Friday, January 30, 2015

30-day simple and sinister and 30 day heavy squat challenge

Ok pussies February is upon us and probably like most of you in the U.S. have already abandoned that goal to get fit for 2015. The main reason for this is probably because you are a fat lazy slob. You probably lack motivation.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

ADD training and Pavel Tsatsouline

I have ADD when it comes to training. There is so much information out there and I want to try it all. It is probably why I am the ultimate generalist when it comes to fitness. I don't excel in any one thing but do alright in lots of others.

My physique looks alright and I can compete in most sports without looking like an uncoordinated asshole. However, I don't excel and rarely can do a training program past a week without adding a million other variables.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Carbs for stress

I am a naturally lean person which is probably one part genetics, one part obsessive behavior in the terms of working out and also because I tend to fidget quite a bit. I hate sitting still which may be one reason why a tolerate high carb diets fairly easily.

I know their are other factors like the rate of chew, the amount of enzymes my body produces and bacterial populations in my gut. Precision Nutrition has a great write up in regards to the enzyme and rate of chew thing.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Random Thoughts on Diet

My blog is not a great place for scientific information, heck I wouldn't even really call it good. There are some well thought out pieces on here, but they are few and far between. Most of the time it is random nonsense about diet and training.

Training lately has seemed way more interesting to me since I am at a point in my life where I just don't give a damn. I love training and despite being hurt I'm going to train hurt. I'll try to be smart and do some rehab type stuff so I don't get worse, but I'm not babying this shit anymore.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Training reflections: improvement on the pull-up and the Turkish get-up warm up and assesement

I know what most of my weaknesses are and they are probably similar to most gym rats who workout regularly.

I am all front and no back and legs. Yup despite being the weak bitch that I am, I'm still over developed in the chest, biceps, rectus abdominals, and front delts. I have tight scalenes a weak upper and lower back, glutes and etc. I can get into some of the grittier more specific details, but I spent most of my life lifting heavy and only thinking about the pretty muscles that give women lady boners.

Like a lot of people I work an office job so I'm already sorta of already in a bad position most of the day as it is and having worked only the front part of my body for almost a decade I've created a very painful situation.

That all aside with chiropractic care, foam rolling and more of an emphasis on working the glutes, low back, upper back, shoulder girdle and etc. I've made some progress.

I've always done pull-ups and they have never been particularly easy for me. Some days I could do about 15 and others 3 seemed nearly impossible. I know that pull-ups are supposed to be one of the best ways to develop the upper back but... for whatever reason I got more of a pump in the arms then I ever did in the back.

It didn't matter what type of pull-up it was: close-grip, neutral grip, supinated or even pronated. If it was a pull-up I was getting more of a bicep and forearm workout then my lats. My lats, were what I need to develop though and any amount of pulling exercise I do I find that my preferably uses the arms to do so.

So, I think I may have solved the problem and perhaps if you are struggling to get lat activation with your pull-ups this could help. When you are near the middle point of your pull-up instead of pulling yourself straight up and down try pulling your hands apart as if you were doing band pulls for the rear delts, scapula, rhomboids and etc.

I was playing around with this technique the other day and found that it really helped me to focus on retracting my shoulder s back and activating the upper back more. I couldn't do too many of these and was only doing sets of three.

Second part of this post is about the Turkish Get-Up. The TGU seems like a pretty challenging exercise although it probably isn't going to turn you into a mass monster like the big three and the Olympic lifts.

Played around with this after reading an article on Breaking Muscle about using a few select exercise to correct movement patters. The TGU was one of the exercises and I can see that when performed slowly it really can show you your weakness but also provide a possible tool to address them.

Doing TGU you are almost always off balance doing this with the exception of maybe the top range of motion. Powering through the TGU is one thing but the magic happens when you do it slowly in control.

I've found my left side is much weaker then my right and problem areas are the initial get-up part where you first start posting with the hand that helps you to move the weight from the top to the bottom. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

You are probably hoping for another thought provoking and somewhat researched article on this site. Well good luck because I don't always write quality articles like the one on vaccines. Instead I usually write ego-centric diatribes and observations on health and nutrition.

I completely lack expertise in anything or even have the accomplishments to make me worth to listen too. However, I write these because it serves as a personal journal that perhaps people can also find inspiration from or use to inspire thought in other areas of their lives.

So without further ado....