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Assorted ramblings on training, nutrition, social issues surrounding these areas and a generous side of irrelevancy

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A question for my readers.

Posted on | June 15, 2009 | 9 Comments

The big traffic is and always has been in telling people what they want to hear. I’m not going to start posting magical formulas to “get the body you’ve always” wanted anytime soon.

Paleo is a sledgehammer

Posted on | June 11, 2009 | 7 Comments

Our understanding of nutrition and how it effects the body is really in its infancy. The good nutritionists (even the registered dietitian types that this community so likes to vilify) will admit this freely. This is why I prefer to think of the strict Paleo approach as something of a sledgehammer. To my knowledge there are no peer reviewed, double blind, large-scale, long-term studies in humans indicating that the consumption of unfermented legumes has statistically significant adverse health effects. Now how about fermenting them as some traditional cultures did? Call me when you get the funding to run one of these. I can do this all day.

Climbing (and eating) with Son of Grok

Posted on | June 8, 2009 | 4 Comments

Being the naive consumer from the east that I am, I spent a few minutes looking around for the REAL menu – with the sides, and other assorted crap I’m normally not overly interested in. To be fair, there was a small poster board announcing potatoes and the like, also having the option of being topped in MEAT. I settled down in front of half a rack of ribs, and a half pound of brisket and tried to resist the urge to hunker over my food and growl at people when they looked at it.

Quick Book Suggestion/Review (Spark)

Posted on | June 1, 2009 | 2 Comments

On a broader scale, it’s an endorsement of a lot of the activity we do, and alludes to evolutionary fitness concepts a few times. I found a lot of the science backing one of the primary messages of the paleo/primal community…. I found it extremely refreshing to see a book aimed at mainstream audiences using good science to reach many of the same conclusions.

Today’s miracle pill is: Growth Hormone!

Posted on | April 22, 2009 | 10 Comments

I fully admit that I still have a lot to learn about training and physiology, by any real standard I’m a beginner in this field. That said, I really wish people would learn to check their sources, and verify things before sprouting off conjecture as fact.

Somewhere, people made the leap from “that idea makes logical sense” to “it’s true!” without testing it. I knew something was up when I went to the gym at 7am and the meat heads were doing an hour of slow, plodding cardio (in the fat burning zone of course!) before breakfast.

Gluten is bad kids, mmmkay!

Posted on | April 20, 2009 | 7 Comments

I’m apparently one of the lucky people who is intolerant to gluten. Now, I normally eat loosely paleo (I eat some dairy and a fair amount of tubers, and wine) and feel pretty damn good. On climbing trips (most weekends) I’ll indulge and pizza and beer, and don’t normally feel any worse for wear for it.

Back next week.

Posted on | April 16, 2009 | No Comments

This week has seen my trying to finish my end of semester project for a grad class I’m taking (Phis. Basis of Performance and Sport Conditioning – absolutely fascinating class) while still attempting to get something resembling my job done at work. Rayna and I are off to the New River Gorge to climb for [...]

Thoughts on being part of a fitness and nutrition counterculture.

Posted on | April 9, 2009 | 12 Comments

Imagine that tomorrow everything our community says it wants happened. Does this make you happy? Or disappointed because you’re not part of a counterculture you perceive as elite anymore?

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