If there is such a thing as a magic pill for health and hotness, it may just be the humble but mighty fish oil (which to be clear can also be taken straight and not in pill form). While even fish oil should probably be cleared with a doctor first (those on blood thinning medication should definitely talk to a medical professional first), if you ask your doctor if you should take fish oil, he’s likely to give you a jumping high five.
Eat more fruits and veggies. DO IT!
by Ninja Master Mark Fisher
One of the newest fitness crazes sweeping the nation is a form of training called Crossfit. Crossfit is a strength and conditioning program that focuses on achieving competency in a range of fitness qualities while purposefully specializing in none. Crossfit incorporates elements of gymnastics, olympic lifting, sprinting, and other training modalities. You’re burning to know what I think about it, aren’t you? Ok, FINE, I’ll tell you since I know your life will be incomplete without a thorough Mark Fisher Fitness analysis.
Now before the hate mail starts, let me remind you that I don’t believe movement can be “wrong.” Running is a fundamental way for humans to express movement. It’s also really helpful in the event that you need to get somewhere quickly (ie running from killer machines in the event of a robot apocalypse). However if you hate running and you’re doing it for fat loss… you’re blowing it.
Fasting seems to be all the rage these days. And with the whole society looking to lose a few pounds, it’s understandable. After all, “not eating” is certainly one way to go about weight loss.
C’mon Batman. Even the NY Times got this one right. A recurring theme in this blog is that the body often acts in counterintuitive ways. Sometimes the very thing you think is helping you with your goals is taking you the other way (if I see any of you loyal newsletter readers doing side bends to “tone” …
When a fitness professional tries to explain stuff to regular folk, you’re always at risk of being thwarted by “The Curse of Knowledge” (see Chip and Dan Heath’s excellent book, Made to Stick): you start to take it for granted that everyone knows at least the basics.
I recently had the pleasure of attending one of the industry’s premier educational events, the Rhode Island Perform Better Functional Training Summit. If you’re in the biz, I can only say you’d better try to get to one of these at least once a year. Not only do you learn tons, you get to meet a ton of awesome folks.
And now for some fitness fact fun. In the world of strength training (particularly bodybuilding), people are sometimes grouped into 3 different body types, known as somatotypes. The term comes from the work of mid-20th century American psychologist William Herbert Sheldon. Although Sheldon originally coined the terms as part of theory called constitutional psychology (Sheldon felt each of these body types were predisposed to certain personality traits), somatotypes have survived in the strength training world as way of classifying trainees body types. The three main somatotypes are:
1) Create a large enough energy deficit by reducing the amount of food you eat and increasing the amount of exercise you’re doing. For most people, this could happen in one to three weeks at the most, depending on your current level of leanness and activity.