Fitness Articles of the Week #27 – Crossfit Tabata, Phony Torton and Sprouting

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Every weekend I publish a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week. Here are my favorites.

Seed Sprouting Basics

I’m not familiar at all with sprouting, but I see the seeds and jars at Natural Grocers all the time and Brendan Brazier recommends it in his book. I really want to try this.

Modifying the Big Lifts

Great information about the three big lifts that everyone should be including in their routine – squats, deadlifts and the overhead press. This article will explain proper form and how you can make progress when doing these lifts.

Wednesday 9/21/2011 *** True Tabata ***

This is a crossfit Tabata style workout that I plan to do. I’ve never done a Tabata workout, but I’m always saying how much I want to do one. I’ve changed my routine recently, so I’ll finally be able to fit it one in. Here’s how a Tabata style workout usually works – 5 minutes of warm-up, 8 intervals of 20 seconds all-out intensity exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest, then 2 minutes cool-down.

The Dirty Dozen: Things Best to Buy Organic

I don’t buy organic because I don’t want to spend the extra money, but after reading about the pesticide contamination on non-organic fruits and veggies, I might have to bite the bullet and spend the extra dough.

Prayer 90X

Watch as Phony Torton takes prayer to the XTREME!

A 6-Week Squat, Bench, or Deadlift Program

I don’t doubt that this program works. I’ve done a similar program with great success. If I can ever get my hands on an affordable power rack, I want to give this one a shot.

10 Shoulder Prehab / Rehab / Warm-up Exercises

I have lots of problems with my shoulders, so this is a great video. A bit long, since he goes through full sets, but very informative. Was this taken using a phone camera?

Peel a Head of Garlic in Less than 10 Seconds with Two Bowls

I hate peeling garlic. I also hate being super-loud. What to do, what to do!

Skyrocket Your Sports Performance With This 3-Week Workout Plan

I love this because it’s completely different. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a routine so different from the rest of the stuff out there. I’m gonna print this one out and use it when I go back to the gym (I’m currently working out at home, while a shoulder injury heals).

Fitness Articles of the Week #26 – Frankenfoods, Kickboxing and Homemade Exercise Equipment

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Every weekend I publish a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week. Here are my favorites.

Frankenfood Fears

This is a must-read article for anyone who is concerned about genetically modified foods. The post points out that genetic modification has been around for thousands of years, but people are more worried now, even though science of today has made it much safer.

Five Best Fitness Tracking Web Sites and Services

I track everything I do when it comes to fitness. I track all of my weight-training on printed sheets and I track cardio, runs and cycling, using Runkeeper. I’ve used the tracking tools at as well. Tracking is the only way you’ll ever truly be able to see your progress. It’s a must.

Mental Training for Runners: Boosting the Motivation and Running Performance

This article is short, but provides a great tip that I’ve heard in several places, but I’ve never tried – using a mantra. I’m more of a beginner runner, but I eventually want to run a marathon, so I should get used to using a mantra during hard runs.

Doctors Urge Plant-Based Diet

This article is just a quick mention about a new report from The World Preservation Foundation, titled “Plant-Based Diets: A Solution to Our Public Health Crisis” (Click to download the PDF report).

7 Foods That Give You Gas

Admittedly, I’ve always suffered from excessive gas, much to the dismay of my fiance, and here’s a great article explaining more about the types of foods that cause gas. I’ve noticed in the past couple of weeks after eating easily digestible foods from the Thrive fitness book from Brendan Brazier, that my gas has been reduced drastically.

Grunt & Shen’s Workshop: Homemade Exercise Equipment

This is awesome. If you can’t afford new workout equipment, build your own. The TRX-style stuff is great. I plan to build my own stuff soon.

5 Squat Tips from an All-Time World Record Holder

Squats are something I work on continuously, but I can tell you that reading articles like this have greatly helped me with better form, which in turn results in being able to lift heavier weight with less pain. One thing I would disagree with here though, is about looking up. Many articles I’ve read suggest that you should look ahead and maybe slightly downward, to prevent injury or strain, but not directly up or down.

Kickboxing Workout

I wish I had a heavy bag, because this workout looks like lots of fun. I should put a heavy bag on my Amazon wishlist.

Don’t Be That Awkward Runner – YouTube

This is a hilarious video. I sure hope I’m not an awkward runner.

Raising Calves: How To Maximize Their Growth Potential!

For most people, calves training sucks, and I’m in that same group. I can’t grow my calves to save my life. I’ve tried many routines just like this one, but who knows, maybe this one will work. I’ll give it a go 😀

Fitness Articles of the Week #25 – 27 Bananas-a-day, Convict Workouts and Mass-Cooking Corn

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Every weekend I publish a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week. Here are my favorites.

30 Days, 900 Very Ripe Bananas

This is one of the craziest diets I’ve ever heard of, but it sounds very tempting to try out. I think I could eat 27 bananas a day and not get tired of them. I might give this one a shot.

How to Get a Complete Workout with Nothing But Your Body

This is a great, thorough article on using only your body weight to get in shape. I also like the recommendations about how to determine pushup sets. Do as many as you possibly can, until failure, than 1/2 that number and do 3 sets of that many reps. Sounds like a great workout.

Exercise Like a Convict for an Equipment-Free Workout

If you’re ever trapped in a tiny room and you absolutely need to squeeze in a workout, you should check out all the videos from the ConvictConditioning Youtube account.

7-Eleven Expands Vegan Items

This is a sign that veganism is finally going mainstream. I don’t usually buy anything from 7-11 mostly because they’re so expensive, but it’s exciting to know that these options are becoming available.

The Kitchen Scale – A Tool Whose Time Has Come

This article has completely opened my eyes to how to use a digital kitchen scale for preparing foods. I use my scale all the time, but only for measuring portions of already prepared meals. I HATE trying to get stuff like molasses out of a tablespoon. Instead I’ll just use the scale and pour directly into the bowl!

Cook Corn for a Crowd in a Cooler

Damn, this is a great idea! I want to try this one right away. We’ve been getting a lot of rain lately, but if the weather is nice this weekend, maybe I’ll throw a BBQ, with the main course being corn. 😉

Fitness Articles of the Week #24 – Hidden Meat, Avoiding Wheat and Curious George

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Every weekend I publish a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week. Here are my favorites.

Meat you may not know you’re eating

When I saw the title of this post, I knew it was going to mention the latest controversy with Chipotle using bacon in their pinto beans. I don’t eat at Panda Express, but I would’ve never guessed that their rice isn’t vegetarian. McDonalds using beef seasoning on their fries isn’t much of a surprise to me though.

Knowshon Moreno on Crossfit – YouTube

Knowshon Moreno is a running back on the Denver Broncos, my team, so I had to post this video of him experiencing Crossfit.

Nearly half of runners may be drinking too much during races

Runners have their own preferred methods of optimal hydration during races, but it seems that quite a bit of those people have the wrong idea of optimal.

Kettlebell Vertical Swing Burpee

Burpees are hard enough, so adding a kettlebell swing probably makes this a killer workout. Check out the instructional video to learn proper form.

Hardgainer Helpers: A Supplement Guide For The Mass-Hungry

Another great article for the skinny folks out there looking to get bigger. This one’s all about the supplements.

Against The Grain: How Wheat Wrecks Your Health And Physique

This is a very interesting interview with Dr. William Davis, who believes wheat should be cut entirely out of our diets. I think anyone out there on a gluten-free diet, but still consuming wheat products, would also find some of the claims from Dr. Davis interesting.

Family meals help children to be less fussy about food

This makes sense, doesn’t it? If you’re trying to get your kids to eat healthy, sit down as a family and eat healthy together. Friendly interaction between parents and children is far more likely to be successful than coercion.

Gullible George

Read on as an episode of Curious George is dissected by the good folks at Science Based Medicine. It’s a fun read.

9 Foods That Can Fool You

Everything mentioned here is generally healthy, but when we go for ease and buy food in cans or if we don’t read labels properly, we might actually be eating foods that were once healthy, but not any longer.

Fitness Articles of the Week #23 – Vigorous Cycling, Peanut Butter and Compression Clothing

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Every weekend I publish a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week. Here are my favorites. Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Cycling fast: Vigorous daily exercise recommended for a longer life

It seems there’s a correlation in longer mortality rates and high intensity cycling. The study shows that it’s not the duration, but actual intensity, although optimal intensity has not yet been determined. I would assume that it’s just like any other exercise – the harder you work, the better the results.

Easy Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

It sounds so easy and looks so delicious. I hope it’s as good as it sounds. I’ve been looking for a reason to get the crock pot out, and this is one mighty fine reason if you ask me! I love chili. I can’t wait!

The Volume Ladder Smart Bomb

Ladder-style workouts are always super-challenging, but isn’t that what makes it fun? This one is designed to get your muscle growing after hitting a wall, so do it for a couple weeks and jump back into your regular routine. I can already picture myself “sucking wind” doing this one.

2 Times a Week for Twice the Gains

I’ve been lifting weights for a long time and I remember the first time I heard about minimalist training like this. I didn’t believe it and I wouldn’t even consider trying it in fear of losing any progress I’ve made. Then I came across the Stronglifts 5×5 website and all of the testimonials persuaded me to give it a go. I can attest to the progress these types of plans can provide. I’ve never bench pressed or squatted more in my life and I continue to make gains every week. Give it a shot.

What is the point of compression sleeves for running?

Some great information about when and why to use compression clothing. Granted, the information is provided by a company who stands to profit from spreading information about the benefits. It’s still a great starting point for more research.

Boxing Is Not A Good Sports Option For Children And Teenagers, Says American Academy Of Pediatrics

It’s great when children want to be active and have a desire to be athletic but sometimes we don’t not think of the negative effects sports like boxing can have on the brain at a young age.

3 Fixes for Weak Body Parts

You can’t go wrong by applying the Einstein philosophy to plateaus in bodybuilding!

The jarring truth about peanut butter

Peanut butter is generally considered to be healthy because it contains lots of protein and healthy fats, but as this article points out, it really depends on the peanut butter you buy. Basically, go organic and read labels.

7 Superfoods from the Sea

A great article from the P90X newsletter. I actually just read some informative stuff about sea vegetables in the Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide. I’m not a fan of seafood taste at all, but I’m willing to give these veggies a try. They’re so nutritious, I have to at least taste them once.

Eat to Get Big Without Getting Fat

There is so much good information in here, especially for me since I’m trying to put on weight, but the problem is that I have to try to figure out how to make it work around a vegan diet. I’m gonna work on putting a meal plan together for this.

Just when you thought that the world couldn’t get any fatter…

Wow, take a look at these predictions. By 2030, researchers predict obesity among men to rise from 32% (already a ridiculous number) to 50%. Or how about 539,000 additional cases of cancer per year? Crazy.

The Bittersweet Truth About Sugar

Sugar makes foods delicious, but is it really worth all the negative things it does to your body? It makes you age faster, it suppresses your immune system and raises insulin levels, among other things. Limit your intake!

Matchup of the Week: Barbecue Wings

Very cool comparison between Tyson BBQ wings and Gardein’s vegan BBQ wings. The vegan version is so much healthier.

The Ultimate Vegan Baking Cheat Sheet

Very handy guide for the new vegan who likes to cook. When I first went vegan I thought I wouldn’t be able to cook or bake much anymore, but then I sought out some cookbooks and learned that there are lots of alternatives. In fact, just the other day I made some awesome cupcakes from the Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World cookbook 😉

Decrease in smoking reduces death rates within months

I started smoking when I was 15. At one point I was up to about a pack a day and then I gradually cut back to about a pack a week and then maybe only 3-4 cigarettes every weekend. I quit smoking completely last year in August and I feel great.