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1 May

Weekend Link Love – Edition 140

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.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (April 26 – May 1)

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Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

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

    Now, off for an early morning bike ride.

    Ware wrote on May 1st, 2011
  2. 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? I just checked the price on Amazon and people are trying to sell it for $100!

    Primal Toad wrote on May 1st, 2011
    • Geoff, Geoff! Where are you, Man?
      He said “…club swinging [is] awesome…”. You CANNOT let that on go!!! LOL!!

      Jedi # 1 wrote on May 1st, 2011
    • The Chef Rachel offer is good through May 3.

      Mark Sisson wrote on May 1st, 2011
    • 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!

      Geoff wrote on May 1st, 2011
      • I am officially going to work my ass off to become a club swinging pro.

        Primal Toad wrote on May 1st, 2011
        • Point proven.

          Geoff wrote on May 1st, 2011
      • Geoff, I think you’re absolutely awesome. Keep being awesome!

        damaged justice wrote on May 3rd, 2011
  3. 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.

    Danielle wrote on May 1st, 2011
  4. 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.

    Ware wrote on May 1st, 2011
    • 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 in the mid- to late-90s).

      JP wrote on May 1st, 2011
      • I agree. It’s not easy to see what actually happened to that many variables at once with that presentation.

        Uncephalized wrote on May 1st, 2011
    • 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.

      Vivian wrote on May 1st, 2011
  5. If you look at the USDA issued report on food consumption from 1904-2004, you get much more of the story-

    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 butter and lard has decreased, it is not enough to offset the percentage associated with increased use of salad oils. Thus, the share of total fat from the fats and oils group has gradually increased from 40 percent in 1909-19 to 59 percent in 2004.”

    It seems as though that aspect of our diets has changed more than anything else.

    Daniel Brophy wrote on May 1st, 2011
  6. Indian club swinging used to be part of the men’s gymnastics competition at the Olympics.

    onewomanband wrote on May 1st, 2011
    • LOL, classic !

      Jedi #1 wrote on May 8th, 2011
  7. 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.

    Joseph wrote on May 1st, 2011
  8. 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!

    Edward wrote on May 1st, 2011
  9. Thanks for the “Weekend Link Love” Mark! FED – Fitness in an Evolutionary Direction is blowing up with visitors from The Daily Apple!

    Tony Federico wrote on May 1st, 2011
  10. 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.

    Jeff wrote on May 1st, 2011
  11. Just touched and indian club for the first time last Tuesday and I love ’em already! They are so hard to control…

    Ned wrote on May 1st, 2011
  12. 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:

    Johnc wrote on May 1st, 2011
  13. 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 wrote on May 1st, 2011
  14. OMG! Just went back and viewed the street/playground workout…I honestly didn’t even know that was possible. Amazing and inspiring.

    Milemom wrote on May 1st, 2011
  15. 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! 😉

    Karen P. wrote on May 1st, 2011
  16. 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.”

    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.

    danielle wrote on May 1st, 2011
  17. 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.

    Karen P. wrote on May 1st, 2011
  18. 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:

    This is insane strength

    Eamon wrote on May 2nd, 2011
  19. 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?

    Evolutionarily wrote on May 2nd, 2011
  20. 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 this as an adult. I hear the comments in the background some in awe others with mean looks. My son loves when I have fun with him & that’s what matters to me. One of my fav rules from the PB #7… Play!

    As for playground gyms, Al Kavaldo has a blog too with videos similar to the ones posted here. He also is very strong.

    Madeline wrote on May 2nd, 2011
  21. Here’s a link to a site discussing superhuman abilities noted in people throughout history, such as the viking berserkers.

    Tim wrote on May 2nd, 2011
  22. The street video was awesome. I want me a man like that. Wow.

    Samantha wrote on May 4th, 2011
  23. 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):

    Stephan also has a great ad for an old product called Fat-ten-u circ. late 1800′s :

    Mark Anderson wrote on May 5th, 2011
  24. Very conversational and entertaining writing style in the club-swinging book, too.

    JD wrote on May 8th, 2011

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