Random Rants Part I

Random Rants Part I

The “random thoughts” idea came to me from 2 of the industry’s top people, Eric Cressey and Tony Gentilcore.I have decided to stealborrow the idea.You’ll note that I replaced the word “thoughts” with rants to make it look like I wasn’t actually biting from them.Pretty clever, huh?

My random rants will range in topics from health, training and nutrition to, well… random stuff; from film to culture to anything else that comes to mind. I hope to make this a weekly instalment. Here goes the inaugural episode.

  1. While nutrition is a vastly complicated and intricate science, the practicing of it shouldn’t be. Don’t ask me about intermittent fasting, calorie zig-zagging, ketosis or re-feeds if you only eat veggies as pizza toppings.
  2. Recently completed Eric Cressey’s 16 week “Maximum Strength” program.First off, it was refreshing to follow someone else’s program after years of designing my own programs and a couple of years worth of hap-hazard gym sessions.Let me tell you this is by far the most effective program I’ve come across.Here are the results; Max box squat before:255. After 315 (+60lbs) Max deadlift before: 275. After 315 (+40lbs) Max bench press before: 205. After, 235 (+30) Gained 8lbs of muscle (not bad for a “hardgainer”) This too after a 2 week layoff from getting sick. Overall, it’s a kick-bottom program – highly recommend it. You can order the book here.
  3. Pertaining to the above, after kicking and screaming, I finally integrated front squats into my training arsenal. They are uncomfortable at first, but they are worth it once you “man up” and get used to them. They promote better spinal alignment and better core activation amongst other benefits.
  4. Another training revelation for me? Barefoot squats and deadlifts. Aside from not having to go down as far (for deadlifting), doing your closed chain leg work barefooted helps activate the smaller accessory muscles in the foot/ankle, helps with balance and the ability to spread the toes.Plus, it looks badass.
  5. Keep “Toto”, “Dead or Alive” and “Soft Cell” in the 80’s where they belong. These remakes of old songs make me want to vomit in my mouth.Oh, and please… it’s called “stealing”, not “sampling”.Note to self:Re-charge Ipod.
  6. I love an underdog story.And while I would rather watch an “all Rosie O’donell, all the time” channel than watch unscripted TV, I was alerted to this youtube clip (thank you, Tony Robins via Twitter).Witness an unassuming, nervous chap who evidently lacks self-esteem on “Britain’s Got Talent”.His performance is nothing short of magnificent.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k08yxu57NA
  7. Just watched the Boston Bruins take a 5-1 lead on my Habs.I want to down a bottle of pills right about now.
  8. Celebrity weight loss/weight gain update:I can’t believe I’m going to bite on these stories but here goes. Jessica Simpson; I really don’t care that she put on a few pounds.What I am concerned about, is how she broke into my mothers house and stole her jeans from 1986.
  9. Scarlett Johansson’s weight loss.She dropped 14 pounds off of her voluptuous frame.That’s like 7 pounds per… nevermind – what’s more important is that she was rumoured to be taking advice from skeletor err Madonna and her nitwit bestie Gwyneth Paltrow’s braindead trainer Tracy Anderson.Massive fail to Scarlett if that is true.Why not go with your hubby’s trainer instead?
  10. In this corner:Fat Loss Troubleshooter Leigh Peele, in the other corner, “The Biggest Loser” trainer Jillian Michaels.In a fight, Jillian looks like she may be able to crush Leigh like a grape, but in the intellect and pure knowledge department, Leigh wins hands down. Read Leigh’s brutally honest review of JM’s book “Master your Metabolism”.Lucky for Jillian, Leigh was only critiquing her dietary ramblings and not her kettlebell and lunge form.

Until next time!