Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 1/26/12

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If there was ever a feature on which topics were currently “trending” on all of the hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of health and fitness blogs out on the interwebz, I’m sure Intermittent Fasting would be right up there on that list.

The topic, it seems, is like catnip lately.

I’m not even going to attempt to explain what it is (what?  No breakfast!!? No.  Noooooo), who it’s for (I’ll tell you who it’s NOT for.  Guys who weigh 150 lbs soaking wet, trying to look like Brad Pitt from Fight Club), or whether or not I feel it’s beneficial (sure, it has its moments).  What I am going to do, however, is point you in the direction of someone who can break it down, as it’s a rather complicated (and just a tad bit controversial) topic that many people need to be more well informed about.

The 5 Diet Rules You Must Break – John Romaniello

I had mentioned this FREE report earlier in the week, but felt it got lost in the shuffle, so I wanted to give it a little love here where more people would have access to it. Many of you who read this blog are very familiar with John and his work, so it’s not like I’m coming out of left field here when I say I’m a fan.

And since intermittent fasting is such a hot topic as of late, I figured if you’re going to read about it, you might as well get your information from someone who’s hella smart, knows the science behind it, has actually done it himself (and coached numerous people through it), and is a Lord of the Rings nerd, which obviously has nothing to do with anything.

Did I mention it’s free? (it’s free).

What I’m Thankful For in 2011 – Matt Kramer

For those who like a “feel good” story, this one is right up your alley.  Matt, pictured above with his guitar and mullhawk (half mullet, half mohawk), is in his fourth off-season with us at Cressey Performance, starting as a catching prospect for the Atlanta Braves, getting released, then interning with us, then working his way back with the Boston Red Sox as pitching prospect.

A Harvard graduate, Matt’s wicked smaht and a hell of a writer, and better still, just an awesome human being.

What a Rejected Article Looks Like, and Why Your Thoracic Extensions and Hip Flexor Stretches Are Wrong – Anthony Mychal

I just started reading some of Anthony’s stuff over on t-nation.com recently, and as it happened, I also started perusing his blog because I’m a stalker like that. I came across this post, and felt it was applicable to many people reading given you’re all stiffer than a 2×4 anyways. Needless to say, I think Anthony has a lot of great things to say, and I think many of you will appreciate his style given it’s very similar to mine.

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  • Nicholas St John Rheault

    TG,

    Morning and thank you for your generosity… I have already saved, and added these guys to my email newsletters. I love free material that will some day make me smarter!!!!!!!

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    TG,

    Morning and thank you for your generosity… I have already saved, and added these guys to my email newsletters. I love free material that will some day make me smarter!!!!!!!

  • Fitmom

    I listened to John’s interview on the Fitcast, good stuff but still refuse to give up my breakfast!!

  • Barath

    I’ve come up with this amazing new idea that is totally backed up by research – it’s called “Intermittent Paleo-dieting” – basically, once every five days, you eat an entire cow. The other days, you just drink water.

  • Ben

    Tony,

    If you’re going to mention IF, why not point people to Martin Berkhan of leangains.com or Brad pilon of Eat Stop Eat? They were the pioneers in this theory and deserve a shout-out.

    • Dave

      IF gets mentioned and boom the sheep comment. Smacks of religion.

      • Anonymous

        Care to elaborate? Was it something I said?

        • James

          I’m sure Dave’s referring to the Berkhan/Pilon crowd, TG. They want every IF conversation to include their names as recognition. YES, they were pioneers of it. YES, they are both brilliant guys, and great to listen to.

          But, IF, as with everything else, will start to take on a form of itself, and as others start to experiment with it in different ways (i.e. Roman), it will become so much bigger than the earlier pioneers. So I’m sorry, but if you’re expecting their names to be mentioned in every IF discussion, you’re going to be increasingly frustrated over the coming years.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, I have in the past……no worries there. I didn’t mean to come across as if both Martin and Brad were irrelevant. My bad.

  • R Smith

    Tony,

    Thanks very much for Anthony’s article. I love his stuff on TNation, but this serves as a reminder to follow him more consistently. And, let’s be honest, your “endorsement” didn’t hurt either. You are killing it already this year, sir.

    RS

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