The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #85 – Algae Powders, Limiting Calorie Burn to 4000 Calories Per Week and Screwing Up the Row

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

Is It Primal? – Spirulina, Chlorella, Amaranth, and Other Foods Scrutinized

If you want to know the quick answer, spirulina and chlorella are primal, and amaranth isn’t, but all three are fine to consume. There are lots of benefits to eating all of these. I just wish spirulina and chlorella were more affordable.

Rugby Conditioning Workout Caveman Style – YouTube

I would be running for a bucket after about 5 minutes of doing this workout. 😉 Watching this video really helps to understand how someone has to train in order to be a professional athlete.

Why You Shouldn’t Burn More Than 4,000 Calories a Week

Killing yourself in the gym everyday can help you lose weight, but you can lose weight faster and do less damage to your body if you don’t take it past the point of diminishing returns. If you go too hard on your body, you can actually reduce your overall wellness. The article suggest 4,000 being just about right for the cut off point. That’s not a lot. In the summer when I’m riding my bike to work, I’d meet that mark by Wednesday and I’d still have a couple more workouts to finish in the week.

Modern wheat a “perfect, chronic poison,” doctor says

An excellent five minute interview with Dr. William Davis, the author of the hugely popular book Wheat Belly. He talks about what’s wrong with the wheat of today and the health issues that wheat causes. I haven’t read his book yet, but I plan on it.

Round Back Deadlifts

This is probably the most informative and in-depth article I’ve ever read on deadlifts. Set aside some time and read this one all the way through.

How To Bench Press With Proper Form (StrongLifts 5×5) – YouTube

I’ve never cheated myself by doing incomplete reps, but I saw it in the gym all the time when I still had a membership. This video runs much longer than it needs to, but you can get the info you need in the first couple of minutes.

Use Onion Skin as a Built-In Handle for Safe Chopping

This is one of those things that’s so simple, you’ll feel stupid for not thinking of this before. Well that’s how I feel anyway 😉 I always hate cutting the end of the onion because it starts slipping all over the place. Hopefully this neat trick helps.

Strength Training Technique: 8 Ways to Screw Up a Row

Lots of good tips on perfecting technique when doing different types of rows. He demonstrates only one handed cable machine rows, but it easily translates to other variations.

Does Organic Produce Have More Nutrients?

I think a lot of people, even me at first, were led to believe by the recent Stanford study on organic produce that organic produce isn’t healthier than regular produce. The study didn’t say the word “healthy” though, it said that organic wasn’t more nutritious. According to this excellent article from Marks Daily Apple, that might not be entirely true either.

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