Jumping Quite High

I don’t want to bore everyone to death just yet with my adventures in Ecuador, but expect an update (with videos!) about that later this week. I’ll also have some travel tips that would followed the “fitness” aspect of this blog.

As mentioned in a previous post, one of my goals on the year is to get my vertical leap to or above 36″. I did this in an effort to make haste slowly, as I can get a bit OCD about achieving goals and burn myself out rather fast. However, it seems that the box squats and mild plyo are doing their job, as this video shows:

My inexperience with macs has left a large video compressed and squished, but you get the idea. A rough estimate would have that 3/4 of the way up a backboard, but I’ll test again in 6ish weeks at the local community college’s gym, as they have a vertical jump board. For those counting at home, I’m 6’3″ hence my reach test to ensure that the basket was 10 feet high (I was a bit surprised myself).

Maybe I’ll get my vert over 40″, thus dispelling the “white-guys-with-long-legs-like-quarter-horses-can’t-jump” myth.

A Vacation And Glycemic Gabbing.

So later today I’m heading out of the country for the first time ever in my short life. I’ll be visiting the oft-mentioned girlfriend in Ecuador, where she has been teaching English as a volunteer with WorldTeach. I’ll come back with pictures and video but before I go I saw this study regarding the validity of the glycemic rating of food…rather, differentiating blood glucose and insulin response. This study tells the tale:

CONCLUSION: The lower GI of BC (bran Cereal) than of CF (corn flakes) was not due to a lower rate of appearance of glucose but instead to an earlier postprandial hyperinsulinemia and an earlier increase in the rate of disappearance of glucose, which attenuated the increase in the plasma glucose concentration.

In other words, the low GI bran flakes showed a HIGHER insulin response shortly after ingestion. This cleared the blood glucose faster. Again, higher initial insulin response = lower blood glucose response. This confuses a lot of people leading to some pretty wacky ideas.

Now I leave to live like a king for a week. Cheers!

Mix It Up: No Need To Separate Foods During Meals

I’m always experimenting with foods and recipes. I eat mostly fresh foods in their natural packaging, or paleo if you’d like a use a catchy, esoteric label, biasing my caloric intake toward fats and protein most of the time. Tonight I made some almond meal pancakes that I ate while snacking on a green apple. A few minutes later, I ate a chicken breast I grilled up. While this is well and good, the fact that I ate all three macronutrients together, after 6pm no less, should have me packing on fat like mad. This isn’t the case and the theory that your body can only digest specific foods together, or that specific food combinations reduce fat storage and increase nutrient use, is nonsense. Continue reading