Oldschool Training: Like a Sir

Normally I decide days or even weeks ahead of time that I want to write a particular post or write about a particular topic. But an hour before writing this post, the idea of it didn’t even exist. Writing something this spontaneous isn’t normal for me. However, while checking my facebook newsfeed, I saw this picture: It was humorous on the surface, but as I kept on scrolling down my feed, I kept thinking about it. I realized that there is some “truth” to that statement. Oldschool trainers, strongmen, and bodybuilders (early 1900’s and before) achieved very impressive physiques and did many impressive feats of strength that we still strive for. What has changed in the time since is they way we do so. It is now in vogue to focus on isolation exercises, low fat diets, protein shakes, supplements, and more weird stuff I can’t even recall. The irony of this situation is that many people are trying to repeat results done by someone else, by using different methods, and expecting the same results. While certain oldschool trainers (that’s the general term I use) would eat lots of meat, drink every night, lift using heavy compound movements, and live a healthy lifestyle, people try to do just the exact opposite and expect to gain similar results. That is where the humor in the above photo comes from. Where a modern trainer would worry about getting his protein drink in, an oldschool trainer would simply poor himself a drink knowing … Continue reading

Break the Addiction: Food

Is it actually possible to have an addiction to food? After all, we do need food to survive. If we don’t eat, we die; it’s as simple as that. Or is it? Now I’m not saying that if you stop eating you will become immortal, but eating won’t do that either. As a matter of fact, every person that comes in contact with food dies, so in the end it doesn’t really matter. Addiction to food is a problem very, very few people will admit even exists. I have found the moment I say I have broken my addiction to food someone replies as if I am trying to kill myself. Whenever I hear someone complain about missing a meal and I honestly, and seriously, tell them they need to break the addiction, they believe I am joking. The argument always is “you need food to survive. Don’t starve yourself!”. The worst is “Oh, but you need to eat. You’re already really skinny”. After they state their opinion, I sit back and watch them struggle to make sure they never miss a meal, even if the last one had all the nutrients and energy they need for the day. Or worse yet, I sit back and watch them think they “need to eat” so go buy some crap food and shove it down their gullet. Here is the honest truth: In most “civilized” or “first world” countries, such as the USA, we eat far, FAR more than we need to. … Continue reading

Inspiration Series Part 2: The Lion

Inspirations come in all shapes and sizes. This one happens to be in the shape of a cat and weigh in at over 500lbs when fully grown. Yes, the lion. A few things about the lion, the first of which is obvious. It’s a predator. The top of it’s respective food chain. Second, it eats meat. Raw meat. Because of these two things, it is naturally a hunter whenever it isn’t stealing a kill. But hey, if you’re at the top, you can do that anyway in the animal kingdom! As a meat eating predator, the lion shares something in common with many other meat eating predators. That is being strong, lean and fast. It is this combination that inspires me to study lions and other creatures to emulate certain habits of theirs that could benefit me. An example is diet. Lions eat usually only once a day, sometimes even going several days without food if they got a big enough kill. They will feast on a carcass for hours if need be, and live of that until they are ready for their next meal. Putting this into people terms, it’s called intermittent fasting. “Intermittent fasting” is the natural state of being for most any predator I have studied. And these predators are often much leaner and faster then their prey counterparts. So if having fewer but larger meals works for the lion, why not us? Many have tried and succeeded at this. There are programs designed around this entire … Continue reading

Two Layers of Taste

What food is best to eat? That is something I’ve thought of in the past, a way to instinctively know which foods are best to eat. That is when I stumbled upon this idea of taste having two basic layers (very Spartan principle, no?). The first layer is what we’re used to when we think of “taste” in food. That is what we sense with the tongue as food enters our mouth and the smell enters our nose. That is the layer that most food aims at. Fast food, dessert, fancy restaurants, etc. The second layer is everything else. It’s what you taste and feel after the food has down your throat (often the lingering effects of the first layer), how it effects your body afterward (meaning a lot of foods “taste” bad on this layer, since the negatively effect your health), and pretty much everything else that food does other than touch your tongue. Why is this significant? Because very few people take into consideration both layers when they prepare food. Ever been told to eat something because it was healthy, but it tasted horrible? Or been told not to eat something (or to much of it, like ice cream) because it was unhealthy, but tasted good? Each of these instances, only one layer is taken into account. That is why I prepare my food with both layers considered. My favorite dish is scrambled eggs (sometimes prepared as an omelet) with lots of cheese and butter, some salt, loads … Continue reading