his webpage here. Now this Putscher really has a way of making bio-chemistry fascinating. There was a lot of stuff I didn’t know/didn’t think about before – basic stuff, as it turns out, really.

Amongst other stuff, he conclusively pointed out why the whole metabolic-balance concept is screwed up, why vegans are nuts and how certain dogmas need to be challenged from time to time. Also, his points made me strongly question the warrior diet I use to follow.

Now quite frankly, diet is a rather academical question here, as we have no access to a kitchen and the performance center is far off the shot. So, my diet here consists of a very limited choice of foods and no cooked/grilled/steamed/… stuff whatsoever. On the one hand, this is really bad, performance-wise. On the other hand, this makes it easier for me to switch to a different nutrition plan once back in Vienna, as I have to clean up my diet anyways. Until I’ve further investigated the questionable aspects of the warrior diet, I’ll propably stick with John Berardi’s Precision Nutrition System again.

Back to the topic at hand, tomorrow we’ll have lectures on sports psychology and proper exercise programming. Then, on Thursday and Friday, we’ll spend all day with the practical exams. While I expect Thursday to go smooth as butter, Friday might prove to be a challenge.

Anyhow, I’ll keep you up-to-date.
So long,

take care

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