Not-So-Random Reads and Feline Deadlifting

So, you know that feeling when you wait all week to watch your favorite TV show?  Only, once it starts airing, you realize that this week's episode is simply a "clip show?"  Well, ladies and gentlemen, this is what we have here.

Call me lazy (no seriously, you can....I spent most of this past weekend binge watching "Orange is the New Black"), but I wanted to highlight a few different articles as well as one very, very interesting deadlifting video.

1. First and foremost, I wanted to share great blog post on one of my best clients, Sarah B.   Originally posted last night on our company blog, her progress deserves an extra shout out on here:

Client Spotlight: Sarah B.

What wasn't mentioned explicitly in the article was how Sarah's background in Yoga and dance classes was mostly responsible for all of the aches and pains she experienced.  Now, I'm not one to diss Yoga (ok, maybe I am), but for Sarah, she didn't need more Yoga.  Going back to the "filling buckets" analogy, her mobility/flexibility bucket was spilling over with water....while her strength bucket was bone dry.  So, it comes as no surprise that once Sarah started picking up heavy things and putting them down, her progress has been simply astonishing.  I'm proud to say that I get to work with her, as I'm just along for the ride!

2. A few months back, I gave a nutrition lecture called "Navigating the Paleo, Vegan, and Low-Fat Matrix."  And, funny pictures and references to Channing Tatum aside, I explained that there is no such thing as a perfect diet and all common diets are variations of the same thing.

Fast forward a few months (i.e. 2 weeks ago), and Precision Nutrition came out with a great article on the pros and cons of the Paleo diet.  Brian St. Pierre does a great job of summarizing many of the points I made:

  • Gluten is not the devil (with exceptions, of course)
  • There is no single "Paleo" approach.
  • Both meat and plants are vastly different today than they were 10,000 years ago. 
  • Phytates and anti-nutrients are more hype than actual problems.
  • Anything that focuses on whole foods - and less processed foods - is a good thing.

While Paleo is so 2013, give it a read:

The Paleo Problem

3. I'm excited to announce that I'll be teaching a country music themed class on Friday evenings from now on!  Which essentially means I can play country music as loud as I want for an entire hour....without apologizing to anyone (although, if you tell me it's too loud, I'll still probably apologize).

You can sign up here, and I'm actually listening/fine tuning the playlist as I write.  If I have to sum up the class in one word, it would simply be: Yeehaw!

4. To round it all out, I wanted to share one insane deadlifting video.  While this woman is brutally strong, she would also have a starring role in any upcoming performances of "Cats." You can click here to see the video, and yes, that's 418 pounds she's lifting!

Not only is the video hilarious, but I really like the video for another reason: it's important to never take yourself too seriously, even when you're lifting heavy weights.  Heck, I've even deadlifted to "Miles Davis Radio" on Pandora, which was a very odd experience.  However, lifting weights is only that - lifting weights. There will always be another day, and there will always be someone stronger than you.

That's all I have here....have a great weekend!