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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 22, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: August 22, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: August 22, 2019

Thought for the week:
“No correlation has been established between getting sore and getting
stronger. Some comrades are hurting units for five days following their leg workout
yet lift the same weights for years. Others never ache…but keep getting stronger from workout to workout…Never interpret soreness or stiffness as signs of progress.” – Pavel Tsatsouline.

I frequently make references to Arnold and some of the old-school bodybuilders. I am a fan of many of the tips in this article: https://www.t-nation.com/training/5-things-we-can-learn-from-arnold-about-building-muscle

I refer to fascial slings now and then with the way your body is connected. Here’s a decent article explaining it. Too bad there isn’t a chart showing them. I’ll have to look harder for one.
https://www.t-nation.com/training/fascia-and-muscle-link

No one reading this is afraid of saturated fat, I hope. But, here is a good article written by one of the top minds in nutritional science.
https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/51/15/1111

We’ve been working the getup a bunch in class: Here’s something I wrote up on them a few years back.
http://idahokettlebells.com/blog/?p=978

Here’s the guy I learned to properly do a getup from at the first kettlebell instructor course I attended. His account of his rehab using this exercise is pretty amazing.
https://tacticalathlete.com/turkish-get-up-functional-fun/
Video of The Week:

August 15, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: August 15, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: August 15, 2019

Video of the week. This gives a good perspective on the getup, but really, just getting up and down off the floor is good no matter how you do it.

Another study, a randomized controlled trial (not just a food questionnaire), demonstrating that high protein and low carbs helps fight diabetes. Why do none of the restaurants and food companies that claim to donate to causes to fight children’s diabetes mention this? This is not new information, just another study confirming what we already know.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31338545/

Carnitine for strength! FYI: Beef has a ton of it.
http://www.ergo-log.com/2-g-of-carnitine-daily-makes-bodybuilders-stronger.html

Mark Sisson calls these “microworkouts.” This is something I’ve done my whole life, and are the basis for most of the exercise challenges IKSC has encouraged for many years now. I first started doing “microworkouts” well over 25 years ago on different jobs I’ve had and have always done this in some form or another. It is good for your brain, too.
https://www.marksdailyapple.com/benefits-of-microworkouts/

This article gives a good breakdown of what fats are good and which ones aren’t. The ones that are most commonly found in snacks are soybean oil, canola oil, and peanut oil. But, any kind of processed seed oil is basically a poison and damages every cell in your body, right down to the mitochondria.
http://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/2656/What_Are_Healthy_Fats?.aspx&fbclid=IwAR0PAt2nAKzrsJQ3T1PVSCyWqNLmnnrsKqjqI6oeBSjro3w8t2tSUc9JX4g

Here’s an interesting article (more just a testimonial) that I saw among the headlines today. Something to know is that PCOS is caused by insulin resistance and high blood sugar. Taking long stretches between meals is one way help with insulin sensitivity, but eating a very low carb and higher protein diet is more than likely going to be the best strategy.
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/struggling-pcos-tried-intermittent-fasting-100000231.html

Muscles sore from training (Delayed Onset Muscle Sorenesss)? Sorry, there is no “gold standard” way to prevent it. Sometimes you just have to tough it out. Note: More exercise is apparently effective (my advice for as long as I can remember).

This chart from the NCSF explains it well.
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August 8, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast August 8, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast August 8, 2019

This week’s video: Dan John is one of the best strength coaches in the world. I can’t agree more with his list of necessary training movements:

Awesome article on cortisol’s role in the body:
https://www.t-nation.com/training/the-best-damn-cortisol-article-ever

Great write up and video on the Hindu pushup.
https://originalstrength.net/2019/08/04/meet-your-new-love-the-hindu-pushup/?fbclid=IwAR1L7TfEHEgc7FQ4a1iY_zHFAEj3cC16pkkWrAaD7nwZKF26MufTnf8U9R4

How to avoid deficiencies on a plant-based diet:
https://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/2616/_Three_Surprising_Dangers_of_A_Vegetarian_Diet.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3sq5B4qDBSpFIVm_eC1PWjmFNd4WrEv_DLteH5YIy9MbKwbc1VC_p0IMs

Salt is not your enemy.
https://suppversity.blogspot.com/2014/10/low-sodium-intake-for-athletes-good-for.html?fbclid=IwAR30KY6PSVNNQ-TZFHdwHK9mnRgg0ZDbyP7V0sktLJVOANUXXkjamneYRq0#

Hopefully no one reading this blog has any of these around, but good to share with others:
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/5-healthy-foods-secretly-leading-203029069.html

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!

July 18, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast July 18, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast July 18, 2019

Video of the week: Nina will make you question everything you read about nutrition:

Someone needs to let the Mongolian restaurant next door know they’re doing it all wrong. Maybe now I won’t get so many funny looks when I fill up a bowl with nothing but a few nuts, some shoots and the rest is meat.
https://decentpropaganda.com/what-the-mongols-ate-for-success/?fbclid=IwAR1pd3L_7sK38r8IV63GpFhkJU-5D35-8XPv42TyB9Bh7d5SEgoI0ci1mFw

It is amazing how years ago so many mainstream nutrition types blew off a primal diet as a fad, and now how almost all their recommendations look about 95% paleo.

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-processed-foods-lead-to-weight-gain-nih-study-2019-5

And added benefit of something like the July Challenge where you limit palette options is that some learn they can’t handle certain foods upon reintroduction. That means those foods never really worked for you, but you didn’t realize it until taking them out.
https://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/1502/Smart_Food_Substitutions_For_Common_Food_Intoleran.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2YJBwBjdXWvMqAB81j9DbGBSfnntPmyr_BL2w8j4kKBjc-KAgBELLECEc

Devil is in the details. Our bodies are designed to operate optimally with a certain amount of sleep, sunlight, and eating foods that align with our physiology.
https://www.marksdailyapple.com/9-ways-sabotaging-weight-loss/

Our primal connection with dogs helped us to rise to the top of the food-chain. It is in our DNA.
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/mar/01/hunting-with-wolves-humans-conquered-the-world-neanderthal-evolution

Who can’t learn from Arnold?
https://www.t-nation.com/training/5-things-we-can-learn-from-arnold-about-building-muscle

Bonus video: You’re free to yell this any time in the gym:

July 11, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: July 11, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: July 11, 2019

This week’s video. More on food and mental health.

10 Things that are key to gaining muscle and losing fat.
http://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/1480/Ten_Simple_Truths_About_Body_Composition_That_No_O.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2XF3rw7TbjP8lQfpFvGhnqDQl7CetjlxjM2S7rNnlu9bOYOLnCUxi8PSM

I’ve been using what is now called “Intermittent fasting” for a lot of years now. It’s never hurt me in putting on muscle or keeping it. Looks like it didn’t hurt this group either.
http://www.ergo-log.com/time-restricted-feeding-without-positive-or-negative-effects-in-female-strength-athletes.html?fbclid=IwAR3Izur1ppxtwXqoOq-sHzkaKAV4Im_IIpy9BXS5V4m3cR1dP512aLzpNoA

Bone density. We talk now and then about this in class, and this is a specific reason many begin strength training. Things like squats, deadlifts, kettlebell swings, pushups, farmer’s carries, etc. put stress on the system enough to benefit. Additionally, make sure you are getting your magnesium, zinc, and vitamin D, in addition to calcium.
http://main.poliquingroup.com/Tips/tabid/130/EntryId/2467/How-Does-Strength-Training-Increase-Bone-Density.aspx

Even the mainstream headlines are getting the message that “chronic cardio” is useless and even harmful.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/weightlifting-better-reducing-heart-fat-192705157.html

We see negative press about carb restriction and replacing with fats in the diet. Here are results actual people have when they adopt that strategy. Virta Health is a trendsetter.
https://medium.com/@JPMcCarter/the-top-12-keto-myths-debunked-after-150-000-days-of-patient-care-9502383d4e8c

Bonus video: You’ll soon see a vegan propaganda video circulating showing several athletes who are supposedly vegan. Here’s the real story on them.

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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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.

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