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April 20, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: April 19, 2020

Training Hard in the Sun!

Training Hard in the Sun!


IKSC Weekly Links: April 19, 2020

Training is on strong at the gym!

Governor’s orders specified against indoor gyms reopening, so we are now an outdoor gym. There is plenty of room outside the back door. Kettlebell and bodyweight workouts are our specialty. No one will lack one ounce of training. The only downside is that I can’t take it on any additional people until May 1st to ensure good quality control.

Please take note that you are all under a great deal of stress. We are still under an “emergency” declaration, which means compromising your immune system by overdoing it, or risking injury is not acceptable. Training sessions will be brief and designed to minimize risk. Do not try to make up for poor eating by training harder. The extra 100-200 calories you might burn off is insignificant. Tighten up the diet and focus on sleep.

The thing I always say? Train like a predator, not prey? This is what I mean. You should feel stronger when you leave the gym than when you came in.

Here’s a very tried and true program I’ve used over and over again. When in doubt, push, pull, squat. Repeat. This post even has some ancient videos from the old gym…LOL!
IKSC Push, Pull, Squat Program

Video of the Week: For those of you that have been doing improvised workouts.

We cover all these bases in our normal programming.
5 Ways to Get Stronger

The more metabolically healthy you are, the better you’ll fight off nasty respiratory illness.
CV and Elephant in the Room

Speculation as to whether exercise will make you better able to fight off a viral infection: I have no idea if this is true or not, but I can say that whenever I feel like I’m coming down with something a good sweat seems to help. Who knows?
Exercise as Protection

February 29, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: February 28, 2020

IKSC Weekly Links: February 28, 2020

Here’s a great article on one of our staples, the Goblet Squat. Dan John’s stuff mirrors a lot of what we do here. Happy to say that a lot of that has to do with just finding these things out via trial and error and lots of reps. If you want to read more, look him up. He also has a podcast now that is worth listening to.
Dan John Goblet Squat

Your gut and brain are connected. Junk in= Junk out. We all know this, but still a good read.
Processed Food = Junk Brain

If you want to live a long time, get comfortable being uncomfortable. I plan to live long and hard and then drop dead.
Discomfort = Long Life

High blood sugar equals low testosterone. Not a surprise. Insulin and leptin are master control hormones. If they are messed up because of high sugars, then everything else will be downstream. That is one of the first things I teach in my nutrition courses.
Blood Sugar and Hormones

Video of the Week: An interesting video about rowing trends. “Boutique” rowing studios are starting to be a thing. Trends are not something I follow (because one of my theories is that the longer and more proven a training system has been around the better it is), but you just might see more dedicated rowing interval classes in the future.

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 21, 2019

Special Class: Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Special Class: Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Tuesday November 12th at 7:15 p.m.

 

The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be a nutritional and emotional disaster. It doesn’t have to be this way.
This class will focus on keeping weight gain in-check by looking at all the factors that cause unwanted flab to accumulate during this time of year.

You will leave with tools to help you make the best food and health choices during this holiday season.

No cost to IKSC members.
$15 drop-in fee for non-members.

Non-members can sign up here:




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

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

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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August 18, 2010

More reasons you should train with kettlebells…


“I have been training at Idaho Kettlebells since October of 2009. On July 11, 2010 I performed 28 strict, deadhang pullups. My previous record of 25 was from 2003, when I was deployed in Kuwait in the U.S. Marines. The added grip strength from training with kettlebells has added to this!”
– “Jake” (last name withheld): Former U.S. Marine and member of correctional facility tactical response team.

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