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April 20, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: April 19, 2020

Training Hard in the Sun!

Training Hard in the Sun!


IKSC Weekly Links: April 19, 2020

Training is on strong at the gym!

Governor’s orders specified against indoor gyms reopening, so we are now an outdoor gym. There is plenty of room outside the back door. Kettlebell and bodyweight workouts are our specialty. No one will lack one ounce of training. The only downside is that I can’t take it on any additional people until May 1st to ensure good quality control.

Please take note that you are all under a great deal of stress. We are still under an “emergency” declaration, which means compromising your immune system by overdoing it, or risking injury is not acceptable. Training sessions will be brief and designed to minimize risk. Do not try to make up for poor eating by training harder. The extra 100-200 calories you might burn off is insignificant. Tighten up the diet and focus on sleep.

The thing I always say? Train like a predator, not prey? This is what I mean. You should feel stronger when you leave the gym than when you came in.

Here’s a very tried and true program I’ve used over and over again. When in doubt, push, pull, squat. Repeat. This post even has some ancient videos from the old gym…LOL!
IKSC Push, Pull, Squat Program

Video of the Week: For those of you that have been doing improvised workouts.

We cover all these bases in our normal programming.
5 Ways to Get Stronger

The more metabolically healthy you are, the better you’ll fight off nasty respiratory illness.
CV and Elephant in the Room

Speculation as to whether exercise will make you better able to fight off a viral infection: I have no idea if this is true or not, but I can say that whenever I feel like I’m coming down with something a good sweat seems to help. Who knows?
Exercise as Protection

March 7, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: March 6, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: March 6, 2020

Great advice for things that will keep you training long and productively. One more that I’d add is don’t waste time on anything that doesn’t make you stronger.
Principles to Change Your Life

The “Program Minimum” he refers to is basically getups and swings. Less is more sometimes. That is something that is very hard for people to get into their heads when deviating from the commercial “recreational exerciser” mindset into the strength and conditioning mindset that is required for really improving performance.
Minimal Program for Fighters

I’m glad that Mark addressed this. The issue of fasting and thyroid comes up frequently.
Fasting and Thyroid

Poor insulin-sensitivity and high blood sugars affect all hormone levels downstream. No surprise here that it would reduce testosterone levels.
High Blood Sugar = Low T

Video of The Week: Anyone want to geek out on back stuff? Here’s your guy.

February 15, 2020

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: February 14, 2020

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IKSC Weekly Link Blast: February 14, 2020

Belly fat = No carbs for you!
Belly Fat

Good stuff to keep in mind. Not all these are set in stone.
Things to unlearn

Pretty interesting stuff about the psoas muscle related to emotional state. Think about it: It’s the muscle that prevents movement when you are “frozen” like when you are afraid of heights and are getting ready to jump off a diving board or something.
Psoas Muscle

Anyone who’s attended my nutrition courses should have most of these answers. It’s not that hard.
30 Keto Questions

I take about 500-1000mg after training and at night. Vitamin C supposedly reduces cortisol levels.
Vitamin C

Video of the Week: Why we crawl the way we do. We are trying to restore and reinforce good movement.

December 27, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: December 27, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: December 27, 2019

Exercise and Brain Health: I suggest that it’s not just the complexity of the exercise, but the level of force exerted that affects how much brain matter you use during an exercise. Increased force production comes from greater motor-unit recruitment, faster motor-unit firing rates, and more motor-unit synchronicity. Meaning, the more force you produce, the more muscles and nerves your brain has to fire to operate the system.
Your Brain Needs Exercise

You can include crawling movements in with the exercise described, but note they are often programmed in Level I versions of many of our sessions. I wouldn’t waste your time with them if I thought they weren’t beneficial.
Bird Dogs

More on fat loss and lifting weights. Doing “cardio” for the sake of burning calories is pretty much useless.
Fat Loss

You are not a slave to your genetics in most cases. Your genes might load the gun, but you decide whether to pull the trigger.
Genetics and Health

You have to move in ways your body was designed to move if you want to train hard without injury. Everything we do at IKSC is designed to reinforce strong movements outside the gym in sport or daily life.
Damaging Training

Video of the Week:

December 7, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: December 7, 2019

Leslie Gluch in fog
IKSC Weekly Link Blast December 7, 2019

Get strong and be able to move well. It’s the best thing you can do for your mind and body.
oliquingroup.com/Arthttp://main.piclesMultimedia/Articles/Article/2687/Why_Exercise_Is_Your_First_Line_of_Defense_Against.aspx

Things you can learn from an exclusively carnivorous diet, brought to you with a little common sense from Mark Sisson. I vary from 90% carnivore to 100%. I still eat starchy tubers about once a week, and something I notice is I want more fermented things like kimchee, or saurkraut now and then, but one thing is for sure, it won’t hurt you to try this. I experimented with this first back in about May of 2018, after learning more about who Shawn Baker was and some of the superhuman things he could do. I think one of the main reasons people report feeling so good eating this way is because they were waaaaayy low on protein to start with and if all you eat is meat, fish, and eggs, you’ll get enough protein.
https://www.marksdailyapple.com/8-things-we-can-learn-from-the-carnivore-movement/

Avoid being dogmatic in your nutrition. I eat a diet that is about as close as I can get to what humans evolved eating, but it’s not because I think it makes me part of some paleo, low-carb, or carnivore “club.”
https://www.jenniferaguilar.net/thebrainblog/2019/12/6/i-dont-belong-to-a-food-tribe-and-i-bet-you-dont-either

Dan John is one of the best strength coaches around. I always like it when his views align with things I’ve found to work well over the years.
https://www.t-nation.com/training/how-to-train-for-non-stop-fat-loss

Video of The Week:
(Something I’ll add. What you do with your feet and ankles affects everything. That’s where the kinetic chain starts.)

November 30, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast November 30, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast November 30, 2019

Interesting findings on creatine supplementation and depression. Creatine supplementation isn’t necessary for people that eat lots of red meat, but it can be helpful if you avoid red meat for whatever reason.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31450809

This study on levels of choline and fat loss might explain one of the reasons why the Vince Gironda steak and eggs diet prescription works so well.
https://www.ergo-log.com/lose-fat-faster-with-2-g-choline-per-day.html

Good read on how hiking in nature helps us mentally, not that we need that explained too much. Hiking in nature with a good dog is the best.
https://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/04/08/doctors-explain-how-hiking-actually-changes-our-brains/

Here’s an article and a video from about 8 years back on the December Turkish Getup Challenge. For some reason they put a typo in the title when they published it…Still drives me nuts!
http://kettlebellinc.com/magazine/2011/11/3rd-annual-december-turkish-getupswing-challenge/

Video of The Week: More on sleep from the sleep doc.

November 21, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast November 21, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast November 21, 2019

Eat like a predator, not prey. In this case, eat like the conqueror, not the conquered.
https://decentpropaganda.com/what-the-mongols-ate-for-success/

Lats are one of your most important core stabilization muscles. We don’t usually think of them that way, but they are.

https://www.t-nation.com/training/tip-what-all-strong-athletes-have-in-common

Good write up on nutrition documentaries in general here.
https://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/the-game-changers-exposed

Another good one from T-Nation. I remember when this article first came out, I’d just learned these crawls at a Steve Maxwell workshop and a few days later this showed up. Perfect timing.
https://www.t-nation.com/training/reflexive-strength-and-spider-man

Most of the stuff in Men’s Health is junk, but this article cites two extremely reputable people, Dan John and Prof. Stuart McGill. Not surprisingly, one of our staples, the loaded carry is the topic.
https://www.menshealth.com/fitness/a19548559/best-loaded-carries

Here’s an old post about trying to out-train the dinner table. http://idahokettlebells.com/blog/?m=201101

Video of The Week:
Should tie into what we talked about in our last nutrition class.

November 7, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast November 7th, 2019

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IKSC Weekly Link Blast November 7th, 2019

Thanks to those that showed up for class Monday night. I will be repeating the same class on Tuesday the 12th, at 7:15p.m. for anyone that missed it. I really want to help people keep on track and that is much harder when the days get shorter and social pressure drags people away. Everyone likes to work hard in the gym, but elements of sleep and stress are every bit as important as exercise. That is what this class deals with.

Special Class: Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Take some time for yourself. It’s important.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/smarter-living/the-benefits-of-being-alone.html

Hard work gives you better posture and always has according to these Egyptian artifacts. Strangely enough, they’ve also found that the grain-based diet of some of the Egyptian royalty caused heart disease, the same way it does for modern humans.
https://gokhalemethod.com/blog/68202

Here’s a good breakdown about The Game Changers movie out. No, I haven’t seen it. I get questions about it now and then. I could address specifics, if anyone has questions.
https://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-game-changers-isnt-worth-my-time-and-sugar-addictions/

Please note, the exercises listed to build bone health are all full-body, compound movements with significant amounts of weight. I would also argue for exercises that emphasize dynamic joint stabilization (like burpees) are a good thing. I’d also suggest that loaded carries are probably the biggest bang for your buck of all.
http://main.poliquingroup.com/Tips/tabid/130/EntryId/2500/Maximize-Bone-Health-Benefits-With-Strength-Training-For-Lower-Fracture-Risk.aspx

Another good article dealing with sleep.
https://www.marksdailyapple.com/keto-insomnia/

Video of the Week:
I’ve shared this before, but it is more important this time of year.

October 24, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: October 24, 2019

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IKSC Weekly Link Blast: October 24, 2019

Some interesting stuff about salt loading here and your higher need for protein if lowering the carbs.
https://suppversity.blogspot.com/2019/10/training-lowcarb-requires-012gkg-extra.html

Every one of us can get caught in one or more of these patterns.
https://www.t-nation.com/opinion/the-7-people-who-never-get-results

This article is a good springboard for many topics surrounding various governments’ control of food supply.
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/why-elitist-establishment-so-obsessed-meat

Don’t forget about our class on Monday the 4th. It is designed to help the gains keep going during the winter months. Here’s a link that non-members can use to sign up.
http://idahokettlebells.com/blog/?p=1243

Video of The Week:

October 17, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: October 17, 2019

Yep, it's fall.

Yep, it’s fall.

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: October 17, 2019

Mark your calendars! The next nutrition class is Monday November 4th at 7p.m. This will cover strategies to avoid holiday weight gain. It has to do with more than what you eat.

 

Good reminder on these nutrition facts. Not much you haven’t heard from me before.

https://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/5-fat-loss-myths-you-still-believe

 

One again, exercise itself is not going to be the major deciding factor in body composition.

https://www.ergo-log.com/meta-study-compares-interval-training-with-traditional-endurance-training.html

 

I don’t have much luck kicking my mangy mutts off the bed anyway, so I’m all about the confirmation bias here:

https://iheartdogs.com/5-reasons-science-says-your-dog-should-sleep-in-your-bed/

 

This is exactly what we use at IKSC to do large amounts of quality movements. He explains it a little differently than I would, but the point is that you pace sets and reps so you get quality work done. It is about building work capacity. He calls it “old-man strength.” I call it farm kid strong.

https://www.t-nation.com/training/how-to-train-to-be-unstoppable

 

L-theanine: I’ve actually been using a ZMA product from Vitamin Shoppe that contains it for quite a while now. I do think it helps with sleep above just the ZMA itself.

https://www.ergo-log.com/l-theanine-complete-stress-buster.html

 

Video of The Week: You hear lots of anti-meat propaganda these days. Understand that most of the new push is coinciding with large processed food companies pushing fake meat. Follow the money. It takes a little knowledge of physiology, a little knowledge of ecosystems, and a grown-up look at things like greenhouse gases to understand the whole picture. Diana Rodgers does an amazing job of explaining this.

 

 

 

 

 

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