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May 01, 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 140

By Mark Sisson
35 Comments

Old timey stuff in general is great. Old timey fitness stuff? The absolute best. Check out this awesome book on clubbell training from 1908 – “Club swinging for physical exertion and recreation.”

Esther Gokhale is a pleasure to work with, and almost everyone wants to eliminate back pain, but not everyone can make it out to her posture classes. For those folks, the upcoming (available for pre-order) DVD, “Back Pain: The Primal Posture Solution,” will show how to sit, stand, lie, and walk like humans are built to.

Check out Ukraine’s Denis Minin spend a casual day at the playground. Side note: former Eastern bloc states have awesome jungle gyms!

Chef Rachel is offering MDA readers a fantastic deal: order her book, mention MDA or PrimalCon 2011 in the “What prompted you to order?” section of the order form on her site, and get a free half hour Cooking Consultation over the phone from the Chef herself. While you’re at it, check out her YouTube channel and blog for recipes, cooking videos, and more.

Here’s a cool infographic showing just what kind of calories have been available to Americans over the years. Notice anything interesting?

Are incredible feats of superhuman strength in times of crisis (mom lifting cars off newborns, etc) really possible? Skeptoid looks into it.

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Ware
5 years 5 months ago

For more examples of how awesome Eastern bloc jungle gyms are (as well as the athletes that train on them), check out Oleg Vorslav:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieaKOcC3rSU

Now, off for an early morning bike ride.

Primal Toad
5 years 4 months ago
Indian club swinging… that’s awesome. I am going to read the book and try it out. Really! Esther’s DVD looks promising. But, I just ordered the book instead. I figured I better dive into that first. I can’t wait to attend one of her classes too. I bet I could get her to do a presentation for the Grand Rapids Primal Tribe! That street video is saawweeeeeeeet! Chef Rachel is awesome too. But, I don’t have the money to spend on her book quite yet. I needed Esthers book first. Mark – how long is she doing the offer for?… Read more »
Jedi # 1
Jedi # 1
5 years 4 months ago

Geoff, Geoff! Where are you, Man?
He said “…club swinging [is] awesome…”. You CANNOT let that on go!!! LOL!!

Mark Sisson
5 years 4 months ago

The Chef Rachel offer is good through May 3.

Geoff
Geoff
5 years 4 months ago

I’m here! I’m here! I can’t believe the things that come out of Toad. I don’t think HE thinks before he just starts typing. He must think anything that is written on this blog is “awesome”, including club swinging. Lol!

Primal Toad
5 years 4 months ago

I am officially going to work my ass off to become a club swinging pro.

Geoff
Geoff
5 years 4 months ago

Point proven.

damaged justice
damaged justice
5 years 4 months ago

Geoff, I think you’re absolutely awesome. Keep being awesome!

Danielle
5 years 4 months ago

The infographic was a little depressing. Looks like from 1970 to now, caloric intake has shot up by about 500 calories. No wonder we’re getting fatter.

Ware
5 years 4 months ago

Not only has the caloric uptake increased, but the ratio of food groups shifted tremendously – less meat, more grains, and more added sugar each year since 1970.

JP
JP
5 years 4 months ago
I don’t know, the graphic is unique I guess, but I kinda wish this information was displayed in a classic multi-line graph. Anyway, it looks to me like meat intake has stayed pretty constant, and I was expecting a much larger increase in added sugar. Sugar spiked between the late 80s and mid-90s, but otherwise the increase over the 40 year period doesn’t seem all that substantial. Dairy and vegetables remained constant; meanwhile, fruit showed a slight increase, and a substantial increase was shown in both grains and added fat (the latter also a little surprising, making a huge jump… Read more »
Uncephalized
Uncephalized
5 years 4 months ago

I agree. It’s not easy to see what actually happened to that many variables at once with that presentation.

Vivian
Vivian
5 years 4 months ago

Actually, the meat calories has increased as well but barely. It’s just that grains and fat ballooned up ~200 each. And I bet the quality of both the extra grains and fat consumed are relatively.. awful.

Daniel Brophy
5 years 4 months ago
If you look at the USDA issued report on food consumption from 1904-2004, you get much more of the story- http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/publications/foodsupply/foodsupply1909-2004report.pdf The scariest part: “Total fat contributions from red meat have generally declined throughout the series (table 8). In the early years, red meat contributed around one-third of the fat; however, during the 1990s, this contribution decreased to about one-sixth. In 2004, it was less at 13 percent. Salad oils have made a greater contribution to total fat availability over the series, increasing from 2 percent in 1909-19 to 28 percent in 2004. Although the share of total fat from… Read more »
onewomanband
onewomanband
5 years 4 months ago

Indian club swinging used to be part of the men’s gymnastics competition at the Olympics.

Jedi #1
Jedi #1
5 years 4 months ago

LOL, classic !

Joseph
Joseph
5 years 4 months ago

Denis Minin’s workout looks insane – I plan to head out to a playground to try an inept imitation today.

Does anyone have any experience with Esther Gokhale’s method? I’m wondering if this would work for someone I know.

Edward
Edward
5 years 4 months ago

Dear God! I can’t figure out if videos like Denis’ bum me out or motivate me. It’s motivating to see what people can do. But the sobering reality that I could probably spend the rest of my life pursuing that, and not get anywhere close causes serious bummitude!

Tony Federico
5 years 4 months ago

Thanks for the “Weekend Link Love” Mark! FED – Fitness in an Evolutionary Direction is blowing up with visitors from The Daily Apple!

Jeff
Jeff
5 years 4 months ago

Wow, that video of the Ukranian workout is amazing. I would love to come close to his athleticism some day, being able to do that stuff must feel amazing.

Ned
5 years 4 months ago

Just touched and indian club for the first time last Tuesday and I love ’em already! They are so hard to control…

Johnc
Johnc
5 years 4 months ago

Whoa, watch out people, that link to the infographic attempts to try and install Java for my browser. Here is a clean link instead to the same information without the attempted browser hijak:

http://dailyinfographic.com/what-are-we-eating-infographic

Milemom
Milemom
5 years 4 months ago

Thanks a lot Mark… I had plans today: a load of laundry, job hunting, creating a food log on Word, etc…. instead I just got sucked into four hours spent on the Skeptoid’s website. The internet is a blessing and a curse!

Milemom
Milemom
5 years 4 months ago

OMG! Just went back and viewed the street/playground workout…I honestly didn’t even know that was possible. Amazing and inspiring.

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Karen P.
5 years 4 months ago

Re: Time capsule post about hips. My yoga teacher likes to say that our hips contain a lot of energy and that old karma gets stored there. Loosen them up at your own risk! 😉

danielle
5 years 4 months ago

Speaking of posture – For those in San Francisco or the Bay Area, GroupOn has a deal today for “you get your choice of either a one-hour chiropractic massage with postural evaluation or a Gold Healing Package, consisting of two 40-minute chiropractic massage sessions.”

http://www.groupon.com/r/uu7269926

I am in no way affiliated with the place and am not getting it myself, but some of you may be interested 🙂

On a side note, I saw someone doing barefoot running down Stanyan St. by the park the other day… yay for barefoot, but man… ew. I would not run barefoot on these streets.

Karen P.
5 years 4 months ago

Oh, and re: Denis and the playground. Yeah, yeah. But what about his lower body? 😉 Pretty inspiring stuff. I’ve been scoping out a proper playground around here for some funtime workouts.

Eamon
Eamon
5 years 4 months ago

The playground video was awesome. There’s another playground workout video that I saw on YouTube a couple weeks ago that also blew my mind:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFsXtwPa9V8

This is insane strength

Evolutionarily
5 years 4 months ago

Denis Minin is a machine. Since going Primal I lost about 10kg but my strength is greater than it was before. Makes some of these bodyweight exercises quite easy, I do muscles ups like regular chin ups now!

Denis puts me to shame though! 🙂

Anyone think some of that stuff could potentially be bad for your rotator cuff, etc?

Madeline
Madeline
5 years 4 months ago
I like to use the playground also as a gym when I pick my son after school & we just run like kids lol. I don’t play for too long cause I don’t like to be a spotlight among people. Lots of parents think I’m showing off when I try to do pull ups, climb up the slide, swing for a while & jump off,run across the bridge, into the tunnel, jump offthe pole, swing on the monkey bars, etc & all these things ” kids” only do. It’s a shame what they are missing & it’s possible to do… Read more »
Tim
Tim
5 years 4 months ago

Here’s a link to a site discussing superhuman abilities noted in people throughout history, such as the viking berserkers.

http://www.uppsalaonline.com/uppsala/somafera/somafera%20-%20the%20body%20wild.html

Samantha
5 years 4 months ago

The street video was awesome. I want me a man like that. Wow.

Mark Anderson
5 years 4 months ago

Sorry… not sure the link to Stephan went through the first time…

I love reading the health advice from earlier times!

If you like the old-time physical fitness stuff, check out the old fitness book and an online bodybuilding “museum” with some great old stuff (I did a brief post about it awhile back): http://aminogenblog.typepad.com/aminogen/2009/04/weekend-reading-whats-old-is-new-again.html

Stephan also has a great ad for an old product called Fat-ten-u circ. late 1800?s : http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2011/04/fat-ten-u.html

JD
JD
5 years 4 months ago

Very conversational and entertaining writing style in the club-swinging book, too.

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