Random Rants II: Wolverine workouts, Badass Swedes, Fat-burning Supplement dangers
- I’m going to start with a quick movie review. Saw X-Men Origins this weekend…. Had its moments but overall disappointing. I would be remiss though if I didn’t provide a physique review, too. Hugh Jackman looked…well, “Jacked”. Waking up at 4am to eat egg whites and training like a fiend for 15 months will do that, though. Heavy weights, intense cardio and 7 high protein and veggie meals. Don’t try this at home, folks.
- Fat-burning supplement Dangers: Just when you thought banning Ephedra (Ma Huang) would make “thermogenic enhancers” safe, people are developing major liver issues including severe jaundice and failure. A 19-year-old’s death is being linked to the use of “Hydroxycut” – a popular fat burning supplement. It’s a safe bet that most adverse reactions occur because of misuse and overuse, however it’s enough to raise an eyebrow. Nothing trumps hard work and sensible diet – start there and keep going.
- Gym Observations: This is sort of a good news/bad news scenario. The bad news? Nobody uses the squat rack at the community center where I lift. This is a shame as everybody should be incorporating some squatting and deadlifting into their programs. The good news? I don’t have to wait – except for the occasional jackass who uses the rack to do bicep curls with 2.5lbs weights on each side.
- “Low carb Taliban” up in arms: If you think Dolph Lundgrun and Niklas Lidstom are tough Swedes, meet Martin Berkhan, a nutritional consultant and intermittent fasting proponent. Berkhan pointed out some flawed logic of extreme low carb supporters and nearly caused a riot on his site and popular low carb forum, Active Low Carber. It’s actually a pretty funny to see extreme groups get riled up about their nutritional views. Bottom line: Shoot for a sensible middle.
- Defining dietary extremism: The above probably requires some further explanation/definition. A dietary extremist can be defined as; believing that your way is the only way or the best way. This is by no means a “low carb” thing. There’s the “vegan Taliban” (read: Animal products are bad and you are a bad person if you consume them), “yoga Taliban” (Yoga is the best and only form of exercise you will ever need/flexibility = health… I am spiritually-grounded and thumb my nose at your crappy yoga mat), “Raw Food Taliban” (cooking is evil – you will destroy enzymes and ruin your health). To be sure, I’m not anti-low carb. I think certain people under certain circumstances benefit greatly from a carb-controlled nutritional approach.
- What we can learn from kids: My super-human 1-and-a-half year old daughter performed a chin-up today. The funny part was that she got PO’d that I tried to help her – which was as amusing as it was cute. In that same park visit my 3 year-old son shot his first basket on an 8 foot hoop. The best thing about it was not the accomplishment but the attempts. I’m sure he fired about 80+ shots at that net – a shooting percentage that would make Tracy McGrady cringe. It taught me a lot about a) children’s innate desire to be active – whether it’s climbing, running or jumping. And b) Where do we go wrong when we move into adulthood?
- Dose of Inspiration: If you’re having a bad day or “just don’t feel like” working out, watch this and be inspired. (Note: This isn’t a Susan Boyle youtube clip. I will withhold all accolades until I have proof that she and Blues Traveler’s John Popper are not the same person).
Until next time!