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August 15, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: August 15, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: August 15, 2019

Video of the week. This gives a good perspective on the getup, but really, just getting up and down off the floor is good no matter how you do it.

Another study, a randomized controlled trial (not just a food questionnaire), demonstrating that high protein and low carbs helps fight diabetes. Why do none of the restaurants and food companies that claim to donate to causes to fight children’s diabetes mention this? This is not new information, just another study confirming what we already know.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31338545/

Carnitine for strength! FYI: Beef has a ton of it.
http://www.ergo-log.com/2-g-of-carnitine-daily-makes-bodybuilders-stronger.html

Mark Sisson calls these “microworkouts.” This is something I’ve done my whole life, and are the basis for most of the exercise challenges IKSC has encouraged for many years now. I first started doing “microworkouts” well over 25 years ago on different jobs I’ve had and have always done this in some form or another. It is good for your brain, too.
https://www.marksdailyapple.com/benefits-of-microworkouts/

This article gives a good breakdown of what fats are good and which ones aren’t. The ones that are most commonly found in snacks are soybean oil, canola oil, and peanut oil. But, any kind of processed seed oil is basically a poison and damages every cell in your body, right down to the mitochondria.
http://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/2656/What_Are_Healthy_Fats?.aspx&fbclid=IwAR0PAt2nAKzrsJQ3T1PVSCyWqNLmnnrsKqjqI6oeBSjro3w8t2tSUc9JX4g

Here’s an interesting article (more just a testimonial) that I saw among the headlines today. Something to know is that PCOS is caused by insulin resistance and high blood sugar. Taking long stretches between meals is one way help with insulin sensitivity, but eating a very low carb and higher protein diet is more than likely going to be the best strategy.
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/struggling-pcos-tried-intermittent-fasting-100000231.html

Muscles sore from training (Delayed Onset Muscle Sorenesss)? Sorry, there is no “gold standard” way to prevent it. Sometimes you just have to tough it out. Note: More exercise is apparently effective (my advice for as long as I can remember).

This chart from the NCSF explains it well.
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June 20, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast June 20, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast June 20, 2019

Video of the week!

IGNORE some of the idiotic recommendations by modern bodybuilders. However, some great “bodybuilding” programs were used prior to the widespread use of steroids in bodybuilding. IKSC borrows from many of these old-school programs.
https://www.t-nation.com/training/3-reasons-you-cant-train-like-a-juicer?fbclid=IwAR0JqNKwV0k29kULP_zQstTd5MJSwuiO5dGqG4saR8SJM_Sp8pObWVqw1oM

Most of the nutrition strategies that actually work these days borrow heavily from what we called a paleo diet, when you get down and really look at them.
https://suppversity.blogspot.com/2016/05/ad-libitum-paleo-diet-w-handful-of.html?fbclid=IwAR2-9upwf-SELtGqz0hwtvtfXPiz23XMDo5efkNjiyeJySTVcSn4UzuAQfk

The big marketing push for fake meats are nothing more than the biggest processed food makers’ latest effort to sell the cheapest crap at the lowest price.
https://www.independentsciencenews.org/health/fake-food-fake-meat-big-foods-desperate-attempt-to-further-industrialisation-food/?fbclid=IwAR1rca1TULr5NQH4CmTe8uHtx5LEMUyozrvF8B5z2jXp9K3R1J8YEcqBr0Q

Along the same lines, here is the real story about greenhouse gas emissions and cattle. I’ve listened to hours of the professor cited here….and my photo below was taken right in the middle of cattle grazing land.
https://medium.com/@caroline.stocks/debunking-the-methane-myth-why-cows-arent-responsible-for-climate-change-23926c63f2c0?fbclid=IwAR3k95mj3HeITdhwbxwCF1AOQbibyZLszvwJZH0BTr8cNrynYVZ1DtzQsaU

Ajax at 3 Fingers

June 6, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast June 6, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast June 6, 2019

This 10 X 3 is similar to what we’ve done on our “Deadlifts for Days” or “Squats for Days” programs, with a few additions. https://www.t-nation.com/workouts/10-x-3-for-fat-loss

Every single thing we do at IKSC is an “ab” exercise. The goblet squat and the double kettlebell front squat are two of the most abdominal-intensive exercises you can do. Don’t automatically equate the soreness an exercise causes with the amount of muscular activation that actually occurs, or the amount of stress to a particular muscle.
(Note: This is also why we don’t mess around with things like planks very much.)

http://main.poliquingroup.com/Tips/tabid/130/EntryId/2279/Do-Front-Squats-to-Strengthen-the-Abs-Lower-Back.aspx

Choose animal proteins. It’s what we evolved to eat.
https://www.nutritionadvance.com/animal-protein-vs-plant-protein/?fbclid=IwAR0Yrk005usbRXt3RmilxV094kMfgX1T5B_Qlced2JbXNVqz961HJNNKjOs

Everything we consume has an impact on the planet.
https://sustainabledish.com/what-is-the-future-of-protein/

More processed food problems. They’ll make you look old.
http://ergo-log.com/age-s-the-estrogenic-effect-of-unhealthy-foods.html

Video worth watching. This is one of the reasons I am against “chronic cardio.” It is no freak occurrence when an experienced marathon runner or triathlete drops dead of a heart attack, as we hear about now and then.

Also worth watching today:

May 30, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast May 30, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast May 30, 2019

This article brings up a point I like to hammer home at IKSC about training athletes. They have to have a base of strength in a few basic exercises before any kind of “sport specific” training is necessary or even a good idea at all. There are lots of programs that bleed parents for tons of $$$ that are nearly useless, but look cool, and parents that don’t know the difference fall right into the trap.

The single most important thing a strength coach can do is protect a young athlete from THEMSELVES. The most foolproof way to do this is to reinforce basic strength movements using conservative and safe exercises.
https://www.stack.com/a/the-one-thing-young-athletes-must-do-before-they-can-get-significantly-faster?yptr=yahoo

More exercise is good for arthritic joints.
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-03-cartilage-arthritis.html

The brain needs animal fats. Processed seed oils like soybean and canola oil are pure poison.
(Note on the chart where they rank foods…Farmed fish is not a good option, even if it is high in DHA. Choose wild.)
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/diagnosis-diet/201903/the-brain-needs-animal-fat?fbclid=IwAR2lvrJFhiJoOvqPFH8HI_qr3FXqmANRAF-r375dd2CQ0u1dYzKqkveIcWk

You can’t make up lost sleep on weekends. Note how short the study was, and yet the results so pronounced. The immediate results of good sleep habits versus bad ones have shown up fast in many studies. And like we’ve discussed in class, poor sleep immediately translates into poor food choices.
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2734052?fbclid=IwAR35jZGxrXku4VWR4Ozqnl3HNa7gk_Pq7RLZA9auN6heIlzieB3VR1xaZcU

Video of the week: This guy had blood draws frequently for an extended period. We’ve talked about this in class. What your doctor sees as a cholesterol number can vary widely from day to day.

May 9, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast May 9, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast May 9, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Knowledge is increasing fast about the connection between the gut biome and mental health. Here is video from a lecture I was fortunate to attend last summer on this topic. NOTE: It is a far cry from the idiotic and insulting marketing campaign Burger King is doing right now exploiting the food/brain connection by packaging foods that are specifically noted to CONTRIBUTE to poor gut health.

Sleep. Here’s a good article from a few years back on ways to optimize your sleep time. We’ll do another class on it sometime.
https://robbwolf.com/2015/10/14/sleep-your-way-to-optimal-performance-in-just-7-days/

Is breakfast important? Who said it was the most important meal of the day? I haven’t eaten a “breakfast” in a long time, but if you are going eat early, skip the carbs. That means no cereals, muffins, etc. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2732831

A good article on insulin’s role.
https://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/insulin-advantage

What media articles don’t point out about the studies relating meat and cancer.
https://www.marksdailyapple.com/red-meat-colon-cancer/

The conversation around stretching changes every few years, but a constant is that stretching immediately prior to training is mostly useless and just makes you weak and even prone to injury. What is more important is to have strength throughout your full range. http://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/2788/Facts_and_Fibs_About_Stretching.aspx

Don’t throw away the salt shaker if you’re worried about high blood pressure. Cut the carbs and sugar.
https://www.diabetes.co.uk/in-depth/high-blood-pressure-excess-sugar-diet-may-culprit/

May 2, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast May 2, 2019

Filed under: boise idaho nutrition class,eagle idaho fitness — Tags: , — jbeaumont@idahokettlebells.com @ 1:43 pm

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: May 2, 2019

Finally, the American Dietetics Association decides to adopt carbohydrate restriction as a “thing.” I’ve been beating this drum for almost a decade now. It has been frustrating to compete with the advice of registered dieticians, doctors and others about this. It is basic biochemistry that is easy to understand when presented in the right way.
https://www.dietdoctor.com/american-diabetes-association-endorses-low-carb-diet-as-option?fbclid=IwAR3TSlIvLPgGVnJvxkJjuosVD822VopIUmnVlXaVy-Q2oYL7lSm4rMcBhp8

More on insulin, related to our class Monday night. This video is a little dated, but still mostly accurate.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo3TRbkIrow

I am pretty cautious about sleep aids, but they can be good tools.

10 Natural Sleep Aids: What Works and Why

Old saying: “The legs feed the wolf.” Every day is leg day.
https://www.t-nation.com/training/tip-test-your-lower-body-strength

I still eat some veggies and some starches about once or twice a week, but what we are learning about eating nothing but meat is pretty good info. Primitive humans were virtually carnivorous. It is our default setting.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/diagnosis-diet/201904/the-carnivore-diet-mental-health?fbclid=IwAR0GAQ5FWEZeWLgCq5DCYDwwxOGLyh3c7o5bUenVDN2CjwO8ZVbVyUBxp-M

No, you don’t need “cardio” just for the sake of elevating your heartrate. Building work capacity -the ability to move heavy things and your body fast and efficiently – is something different. That takes strength.
https://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-evidence-continues-to-mount-against-chronic-cardio/

I was on The Joe Health Show podcast the other day. You can find The Joe Health show on iTunes, if you don’t mind listening to me ramble about the way we train.

April 25, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: April 25, 2019

Filed under: boise idaho nutrition class,eagle idaho fitness — jbeaumont@idahokettlebells.com @ 1:48 pm

Hey everyone!
I’ve decided to start putting out a blog post about every week with a bunch of interesting or relevant articles for those of you training with me. I normally share these on the Idaho Kettlebell Strength and Conditioning Facebook page, but that is definitely not the most reliable way to get information out. I really hope some of this information is beneficial.

These emails will be purely informational, and you won’t be subject to marketing stuff. I realize sometimes the articles themselves will contain some marketing links, ads, etc., but I try to filter that out as much as possible. Rest assured, I am not being compensated for any information provided or sales of any product that might be advertised.

I hope this is helpful.
-Jim

This is one of our staple exercises. I don’t just program these to make your traps and forearms sore.
https://www.t-nation.com/training/tip-the-30-second-weakness-finder?fbclid=IwAR0Lm9ymYhVvq1Qb8uR_F2qNh7L9a3a0MA8dBk1GG3gZ8vp35QNLAzSHNC8

This one reminds me of one of my favorite Mark Rippetoe quotes: “The myth that women shouldn’t lift heavy is only perpetuated by women who fear work and men who fear women.”
https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-joy-of-being-a-woman-with-muscles?fbclid=IwAR3Cus79biA15m-oJl4H-jhTqKoevkkQAxSjHTMUgXpGQG0q4WeENX9uRHk

Kettlebell ballistics like swings are speed and power movements with zero risk.
http://www.ergo-log.com/strength-training-for-speed-extends-lifespan.html?fbclid=IwAR3EDaSnbqKGENZCa-EndukyTOouxLRxy07Cthjo94kmsw6W3GM2ksGjWFM

Protein myths that need to die.
http://main.poliquingroup.com/Tips/tabid/130/EntryId/2409/Five-Annoying-Dangerous-Things-People-Say-About-Protein.aspx

Creatine. Get basic creatine monohydrate. I don’t currently supplement with it, because I eat tons of red meat, but if you don’t it is huge.
https://www.t-nation.com/supplements/everyone-should-use-creatine?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article7473&fbclid=IwAR2p5yW8OTUx-3kTkKC36V0aOOFf-MqgP6GCBRMciLDVzMYZ3mZPKSRX-eU

December 6, 2018

IKSC’s Burpee November

Filed under: boise idaho nutrition class,eagle idaho fitness,kettlebell fat loss — Tags: , — jbeaumont@idahokettlebells.com @ 11:41 pm

IKSC’s Burpee November has been a thing since 2011. To give credit where it’s due, it came from Lisa Shafer and Kettlebell Inc. She suggested on the forums that we should try doing 100 burpees a day throughout the month. Some of us bit in and did it. It has been a tradition ever since, with some modifications here and there.

It always works. There are few times I will say that something will guarantee some kind of result, but this is one. I don’t really look at these monthly events like a huge “challenge” as much as a movement quota. I like to think of them as forcing me to get some kind of small exercise breaks in throughout the day.

This year’s breakdown went like this. 500 per week for advanced, 350 per week intermediate, 250 per week for beginners. Any modification was allowed. Even dropping into a plank position and then regaining the standing position is allowed if someone isn’t able to do anything else. Getting up and down from the floor is absolutely a necessary life skill that most adults shy away from as they age.

Others chose versions with added resistance, like double kettlebell burpee-cleans, kettlebell burpee-deadlifts, or burpee-pullups, where you do a burpee under a pullup bar then grab the bar at the top and do a pullup. These variations were counted at a 2:1 ratio.

It for me, it helped maintain body comp almost effortlessly. I’m 45 now, and I that is past the age genetics can carry you. It has to be lifestyle. I can’t get away with eating other than a diet that is aligned with my DNA (i.e. what would be called a paleo diet) and doing exercises that are effective.

I mostly chose to do burpee variations that used kettlebells or burpee pullups and stayed effortlessly lean at 224lbs at the end of the month. Nope, I don’t look that much different than I have for several years. My body is pretty happy right about here, and since I primarily do martial art as a physical activity outside the gym I compare my physique to what a heavyweight MMA fighter looks like, rather than a physique model.

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