This week in the world of Weightlifting:
Nick Horton is interviewed by Cedric Unholz.
Risto Sports Blog outlines Bulgarian lifter, Stefan Georgiev’s training. Note the high number of smoke breaks!!
They’ve also go a great post on the Chinese team. They make the point that while the Chinese system has produced some remarkable results in weightlifting, there is a dark side:
Statistics show that in China there are around 300,000.00 former star athletes living in extreme poverty and a lot are homeless. The good thing I herad is that the goverment is starting programs to help them.
USA Weightlifting is combining their Olympic trials with USA Wrestling. Whole-lotta singlets!
USA Weightlifting is also offering a 500 bucks … but, hey, they’re trying, and for that, I give them credit.
Lift Up! has an interview with David Rigert, you know who he is … if not, here’s the baddest-ass video of him ever:
Alan Aragon is a guest on The Fit Cast along with Dan John and Lou Schuler. His interview is the middle one. At one point he discusses the odd tendency of the Bodybuilder crowd to have a deep underlying philosophical belief that the more you suffer, the better you’ll look. This reminded me of a Bodybuilder friend of mine who’s mantra was, “Flavor kills muscle.” He ate only plain boiled chicken breast, plain rice, and plain broccoli for every meal … except breakfast where he ate plain oatmeal.
He also talks a bit about the Burden of Proof and the Paleo Diet. So many people seem to not understand a fundamental tenet of science which is that the burden of proof is on those who develop theories. One must show that ones theory actually holds water if one wants others to buy into their shit. The Paleo Diet is basically a theory stating that it is the optimal way for humans to eat for health and longevity. That is a testable theory. Sadly, they have yet to show much in the way of evidence to support such a claim. It is NOT on the backs of detractors to show that it DOESN’T work. In this way, Science is the opposite of the American legal system: A theory is guilty until proven innocent.
Alan Aragon has a post about the “Wild West” nature of the Fitness Industry. In it he mentions some cats who have had great careers in spite of not being “credentialed” in any formal way, including Lyle McDonald and Dan Duchane (who apparently got his degree in Theater!). This field is wide open in that regard. You don’t have to be “licensed” to get a job in some arbitrary way. There is a downside, of course:
The fitness industry is famous for being chock-full of quacks and charlatans. There are heaps of people running their mouths online and off, pontificating about this nutrient or that, this way of training or that — without having learned the physiological basis for such recommendations or protocols. The fact that this field has so many wackos makes it difficult for the consumer to discern whose material is scientifically based, and whose material is a lot of hot air. This is the unfortunate side of the picture, but it’s also part of my point — you can be devoid of scientific knowledge (or you can create your own brand of pseudoscience), and still become successful in the fitness industry.
Still, I’m a big believer that one should always give others enough rope to hang themselves. After all, most people will surprise you, and use that rope for something interesting. Would we really have wanted to block Lyle McDonald from entering into our field? No. How about Dan John or Mark Rippetoe (his degree is in Geology)? Dealing with the hordes of Wackos is worth it.
Pat Mendez of Average Joe’s Gym does a 330 kilo deadlift for 4 reps!
John Broz’s blog on CNS Recovery/Adaptation during massively high-frequency/high-intensity training for Olympic weightlifting. Good quote:
The main chemical in muscle contraction is SEROTONIN. It actually regulates how HARD the muscle contracts, which is why only the heaviest weights seem to effect our mood, the reason why people shy away from maximal lifting and cower from the imaginary symptoms of overtraining.
A Week of Training at East Coast Barbell in Ireland:
Jim Wendler goes Paleo … sort of
I am into Paleo now, but it’s a little different. I eat the foods that a caveman would eat now if he were alive. Which would be Twinkies and doughnuts and pizza.
But NO fruits.
Too many pesticides. And too much sugar.
The best thing about my diet is that I talk about it all the time around family and friends, make sure they all know about what/when I’m eating and how poor they are eating and then make a HUGE deal when we all go out and have to order off a menu.
I will also pout and frown when the restaurant we picked doesn’t exactly support my dieting and make sure everyone feels bad that they don’t support every little part of my pathetic, self-absorbed life.
Basically, I am a shallow pain in the ass. NO matter what I look like on the outside, I will be the most unattractive, annoying piece of shit you’ve ever met. You want to hear about how much cardio I’m doing now?
Jon North on the Strength Coach as Life Coach.
Joh North does 5 reps in the squat with 210 kilos! You can here his coach Glenn Pendlay in the background.
Planks getting too easy? Try this variation from Joe DeFranco: