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July 27, 2009

Dear Readers

By Mark Sisson
83 Comments

Past “Dear Readers” blog posts (1, 2, 3, 4) have started some great discussions. As I always say, I’m lucky to have some of the most intelligent and thoughtful readers on the internet. It’s always a a pleasure getting feedback from all of you, so from time to time I’ll continue to do this style of blog post.

It’s a mixed bag this week. Email topics ranged from Primal survival food and Primal weddings to food cravings and bucking the trend as a registered dietitian.

Check out the questions (and photos!) below and make yourself heard in the comment board.

Thanks, everyone!

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Question 1

A recent discussion with friends brought to mind another potential topic for MDA.  We were discussing food options for two similar situations. First for prolonged backpacking or remote camping situations. Second for world crisis times such as a flu outbreak where you just want to be able to survive and eat at home for a few weeks, preferably without needing electricity or refrigeration. I know there are companies selling various food products (Mountain House for example), but are any of them tasty, and are any of them even remotely PRIMAL? Of course in real survival situations remaining PRIMAL would be secondary, but it never hurts to plan ahead if possible.

Rodney

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Question 2

Note from Mark: You may remember our good friend Sterling from his Primal Blueprint Success Story post. He’s having no trouble staying fit (check out the photos below) but he has some questions about a new fitness goal.

I’m considering training and competing in a triathlon. A couple of questions: 1 – Will this put me in a complete state of inflammation? 2 – If you don’t think it will be detrimental to my health in the short-term, would you be willing to suggest training methods, etc?  Thanks as always for your candor and help.

Sterling

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Question 3

I am starting my third year at a university and working to become a registered dietician. I am just now starting to take my core upper-division classes.

Unfortunately, so many of these classes are conflicting with my beliefs (primal). I love food and nutrition so in what direction can I take my degree to become successful and happy? I feel like I am about to begin a life of banging my head on a wall. What should I do when I become an RD?

Thanks in advance for your reply.

Shelley

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Question 4

I have no problem with feeling satisfied or full, even with small amounts of food. It’s my taste buds that spark and I “crave” (the only word I can think to describe it) makes me keep eating till I’m almost sick. I assume I will have no choice but to defeat this with will-power, but is that normal? Will I ever get past that with just diet changes, or is this a life-long fight?

Chidi

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Question 5

I would like to hear more success stories on us over 50’s folks that need a little more help and encouragement.

Is it to late when you are 60yrs old and 50 lbs over weight Female?

Where do we start? PS I got the book.

Linda

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Reader Mail

This final message isn’t a question for readers, but I wanted to share it anyway. Suz, a Mark’s Daily Apple reader, sent me these photos of her wedding. The beautiful bride and groom were recently married in a gorgeous desert ceremony wearing none other than my favorite Primal footwear. Talk about a wedding that would make Grok proud. (And don’t they look so happy!) Check out the photos and give the newlyweds your best wishes in the comment board!


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Aaron Blaisdell
7 years 2 months ago
Re Question #3: Stick with it! Pander the bull*** so that you can pass your tests and become a licensed dietitian. Once you’ve done that, you can take of the mask and start helping REAL people to eat REAL food! The best way to make a difference is from within the system, so you can change the system one dietitian at a time! And perhaps convert a few more dietitians along the way. Also, think about forming a primal lifestyle club at your university. That will give you a nice social life with friends who share your passion, and an… Read more »
Crystal W.
Crystal W.
7 years 2 months ago

Shelley, I agree with Aaron, finish your degree. I am a dietitian as well but haven’t worked in awhile. You may be banging your head against the wall before you graduate. Your schooling really just teaches you the basics anyway, what you learn out in the world and on your own is your real education. It will be difficult to change the average dietitian’s thinking(won’t happen) but do what you believe and you may actually help others to feel well. Good Luck

Jedi
Jedi
7 years 2 months ago

totally awesome wedding photos. Congratulations 🙂

Vivian
Vivian
7 years 2 months ago

i’m just starting college this fall with an undecided major but was really looking into nutrition. My concerns were the same as Shelleys, but i think i’m gonna go for it! 🙂

Aubrey
Aubrey
7 years 2 months ago

Sterling,
I’m a triathlete too, and what I’ve found is that you may have to take in more carbs (like on long training days) but for the most part, your training should be long slow distance (LSD). If you keep it in a low heart rate zone, and wear a heart rate monitor to make sure, you should be fine. Some speedwork is helpful, too, but as long as you don’t increase your distances too fast, you should be ok. Make sure, too that you supplement with antioxidants.

Tereza
Tereza
7 years 2 months ago
Sterling, Congratulations on achieving and maintaining your amazing level of health and fitness! Triathlons are a lot of fun. You didn’t mention what distance you wanted to train for. Regardless,I would check out CrossFit Endurance (www.crossfitendurance.com). You pair the short, intense CFE workouts with regular crossfit workouts and can acheive tremendous gains in speed and endurance even without putting in the kind of distance and hourt that can really harm your body. Although I’ve only tested it for running relatively short distances, proponets claim that one can compete at ultradistance events while putting in only 6-8 hours of training per… Read more »
AdamKayce
7 years 2 months ago

Tereza beat me to it – definitely check out CFE. You’ll be blown away.

Matt
Matt
7 years 1 month ago
Just want to put in another plug for Crossfit and CFE to get ready for your triathlon. I finished Ironman Florida last November in 11:02. Not exactly Mark’s caliber, but not too shabby for a first try. My training plan was based primarily on CFE workouts (particularly for running). I started training in early March using both CF and CFE. I managed to get myself hit by a car at the end of June (be sure you stop for those red lights when you’re on your bike) which forced about a month break in training (5 cracked ribs / 3… Read more »
Kishore
Kishore
7 years 2 months ago
Q#2: Also an added comment regarding Terezas feedback. I would be a bit cautious doing only Crossfit workouts. Some of their workouts seem to be overkill on the nervous system. For example, doing highly technical lifts like power cleans in a fatigued state after doing deadlifts in a circuit training fashion is dumb and is a sure fire way to injury. Similarly, doing high rep front squats will tire your rhomboids statically even before your legs are tired. Technically demanding lifts should be done first in your workout with plenty of rest and then move on to lactic acid training… Read more »
Michael - Fat Loss Tips
7 years 2 months ago

Sterling, you look fantastic and doubt you’ll have to change much of your diet and exercise program. I’ll be curious to hear others chime in about specifics regarding a training routine since I’ve also had interest before in participating in an event.

The primal footwear is hilarious. Congrats! Are they sold in Canada anywhere or strictly online?

Jeff
Jeff
7 years 2 months ago

Michael,
Some Mountain Equipment Co-op stores have them in stock, or you can order from their website. But they only have a few styles so the vibram site might be your best bet depending on where you live.

Catalina
Catalina
7 years 2 months ago
Shelley. . .that’s great that you’re getting your degree! We need advocates in the field, and I think your timing is just right–there are tiny glimmers in CW now, and you’ll be on the forefront. Hi Linda. . .we’re out here! I’m not ready to call myself a “success story” yet, but I’m 57, 30 lbs. overweight, and I’ve lost 6 pounds in 5 weeks of being primal. Walking is a really good start for exercise, and keep looking on this site for ideas–lots of amazing recipes to keep your excitement up, links to other great sites, and plenty of… Read more »
Mark Lee
7 years 2 months ago

I’ve been following Suz and very much enjoyed the photos of her and her man (Urbanbluegrass). As a fellow lacto-primal guy, I also enjoy seeing what those two are eating through the gorgeous meal images Suz posts via Twitter.

Mick
Mick
7 years 2 months ago
Question 4 about food cravings – quote: I assume I will have no choice but to defeat this with will-power I don’t know that’s true. There may be ways around that. I’ve read that this can be because of some kind of emotional thing in the background – for example, a parent who gave a child that wanted attention sweets instead. In that example, I read that the woman with the problem got over it by repeating an affirmation while having “tapping”. I don’t know anything about “tapping therapy” but it sounds plausible. There’s a doctor who works for Medecins… Read more »
AdamKayce
7 years 2 months ago

If it is an emotional piece (and not a need for more fat in your diet), “tapping”—aka EFT—is pretty cool stuff. My wife does it with her clients, and it’s great. I’ve used it for allergies, emotional stuff, you name it.

emofree.com is the main site for it, where you can look up all kinds of info.

Jim Purdy
7 years 2 months ago

Question # 3, the future dietitian: Go for it!

I’m sure that there are lots of people like me, wanting dietitians who will listen and help design an eating plan that matches our needs.

I get tired of dietitians who just dispense the same old one-size-fits-all tripe.

But don’t limit yourself to one style of eating. The world is filled with all kinds of individuals, and you will undoubtedly find lots of people with unique requests. Be flexible, and you’ll do well while performing a valuable service.

Peggy
Peggy
7 years 2 months ago
#1Rodney: do you have the space to store jars? If so, do some canning & pickling! Also don’t forget about your dehydrator. You can make entire meals in one, besides the dried fruits, vegs, & jerkies. Mark posted a pemmican recipe/how-to here. Also, don’t forget that sometimes Nature can provide some snacks on the trail. Study the area you plan to backpack in ahead of time. Take a wilderness survival course – preferably one that focuses on wild foods (Check out books by Tom Brown) #2Sterling: You just keep getting/looking better, don’t you? Hubbah-Hubbah! #3Shelley: I agree: play the game… Read more »
Dan
Dan
7 years 2 months ago

I second Tom Brown!

He also does a survival camp in the North East if you can afford it. He’s the best of the best (he was also paid a million dollars to develop the Marines(?) survival program).

Peggy
Peggy
7 years 2 months ago

My dad has been to his classes several times. My kids always loved going to “Crazy Grandpa’s” in the summers because of all the adventures they’d have in the Sierras. My dad also helped another similar guy teach a course in Germany. He sent me all of Tom Brown’s books. They are definately great reading! My dad, he’s 69yrs young & still at it!

Leanne
Leanne
7 years 1 month ago

ooooooo I would LOVE to go to something like that!! (now accepting charity donations!! LOL)

gcb
7 years 2 months ago
For question 1… It’s going to depend on where you’re located and the season when you go, but don’t forget that generally there are a lot of options for “living off the land”. Seasonally, near my own house, I’ve already identified wild carrots, wild mustard, and chicory plants growing in abundance. How much more primal can you get? There are several field guides to edible plants available on the market. I’d just recommend that you (a) identify carefully, as some good plants and some poisonous ones look similar at first glance, and (b) become acquainted with them *before* you need… Read more »
John Sifferman
7 years 2 months ago

It’s never too late Linda!

Paul Pancoe
Paul Pancoe
7 years 2 months ago

I am 53 yrs old and have lost 60 pounds doing a slightly modified version of Mark’s plan. I find that eliminating the sugar, processed food and grains ( except for small portions of steel cut oats )were a great benefit to me.
Sugar is like I drug for me so I have not eaten any in 7 months.

Good Luck!

AdamKayce
7 years 2 months ago
Exactly… you may need to go more strict in the beginning, if you’ve had weight issues for a long time. (I’m 37, have cut out all sugars & most carbs for the past three weeks, and I’m just now starting to drop a few pounds). I also do CrossFit four days a week, and have for about 18 months – and while exercise is essential, it’s only a part of the equation. You may want to get yourself tested for your DHEA levels, too… or, not that I’m prescribing anything here, but I’m just saying, I heard of a guy… Read more »
Ed
Ed
7 years 2 months ago
RE: #4 Chidi, I’ve found that as my diet improves, food “cravings” are becoming less pronounced. Also, I’ve been able to differentiate between different types of cravings. When I crave carbs, I have a feeling that I would call “the munchies”, which feels different than a healthy hunger. When you have a craving, try to pinpoint exactly how you feel–are you hungry? Munched-out? thirsty? bored? lonely? tired?, etc. By pinpointing your exact feelings, you may be able to restore homeostasis in a healthy manner. If you have emotional issues surrounding diet, consider a behavior modification technique such as Richard Bandler… Read more »
Erasmus
Erasmus
7 years 2 months ago

Q1: Pemmican. The real stuff. 50% pulverized bone dry lean mixed with 50% rendered fat, by weight. Traditionally this was made with large ruminants (like cows or bison or deer). Best to stick with tradition. Pemmican is shelf stable for decades. 1 pound of it is 3000kcal or so. For both backpacking and survival stores it is perfect. The fuel to weight ratio for backpacking is as good as it gets and the long shelf life makes is a perfect survival food. It is also totally primal.

-E

CJGabel
CJGabel
7 years 2 months ago

Q5: Linda – I’m 50 years old & went primal 11 weeks ago. And I’ve lost 53 pounds. It’s been simple – walk the dogs every morning for an hour & do couple short full-body weight lifting sessions per week. And eat primal – life is good & getting better every day. Just get started.

Leanne
Leanne
7 years 1 month ago

That is so awesome! congrats 🙂 I keep trying to drop info nuggets to my mom (she’s 61) hoping she’ll catch on, but she “doesn’t like vegetables and [has] to get XXg of fiber a day!” blah blah blah… *sigh*

Yum Yucky
7 years 2 months ago

Beautiful setting, beautiful bride, and nice sideburns. Perfect.

pieter d
pieter d
7 years 2 months ago

Q4: look on the website of Jimmy Moore of livin la vida low-carb and search for the Julia Ross podcast. Maybe the cravings are more than just something emotional/psychological… interesting podcast!

BigBeck89
BigBeck89
7 years 2 months ago

#4 are the cravings just for non primal foods, or are they just to eat in general. Being primal for so long has made parties and get togethers etc easy..I just don’t crave or miss grains, sweets,etc…but man I can put back 6 eggs, 2 avocados, and a steak in one sitting…I crave vegetables and fats like crazy

Cloudberry
7 years 2 months ago

Linda at #5, it is never too late! I started the primal lifestyle at age 63, overweight and hardly able to move. 6 months later I am a different woman and there’s a lot less of me. Where do you start? I started by cutting out grains, sugars, cooking everything from scratch, and increasing the amount of fat I eat. It wasn’t easy overcoming 20 years of anti fat conditioning but one day at a time is the way to go. You can do it! Just take that first step.

Montana Jake
Montana Jake
7 years 2 months ago

Linda at #5

I am 66 and I have been on Mark’s diet for 7 months except that I keep my carbs to less than 30. I follow all of his exercise recommendations and do intermittent fasting.

It is a long slow process when you are older. However, I am never hungry, I don’t have energy swings and I have no more gastric distress. So I can and will stay on this diet forever.

Oh, by the way, I have lost 16 lbs.

barbara
7 years 2 months ago

what lovely newlyweds! 😀 congrats and best wishes!

David
7 years 2 months ago
Sterling, question #2. I have to disagree with Aubrey, Long slow distance training is not a good idea. There is a reason endurance athletes are among the most injured and constantly inflammed of all sports. Reason 1, they train waaaay too much and Reason 2, they train the wrong way. Tereza is absolutley correct in suggesting CrossFit endurance. Your best bet is to find a CrossFit Affiliate near you, get strong, learn how to run effeciently and safely and follow the training plan on crossfitendurance.com. Read everything they have to offer and watch all the videos. Go intensity over volume… Read more »
suz38487
7 years 2 months ago

Thanks, everyone! We are very happy, and we appreciate your support! 😀

Florian
Florian
7 years 2 months ago

Question 5: Just watch this and you will understand what age means.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qKgIHXWTTo

Catalina
Catalina
7 years 2 months ago

Wow! That was great. . .I checked out the related video on his sample meal plan, and it was very primal (except for 1 piece of toast!)

Colleen
7 years 2 months ago

Oh man! That was awesome! If I were to put up a poster in my room like I did back in the day with Cory Haim/Cory Feldman, it would now be one of Jack. He’s so awesome!

Shelley
Shelley
7 years 2 months ago
Wow! Thanks so much for posting my question Mark! I’m so happy you’ve addressed my concern. I’m not the only one with it, I see. I can see that the general consensus is to go through with the degree and then start to chip away at all the CW. I’m sure I’ll get whiplash during a lot of my classes from shaking my head! I’m a very passionate person by nature so I’ll need to keep my beliefs to myself in classes for now. Once I learn to express myself better I’ll be ready for any debates! Also, the more… Read more »
Sue
Sue
7 years 2 months ago

Keep plugging away at the degree! I’m a dietitian/personal trainer and I find you can make a difference if you have put in the (conventional)work and thereby earn some respect.Then just work in private practise!
My biggest problem is my husband of 20 years.Although he can’t believe his luck that we now have butter and bacon to eat, every day he asks me if I’m ‘over the fad diet yet”.Grrrr!

Miriam
Miriam
7 years 2 months ago

Suz you look absolutely stunning and so comfortable! 🙂

Anders
Anders
7 years 2 months ago

#2
Forget LSD! Do some research on crossfit endurance. People who only train with crossfit and CF endurance are easily finishing triathlons and ultra marathons without putting in miles and miles of running. And they do this while maintaining muscle mass too.

Chidi
Chidi
7 years 2 months ago

Mark,
Thank you for posting my question. I have gotten some very good responses. I am already seeing a slight decrease in these cravings after just a week. Some munchies,and I think i can tell it’s for carbs. I have also started eating very slowly and savoring everything. It makes me full faster but I don’t feel like my taste buds want to keep busy so much.

I also feel a whole lot of energy during the day compared to what I’m used to. This is great.

Adam
Adam
7 years 1 month ago
Chidi, This may seem counter-intuitive but hear me out…have you tried fasting? Two thing usually happen with fasting, in regards to eating (when that time comes). First, your body starts to crave different types of energy (food). It is logical to assume that if your body is not getting energy for a period of 18-30 hours (typical paleo fasting lengths), then it will crave high energy foods like fat and energy types that have prolonged energy output, like protein. Make sense right? Second, and this may seem weird but you would think that you would eat a ton after a… Read more »
Hilary
Hilary
7 years 1 month ago
I find that if I eat too much fruit I can easily flip the switch from fat burning to carb burning resulting in a return of extreme hunger and resultant over-nibbling on more fruit and nuts. My blood sugar is very sensitive, however. I tested this last week by cutting down to 1/2 apple or five strawberries and it worked. Even that little bit of fruit (the whole apple) was causing my blood sugar to fluctuate enough for highs and lows and thus cravings. I used to always be hungry, now, as long as I keep my insulin from jagging… Read more »
Mamatha
Mamatha
7 years 2 months ago

Congratulations to the newly-weds!

Sterling
Sterling
7 years 2 months ago

Hey guys – thanks for the advice and comments. I’m going to try a mini-sprint first. And don’t worry…if I feel that I’m getting too tired, too inflamed, etc – I’m done. But please keep the advice coming.

gilliebean
7 years 2 months ago

What a beautiful wedding dress! I’ve got the same VFF Sprints and I love them. Congratulations newlyweds!

Kishore
Kishore
7 years 2 months ago
Question #2: Since you are involved in a mostly endurance event, you should consider training the opposite end of the spectrum at the gym. In other words, you should primarily train for strength using 80-95% of your 1 rep max weight for a lift (compound lifts such as squats, deadlifts and power cleans), doing 5 reps or less. Also consider doing hill sprints which improves anaerobic threshold as well as your VO2 max without doing boring steady-state cardio. A lot of endurance athletes make the dumb mistake of training for endurance even while at the gym which is redundant. I… Read more »
Aubrey
Aubrey
7 years 2 months ago

LSD isn’t necessarily about doing a huge volume – it’s mostly about making sure that your body can handle the particular time/distance demand that a race will put on it. The SLOW part is not the ‘chronic cardio’ that Mark talks about – it’s about keeping your HR low so that you can build base endurance.

Jocelyn R
7 years 2 months ago
Aubrey… Keeping your heart rate low does NOT build “base endurance” (whatever that is anyway…). Your body adapts and gets better when you challenge the limits of its capacities. Pushing the limits of your cardio-vascular system through, say, sprinting stimulates your body to produces more red blood cells, more mitochondria, and thereby increase your ability to use oxygen (VO2 max). That would be how you build your “base endurance”. You develop better endurance capacity through high intensity training, not LSD. OH, and the L stands for Long, which means lots of it, as in high volume, as in chronic cardio.… Read more »
Kishore
Kishore
7 years 2 months ago
Q#2: Also an added comment regarding Terezas feedback. I would be a bit cautious doing only Crossfit workouts. Some of their workouts seem to be overkill on the nervous system. For example, doing highly technical lifts like power cleans in a fatigued state after doing deadlifts in a circuit training fashion is dumb and is a sure fire way to injury. Similarly, doing high rep front squats will tire your rhomboids statically even before your legs are tired. Technically damnding lifts should be done first in your workout with plenty of rest and then move on to lactic acid training… Read more »
Jocelyn R
7 years 2 months ago
Always interesting how people that don’t know anything about a program feel free to criticize, isn’t it? Clearly Kishore isn’t really familiar with CrossFit or he wouldn’t say such silly things. CF is all about proper execution, even at high intensity. There are 1-rep max strength days with plenty of rest in between sets and then there are metabolic conditioning days with high reps, at moderate weight, executed at high intensity. At no time does CF ever advocate sacrificing your form or safety. For a triathlete, running and swimming (and to some extent cycling) ARE highly technical endeavours. How do… Read more »
Kishore
Kishore
7 years 1 month ago

Running fatigues your adrenal glands more than anything. Nervous system fatigue accumulates from doing too much high intensity work for too long. Maybe you should get your facts right while trying to be sarcastic.

Kishore
Kishore
7 years 1 month ago

Why the hell would you do power cleans after a set of deadlifts? You have no potential for power generation from high treshold motor units at this point. I’m glad I know better to not take advice from people like you.

David
7 years 2 months ago
Kishore, When doing max weight technical lifts CrossFit does recommend plenty of rest. An example of a strength day workout would be some kind of steady warm up then 7 sets of 1 rep max effort for 1 exercise (like a DL or Clean). 3-5 min rest time between sets, then stretching. That’s it… after words go home and let you body recover. The metabolic workouts may involve a combination of the same technical movements but with lighter weights. Every rep should still be done with proper form to prevent injury. If your form suffers you’re going to heavy. You… Read more »
Kishore
Kishore
7 years 2 months ago

Power is proportional to weight and velocity. Intensity is the percentage of your 1 rep max weight for a lift.
So, lifting 100 lbs in 1 sec and lifting 50 lbs in 0.5 sec delivers the same power. So, intensity is not the only factor.

Jocelyn R
7 years 2 months ago
Power = (weight x distance)/time As in, how much does it weigh, how far did you move it, and how long did it take. Intensity is precisely (three bar equal sign) equal to power. If you lift, say, 75% of your 1 rep max (for any lift) at the same speed, over the same distance then, you’re right to say that is “less intense”. You generated less power and the endeavour was therefor less intense. In your example, moving 100 lbs in 1 sec or 50 lbs in 0.5 sec (assuming it’s the same distance you’re moving them) are both… Read more »
Kishore
Kishore
7 years 2 months ago

What’s your definition of Intensity?
In your example above, it’s still just physics ‘girl’.

Kishore
Kishore
7 years 2 months ago
David, here’s some response from one of the best strenght coaches in world, Charles Poliquin on Crossfit. Now, the last time I checked, coach Poliquin has produced numerous olympic gold medalists and not Crossfit. Charles Poliquin on Crossfit: A: A lot of individuals love CrossFit. Many of them believe it’s the perfect program to achieve their goals. They’re very satisfied with their progress. And I have no doubt that some individuals have never been injured from CrossFit. That said, I have six major issues with CrossFit-type training: 1. Lack of sufficient testing protocols When I looked over detailed notes from… Read more »
Jocelyn R
7 years 2 months ago
Ahhhh, yes. Good old Poliquin. Another example of someone who makes his ignorance of CrossFit painfully obvious through his own statements. “The promotional materials I’ve read about CrossFit imply that this type of training addresses all the strength and conditioning needs of an athlete, but the concept of specificity tells us that if you try to excel at everything, you aren’t likely to reach the highest levels at anything.” I can’t imagine how someone as intelligent as Poliquin could take what is the STATED PURPOSE of CrossFit and somehow present that as if it is a criticism. CrossFit asserts unequivocally… Read more »
Kishore
Kishore
7 years 2 months ago

I’m still not convinced you can prove points 2, 4 & 5 above wrong. Also, I’m sure intelligent, sensbile trainees don’t really need a ‘Glassman and his followers’ to train smart and hard!
Anytime someone sounds like they belong to a cult, RUN!

David
7 years 1 month ago

Haha, very true, but they also don’t need a Poliquin. A good trainer is creative and find what works for them. For me CrossFit works. I use the main site for my own training (so I don’t have to think about it) and create my own workouts for my clients, just based on CF philosophies.
I think the cult thing is pretty funny. CrossFit seems to draw a lot of ex-athletes and frat guy types that are so hardcore about they become a little obsessed. I try to stay out of that kind of stuff.

Kishore
Kishore
7 years 1 month ago
Only 1-in-a-billion people train for specificity? What a ridiculous notion! You have high school athletes, college level athletes and pros who all require very specific game or sport related specificity in training. I personally have a very high composition of fast twitch fibers and I train for specific sprint training ‘for fun’, not competing in olympics. And I use specific training for that and it works great for me. I don’t do circuits of power cleans, deadlifts and sprints for that. There are much better ways to train. “Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely… Read more »
Jocelyn R
7 years 1 month ago
Kishore – If you have a training program that’s working for you, in line with your goals, then that’s awesome! There’s no monopoly on good programs and good results. CF is the one that works for me, in line with my goals, but it’s certainly not perfect either. I do tend to agree with many of the points raised by Shugart in his article on T Muscle. Poliquin in a great coach, and he certainly has contributed plenty to the world of strength and conditioning. What he does with olympic gold medal athletes (who are the 1-in-a-billion I was referring… Read more »
Kishore
Kishore
7 years 1 month ago

Jocelyn, I guess it’s easy to go off on tangents in forums like these. Anyway, I’m sure Sterling must have got some ideas that he can experiment with. I would think it would be a good idea for him to experiment with his fuel sources for a triathalon. Too much simple carbs and you will be riddled with inflammation. 5-10 grams of fish oil (I personally use Nordic Naturals) a day would be good, just make sure you are consuming enough Vitamin-E (not plant sources, too much estrogen in it) and anti-oxidants. Good luck and train smart!

Stephanie
7 years 2 months ago

Chidi (question #4), check out David Kessler’s new book, The End of Overeating, or listen to the NPR interview at:http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106470909

I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says about fat, but I think he’s on to something about the addictive qualities of the sugar/salt/fat combo.

David
7 years 2 months ago
Kishore, Great responce! Poliquin has definitely had some incredible success in the world of fitness. I love his work on testing hormone imbalances with body calibrations. I assure you I would not like to debate with him as his knowledge of fitness is incredible and far supperior to mine. I would like to state however that his is an opinion of a person who has reviewed CrossFit, not tried it. There are many other great coaches affiliated with CrossFit that have also had some tremendous accomplishments. Mike Burgener has been a huge presence in the olympic lifting world, and Mark… Read more »
Kishore
Kishore
7 years 2 months ago

David, I was recently reading some coaches recommending redesigning teting protocols for special forces.
Standard testing involves doing a number of push-ups, pull ups and other drills with a 45-lb vest and so on.
New recommendations are to test the participants to be able to do certain tasks like shooting at a target in a room, shooting at certain colors and doing tasks that are simple when in a relaxed state, but hard when under extreme fatigue and mental pressure.

David
7 years 1 month ago

I saw something on that as well. Some of the guys even perform better under stress… maybe I’ll add that to my workout. Push ups, pull ups, squats, shooting stuff… sweet!

Kishore
Kishore
7 years 2 months ago
The Truth About CrossFit by Chris Shugart “Was I in the right place?” I asked myself for the second time that day. The little street near Southern Methodist University in Dallas was an incongruous blend of old houses and new bars teeming with college kids. It was 9 p.m. and the sun had set, making it impossible for me to read the street numbers. Finally I pulled over next to a bar called The Green Elephant to look at my directions again. And that’s when I saw them, a handful of men and women lunging down a long corridor holding… Read more »
David
7 years 1 month ago

That was a long one, I think the battle between traditional trainers and Greg Glassman will be long and treacherous… but while that’s going on I’ll be building my own fitness empire and retiring to a beach some where. This topic is consuming too much of my life so I’m out. It’s been nice debating a fascinating subject with ya!

Kishore
Kishore
7 years 1 month ago

That’s true, too much back and forth debating and my cortisol levels have already made me gain 10 lbs of fat!

Leanne
Leanne
7 years 1 month ago

I’m so encouraged by all the 50+ folks out there who have changed their lives with primal! GROK ON!

#2 Sterling… I’d go check out the CFE site Tereza suggested and supplement with some CF style workouts. CF is unparalleled (IMO) for developing overall fitness and CFE is a great supplement to build more endurance (also IMO). At the very least check it out. What have you got to lose by looking into it eh?

#3 Get your degree and then rock the boat from the inside.

Awesome wedding pictures you two! You’re such a cute couple. Good Luck to ya! 🙂

Stef
Stef
7 years 1 month ago

I suggest those who think crossfit and oly litters aren’t using crossfit to achieve elite fitness to check out Mikes Gym. Burenger trains olympic team lifters and also has a crossfit gym. I’ve been at crossfit for over 2 years and seriously lifting since February. I have nothing but amazing words to say about crossfit and what it has done for me. My fitness level had surpassed any fitness level I had when I was an elite cyclist. Find a good gym with knowledgable trainers, go to a cert or seminar, train hard and rest. Your body is the machine!

Geoff
Geoff
7 years 1 month ago
Hi All – I’m new here and to PB, generally. Right now I’m reading the book and the materials on this site, but I’ve still got a lot to learn, so apologies in advance for my ignorance. In regard to the reader asking about triathlon training, I’m wondering why there’s been no mention of Maffetone-style, super low end, aerobic training here. Mark Allen and Mike Pigg had great success with it, and Maffetone’s recommended heart rates seem perfectly consistent with the PB recommended 55-75% zone. Of course Maffetone eschews weights and sprints in the “base” phase, and Maffetone’s diet recommendations… Read more »
Barb
Barb
7 years 1 month ago
#2 Sterling, I think you will LOVE the sport of triathlon. I have waded my way through most of the responses to you above. WOW, lots of different theories and lots of information. I have heard great things about Cross Fit, and have experienced great outcomes from P90x workouts. But… in order to be able to swim, bike and run don’t forget to swim, bike and run. Especially the swimming and biking. You cannot become competent at either of these disciplines without getting in the water and getting on the bike. Not sure why this hasn’t really been mentioned yet.… Read more »
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