Sunday, February 22, 2015

2014 Games Documentary

Thought this was a pretty enjoyable documentary.  The steroid riff about 15 min in was laughable, but one well.  Still kinda cool.

2014 Games Documentary

Thought this was a pretty enjoyable documentary.  The steroid riff about 15 min in was laughable, but one well.  Still kinda cool.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Why You Should Be Angry About Your Food/Food Advice

This past week there have been several articles written about health and food.  But, more importantly, they exposed a problem, dishonesty.  First, with the attention grabber headline, "We Now Know How Many People Will Get Cancer From Soda."

Normally, these kind of headlines I find annoying.  Fear based stuff, irks me.  But, this one was different.  There is an ingredient called 4-Mel, that is for a Carmel color, that when present in large enough doses is a cancer carcinogen.  Pepsi products appear to be the worse.  It stays "under" dangerous levels when you only drink one can.  Drink more, your playing with fire.


It doesn't change the flavor.  I'm sure people don't know that their cancer risk increases.  Soda just keeps getting worse and worse for you.  This is the PLOS ONE article:  Caramel Color in Soft drinks and Exposure to 4-Mel:  Risk Assessment. 

This article in NY Time, "The Governments Bad Dietary Advice," sums up what many people have known for awhile, their advice is garbage, and at times dangerous.  They have officially changed position about the evils of fat.  They have relaxed their cholesterol guidelines.  My question is this, how many people have got put on a Statin drug because their Cholesterol numbers were dangerous?

Many of my patients that get put on a Statin have decreased energy and many complain of joint pain.  What happens when you have decreased energy and a joint hurts?  You move less.  What happens when you move less?  You are less healthy!

The only thing I didn't like about the article is that it goes on an anti-carb direction towards the end.  Don't be afraid of carbs.  I'm just a little angry at all the fear put out their in diets and food advice and all the junk that is out there needlessly in our foods.

First move well, then move often.  Eat whole foods, drink water, tea and coffee.  Don't be afraid of any macro nutrient. Eat as many colors as you can, everyday.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Time and Attitude

Just a quick thought on this photo I found.  I've noticed a weakness about myself where I get frustrated when I have to give up my "freetime" to take care of life chores. 

Going to try to just be grateful for the time I get doing things I love, where ever  and whenever they appear. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Good Stuff for the Midweek

This video just makes me want to keep learning.  I must have listened to this 5x.

This is an awesome paper on the importance of the intrinsic foot muscles.  Getting a nice comparison to how our intrinsic back muscles work with lumbopelvic control.  The Foot Core System.

One more reason to be doing kettlebell swings.  They help to improve the stability of the lower back.
The top portion of the kettlebell swing is a standing plank.  Remember that.  Optimizing Back Health with KB Swings. 

"Don't put moral judgements on any exercise."  Dan John.

Monday, February 16, 2015

How to Get Worse Results in Racing

I've been around a few athletes that get afforded the opportunity to cut back on life stress either by working less or a new position that gives a lot more freedom in terms of time.  To a tee, most end up producing less then the results they did when they were working full time.

The thinking goes that if I work less I can train more and get better results.  They look at some sponsored athletes that don't have to do the 9-5/5days a week and think they can produce similar results if they get rid of the 40 hour work week.

It usually doesn't happen.

Here is the thing.  You find the time to train.  You get done what needs to get done.  This then is the trap with more time on your hands.  You train more.  More doesn't equal better.  You are adding to your training stress.

Pro's recover.  Amateurs train "harder."

I first noticed this when I'd go and live at an Olympic Training center in my days with bobsled.  You would literally be so bored that you would wander to the weight room and start lifting.  Instead of combining your lift with your sprint session in an hour 45 min, you would create 2 training sessions just to brake up the monotony of the day.

Some people can't handle the "free time."  They feel the need to be doing more.  When they don't, they feel the stress of inactivity.  They don't really understand or appreciate recovery.  They give it word of mouth, but if pressed, deep down they don't believe in it.

So they fit more training sessions in.

Instead, they should be getting 9-10 hours of sleep per night.  They should be getting 30-90 minute nap in every day.  They should be food prepping so every meal is nutritionally sound.  They should be doing mobility and recovery work.

This is done so that those workouts they were already doing are carried out to the maximal.  They create optimization.  This is how you get better results.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Quality Podcast for the Weekend: Tom Furman Interview

I always enjoy the information that Tom Furman puts out.  I really enjoyed his new book "Bamboo Gods."
Here he was interviewed for the Rob Wolf Podcast.  I like the common sense wisdom, creativity and entertainment he brings.  Enjoy!
Rob Wolf with Tom Furman.