“The human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe.” – Voltaire 

The 2nd step of an amateur...
Your’s truly, on the clock.  The 2nd step of a rank amateur…

…and if you think you can run a sub 5.0 40, you’re delusional.

That said, if you *can* bust out a legit sub 5.0, you’re pretty goddamn exceptional.  Show me the REALFit proof (see below) and I’ll shake your hand and buy you a beer.  Let me put it this way: one of my life goals is to run a sub 5.0 40 at over 50 years of age.  It hasn’t happened yet.  At least, not with legit timing.

Now at 51, I’m not a half-bad athlete.  Let me paint a quick picture for you: in my prime, and as a collegiate strong safety, (and aside from terrorizing the piss out of opposing RBs and WRs) I ran a 4.49, 40.  And that time was, pardon the French, complete and utter bullshit.  Directionally accurate?  Sure.  But certainly not… legit.  Why would I say such a thing?  Because it was hand timed, which is inherently flawed.

Now in a practical sense, I was a step slower than the corners and neck-and-neck with the free safety; right about where you’d expect your strong safety to reside.  And, magically, the “official” 40 times fell in line.  Imagine that.

And the NFL combine 40 times?  They’re only half better, in terms of bullshit.  You see, combine 40s are STILL hand-timed at the start.  Why is that, when we have fully automatic timing (FAT) at our disposal?  I mean, for fuck’s sake, this is the 21st century, am I right?

Well, the last thing the NFL wants is lackluster (read, LEGIT) 40 times.  No more than a bro wants his legit bench known.  Or a stage-ready bodybuilder wants to reveal a DEXA’d bodyfat percentage.  It’s akin to butterfly pullups vs the real McCoy.  It’s shoving lead sinkers down the gullet of the bass you just snagged, prior to that IG’d weigh-in pic.  You get the idea.  FAT will make you seem SLOW in comparison to even the most honest attempt at accurate hand timing.

Check this out: for some excellent perspective on the 40, digest these two articles (here and here).  Good stuff.  It’s not often a sane mind (i.e., no ESPN, crazy-eyed blather) is brought into this discussion, so take advantage.

Now, the accurate measure and quantification of fitness is a passion for my good friend Dave Patzwald, of RealFit.  In fact the whole idea of the accurate measure and quantification of fitness (combined with Dave’s obvious passion and talent for that pursuit) is why we at ARXFit and Paleo f(x) teamed with Dave to create the Paleo f(x) FitScore.

For a quick explanation of what we came up with, check out this clip:

What’s interesting here is what we’re measuring is raw athleticism, absent of specific skill.  So, just as the NFL combine prepossess to measure raw talent (you’ll *still* have to scout a kid to determine if he has football specific skills), we do the same for the general public.  Is a Crossfit athlete any more fit than a Frisbee footballer?  Who the hell knows until we remove sport specific skill and measure raw fitness levels?  Well, that’s what we do!

Just an aside: the fastest 40 I’ve seen clocked thus far using RealFit’s FAT?  A 4.7-and-change reeled off by an ex Indiana track athlete… who was just hanging around playing frisbee golf with his buds when the picture above (during the Paleo f(x) FitScore beta testing) was taken.  He’s in the clip, wearing the long sleeve Indiana Track and Field Tee.  And he can FLY.

And yeah, you’ll get another crack at a sub 5.0 40 at this year’s Paleo f(x) event.  And maybe you can dethrone Cale Shultz or Liz Nierzwicki as overall male and female champions.  You better bring your A-game, though; they’re TOUGH!!  And by the way, Cale is just your everyday gym rat (a bro I can relate to!!) and Liz’s forte is yoga.  Interesting…

Crossfit?  Hello?  Better come to Paleo f(x) this May and claim these titles.

In health, fitness and ancestral wellness –

Keith

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