Recovering From Injury: RICE Is Just The Beginning

Athletes, especially those whose training is more than a gentle passtime, will injure themselves. Sprains, strains, pulls, or if you’re full of reckless abandon, deep gashes will occur. This article will deal with sprains, strains, and pulls (ssp’s from here on in), specifically what works, what doesn’t, and tricks to increase the speed of recovery. Continue reading

Body by Science: A Workout From A Seasoned Veteran

I know  a few of my readers have recently been exposed to the work of Dr. Doug McGuff, specifically of the Body By Science fame. I’ve known Doug for about 4 years and known of him for about 8; he’s incredibly intelligent and dedicated to improving the health and fitness of his clientel and beyond. He’s to be commended. Prior to BBS, many of us knew of Doug through his “Ultimate Exercise Bulletin 1,” especially if you were from the early days of Superslow/HIT. We were (and still are) a certain type of crazy, as I’ve demonstrated.

The man in the video I’m going to post is named Doug Holland. Doug owns a training facility in Shriveport, Louisiana called “Intelligent Exercise” and he’s quite a role model for me. Doug is a champion powerlifter, successful business man and crazy in the best way possible. Not only does he put his money where his mouth is, namely train hard and brief, but he’s given me great practical advice for my own facility. Here’s a video of him getting a kill BBS-style workout in under 10 minutes.

One Horse, One Ass…In Sequence

My mother’s death has sparked a huge upheaval in my motivation…a focus unlike I’ve felt before. Very much a “this is the worst that can happen?” point of view, I find myself exploring things I found myself saying that I’d “get to that eventually.” As great as this such a sudden surge of interests is, it can lead to a quagmire of indecision and poor focus. Here’s what I’m doing to manage it all. Continue reading

Training: Negative Only Bench Press

I have attempted to explain this apparatus a few times to friends or on various message boards with poor results, so we finally took a video.

Unless you’re brutally strong (like Mark is) you don’t need 2 people. Either of us could have moved the weight; it would have been a sizeable deadlift, but it is possible to overload the negative with only one training partner. This is one of the many things we do at my studio; for you “power law” folk, this is as intense as it gets.

Appetite – An Inquiry

I love sleep. Really. I get more than enough and nap like an 80 year old man, which is to say daily. My mother thought I had mono when I was in high school because I slept so much. This post isn’t about sleep.

Hibernation is something I find very interesting from a hormonal/metabolic standpoint. Intermittent living, if you will. And while there have been articles written recently, specifically Graham Robb’s “The Big Sleep”, there is no actual evidence for humans hibernating, unless you count what an 18th century traveller reports as evidence. If you do, I hear there are humans who grow to be 12 feet tall near the southern tip of South America. I digress.

For me, during the summer I want to eat. A lot. My attention turns toward wanting to put on loads of muscle tissue via a superior hormonal environment and that comes with extra food intake. But in the winter, I want to get lean, see my abs, see veins on my abs. This seems very backwards, especially if you consider what Frank Forenchich says about heat blunting our appetite. I can’t tie this to activity, as I’m not especially the outdoorsy type and tend to play more basketball during the late fall/winter/early spring period, as Texas winters mean the afternoon is just right for the sport while summers steam your face off. To my point, it seems to make sense that we’d fatten up to get ready for winter, even if we’re not hibernating. Occam’s Razor is often very, very wrong, however.

So my question to you, my readers, is this: What is your ebb and flow of season appetite? Do you notice something similar to what I’ve experienced?

The Dream

Most fitness programs are the same and only differ in how they apply the basic elements of fitness and health:

  1. To get stronger/gain more muscle, you have to lift more weight or do more work.
  2. To lose fat, you will have to lower calories or burn more than you take in.
  3. To get better at an activity, you will have to practice the activity.

Unless you’re a genetically abnormal individual, this holds for everyone…you are not special. Continue reading