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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.

August 1, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast August 1, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast August 1, 2019

The next nutrition class will be Monday August 5th at 7pm. We will focus on sleep and chronic stressors, and how they impact recovery, performance, and nutrition choices. Hope you can make it.

Video of The Week: Most of you have heard me talk about “metabolic flexibility” and how the goal is not to be “keto” but to be able to switch between burning fat and ketones to glucose at will. Robb Wolf explains this well.

Body shape and health. Yes, it matters. Where your body stores fat is important. Also, note the point about not having “chicken legs.” This is the reason every day is leg day at IKSC. The fastest way to change overall body composition is to do exercises that place a huge demand on the lower body somehow.
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/915978?nlid=130807_5402&src=wnl_dne_190725_mscpedit&uac=119889CJ&impID=2040135&faf=1

Creatine plus a little electrolyte seems to be a great combo. It makes sense that it would be more effective when coupled with elements that are vital to muscle contraction.
https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12970-019-0291-x

A paleo diet will help you lose excess fat and improve health markers. In order for it to work, you must eat things that align as close as possible with what would have been available in a pre-agricultural society, which means no “paleo” cookies, gluten free treats, nut butters, etc.
http://www.ergo-log.com/paleo-diet-perfect-weight-loss-diet.html

Muscle mass and strength are some of the best measure of longevity. If you are over about 40, doing exercises and eating in such a way as to pack as much muscle onto your frame as possible will help you stay young.
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/resistance-training-older-adults-position-statement-from-izquierdo

Ways to raise testosterone: The title of the article here is designed to get clicks, but really it should just be about factors that affect hormones in general.
https://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/934/Five_Simple_Ways_to_Raise_Testosterone_Levels_for_Better_Body_Composition_&_Optimal_Health.aspx?fbclid=IwAR0FYz0lq1aCiaE9SHOwxf2dji3lRmEtk3XgSvsdJGAMTkOxzMexyguGvbo

July 25, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast July 25, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast July 25, 2019

Video of the week.

Next two links are awesome. One is on the importance of sleep and the other is stress. These two components are just as important as the time you spend in the gym.
http://www.ergo-log.com/sleep-improvement-makes-cardio-and-strength-training-more-effective.html?fbclid=IwAR2XR0_Ras2cMouF1_Tye2x4vRB0kIRSX_us7jVZGaXq3EAdijE2twdl34I

http://www.ergo-log.com/stressed-out-strength-athletes-take-longer-to-recover-post-workout.html

Deadlifts! Always a good choice. Keep in mind that the properly-done kettlebell swing does almost the same thing for your body, and most of these benefits apply to men as well.
https://www.t-nation.com/training/4-reasons-women-must-deadlift

Anyone who really wants to delve into the minutia (and read past the tabloid nutrition headlines funded by processed food companies) about what eating meat really does for your body.
https://chriskresser.com/red-meat-and-tmao-its-the-gut-not-the-meat/?fbclid=IwAR0nI10AxhrdpY-J0FJQuCF4I2gvA1XhKCFrDL5K4DJts7wMtgCjUafS-8c

Old article, but well worth the read. It pre-dates any kind of popular “diet-culture” interpretation of what a “paleo diet” is, or what has been pretty much bastardized by different cookbooks, etc.

The thing to realize is that the nutrition information presented comes straight from the physical sciences, not from nutritionists that are held to maintain the party lines of what the AHA and ADA claim is healthy.

https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/traditional-diets/caveman-cuisine/?fbclid=IwAR3zcEuwzt6HtCkLmwbfxYQCGWnAwMXgFUnDu3NZ-K3nV414JsjmHW6SjHU

That’s it for this week. Enjoy!

June 28, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast June 27, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast June 27, 2019

Video of the week:
Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek are basically the modern leaders in the low-carb diet field, or “keto” as it has become known as. I’ve been reading their work and following them for several years now. Here is a good primer on nutritional ketosis.

I’ve eaten what would be considered a very low carb diet for several years now. I haven’t had a weight loss goal at all during that time. I’ve stayed pretty much the same weight and body composition, and anything physically I set out to do I can usually accomplish. I do know that if I add back more than about 50grams of carbs per day, the body composition starts to suffer.
http://www.ergo-log.com/low-carbohydrate-diet-not-slimmer-healthier.html?fbclid=IwAR1B04MXHkHTj0nUw04EikrpHiAvR7uOMU71DVQLVM8nAAl9KGV_Rbcuxfk

Think of our July Challenge nutrition guidelines as the “anti-processed food” diet. Good reasons to adopt that strategy full-time:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/its-trendy-to-scorn-processed-food-now-theres-research-to-back-up-that-attitude/2019/06/21/d19f54d8-929d-11e9-aadb-74e6b2b46f6a_story.html?fbclid=IwAR24xXoMtiFbC_kECkU2QLztDCWB3sdIJGmhPWrpXTCx30jv-9fLWXdgs-s&utm_term=.ae4ad2b65611

As it says on my business cards, form follows function. Train for performance and the aesthetics will follow.
http://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/1253/Ten_Reasons_to_Train_for_Muscle_&_Performance_Instead_of_for_Fat_Loss.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2k_NSwAHTIpzdTp_lFtObDLr0ymJ10WKcBngByMzHTjguUyWqf0CIDVVw

We were talking about this just the other day. The benefit of concentric training is that you can do a bunch of it and recover fast.
http://www.ergo-log.com/concentric-strength-training-effective-eccentric-strength-training.html?fbclid=IwAR39FasZ0NSYwO3rWU6DPNy0EUDRBexTMBJC2H3varpHOYb4Yu_orkqVL4E

If you really want to go with no processed food, here is an option. The only downside I’ve found is it is sometimes hard to get in enough calories. I am carnivore about 5 days of the week, with a few meals of some starches, fermented foods, and limited vegetables. Been that way for about the past year.
https://carnivoreaurelius.com/carnivore-diet/?fbclid=IwAR3hWaRwCCavbcm__K6P5PR2KhpkQV2aNTw_YXrmT6gRenwYGejs3xcHTgU

Loaded carries. Can’t get enough.
https://www.t-nation.com/training/secret-of-loaded-carries?fbclid=IwAR3PSUNZ_hqYqbE2ebfWq_9SnAaYcd-IhLHw_ReR-QD0JpakPCDGIBI3JHE

Bonus video. Short, and a few years old, but still dead-on. The idea that dietary fat and cholesterol is a problem within itself is a lie:

Photos this week: The people who carved these drawings didn’t eat processed food. They are near a site likely used to harvest wild game by some primitive people, an estimated 5,000-6,000 years ago:
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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.

April 12, 2014

On “Tabatas.”

A true 4-minute Tabata set is pretty much to metabolic failure. You should be absolutely done at the end of it, and need at least a 3 minute rest before doing a new set.

A guideline I like to use is that if I feel rested enough to do another set at anything less than 3 minutes, I didn’t push it hard enough. I usually use a 4 minute rest interval after a set, with 4 sets per workout.

Also, to really benefit from doing Tabatas, doing them multiple days per week for a matter of weeks is the way to go about it.

Try doing them about 4 intervals per day, 5 days per week for about a month and see where you get.

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



September 2, 2010

Form Follows Function…


“”I have been coached by major league baseball players and highly credentialed strength and conditioning coaches in my college softball and fire fighting careers, and no one helped me reach my strength and body composition goals like Jim.
I dropped almost 5% body fat lifting kettlebells and conditioning with Jim. I have never been able to experience strength gains and cut out body fat without my legs and glutes bulking up too much until I started the Idaho Kettlebell workouts. Jim understands the different demands placed on the body in both athletic and tactical movements and has helped me strengthen my shoulder tremendously. As a former Olympic Lifter and Power Lifter, I did not expect the results to be the same from kettlebells, but they were even better and healthier for my body. Working with Jim will give you better strength and power than Olympic lifting and will protect and strengthen your joints instead of beat them down.

I am a personal trainer and have a BS in Exercise Science, but I have learned what it takes to be a great trainer from Jim.” – Katy Luetke BS Exercise Science, Personal Trainer, Firefighter I -CalFire, College of Idaho Softball Alumni

New Article in Kettlebell Inc Online Magazine.

I recently had an article featured in Kettlebell Inc’s online kettlebell magazine. It contains an awesome 4-week kettlebell press and swing workout.

Visit Kettlebell Inc to download the entire magazine, including a great new article on kettlebell training for new parents.

I have used this exact program on a wide variety of people and they all have had similar results: Increased strength, lost body fat, cardiovascular efficiency, increased flexibility and even better posture.

This has been the case for everyone: Firefighters, high school athletes, grandmothers, doctors, paramedics, and everyone in between. There has not been one exception.

This has led me to make every new trainee at Idaho Kettlebells start on this program as soon as possible. My success rides on their results. This does not fail to deliver.

Katy (pictured above) is one example. Her lean physique is mostly due to kettlebell training, using my methods. As a firefighter, her goal is to be as strong and fast as possible, at the lowest possible bodyweight. Since her life could depend on her cardiovascular efficiency, she also looks for a way to gain every possible advantage. Kettlebells deliver. Form follows function.

Here are a couple new videos from Idaho Kettlebells:

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