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« on: April 13, 2012, 04:07:19 PM »
You build muscle from using your muscles and supplying the right nutrients. The type of training you will influence how fast you gain, but anything will work, as you've noticed.
« on: April 09, 2012, 03:23:52 PM »
O3 is the only one you probably need more of. O6 you should be trying to limit and O9 (olive oil) is relatively benign. Including them in vitamins is due to marketing. People like to think they're getting something extra, even if it's detrimental in this case.
Primal Blueprint is a good book but it left me thinking "so what" but it's probably because I've been reading Mark's Daily Apple for so long, there wasn't anything new to me. There are several good books by Eades, Cordain, Mercola and probably more. Wolf's book is more from the approach of correcting diseases that are caused by poor nutrition. I've read all of the above but I found them all in the library so I didn't have to pay for them. There is a lot of redundancy between them all so any will do. None are terribly expensive and all learning is useful.
I believe this is why Robb suggests 30 minutes instead of longer. By keeping it short, you can increase the intensity. You don't have time to fiddle around with moderate weights, it's go heavy, then go home. If you're not going heavy, you should. You should be doing basic full body exercises, like squats, deadlifts, presses, rows, farmer's walks, etc, or maybe some Olympic style lifting. You do all that in 30 minutes and you don't have time for tricep kickbacks.
What kind of exercise are you doing? Some types stimulate appetite and may be causing you to eat more. Exercise should either be intense or relaxed. Moderate intensity seems to stimulate appetite. That's why you see so many cardio bunnies that can't lose weight. In general, exercise all your metabolic pathways, from anaerobic to aerobic and include significant resistance training.
« on: April 06, 2012, 04:27:37 AM »
I said "bread" in my earlier post, what I really meant was "baked goods". I think of all cakes, pastries, donuts, muffins, pancakes, waffles, etc as bread and something to be minimized. Trying to find "paleo" ways of producing these things just delays the pain of restriction. You need to build new habits and customs, your comfort food needs to change. Instead of the thought of a baked item turning you on, get excited about fresh produce or juicy meat, or bright orange egg yolks.
eggs and fish may be more affordable. Also look for organ meat. The guy you plan to buy your side of beef from probably has liver and other organs left over that he will sell cheap. Much of it goes to dog food.
« on: March 31, 2012, 04:39:46 AM »
Dman, trust your own instincts on this. I think you're on the right path. You are absolutely right that you will get a lot of benefit from DB C&J and snatch and you don't need professional coaching to do these. You will get most of the benefit even if it may no help your performance in the next Olympics. It's about movement, stabilty, mobility and stamina. Unless you're attempting to become a powerlifter/bodybuilder/weightlifter/strongman you don't need to train like one, but their methods are tools that you can use to achieve your aims. Take the best and leave the rest. A good attitude and an open mind are your best assets.
If you want to explore the concept further, look into MovNat. http://movnat.com/ A podcast is coming up with Robb Wolf.
I love this picture:
Will you be ready when you need to be?
« on: March 30, 2012, 12:37:21 PM »
I generally try to get one of those exercises into every workout. If I'm pressed for time, I pick 1 of those exercises and just do that. These are what I call integrative exercises in that the integrate all the other movements.
DB snatch and turkish get ups are full body exercises that require your body to work together in a seamless motion. I'm not disparaging C&J here, I just like these better. The snatch is the fastest lift and is great for generating power. The TGU requires stability and mobility throughout the body. If there is a weak area, you will find it. They may not represent caveman like movements but if you can do these with substantial weight, you can be certain that you have functional strength.
Here are a couple of good articles on the DB snatch:
Here's the TGU.
Also, look for Gray Cook's video on youtube.
Whether something is biologically a grain or a seed is irrelevant. (Grains are really a type of dry fruit bound to a seed). What matters is the effect on the body. Pseudo-grains and ancient grains are better than modern grains but that's like saying light cigaretes are better than cigars. You have to determine for yourself what you can and can't tolerate. A food that one person does well on may not be acceptable for another. Robb's book is aimed at correcting the diseases caused by poor nutrition. If what you're eating doesn't bother you, then decide for yourself.
« on: March 30, 2012, 03:18:09 AM »
If you have powerblocks, the exercises I would prioritize are:
Turkish get ups
Dragging stuff would be very good. You'll probably have to build something. Just a rope, tied to an implement (maybe a rugged wodden box) with a piece of carpet on the bottom. Pile your powerblocks on them and drag or push it it down the hall.
The exercises you have listed are all good. Do them too.
There's one point that paleo and Vegan agree on. The way modern meat factories work is unsustainable, inhumane, hard on the environment and produces inferior product.
Once you get beyond that, and start considering animal raised with best practices, raising animals for food is perfectly compatible with ecological and animal rights principles. I think Vegans are missing the big picture. It's not using meat and animal products that is the problem, it's the inhumane farming practices. As Warren mentioned earlier, there is nothing humane about conventional vegetable and grain production either.
The best time will vary for each person. I'm an early morning guy. There is evidence that most people are stronger in the afternoon. That may be true in my case but I know I have less stamina. The more you train at a particular time, the more you will acclimatize to that time. I suppose that for overall fitness, that would mean you should randomize the workout time. That way you're ready to go at any time.