Saturday, October 11, 2008
Meet the Kaho Witi French Fry
In Brazil, the Kraho peoples celebrate the Potato Festival every year to mark the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the dry season. The Witi log race is all about strength and endurance. Two identically sized logs, over 176 pounds, are cut down and prepared for the race.
The teams sprint over three miles back to the village, and complete 10 tours of the village center (over 400 yards each), passing the log continuously between them. Few men have the stamina to compete the course. Many drop out.
But don't worry, in an attempt to increase work capacity across broad time and modal domains, SFCF will be prepared should they encounter the Witi log race.
It's yellow, it's heavy, it's awkward, it'll stop cars, and it will make your spine strong and stable. And, it is difficult to run with.
Moving a heavy load (50lb-ish steel french fry) at shoulder height while breathing hard requires an enormous capacity to generate tension in the muscles that support the spine.
Training to keep the spine safe is one of the most important aspects of our programming, and this is why we obsess over it. Even if it means we have to rip off the customs of obscure Brazilian indigenous persons. The more you can make your spine resemble a fence post, the less likely you are to have a back injury when you put yourself in a tough real-life situation, like potato festival village pride.
Viva La Witi French Fry!
Molly looking forward to the post potato celebration.
Jamie and the Bell Girl pass the baton.
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