Friday, December 26, 2014

Reverse Dumbbell Bench for Healthier Shoulders

So the bench press is an exercise I don't really seem to be able to do anymore. In fact I can't really do most of the powerlifts with the exception of maybe some light deadlifting. My body is just in need of repair so I've sorta adopted an approach that uses more of calisthenics, functional movement and rehabilitative type exercises.

Not really building pure strength here since the big three hurt me quite a bit and I only do cleans and snatches on-and-off since if I go too heavy I'll tweak my back.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vaccines using logic to disprove both side

It seems like every fall or winter the topic of vaccines becomes a hot topic for news organizations and as a journalist I understand why this is appealing. Not only does it seem somewhat relevant to the time since everyone appears to be getting sick, but there is also a certain amount of fear mongering that goes along with it and this sells papers.

Last week I spoke to a Weston A. Price chapter leader who was deathly against vaccines and was encouraging me to check out some links she had that were supposedly going to be eye-opening. I only had to look at the names of said websites to see that they were the usual sites new-agers attended to support their propaganda. Shit she ignored the fact that her own children were vaccinated before she got into WAPF and turned out perfectly ok– I guess they were the lucky ones.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The need for rehab days

Movement is key to health and longevity. Sure the whole eating thing is pretty important as-well-as that little thing we all do at night called sleep. However, without going into the incredibly boring details of the importance of food and sleep (which at this point should be pretty obvious to anyone) we will instead focus on movement and most specifically rehab.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Office KB Circuit #1

I work an office job and I know all to well the dangers of sitting. I keep a lacrosse ball handy to keep the hamstrings loose. Every hour or so I get up and take a walk as well. It seems obsessive compulsive, but truthfully sitting all day drives me absolutely insane.

Lately I've been experimenting with short kettlebell workouts in place of my walk. Nothing too crazy and not with any sort of weight that is going to break the bank. Just easy circuits with a relatively light weight.

I'm not going for hypertrophy here just a little stimulus that will hopefully keep me loose and train the nervous system better. There is some cool ideas about nervous system training when it comes to lifting and it is something that I believe Coach Christopher Somner of Gymnastics Bodies fame likes to use with his athletes.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Review DOD workout Jared

At first I thought maybe this workout had been too easy. On paper it should be hard pistol-squats, handstand pushups, one-arm pushups and split squats.

I will admit that I didn't do full range of motion. There is just no way I am strong enough to do 50 or more reps of any of these exercises. I used weight plates to compensate and it allows for progression over time.