The origins of the 5×5 Texas method in the early 21’st century.
The main stream media gives a nod to Oly Lifting and CrossFit.
Francis Brebner relays what happened at the Ventura Seaside Highland Games – Rusty Price wins:
In the pro division it was practically a clean sweep for Rusty Price, who was on fire. Winning the first event, the 22-lb. Braemar stone, proved a breeze with a dominating put of 42’ 2”
For anyone who’s ever tried this, you know that’s pretty awesome.
Glenn Pendlay has a whole new way of training top weightlifters:
Clearly it’s working, as here’s John hitting a 160k snatch!
Bret Contreras goes medieval in his defense of squats and other exercises … in a good way!
A nice read on the Paleo Diet: Fad, Religion, or Solution. Here’s her 11 point conclusion:
In the end, the following remains:
1. Extremely small amounts of information are known about the actual Paleolithic Period.
2. Our closes counterparts existed towards the Upper end of the Paleolithic Period.
3. Contrary to popular belief, grains were apart of the Upper Paleolithic Diet.
4. Today, our average lifespan is over double of that of Paleolithic man.
5. Diseases and our bodies evolve quickly from century to century, let alone over the course of 40,000+ years.
6. Obesity and self afflicting diseases are not going to be solved by a fad diet, but by looking at the physical and psychological effects of life we live now, not 40,000+ years ago.
7. Even though there is speculation, literature points to carbohydrates making up at least 50-55% of the Paleolithic Diet.
8. Popular writers and marketers of the Paleolithic Diet do not use proper research and data and commonly seem to cherry pick research. This is likely going to lead to a large base of followers falling off in a few years leaving only a small set of loyalists. This has been seen time again with diets like Ketogenic or Atkins.
9. There are extremely beneficial, researched, health benefits to whole grains and their use in the large population. This is not limited to digestion and diabetes. Excess should not be confused with consumption.
10. While the dogma behind the Paleo Diet is not healthy, the basic nutritional principles seem to be sound, but could lead to problems of improper energy fueling or eating disorders.
11. Using the term Paleo in regards to grain or carbohydrate restriction appears to be factually incorrect.
Point number 5 is one I wish more people understood. Evolution isn’t something that happened in the past, it is happening now.
A great response is the new T-shirt design by Alan Aragon, The Jurassic Diet!
Speaking of diet, here’s an article from the NY Times about US cheese consumption and the conflict of interest that the USDA has in having duel roles as a promoter of agricultural products and an arbiter of what is healthy for us to eat. Now, let me make clear that I love cheese, eat more than most, and ain’t gonna stop. But, since most Americans are lazy-asses who refuse to workout under any circumstance, they probably could use a lowered dose of cheese in their diets.
Like taking Ice Baths after your heavy training? The English Institute of Sport says that might not be such a good idea. Sadly, the article doesn’t really say why. The theoretical reason is that inflammation of the muscle cells after intense training is one of the reasons your body responds to training by increasing both sarcoplasmic hypertrophy and increasing the number of contractile proteins. If you don’t allow the inflammation to hang on long enough, you won’t get the same effect. This idea isn’t actually new, but it is something to think about. Maybe wait a few hours after the workout before you dunk.
Here’s a totally wild missed jerk, but the enthusiasm gets a 10!
Donny Shankle has been writing a series of blog posts on his thoughts about the key mistakes that weightlifters make. Here are a series of quotes I’ve picked out so far (try to read them out loud to yourself in a deep southern preacher drawl):
“Auxiliary lifts are only important for the inattentive and impatient beginner.”
“All thought must be established prior to training and your thoughts have to be positive. Once your shoes are on the platform and the hands touch the bar your time for thinking is over.”
“I will let you know right now you will have more bad days in training than good. Learning bad days are of no importance will help you stay positive and keep you coming back. What matters is how much you lift on competition day.”
“Give to the people what they came for and no matter how embarrassed you may feel getting back up on that stage or what kind of condition you are in go and finish the fight. I only made one clean & jerk that day but I gave that little boy 420.”
“When you are lifting in competition keep the sad frowny faces at home. If you miss an elbow lock out at least try to play it off and look like you made it.”
“Leonardo went through countless rough drafts and portraits for hire before he painted his Mona Lisa. You in turn will compete many times before you display something the world will never forget.”
“Weightlifting is the greatest display of an athlete’s confidence and discipline, no other sport presents a challenge in strength so radical as weightlifting.”
“No matter how many attempts you take at a lighter weight this will not prepare you mentally for the heavier weight”
“If you think you are eating enough you are wrong. In fact, if you are a weightlifter reading this now without food in your hand you are wrong.”
“Great competition breeds uncommon results and you should strive to surround yourself with weightlifters just as interested in becoming stronger and more skilled as you are.”
“Genetic disposition for this sport means absolutely nothing. The hard working weightlifter who has the charisma to positively deal with struggle and be consistent in showing up for training everyday will improve his or her performance.”
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