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January 4, 2020

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: January 4, 2020

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: January 4, 2020

I’ll be doing a special class on Tuesday January 14that 7 p.m. on “Fighting Sugar Cravings.” I’ve done this one in the past and had good results. Free to members, but $15 drop in for guests. I am limiting this class to a max of 10 people, so let me know if you’re coming. Here’s a link for guests to sign up:





Some of you may have seen this article floating around about fake meats and hormones. Soy is a hormone disruptor. It’s not a simple process by which that happens, but it does have an estrogenic effect.
Estrogen Burgers

Here’s an interesting article on getups:https:Old Time Getups

To study nutrition, you have to be able to read past mainstream news headlines and read up on the studies those news stories come from. One thing you’ll find is that the reliability in nutrition studies is all over the place, sometimes just about worthless, and people that try to point out some of the flawed and biased information (i.e. fat is bad) are fighting quite a battle. This article points out an example of that.
Nutrition Studies

Training is like medicine, and that means “the dose makes the poison.” Don’t give enough, and nothing happens; give too much and it doesn’t help much either.
How Much Exercise Needed?

A lot of what Dan John has done in training is close or almost exactly what we do at IKSC. Trust me, it is more overlap than me copying what he does. I’ve never read one of his books, but have listened to a few interviews and read some of his articles. I’m glad I’m on the same page in many cases, as he is very respected.
Dan John is Antidote to CrossFit

Video of the Week: This is exactly my strategy, as anyone who has attended my nutrition classes will acknowledge. Additionally, note that most of the nutritional interventions that have become popular in recent years have come from ancestral health and nutrition models refined for the masses.

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 13, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast December 12, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast December 12, 2019

It seems that the exercise and nutrition world looks like a battle of the studies at times. This is a good breakdown of how to look at studies for yourself, rather than just reading the headline.
Reading Scientific Studies

“Super Accumulation Training” is pretty much what we do during things like the December Getup Challenge, and many of the programs we use. Basically, what we do is build the workload up to the point it is not sustainable long-term and then back off for a while and then repeat.
Super Accumulation Training

This book is worth reading. Don’t be afraid of salt, especially if you are limiting carbs.
Salt Fix Book Review

Note the doc featured in the article. Prof. Stuart McGill. FYI: He’s a huge fan of loaded carries. When I read articles like these, I can’t help but think that the fitness system they are largely looking for resembles IKSC programming.
McGill on Crossfit

Video of the Week: Cutting through some of the “cardio” nonsense. Most of the workouts we do build mitochondrial density. It is an area that is just starting to have scientific support, but it has been used for a long time. I started taking advantage of this concept over 10 years ago because it just seemed to work.

The second video is also good. Enjoy!

October 10, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: October 10, 2019

Think angry thoughts when swinging kettlebells!

Think angry thoughts when swinging kettlebells!

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: October 10, 2019

The next lifestyle/nutrition class will be November 4th at 7p.m. I’ll be doing this class and it will focus on preventing holiday weight gain. I’ve done this one in the past and it’s always been one of the most productive ones.

I am always reserved about animal studies, but we all know garlic is good for lots of things anyway.
http://www.ergo-log.com/anabolicgarlic.html

This is an interesting new study that came out about military personnel stationed at different latitudes, their vitamin D levels, and depression. We don’t get enough natural sunlight in Idaho to absorb it naturally. I take 5,000iu all the time, and 10,000iu in the colder months.
https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12970-019-0308-5

I haven’t tried this exact deadlift program. I’ve done similar ones and they’ve worked. It looks to be a very doable program without much that can go wrong as long as you are patient with it and don’t overestimate your starting points.
https://www.t-nation.com/training/simple-deadlift-program

Advocrap…Those of you that know me know how much I hate MLM sales crap. These guys were one of the worst. Some of you know the hilarious backstory about my history with a local Advocare recruiter.
https://www.fox4news.com/news/advocare-will-pay-150-million-penalty-for-operating-pyramid-scheme

Related to that last article, here’s my guide for avoiding those kinds of scams:
http://idahokettlebells.com/blog/?p=994

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.

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.

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

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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