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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 13, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast June 13, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast June 13, 2019

This has been in the works for a few years now. I think I first heard of the different military units working on it in about 2014. Of course, lots of individual Navy SEALS were some of the first ones to jump on the paleo bandwagon. Robb Wolf actually did a bunch of nutrition consulting for them, and one of the big names in sleep research is Dr. Kirk Parsely and his work came directly from him working as doctor working directly with SEALS.
As an interesting side note, way back in the 1950s and 1960s fighter pilots used a ketogenic diet to drop weight fast if they had put on a few pounds (and were at risk of being grounded due to being to big) and there were Air Force directions on how to do it.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jun/10/pentagon-eyes-ketogenic-diet-bid-build-more-lethal/

Creatine. It’s good stuff. This supplement is probably the most studied and safe sports supplement out there. I would say it is almost mandatory for anyone that avoids red meat for whatever reasons.
https://www.strengthcoach.com/public/Effectiveness-of-Creatine-Supplementation-on-Aging-Muscle-and-Bone.cfm?fbclid=IwAR1TFDgihYJB-pk17aGv9GOjxiuC_3DgbnOTpOcY–ExDZlBUGyiZVj1gjY

Ignore all the ads here, but this is not a bad article on leaky gut. It is simple and not too techie.
https://www.amymyersmd.com/2019/02/9-signs-you-have-leaky-gut/

IKSC’s July Challenge! I plan on doing this.
http://idahokettlebells.com/blog/?p=814

Our training – that emphasizes work capacity – is different than “cardio.” There are many forms of endurance training: There is strength-endurance, power-endurance, and then cardiorespiratory endurance. It is important to have a mix of all of those in your training for a variety of reasons.
http://www.ergo-log.com/endurance-capacity-protects-against-headache.html

This week’s video. Short and sweet. Here’s the best example of how to crawl. I do encourage you to buy his book.

May 23, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast May 23, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast May 23, 2019

We do “abs” every day. It’s just that we do exercises that make your abs work with the rest of your body at the same time (like they’re supposed to work).
http://main.poliquingroup.com/Tips/tabid/130/EntryId/2308/THESE-are-the-Best-Bulletproof-Ab-Exercises-Squats-Deads-Chins-Olympic-Lifts.aspx

Good article on post-partum body image:
https://www.marksdailyapple.com/postpartum-body-image/

This is the reason I recommend a diet that is ancestrally based, which includes no processed foods.
http://www.ergo-log.com/how-ultra-processed-foods-make-you-fat.html

Exercise technique is slightly different for everyone depending on lots of things. A good coach can see what is safe and optimal for the individual, depending on their level of development.
https://www.t-nation.com/training/6-uncomfortable-thoughts-about-exercise-form

One of my favorite articles by Steve Maxwell. IKSC’s training philosophy closely resembles this perspective: https://www.maxwellsc.com/blog.cfm?blogID=125

Video of the week. This is a few years old, but it one of the best breakdowns of what goes on when you switch from using carbs for fuel and transition to using fat, or “go keto” as everyone likes to say now. It is also a reason why using things like urine strips are not that reliable. With all the faddish ketogenic diet stuff out there now, I try to think those of you at IKSC are at a little higher level of understanding on this topic. This is worth taking the time to sit down and watch.

May 16, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast May 16, 2019

Got some good links and a video that will really get your brain engaged.

Remember, I’m doing a nutrition class at 7p.m. Monday the 20th. Bring a guest if you want.

IKSC Weekly Link Blast May 16, 2019

It is not if, but WHEN, a diet that is not in keeping with our ancestry will produce negative health consequences (sometime between 30-50 years old for most of us, depending on how lucky you are). We can adapt to a modern, agricultural diet for many years, depending on how lucky you are, but at some point we lose that ability to adapt and issues crop up. Here’s a lecture worth your time:

Exercise science is very imperfect. Many times what is found is simply confirming what people have been doing via “Broscience” for decades. This study is no different, and the reason you don’t see “isolation” training very often at IKSC and even then, after using a big, compound movement. Example: We don’t do many bicep curls, but when they are programmed, it is after a bigger movement like pullups, ring rows, bent rows, or carries, which also involve the bicep. The adage “don’t major in minor things” comes to mind. According to this study, single-joint exercises might not even be worth the trouble at all.
http://www.ergo-log.com/anabolic-steroids-single-joint-exercises-training-routine.html

Looks like fish oil helps with muscle soreness and recovery.
https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12970-019-0283-x

Vegetables are a good thing, right? Like anything, you can get too much. The topic of oxalates is almost never discussed. This is another reason not to “juice” your foods.
https://jevohealth.com/journal/vol2/iss3/4/

All reasons the trapbar (or suitcase deadlifts) are valuable. The only one I’d add is that you can also farmer’s carries with the trapbar.
https://www.t-nation.com/training/tip-3-reasons-trap-bar-deadlifts-are-king

More wisdom from Mark Rippetoe: “Exercise variety is not only unnecessary for a novice lifter – and yes, this probably means you – it’s a counterproductive distraction.”
https://www.t-nation.com/training/when-it-comes-to-squats-easier-doesnt-work

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/

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.

July 11, 2018

Idaho Kettlebell Strength and Conditioning’s “Three Sets of Ten”

Idaho Kettlebell Strength and Conditioning’s “Three Sets of Ten”

Three sets of 10 reps of a given exercise is a generic recommendation for any number of exercises. You’ll see this in different popular exercise magazines and sometimes given out as a basic recommendation as a basic starter’s workout plan at a commercial gym.

It goes something like this: 3 sets of 8-12 reps of bench press, 3 sets of 8-12 reps of lat pulldown, 3 sets of bicep curls, etc. Rest and work periods are sometimes addressed, but usually not stressed or strictly enforced.

At IKSC, we quickly borrowed some key concepts from various strength and conditioning protocols from sources like Charles Poliquin, Valery Fedorenko, Vince Gironda, etc. to form our own version of “3 sets of 10.”

Instead of 10 reps of each exercise, it became three 10-minute “sets” of three basic exercises:  A  single compound lower-body exercise, a upper-body pull, and an upper-body push. The most common is some variation of squat, some variation of pull, and some variation of a push.

Timed Sets Borrowed from Kettlebell Sport

The concept of timed sets comes from the kettlebell sport world and the World Kettlebell Club’s Strength and Conditioning Quotient, albeit in a very modified format. It also closely mirrors the International Kettlebell Lifting Federation’s BOLT (Believe Overcome Lift Triumph) competition. In these arenas, sets are measured in minutes – not necessarily repetitions – although work is measured in reps per minute (RPM) for training purposes.

So, a 5 minute set = 5 minutes spent on an exercise.  Training sessions are measured not just in max reps completed, but also in the RPM.  For example: If I do an 8-minute set of bicep curls at 8RPM, I am doing eight curls each minute for eight minutes. The protocol for this exercise would be at the start of the minute, I’d do eight reps (which would probably take me 30 seconds) and then rest the remainder of the minute. Start the next set of eight promptly at the top of the next minute. I prefer using an analog wall clock, since the visual of the sweeping second hand is a good cue, but any stopwatch will do. If you aren’t timing in some form, you aren’t training.

3 Sets of 10 Utilizing Squats, Pull, Push

Back to our basic 3 Sets of 10…

Don’t overthink this. “Paralysis by analysis” is a fatal flaw when it comes to exercise. Our bodies are only designed to move so many ways, and when you take an effective multi-joint movement and load it properly, we don’t have to worry much about working each little muscle in isolation. Don’t major in minor things. Our bodies are pretty smart, and when you load things up enough the system ends up working pretty well if you work long enough and hard enough.

A full-range squat loaded with any kind of free weight, or even body weight squats will utilize every muscle of the body, but will mostly be using the legs. A kettlebell or dumbbell goblet squat is nearly a full-body exercise, in that the core musculature and grip is also heavily tasked. Any type of squat could be used, however. I’ve even used back squats, loaded with my bodyweight for this type of work capacity training.

Likewise, a pushup works the chest, shoulders and triceps, but is also a full-body exercise. But, any kind of pushing exercise could be used, just make sure it uses every muscle needed to push. Standing overhead presses are also great choices.

Pulling can be many things. For advanced people, pullups or horizontal rows are good choices, but seated or dumbbell versions of these are also good choices.

One deceptively simple exercise that can be used on its own or as an extra is the loaded carry. Just pick up something heavy (even a pair of dumbells) and carry it for a distance at the start of each minute. Carrying for 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off is a good full-body workout, and is thought by some to be the one of the best single measures of one’s overall strength and functionality. Grip strength, core strength and stability, pelvic stability, balance, and metabolic conditioning all come into play during extended bouts of loaded carries.

3 Sets of 10…Let’s Go!

Simplicity itself.

Pick a squat or lower body exercise and pair it with a weight you can do 10 good solid repetitions with. You’ll also need a clock or stopwatch.

Do a five reps at the top of the first minute. Rest until the next minute starts. Do another set of five. It will be easy for the first few sets. It is designed to be that way. It is about doing quality reps for many small sets with restricted rest periods. Err on the side of light. You can always amp things up next session, but starting out with too much is a sure way to discourage a repeat session. Don’t underestimate this protocol. It can be as hard as anyone can stand.

After the 10 minutes of squats, rest a few minutes and move to the pull and push. Ten minutes of each, using the same format. I use a notebook and a pen or a dry erase board to keep track of minutes, it is easy to talk yourself out of one of the sets.

There Are Sets and then there are Sets.

Some confusion comes up when we start calling timed sets of exercises “sets.” Sets, in the traditional sense means a specific number of repetitions, say five reps. In this sense, if we were to do five sets of five it would mean five repetitions, rest and then repeat that sequence five times.

Here we are calling both the timed period a set and the number of repetitions completed each minute a set. If we were to write out each 10-minute block, it would look like this:

10 X 5, or 10 sets of 5 repetitions each. In our case, we are doing this at a rate of 5 reps per minute to complete all 10 clusters of 5 reps.

Our ultimate goal is to get a volume of quality reps with a weight we would not normally be able to. This is 50 reps of each compound exercise per session. That is a lot, especially if using a challenging weight and exercise.

Frequency and Recovery

I would recommend 48-72 hours between sessions, although you could break it up into a lower-body one day, and upper-body another day. For many, doing all three exercises in one gym session is very time-efficient. You are in and out in well less than an hour, with really only 30 minutes of total working time. It’s not how much time is spent, but the quality of that time that matters. And when doing focused, timed sets each minute, you compact a lot of quality reps into that time. Advanced people often need a few days between sessions because they can literally load this to the point they are absolute jelly at the end of one session and require 4-5 days to fully recover.

Progression

This is a general protocol used to build work capacity. While some strength adaptations will occur, it is not a maximal strength program. The goal is to be able to adapt to doing a good deal of work in a given time. This also builds metabolic efficiency.

With that in mind, we don’t increase the weights used unless it is just too easy after the first session. The ideal weight is one that is easy for the first few sets and slowly becomes very hard during the final minutes of each set, but that is still doable. The goal is to do demanding reps successfully, but not to failure.

I recommend changing things up after three to four sessions. In this case, we do this by decreasing the time it takes to do roughly the same amount of total volume. We’ll call these progressions “blocks.”

 

Block #1

3, 10-minute sets of 5 reps per minute. Repeat 3-5 sessions.

Block #2

3, 8-minute sets of 6 reps per minute. Repeat 3-5 sessions.

(We are doing about the same amount of total work in less time. Note: This means less rest time)

Block #3

7, 7-minute sets of 7 reps per minute.  Repeat 3-5 sessions.

What Should I Do When I Finish?

This is normal question. My usual answer is just to focus on the next day’s work and don’t worry as much about what to do afterwards. This represents what is known in the strength and conditioning world as a meso-cycle. It takes roughly a month, give or take. One thing I’ve found training for years is that everyone is unique, and will require different things at different points, and 3-4 weeks is about as long as a given program is good for. I always thought I was somehow deficient when I wasn’t very good at programming out for 3-6 months in advance, until I listened to an interview with Charles Poliquin in which he said that even top people take a few weeks to adapt, and then some kind of change is needed. This doesn’t necessarily mean different exercises, but maybe just a change in sets or reps.

-Jim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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