The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #80 – Awesome Fitness Apps, Homemade Nutella and Concurrent Training

Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.

Best Fitness Apps

Finally an article about fitness apps that doesn’t have all the same apps that everyone else always talks about. There are some really cool ones here. I just got the new iPhone, so I’ll be checking most of these out really soon.

Homemade Nutella

Nutella isn’t vegan so I haven’t had it in quite a while now. I’ve tried alternatives, which are no comparison to the actual Nutella brand, but I’ve never tried to make my own.

“40′ Ropes Wanted–where is the cheapest?

The best tip here is from a user named Richie Korn who says “There is a rope and supply place near me that sells to boats and docks. They have cheap prices on both manila & cotton. Anytime you can take the word “exercise” out of a piece of equipment it gets cheaper.”

Green Tea + Bulletproof Coffee: Better Together For an Even Better Brain The Bulletproof Executive

There are just so many benefits of consuming green tea that there’s no reason you shouldn’t be drinking it every day. I never drink tea on days that I drink coffee because I worry about my sensitivities to caffeine, but maybe I’ll give it a try to see how it affects me.

Sunrise Lamp Alarm Clock

I don’t have the time or expertise to build this myself, but if you’re into technical DIY stuff like this, you should go for it. I plan to simply buy one from Amazon when I have some cash to burn.

27 More Nutrition Facts

The link in the first sentence is the first part of this article, hence the reason this one has the word “more” in the title. I highly recommend reading both. Lots of great tips and all fun and easy to read and understand. I’m not a big fan of all of the supplement pushing going on here, but still interesting stuff.

No time to exercise? Try 10-minute workouts

The danger claims here about middle-aged and older people doing high-intensity exercise are interesting. I’m still really young, so I don’t typically read about things like this, but it’s good information to know and share. I guess that means tabata is out of the question for older folks.

Never Be Bored Again: 5 Creative Ways To Prepare Brown Rice

The pancakes and brown rice pudding look pretty dang good!

Ask The Ripped Dude: Can You Booze It And Still Lose It?

What most people don’t realize about alcohol and getting fit is that it’s not just that you’re consuming empty calories, but it’s that alcohol also makes it much harder for the body to burn fat. A few glasses of wine or a couple of beers probably won’t mess with your fat loss goals, as long as you take it easy.

Concurrent Training: Strength And Aerobic Training At The Same Time?

If you want to be long-distance runner, you won’t get there by training like a professional bodybuilder. This makes complete sense, but if you want to learn about the potentially detrimental effects of concurrent training, or on the flip side, how concurrent training can be beneficial, read this article.

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #79 – DIY Plyo Boxes, a Pumpkin Butter Recipe and Burning Fat With Cold

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Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.

DIY Plyoboxes

Two plyo-boxes for about $30 is a steal! This one looks like a lot of fun too. I need to clear out a little room in my garage so that I can do this one.

Muay thai / Boxing Tyre Bag – Explosive Fitness – YouTube

I have no room for a punching bag, much less one made out of tires, but if you’re looking for a really cheap DIY punching bag build, this one should do.

All-Natural Pumpkin Butter From Scratch + Many Ways To Use It!

I’ve never even heard of pumpkin butter, but a friend of mine just recently made some and she said it’s really good. Now I have to make some so that I can judge for myself πŸ˜‰


There are tons of juicing recipes here, along with nutritional information. You’ll never run out of juice ideas with this site around. I haven’t tried any of these yet, but I will soon!

Studies shed light on how to reduce the amount of toxins in plant-derived foods

I’m not familiar with cadmium toxins at all, so this information is really interesting for me. There are no safe levels of cadmium, but it exists virtually everywhere! I don’t even know if there’s anything that can be done to reduce cadmium intake or mitigate its effects. Something I definitely want to look into further.

Knee Strengthening Exercises to Tighten up your Suspension

I’ve always had problems with my knees. I can probably attribute that to having very little muscle in my legs growing up, but now I wonder if some of my more recent problems are due to underdeveloped hamstrings and me doing poorly executed squats that aren’t hitting my hamstrings.

Pelican Pushups – YouTube

I don’t have rings to be able to try this one, but wow, that’s some range of motion isn’t it? Some day I’ll get some rings and I’ll be able to smack my face on the ground trying to attempt this one.

Burning More Fat With Cold

Really interesting article! Cold thermogenesis is something that I’ve really been getting into lately. I’ve known about the benefits of cold therapy for a long time now, but I just recently read a book called The Flinch (free on Amazon Kindle) which suggested taking cold showers as an exercise to conquer “the flinch.” I used that as my jumping point to finally testing cold thermogenesis on myself. I honestly feel like it’s been working wonders for me.

Doggcrapp Training: The Ultimate Mass Gaining Program

I’ve heard about the DoggCrapp training method before but I never tried it because I didn’t feel like I met its criteria. If you’re already an experienced lifter and you’re ready to go advanced, this might be what you’re looking for. The routine is explained in very easy to understand terms. I decided to go looking for a spreadsheet and I found this post with a bunch of people posting their own personal tracking sheets.

Guide to Novice Barbell Training

If you’re looking for a program to get you started with advanced lifting, for example something to do before you try the DoggCrapp program above, you should check out the Starting Strength program from Mark Rippetoe. This forum thread explains it all, and here’s a google spreadsheet you can use to get started.

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #78 – DIY Fitness Equipment, Conventional vs. Organic Produce and Dangers of BPA

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Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.

How to make a 27KG Bulgarian Bag (Girevik Gurner).wmv – YouTube

I re-watched the video on making a homemade sandbag from Nerd Fitness and at the end of the video there was a related video on making this bulgarian bag, which I also now want to make very badly. This looks awesome and it only costs about $20 to make.

Make a Medicine Ball “Slammer” – YouTube

I found this one after watching the video on making a bulgarian bag. I love the DIY crowd!

COCONUT ALMOND YOGURT! ~ LOU CORONA ~ Raw Living Food Recipe – YouTube

I want to stop buying yogurt from the store and I want to start making my own. A raw food yogurt, and one coming from Lou Corona and Dan the Man must be good.

Better Shoulder Extension = Better Bench and Dips

I have major shoulder problems when doing dips, so this Mobility WOD is perfect for me. I’m sure it’s a problem for a lot of people. Check this one out.

Conventional vs. Organic: It’s Not About Getting More, But Getting Less For Your Money. Less Pesticides, Dioxins & Co

If you didn’t read my mention last week of the findings from Stanford about organic fruits and veggies not being any healthier than conventional, you’ve probably already heard it from somewhere else. But is everyone reporting the whole story? Most likely not. Read this to learn why you should still eat organic produce.

Strathclyde University wristband shows solar UV levels

This could be a life-saving invention and it’s cheap! These bracelets are designed to change color when the level of UV radiation for the wearer has been reached. They will be disposable and can be thrown out at the end of the day and will only cost about 15 cents each. They’re expected to be available in Spring 2013.

Coconut oil could combat tooth decay

Has coconut oil been deemed a superfood yet, because it seems like every week there’s a new discovery of how it can benefit our health. I’m expecting to see coconut oil toothpaste on our store shelves soon, or at least in the natural health grocery stores.

Exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) early in life results in high levels of anxiety; Soy mitigates effects, study shows

BPA is something that I never really paid much attention to, but now I’m finally starting to wish I had. This study found that in mice, BPA caused higher levels of anxiety, and these higher levels of anxiety actually resulted in gene changes within the brain. Interestingly, a diet rich in soy lessened the anxiety effects of BPA. Of course there are all sorts of questions about soy-rich diets, but this is still interesting news. I’m seriously thinking about upgrading all of my food containers to glass.

How to Squat Properly

Here’s a great step-by-step guide on how to squat properly from a very knowledgeable lifting coach. I want to turn this into a simple checklist to print out and take with me to the power rack.

Maresa’s vegan deviled eggs. Vegan. Deviled. Eggs!!! That taste and look like….EGGS!

Oooh, you have no idea how excited I am to try this. My grandma always makes deviled eggs and I miss them a lot, but now I can make my own and share them with the family. I’m sure everyone will still prefer the classic, but my family is always interested in trying my vegan creations.

Tony Horton’s Guest Appearance on The Dr. Oz Show – 10 Minute Trainer & P90X Weight Loss – YouTube

I really like Tony Horton. He’s funny, clever and hard-working and I’ve always looked up to him. This was a fun interview to watch. I also like that 10% of Tony’s diet consists of chocolate chip cookies πŸ˜‰

The Problem(s) With Crossfit

This article points out a lot of the things that are wrong with Crossfit, while at the same time talking about how good it can be too. It’s a good and funny read.

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #77 – Homemade Coconut Butter, an Onion Caramelizing Trick and Making Perfect Coffee in a French Press

In case you can’t tell what’s in the bag in the photo above, it’s shredded dehydrated coconut that I made from two coconuts. I needed a pound to make coconut butter but as you can see, two coconuts isn’t enough (the scale says 0.565 lb. if you can’t tell). Oh well, Next time!

Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.

How to Make Coconut Butter

I was planning on using this recipe to make my own coconut butter this week, but it turned out that I didn’t buy enough coconuts. She recommends using at least a pound of dried shredded coconut otherwise the recipe won’t work. I bought two coconuts, shredded the meat and dehydrated it and ended up with only a half pound. I’m just going to go buy another half pound of already shredded coconut from Whole Foods or Sprouts over the weekend, because it’s just easier.

Front Squatting With a Baby (Totally Safe.) – YouTube

It’s dumb shit like this that makes people think lowly of the CrossFit crowd. How irresponsible and idiotic, all to show the world how “hardcore” she is. Stupid…

Stanford researchers’ cooling glove ‘better than steroids’

This is been a popular story in the past week. Researchers at Stanford created and tested a cooling glove on a test subject in-between sets of pull-ups and they found that it almost completely removed his muscle fatigue. After several rounds, the test subject was able to complete just as many reps as he did in the first round and over the next six weeks, he increased from 180 total pull-ups to over 620. Read this article to learn more about how it works. I can’t wait until these are available commercially.

How to Build a Plyometric Box

When I did a week of CrossFit a couple of weeks ago, I had to box jumps on my weight bench. I didn’t like using the bench at all. It was way too unsturdy, so I’m thinking about building my own box like the one here. I’m going to look around for other DIY methods first before deciding on which one to build, but this one looks solid.

Video: How to Caramelize Onions in 15 Minutes

After watching this I’ve come to realize that I never actually knew how to make carmelized onions. Now if I ever need them I know how to make them properly and using this method, nearly as good as using the slow 1+ hour cooking technique.

Sweet Potato Casserole

I made this and it was pretty good! I needed a change in my regular sweet potato recipe and I found this. I used coconut oil instead olive oil and I think that was definitely the right decision πŸ˜‰

iPhone Powered Bike Trainer Lets You Ride Virtual Roads

Holy crap this is awesome! This bicycle trainer connects to your iPhone and simulates the cycling experience, such as rolling hills, climbing, coasting, and downhill. It would be even cooler if the iPhone had video of the terrain you were riding on. I can’t tell if it has that feature, but I didn’t see anything about it. No price has been announced for this yet, but it should be out in November.

How to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee Using a French Press

I’ve been really getting into coffee lately and one of my latest interests is using a french press. I felt like I wasn’t getting a great cup of coffee from it, but now I realize that I’ve been doing it all wrong. My first mistake is using too few grinds per amount of water I’ve been using. The technique mentioned in this article suggests 70 grams of grinds per 1 litre of water. I only want one cup of coffee, so I need to use at least 35g of grinds.I’ve also been covering the press while steeping and then steeping it for way too long, making it bitter due to over-extraction.

Whole Health Source: A New Way to Soak Brown Rice

The biggest problem with brown rice is that it contains phytic acid, which binds to minerals like iron, zinc, and calcium while in the gastrointestinal tract. These bound minerals are not able to be absorbed in the intestine and can lead to mineral deficiencies. But this problem can be mostly nullified by following the advice in this post.
Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.

Why We Don’t Use Box Jumps at DBSP

Dan Blewett makes some excellent points in this video. When I did a CrossFit week a couple of weeks ago, box jumps were in one of the workouts. I was looking online for creative DIY methods and during my research I constantly kept coming across people commenting about how they’ve been injured doing box jumps so they rarely do them anymore.