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January 24, 2020

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: January 23, 2020

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: January 23, 2020

Here’s a glimpse of the certification I’m attending this weekend up in Seattle. I hope to bring back some great tools to add value to what I offer to everyone at IKSC.
Original Strength

Low-testosterone and a low-fat diet are linked, yet again. Don’t think that not getting enough animal fats aren’t a problem for everyone. Women don’t have as much testosterone as men, but they still have it, and not having enough creates its own set of problems. We need fats, especially good monounsaturated fats and saturated fats.
Low Testosterone

I found this article pretty interesting. I noticed when I went full-on carnivore I’d have cravings for fermented things like kimchee and sauerkraut. Looks like there is a biological reason for this. A friend of mine that is an expert in nutrition initially told me that was normal. She was right.
Fermented Food and Meat

More on soybean oil. Old news, really, but it is always good to reinforce. The more we learn about man-made foods, the more harm we learn that comes from them. More and more compounding evidence that ancestral nutrition is the way to go.
Soybean Oil

More on protein. You just can’t get too much by eating natural food sources.
High Protein and Cardiovascular Health

Video of the Week: Not to poke too much fun at Peloton, but all his videos are hilarious. (Shield your eyes!)

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 20, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: December 19, 2019

Board Corral Mtn.

Board Corral Mtn.

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: December 19, 2019

Tons of research has been done showing the potential harm of endurance sports and excessive cardio. It’s not just an anomaly when we hear of a youngish triathlete or marathon runner collapsing of a heart attack.
Cardio Kills

Think about this next time you see someone pushing garbage fake meat.
Fake Meat

Get your magnesium, zinc, and vitamin D.
Benefits of Magnesium

More evidence against the standard practice of grazing all day.
Compressed Eating Window

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!

November 21, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast November 21, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast November 21, 2019

Eat like a predator, not prey. In this case, eat like the conqueror, not the conquered.
https://decentpropaganda.com/what-the-mongols-ate-for-success/

Lats are one of your most important core stabilization muscles. We don’t usually think of them that way, but they are.

https://www.t-nation.com/training/tip-what-all-strong-athletes-have-in-common

Good write up on nutrition documentaries in general here.
https://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/the-game-changers-exposed

Another good one from T-Nation. I remember when this article first came out, I’d just learned these crawls at a Steve Maxwell workshop and a few days later this showed up. Perfect timing.
https://www.t-nation.com/training/reflexive-strength-and-spider-man

Most of the stuff in Men’s Health is junk, but this article cites two extremely reputable people, Dan John and Prof. Stuart McGill. Not surprisingly, one of our staples, the loaded carry is the topic.
https://www.menshealth.com/fitness/a19548559/best-loaded-carries

Here’s an old post about trying to out-train the dinner table. http://idahokettlebells.com/blog/?m=201101

Video of The Week:
Should tie into what we talked about in our last nutrition class.

November 14, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast November 14, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast November 14, 2019

 

I do a class on inflammatory foods and inflammation now and then, but this article is one of the best I’ve ever read on inflammation as it relates to diet and exercise.

https://www.marksdailyapple.com/definitive-guide-to-inflammation/

 

Before you decided to dive into buckets of sugary junk this Thanksgiving, you might take a look at what was likely on the table at the first Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving lobster and oysters, anyone?

https://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/first-thanksgiving-meal

 

This study on L-carnitine might show one of the reasons people see so much success on a pure carnivore diet: They are eating a bunch of red meat, and generally going long stretches without eating. Red meat is rich in L-carnitine.

(Think, Vince Gironda steak and eggs diet: Two meals per day, eight hours apart with nothing but steak and eggs in mass quantities.)

https://www.ergo-log.com/l-carnitine-makes-fasting-easier-more-effective.html

 

More on our trapbar deadlifts. Kettlebell suitcase deadlifts work the same way.

http://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/1352/The_Best_Deadlift_Youre_Not_Doing.aspx

 

This would seem to apply to women, as well. Muscle and strength is your friend if you plan to age well.

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/921097

 

Video of the Week:

Pavel Tstatsouline is quite a character, but his info on stretching and just about anything to do with strength and conditioning is great. Showing off the hairy chest must be a Russian thing.

October 31, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast October 31, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast October 31, 2019

 

Don’t forget about the class Monday the 4th at 7p.m. Don’t let the holiday season derail your strength and health goals.

http://idahokettlebells.com/blog/?p=1243

 

Most of these points about hormone optimization apply just as much to women as men.

http://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/2801/Forty_Ways_To_Naturally_Boost_Testosterone.aspx

 

I’d say this was a good start, but the truth is ALL cereals are sugar bombs.

https://newfoodeconomy.org/kellogg-sugary-cereal-healthy-label/

 

Here’s an article on gut health and the Auto Immune Protocol, which is a super strict paleo diet. Yes, it works. I’ve heard similar stories from people over the years, even before we had any idea what might be going on ( and we still know very little about the gut biome).

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/920393

 

Videos Of The Week:

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:

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 12, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: September 12, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: September 12, 2019

Strength training improves mood. I’ve found this to be the case even more when it involves movements that use your whole body through a full range-of-motion. One of the guidelines I use when programming at IKSC is that the movements we use for training should use everything from your fingertips to toes, while incorporating the breath and always leading with the eyes.
https://www.ergo-log.com/stop-worrying-go-and-start-strength-training.html

Here’s a good read about a possible link between insulin resistance and depression. It shouldn’t be surprising.
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00057/full

This next link has a good section on the new scare about chicken and cancer. Mark makes a good point (one I often make about beef), is that they aren’t factoring in what people are eating with the chicken.

This is one of the reasons it is important to know the mechanisms and the physiology of what’s going on, not just look at stats. Case in point: Ever go to a BBQ restaurant and see an obese and unhealthy person just eating a pound of brisket or smoked turkey? No, it is usually slathered in sugary sauce, and by caloric content, the carb-load side dishes vastly outweigh the meat.
https://www.marksdailyapple.com/does-chicken-cause-cancer-should-you-neuter-dog-collagen-and-skipping-dinner/

One of the frustrating things about the push for fake meats is the way it is so easy to claim things like environmental-friendliness and health benefits, but it takes an intelligent conversation to dismantle those arguments. This article does a decent job of summarizing it.
https://newfoodeconomy.org/climate-change-eat-less-meat-plant-based-impossible-burger-regenerative-ranching/

Here’s a random day of eating for Jim. The tomatoes were from mother-in-law’s garden, and super yummy. A couple of them coated with Redmond Real Salt after training tonight was like eating candy.
https://www.myfitnesspal.com/reports/printable_diary/jwbeaumont?from=2019-09-11&to=2019-09-11

Video of The Week:
One comment on the video: Note that she makes reference to Mediterranean Diet. The issue I have with that particular popular diet is that it does not limit palette options, and really, turns into the same old “everything in moderation” thing that has been proven over and over to be a failure for a nutritional strategy. What it ends up being is whatever people want it to be.
Also note, that at about 11:50 she makes a note that any variation of the Mediterranean Diet that failed to include red meat DID NOT improve symptoms of depression.

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