Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: Back to Reality Edition

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So, I’m back in Boston as I type this.  No less than three hours ago, I was in 80 degree weather with the sun beating down on me and not a cloud in the sky.  Now, I’m looking out the window at nothing but gray skies and rain.  And a homeless person collecting cans.  Great.

Alas, it’s back to reality.  We had an amazing time in Florida, and I can see why so many people decide to set up shop there when it’s time to retire.  Beautiful weather, beaches, golf, bikini’s, gator meat – what’s not to love?   Of course, having no state income tax doesn’t hurt either.

Nonetheless, I’m not gonna sit here and pretend that I’m not kinda, sorta still in vacation mode. The idea of writing a well thought out blog post right now is the furthest thing from my mind – especially considering I have yet to un-pack, I have a pile a mile high of laundry to do, and I still need to hit off the store to get some groceries.  The only thing in my fridge at this moment is some marinated chicken I made last week, and I’m pretty sure that would taste like cardboard and farts right now.

To that end, today’s post is going to be cut and dry.  I was able to catch up on a lot of reading while I was away, and below are some gems that I felt were pretty good.

Drugs, Brown Fat, and Weight Loss – Mark Young

Mark has an uncanny ability to filter out the stupid, and this post is no different. 

The Shoulder W Exercise – Mike Reinold

I remember Mike talking about this exercise exclusively last year during the Optimal Shoulder Performance seminar.  Here, he gives a little background on why he feels it’s such a valuable exercise, and I tend to agree!

Why Go Organic? – Jamie Hale

Steady State Cardio vs. Intervals, High Reps vs. Low Reps, Jamie Eason vs. Jelena Abbou – there are a myriad of controversies in the fitness industry that either one of us can make legitimate cases for or against.  None, however, are more controversial than the whole Conventional Food vs. Organic debate. 

Personally, I tend to veer more towards the organic side of things – as I feel that the costs and high(er) prices of buying organic far outweigh the costs of the ever increasing ramifications that our food industry has on health care; not to mention sustainable agriculture

That said, I like to consider myself an open-minded guy, and this article by Jamie Hale does make some great arguments on why organic might not be all it’s cracked up to be. 

Even still, at the end of the day, for my own peace of mind, I’m still leaning more towards organic. 

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  • R Smith

    a) As usual, Mark nails the topic, highlighting the importance of effective meds AND behavior modification for a segment of the population.

    b) I started Show & Go yesterday and included Reinold's “W” exercise in my mobility drills. Loved it.

    c) A huge kudos for Jamie for putting the “common” back in common sense in the organic vs. non-organic debate.

    RS

  • Nock

    Great post……….learning something new everyday.

    Tony,

    This is for you. This past weekend at the Ronnie Coleman Classic (it was a great event), I saw a guy break the dead-lift record(1015)and I thought you would like to check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5M13EBl_jF0

    R.Smith……..I have been looking for a new program, how do you like the “Show & Go program” by Eric Cressey. Its ok you can tell me the truth, I don't think Tony would mind….LOL

  • Tony Gentilcore

    @ Ronell: as always, you're a class-act. Keep us posted on your progress with Show and Go.

    @ Nock: yeah, I saw that video earlier this week on Facebook. Sick.

  • R Smith

    @Nock: If you are looking for THE program, then Show & Go is it. (Full disclosure–and this is NOT a suck-up: Eric and Tony's program's are the ONLY one's I'll follow.) I've visited CP and been an online client, so I have some experience with Eric & Tony's programming. It works. And, for me, it has worked better than any others I've tried. I'm stronger, leaner, more mobile and more athletic than I have ever been. I just finished three months of Cressey's Ultimate Off-Season Training Manual, and my deadlift, squat, lunge, pull up and row numbers are up more than I thought possible, in addition to my having gained 10 pounds but not gotten significantly bigger. (Strength is my main focus, not bulk.)

    I've read the Show & Go e-book 7 times, watched the videos numerous times, keep a printed copy of the optional nutrition manual on my desk and already use some of Tony's Fantastic Finishers on my metabolic days. I look forward to the program making me even stronger, more mobile and helping me perform better in all physical activities. Just one day in, and it's more of the same…awesome but tough freakin stuff. Sorry for the infomercial, but yeah, I recommend it.

    RS

  • R Smith

    @Tony: Thanks very much. Already loving the program.

  • Welcome back sucker! Thanks for sharing my post. 🙂

  • @ Nock-Seriously, if you want to get stronger and feel better, do not follow Show and Go. I did it last fall/winter and it was horrible how much better I felt. I had to follow it up with some of Tracy Anderson's stuff just to feel like a fat ass American again.

    But for real, Show and Go is awesome. Definitely worth it!

  • Nock

    @RS and @Michael……..thanks for your honest input on the program. I guess I can say I just found my next program……:D.

    thanks again.