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October 3, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: October 3, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: October 3, 2019

Couple dudes throwing down some getups.

Couple Texas hombres throwing down some getups.

 

Some of you have heard bits and pieces of this story from me over the years. Looks like Robb Wolf posted a good synopsis of the way our food system and nutritional guidelines got so incredibly screwed up.

https://robbwolf.com/2019/09/17/a-brief-history-of-nutrition-in-the-west/

 

Eggs and meat are good for brain health.

https://www.ergo-log.com/phosphatidylcholine-a-choline-analog-in-eggs-and-meat-protects-against-dementia.html

 

You hear me discredit “cardio” in the traditional sense a lot. Mostly because what qualifies as such in the general fitness world is not low-level enough to really be good at training an aerobic base, and not truly lung-burning hard enough to benefit the upper end.

What usually qualifies as cardio in mainstream fitness realm is what is known in the sports strength and conditioning world as “the junk zone.” This is what you see in popular chain fitness franchises like F45, Orange Theory, or one of the various cycling classes. This is the zone that the perceived effort is medium-hard, makes you breath pretty hard, and sweat a bunch. This is where the uninformed usually say they’re “getting in a good workout,” but really all they’re accomplishing is burning some sugar, stimulating stress hormone, and training weak movement patterns.

In short, cardio should either be as strong and fast as you can do it for less than a minute, or easy enough you could do it all day if you had to. But, the reality is that it is important, even if you hate it.

https://www.t-nation.com/training/tip-sorry-you-do-need-some-cardio

 

Nothing good comes from high blood sugar and poor insulin-sensitivity. This is why literally every piece of nutrition advice I give is designed to enhance insulin-sensitivity. If you are insulin-resistant, every aspect of your performance is compromised.

“Insulin clearance is associated with physical fitness and metabolic health. Aging is associated with reduced metabolic clearance of insulin and hyperinsulinemia, reduced glucose effectiveness, and an increase in metabolic diseases…”

https://academic.oup.com/jes/article/3/9/1727/5537533?

 

Meat is good for you. Eat it. Many of the studies that have suggested otherwise do not actually stand up to any kind of scrutiny. It has been a mantra for years, but when you really break it down, evidence to support health hazards associated with eating meat is so weak as to not even be taken seriously…and the methods used to gather that evidence are suspect at best.

https://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2752328/unprocessed-red-meat-processed-meat-consumption-dietary-guideline-recommendations-from

 

Video of The Week:

 

 

September 19, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: September 19, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: September 19, 2019

Jenn is coming back on Monday September 30th for another talk. This one should be valuable. Hope to see the great turnout we saw last time!
https://jensprimalhealth.com/events/how-to-make-new-habits-last/

Lack of sleep: The nation’s worst epidemic.
https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/lack-of-sleep-is-killing-your-body-composition

Here’s a good article unpacking the reasons why avoiding red meat is not advised.
Main points:
1) Evidence linking red meat eating and poor health is weak, conflicted, and/or non-existent.
2) Meat is the most nutrient dense thing you can eat.
3) Avoiding meat sets humans up for a variety of nutritional deficiencies.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10408398.2019.1657063?

“Meditation” means different things to different people. It is important to take time to clear your head every day somehow.
http://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/2798/How_To_Successfully_Use_Meditation_For_Fat_Loss.aspx

You will hear me harp on magnesium, vitamin D and zinc as being three things you should supplement with. We just don’t get enough from foods we eat and in the case of vitamin D, we just don’t live in a part of the world where we get enough sunlight. A good way to get these is by supplementing with 5-10,000iu of vitamin D3 per day, and then taking a product called “ZMA” which has zinc and magnesium.
https://www.ergo-log.com/magnesium-rich-diet-reduces-mortality-risk.html

Video of the Week: Knowledge bombs.

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.
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cows on antlelope ridge

antelope ridge gps

August 29, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: August 29, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: August 29, 2019

I don’t know who “noom” is, but this graphic is great. Please give them props for it. I would add that the trend chart should be for months or even years, and not just a matter of weeks:
weight loss

Big News: Jennifer is coming to IKSC on 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 sign up link. 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

The “real” perfect pushup, an old article by Steve Maxwell on Hindu pushups. The guru of bodyweight training, in my opinion.
http://maxwellsc.blogspot.com/2008/12/pushing-yourself-to-power.html

This article is brings up the use of a paleo diet for MS, but understand that it also seems to help with other autoimmune conditions, such as eczema, thyroid conditions, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.

Years ago I started recommending this nutritional strategy for body comp and strength -which it works great for- but people with some of these problems told me about improvements in these conditions, so I didn’t argue with them. Good to see the idea is now widely accepted.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326080.php?fbclid=IwAR0B6MMuA2A-HcCJUJ2bD1oYs8RXVQaAbcl1ro2EQUusuLSRrbPOR1Xvc3s

This is a cool article on the nutritional strategies of old time strongmen and early bodybuilders. Very good read.
https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/splendid-specimens-the-history-of-nutrition-in-bodybuilding/?fbclid=IwAR3X8VKu4AMTffeyCAUryIR9VKMUN9ZHZKRhRhlqJUWfdNgSAUexOu44ze0

At IKSC, we love this kind of training and many of our best programs are rooted in this principle:
http://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/2636/Workout_Systems_Peripheral_Heart_Action_Training.aspx

Here’s a good article on one of the programs a few of you are on for the squat and deadlift (including me). We modify it a little, and put a few IKSC touches on it, but here is the basic outline of 5/3/1.
https://www.t-nation.com/workouts/531-how-to-build-pure-strength

Video of The Week:
Another one by Dave Feldman. I was lucky to be there for this lecture. Takeaway point is that your cholesterol readings can change daily, so your reading from a blood draw every several months may not tell you as much as your doctor says it does.

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

February 24, 2015

“Graduate” to Building Strength and Health

“Graduate” to Building Strength and Health.

Conversation with a long-time member of IKSC yesterday about goals:  It really brought me to one of the things of which I am most proud.

I feel safe to say that not many are here at IKSC because they are trying to “lose” anything, and there has never been a short-term weight loss challenge or contest.  We do lots of monthly challenges, of course, but they are always centered on building some physical skill or healthy eating pattern.

We are here to build positive things, not focus on a negative. I think you’ll find that in doing so, the negatives kind of go away on their own. Things like weight loss challenges are about focusing on some element of dissatisfaction that is to be reduced, not building a positive. Think about that for a minute.

Some fat or weight loss may occur as a result of training appropriately and following a healthy eating pattern, but most are truly here in order to build rather than reduce.

  • Strength – Because it makes everything in life better. Without this, nothing else is important or possible.
  • Proper Movement Patterns –Because this enables strength to be utilized. Without it, it is like a car with a great engine, but no wheels to travel with.  
  • Low-Risk/High-Yield training  Living pain-free should be your default setting. If you are becoming injured as a result of your training system, you’d better take a long look at it.
  • Health -Through the best nutrition education available, I am happy to say that those that follow our nutrition education guidelines are just as likely to report better skin, hair, energy levels, less inflammation, higher strength levels, and  improved clinical blood test results as they are pounds lost on a scale.
  • Long-term Focus and Lifestyle Change –The goal is never about a few weeks out. It is about what is continuing to happen in 5, 10, or 20 years.

These things are not an accident.

The fitness industry preys on people’s insecurities and self-hatred. This simply does not happen here.

You truly have to enjoy making yourself stronger and healthier to train here. When a new member makes the decision to train, I think of them as a “student” that is here to learn and build something permanent.

This is quite a paradigm shift for many. In a way, I feel that they “graduate” to advanced study at Idaho Kettlebell Strength and Conditioning .

-Jim

Idaho Kettlebell Strength and Conditioning

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



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