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September 6, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: September 5, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: September 5, 2019

Jennifer is coming to IKSC this Monday September 9th at 7p.m. to do a class. Please mark this on your calendar and make every effort to welcome her. Here is a link to her site describing the class and a link to sign up. I will. If you can’t make it, at least share with your friends.
https://jensprimalhealth.com/events/primal-eating-burn-fat-promote-longevity-without-too-much-restriction/?fbclid=IwAR3Q7rqFgH_0mSv62ADwVozX_F0Y73FkO9XbgG-jVlxPP9bITqlwm1hnvyA

We like our trapbar (hex bar).
http://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/2800/Make_the_Switch_to_Hex_Bar_Training.aspx

We’ve gone over this many times. You can’t overeat a protein source unless you are drinking lots of shakes.
https://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/protein-will-not-make-you-fat

I may have shared this one before. Here’s a good article on crawling.
https://www.t-nation.com/training/reflexive-strength-and-spider-man

This is the podcast that some social media sources are filtering and removing comparing beef to plant proteins, and boy can I see why after listening. I stay abreast of this topic, but even I learned quite a bit about the absolute statistical gymnastics that must be performed in order to vilify beef as a food source with regards to environmental impact…I should add that the person being interviewed on the podcast was heavily involved in the research that came up with these stats. Follow the money, people.
https://sustainabledish.com/podcasts/sustainable-dish-episode-78-beyond-burger-vs-real-burgers-with-sara-place-2/

Video of The Week:
Art DeVany. This is the book and person that started me down the ancestral nutrition and health rabbithole almost 10 years ago. It’s really all right there. There we’ve dived into the minutia of it, but the nuts and bolts of optimal nutrition is all right here.

Show this photo next time someone talks about environment or sustainability issues when it comes to beef. This is where a lot of beef comes from, even if they might spend some of their lives in feedlots. Notice they are still bunched up, and crowd together whether they have 1,000,000 acres to roam or 5 acres. That’s what herd animals do for protection.

They are at about 6200ft eating natural grasses. Nothing else will grow here, and cattle grazing in the region helps to minimize the impact of the occasional brush fire. There is very little water, which comes from natural springs, a few creeks and rainfall. This area is about 40 miles from the nearest paved road only accessible by horse, a substantial 4×4 or ATV, the kinds of places people that order “Impossible Burgers” never set foot on.

Obviously, these cows are not destroying the environment, and you’ll find deer, elk, antelope (the hillside here is called Antelope Ridge) coyotes, hawks, eagles, snakes, etc. The photo with the GPS coordinates is for reference and was not far from here.

Nearest town is Triangle, Idaho, and this is on public land that you and I can both use for recreation.

IMG_2817 cows on antlelope ridge antelope ridge gps

July 30, 2012

Five Guaranteed Ways to Sabotage Your Strength and Fitness Goals…


Five Guaranteed Ways to Sabotage Your Strength and Fitness Goals…

1. Unrealistic Goals:

If your goal is to look like a model on the cover of a fitness magazine, but you are only willing to exercise 2-3 times per week, you have an unrealistic goal. Perfect physiques take years of work and lives that revolve around training. Unless you are willing to make training and nutrient timing a 24/7 job, you will not attain that physique. Get that image out of your head unless you are willing to make that type of commitment for several years to come.

2. Missed Training:

This should be obvious, but allowing yourself to miss training times is unacceptable if you plan to progress. To make progress beyond a bare beginner level, expect to spend a minimum of 5 days per week training.

3. Fail to Maintain Strict Nutritional Guidelines:

Consuming junk – in any amount – such as: pop, cookies, candy, bread, chips, beer, cereals, anything that comes from a drive-thru window, sugary coffee drinks, etc..

One planned cheat meal per week is fine, but beyond that don’t expect results. “Just a handful” of this and that does nothing but preserve a nice layer of fat.

4. Fail to Make Yourself Accountable:

Keep a detailed training and nutrition log. If it isn’t documented, it didn’t happen. Unless you are logging nutrition, you really don’t know what you are taking in.

5. Focus on new movements/routines, rather than on weight, reps and rest intervals:

Sometimes the answer is simple: It is hard to understand this when so much marketing is done to make it seem as though every training method is the best thing out there.

Want to build muscle and to burn fat? Move more weight. Rest less.

Do not get sidetracked by 100 different exercises and new fitness gadgets that claim to work wonders.

Focus on moving a prescribed weight in a mechanically sound manner for prescribed rest/work intervals.

September 30, 2011

5,000 Snatches in 5 Weeks 2011.

5,000 Snatches in 5 Weeks.

So, it’s October again already, or it will be tomorrow.

For the past few years at this time, I have set myself to the task of completing 5,000 kettlebell snatches in 5 weeks. I think I’d read some internet forum or blog post about someone doing this back in 2008 or so, and I decided it would be a good thing for me to do. I have repeated that every year since.

Do not overthink this. Just do 1,000 snatches each week as part of your normal workouts, or extra if you want. Break up however you want throughout the day.

Anyone else who wants to join is welcome, but it is not something I really go out and recruit anyone for. If you just started throwing kettlebells around, I doubt your shoulders or hands are ready for this kind of volume and that can cause issues.

Don’t be afraid to substitute 1-arm swings or ½ snatches if you need to. I know I will include the double ½ snatch and the ½ snatch from time to time just to keep up on those particular exercises.

Drop me a line if you decide to jump in, and have fun. Happy snatching.

-Jim

November 20, 2010

Sofia Makes World Kettlebell Club Strongsport Rank!


Sofia McKibben – Strongsport S-20 LongCycle 34 reps in 4 minutes.

To my knowledge, Sofia (Idaho Kettlebells Superwoman) is the first person in the State of Idaho to make rank with the World Kettlebell Club. On November 18th she attained the rank of S-20 in the LongCycle event.

To do this, Sofia had to clean and jerk a 44lb kettlebell 32 times in 4 minutes – 16 reps per hand – without setting the kettlebell down, and only switching hands one time. She threw in an extra rep per hand just in case, to make 34 reps in 4 minutes.

The World Kettlebell Club ranking system is the most stringent in the world, and she worked very hard to get there. As her coach, I am humbled by her perseverance and hard work. She is an inspiration to everyone who steps through the doors of the facility, including her husband Mike, who is making inhuman progress currently (more on that amazing transformation later).

My ranking is pending. I submitted a video shortly after Sofia did, because I have to put my money where my mouth is as her coach! I should know in a few days how my attempt went (fingers crossed).
-Jim
www.idahokettlebells.com
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November 16, 2010

Barbell Deadlifts + Kettlebell Presses + Weighted Pullups = Max Strength Work

Recently, someone asked a question regarding my choice of exercises for heavy strength work.

Question:
Jim, In your training logs I notice that you only use barbells for deadlifts, but use kettlebells and bodyweight for most other things. Why is that?

Answer:
There really is no implement besides the barbell that enables one to progressively load as much weight, so they are necessary for building maximal strength. I find that I can get most of what I need with heavy kettlebell presses and weighted pullups for maximal strength work, but to really load up the lower body I need something more.

The reason I choose the deadlift for my “big lift” is because it carries over into so many other activities and puts a huge demand on your system. This is necessary to get stronger. Since heavy deadlifts will help me run faster, jump higher and punch harder, it is on my list.

I have recently added double kettlebell front squats more for flexibility and core stabilization than for added strength work.

I do not want to start a squat -v- dead debate, but I personally do the deadlift instead for the following reasons:

* I don’t need a spotter or to use the squat rack. I can just drop it if I need to.

* The deadlift works more muscles than the squat (i.e. forearms, traps, etc.).

* The deadlift is all concentric, which is important in avoiding hypertrophy and soreness. My legs are big enough already, and I don’t like being so sore that it affects my martial art or other training. If I was looking to add 20lbs of muscle, I would definitely hit the heavy squats.

* Lifting is an activity people do every single day. One of my main reasons for including this is to prevent injury. The better I am at picking heavy things up, the less likely I am to get hurt doing so.

I do not specialize in this type of training, but add it in a few days per week for balance, and because it carries over into every other type of activity. This is really a “bare minimum” selection of max strength exercises, meaning they cover most of the bases with only a few exercises. I should also add that I rest from 3-5 minutes between each set of each exercise on these days.

-Jim

www.idahokettlebells.com



September 2, 2010

Form Follows Function…


“”I have been coached by major league baseball players and highly credentialed strength and conditioning coaches in my college softball and fire fighting careers, and no one helped me reach my strength and body composition goals like Jim.
I dropped almost 5% body fat lifting kettlebells and conditioning with Jim. I have never been able to experience strength gains and cut out body fat without my legs and glutes bulking up too much until I started the Idaho Kettlebell workouts. Jim understands the different demands placed on the body in both athletic and tactical movements and has helped me strengthen my shoulder tremendously. As a former Olympic Lifter and Power Lifter, I did not expect the results to be the same from kettlebells, but they were even better and healthier for my body. Working with Jim will give you better strength and power than Olympic lifting and will protect and strengthen your joints instead of beat them down.

I am a personal trainer and have a BS in Exercise Science, but I have learned what it takes to be a great trainer from Jim.” – Katy Luetke BS Exercise Science, Personal Trainer, Firefighter I -CalFire, College of Idaho Softball Alumni

New Article in Kettlebell Inc Online Magazine.

I recently had an article featured in Kettlebell Inc’s online kettlebell magazine. It contains an awesome 4-week kettlebell press and swing workout.

Visit Kettlebell Inc to download the entire magazine, including a great new article on kettlebell training for new parents.

I have used this exact program on a wide variety of people and they all have had similar results: Increased strength, lost body fat, cardiovascular efficiency, increased flexibility and even better posture.

This has been the case for everyone: Firefighters, high school athletes, grandmothers, doctors, paramedics, and everyone in between. There has not been one exception.

This has led me to make every new trainee at Idaho Kettlebells start on this program as soon as possible. My success rides on their results. This does not fail to deliver.

Katy (pictured above) is one example. Her lean physique is mostly due to kettlebell training, using my methods. As a firefighter, her goal is to be as strong and fast as possible, at the lowest possible bodyweight. Since her life could depend on her cardiovascular efficiency, she also looks for a way to gain every possible advantage. Kettlebells deliver. Form follows function.

Here are a couple new videos from Idaho Kettlebells:

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