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August 24, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: August 23, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: August 23, 2020

I have a decent amount of muscle in my chest and shoulders. My main chest exercises are pushups, dips, getups and presses. I haven’t ever felt a need for bench pressing.
Pushups -vs – Bench Press

Kettlebell swings: Ignore the videos shown, or if you do watch them, at least ignore the weights and form shown. We can do better. The rest of the data is good, and I’ve read much of the background on some of the experiments he cites. It is a good article. Also, I’d ignore the part about going super heavy. We have since learned that the most optimal bell for max force is generally not more than 1/3 of a person’s bodyweight.
Heavy Kettlebell Swings

I can think of a good number of people I know personally who have experienced these odd illnesses over the past year and gotten over it. Looks like coronavirus is so scary and debilitating that you may have had it and not even known it. Now, figure this basically un-knowable amount of people with the padded death counts, and I gather that the numbers put out daily or weekly are just about meaningless and paying attention to them is likely just to cause anxiety and worry over something you can’t control.
Maybe You Had CV Already?

Rack kettlebell carries and front squats. Another good article in T-Nation this week!
Kettlebell Squat and Carry

I’ve been beating the drum about vitamin D at the first mention of coronavirus. Here’s what is being born out: Better Survival Rates with Vitamin D

Video of The Week: Some of you might recall this as being similar to the drill we do in class with the goblet squat. Remember how the squat got easier?

August 11, 2020

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: August 11, 2020

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: August 11, 2020

This is a pretty cool article about one of the guys on that poster in the gym.
Arthur Saxon

Interesting list of supposedly worthless exercises. You won’t see these at the gym, but I never say never when it comes to an exercise or training tool. If you train enough people for long enough you find uses for things you never thought you’d use, or that you quit using and then find a use for it later.
5 Worthless Exercises

This is one of the best podcast episodes explaining the connection between back health and kettlebell training. Prof. Stuart McGill is one of the world’s foremost experts in back health. If you only listen to one podcast this month, this is the one:
Stuart McGill Kettlebell Podcast

Vitamin C intake and blood pressure.
Vitamin C and Blood Pressure

Video of The Week: Coach Dan John on loaded carries, one of the most respected voices in the strength and conditioning world.

August 1, 2020

IKSC Article List: August 1, 2020

IKSC Article List August 1, 2020

Keep training. Now is not the time to take your fitness for granted. There are some holes in this article. The timeframes they are giving for working out seem pretty long to me (45-80 minutes). I’ll have to look more into what they consider “vigorous” exercise. Chances are some of the things we do at IKSC probably get that done in 20-30 minutes. Personally, I see no problem in training for 20 minutes and then keeping general movement levels high throughout the day.
Exercise Improves Mood

High blood sugars and high insulin levels = Low energy availability.
High Insulin Levels = Low Energy

Most of these fitness myths are debunked on a daily basis at IKSC, but this is a good breakdown of some of BS you might hear or have heard in the past.
Myths that Stop Fat Loss

Great article on why beef is good for you and the planet!
Beef: Good for you and the planet.

Video of the Week: This is not just for kids: Sensory stimulation and direct interpersonal contact and interaction is just as important for adults. It is very much a “use it or lose it” deal.
Exercises that involve as many senses as possible, like rolling, crawling, and getting up and down from the ground (getups anyone?) repeatedly are a key part of overall fitness. Pay attention to the quote about skin receptor sites and tactile stimulation. Note: You get a big dose of this when you roll and crawl.

July 7, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: July 6, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: July 6, 2020

The term “muscle head” is a compliment. It should be noted that many of our great thinkers like Plato and Socrates embraced extreme physical fitness.
At the top of the food-chain with regards to neural activity and neuroplasticity (whereby you actually make new neural connections) are movements that involve lots of muscles and include cross-patterning and gaiting patterns. This is why we squat deep, crawl, get up and down off the floor a bunch, and carry heavy loads.
Weightlifting Makes Your Brain Work

One of my biggest concerns about the separation and fearmongering we’ve been subject to in recent months due to lockdowns and such.
Loneliness Makes Stress Worse

More than likely, you are not a victim of poor genetics, but are a victim of poor life choices. Everything we do, the exercises I choose and the foods I advise others to eat have to do with how they trigger genetic expression. This, people, IS the big picture
Epigenetics

Pay special attention to #3 in this article: “Just about any body composition problem you have is a diet problem, not a training problem.”
This is the hardest pill to swallow I offer frequent nutrition classes to members of IKSC. The frustrating part on the coaching end is that that only a few bother to show up, and yet almost everyone comes in the door looking for a strength and body composition goals. Training is only 10% of the whole equation.
Painful Fitness Truths!

Always good information from Tim Anderson at Original Strength

May 21, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: May 21, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: May 21, 2020

Gym Hygiene and Etiquette

With the reopening of the indoor gym, it is IMPERTIVE that everyone adheres to good personal hygiene habits. The gym floor is mopped daily and the equipment is wiped with alcohol or bleach wipes after every use. We often do exercises that require us to get up and down off the floor. I try to keep it clean enough you could literally eat off it, but please don’t track dirt, mud, or lawn clippings across the gym floor. Please either remove your shoes for indoor workouts or make sure they are clean before tracking across the gym floor.

Please wear clean clothes to train. This is important. Take your training seriously. Dress for success. Train in clean clothes.

Even though most of my wardrobe is what you’d consider “workout clothes.” I always wear fresh, clean workout clothing for my designated, structured training sessions. It is good for mindset. I firmly believe you train better clean than dirty, if for no reason than you can focus better. In martial art training, it is a grave insult to your training partners to show up in a dirty uniform.

Make sure you are clean. Personally, I take a shower before training. I can’t when I’m train dirty. It doesn’t matter if it is a weekend. Your designated training time is a time to build positive habits and shift mindset. Training sessions are important appointments for yourself. Please arrive clean, looking sharp, and ready to train. Avoid heavy perfumes or cologne. Body odor is totally unacceptable. Be as clean as you would be at a church service or martial art training session. Strength training is just as important.

Here are this weeks articles.
This article is a pretty deep dive into why you hear so much anti-meat rhetoric in the media. It is easy to throw out a few select quotes, but it takes intelligence and nuance in order to explain the bigger picture when it comes to the issue.
Why is WHO anti-meat?

Oysters. Part of the goodness of oysters is that they are rich in zinc.
Oysters

Always good information from Poliquin. Here are a few good things about better sleep. When it comes to body composition, quality sleep is almost as important as training.
Sleep Deprived

This is a fairly old study, but it shows the correlation between vitamin D, magnesium, and healthy hormone levels.
Strong Bones = High Testosterone

Video of The Week: Worth your time to listen to this guy. I eat this way about 80% of the time, and have for the past few years. It seems to tighten everything up pretty fast. I would have discounted it as a crash diet a until I learned more about Shawn Baker’s physical feats. He must be doing something right:

May 13, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: May 12, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: May 12, 2020

Insulin resistance is a common thread in so many health conditions. Insulin is one of your body’s master control hormones. The more insulin-sensitive you are, the better.
Improved Insulin Sensitivity

Big news. Diana Rodgers and Robb Wolf’s new book is available for pre-order. I am not promoting this for any reason other than I respect both of these people’s work and have learned a lot from them. I pre-ordered mine already. I can recommend anything they put out without reservation.
Sacred Cow

I firmly believe that the training and nutrition advice and methods we use at IKSC are as good as anything you will find anywhere. One of the things I focus on is resiliency in many areas. This is really important right now.
Metabolic Health and Corona

Walk. Please. The weather this time of year is perfect for just walking around. Find a way to incorporate it into your day.
Walk a Bunch!

Video (s) of the Week: A couple short ones from Original Strength. As soon as we are able to fully open, I plan to do a full movement reset program. We are all in need of this.

April 12, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: April 11, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: April 11, 2020

As always, vitamin D is important.
Vitamin D

How to train hard without compromising your immune systems. Always a good thing.
Immue System and Training

Now is a time to really focus on being reasonable in your training.
Dan John: Reasonable Training.

Kind of a long read, but some good theories here on why The Rona affects some people more than others.
Metabolic Disease and CV

Video of the Week: Gut Health and Immune System. It is extremely individual. Sometimes less fiber is better.

March 14, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: March 13, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: March 13, 2020

I was one of the first certified Primal Health Coaches. It’s been a long time since that opportunity opened up in 2014. It is part of a bigger movement to make people healthier. I just found out that program is a member of this organization:
Holistic Health Education

Best article I’ve read yet on Coronavirus. Remember that having a positive mindset matters in everything. You WILL get better. This, too, shall pass.
What to expect.

Great things to keep in mind from Weston A. Price Foundation. Success leaves clues. Look to History, Anthropology, and Biology for what humans are truly designed to function best on.
Ancestral Diets

If there is a fountain of youth, it surely includes making yourself as strong as possible.
Fight Aging

I have no idea if this will minimize Coronavirus or not, but getting as much sunlight and fresh air as you can is always good advice. However, even though I supplement with 5,000iu per day of Vitamin D3 all year long, I’d make sure and maybe even take a little extra if you aren’t able to get your sun (I usually up my to 10,000iu during winter months). Low D3 levels are a common-denominator in so many ailments that it makes sense, regardless. I also read a little bit the other day that populations that the virus has spread are also known to be D-deficient. Sunlight and Coronavirus

Video of The Week: I’m often asked what I think of CrossFit. I view it as an exercise sport nowadays, not a training system. Mark Rippetoe (in the video) used to do barbell certifications for CrossFit, and like many that were involved in it 10-15 years ago, saw it changing for the worse. My first exposure to kettlebells was through CrossFit back in 2007.

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.

February 7, 2020

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: February 7, 2020

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: February 7, 2020

For those of you working the 8×8 program, and reasons why this rep scheme shows up so frequently on the daily workout board as a general full body workout. It works. It has worked for a long time, and will predictably work in the future. I use it myself about once a year.
8X8 Training

This supplement combo does work, and you’ll find it in lots of preworkout drinks and energy drinks. Note that the amounts they used is ridiculously high.
Caffeine and Carnitine

More on red light…from The Man himself, Robb Wolf.
Red Light Therapy

Creatine…good for lots of things.
More Creatine Goodness

Video of The Week: Train from fingertips to toes. These stretches might be good if you are forced to wear shoes or boots that aren’t friendly for work or if you’ve spent lots of years beating your feet up.

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