Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 5/30/14

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A few housekeeping items before we begin.

1.  Can you freakin believe we’re two days away from June already?  This year is flying by!

2.  Lisa and I saw X-Men: Days of Future Past last weekend, and I have to say I liked it didn’t love it.  I still feel my favorite film in the series is X-Men: First Class with X2 right on its heels.

Don’t get me wrong, I was every bit as excited to go see this latest version (I was thiiiiiis close to buying a pair of toy Wolverine claws to wear to the theater, but Lisa put a stop to that thought immediately), we both enjoyed it and I’d have no issues with recommending it to everyone, but it just didn’t live up to First Class which I feel is what set the bar in the entire series.

I will give it props for one of the best overall scenes this year in any movie.  The scene where Quicksilver helps break Magneto out of jail is every nerds wet dream.

3.  Spots are going fast for mine and Dean Somerset’s Excellent Workshop in London this September.  Also, we finally locked down a location for the same workshop in Washington, DC this October….at Underground Athlete in Sterling, VA.

For more information on either of the two – price, itinerary, accommodations, whether or not shirts are optional – you can go HERE.

 Is Bacon Healthy?  Don’t be Stupid – Skip Hill

I love bacon as much as the next person.  It’s technically “Paleo,” and it’s gluten free – so it’s got those two things going for it.  What’s not to love?

But to say that it’s a “healthy” food, like many nutritional gurus are spewing out lately, is a bit extreme.

CrossFit: Movement, Strength, Skill, and Fitness – Todd Bumgardner

I respect Todd a ton as a coach, and it shouldn’t come as surprising that he and I think along the same lines on many topics.  I mean we’re both bald strength coaches, so we’re practically brothers!

I know the word “CrossFit” is generally seen as a click grabber, but I felt this was one of the best and more fair posts on the heated topic I’ve come across yet.

Bulletproof Athlete – Mike Robertson

I wrote a post earlier in week detailing how I’ve gone about tweaking my own programming now that I’m no longer 25.  I still act like I’m 25 mind you (boobies!!!!), but for the record I’m 37.

For those that missed it the first time around you can check it out HERE.

I had several guys reach out to me asking me if there were any programs out there on the internets that I’d recommend for those in the same boat.  Yes, Bulletproof Athlete.

As it happens I’m a FIRM believer that most people can (and should) still train like an athlete regardless of how old they are.  What it boils down to is where someone’s starting point is and making the appropriate progressions moving forward.

The cool thing about Bulletproof Athlete is that you can choose between different programs depending on your goals and needs:

– The Fat Burner
– The Weekend Warrior
– The Monster

And each program comes with an extensive video library on top of weekly nutritional and recovery challenges.  Put another way:  there’s some checks and balances involved, and it prevents guys (and girls!) from getting in their own way.

The even cooler thing is that Mike placed BPA on sale for $50 OFF the regular price for this week only.  Holla!

The sale actually ends THIS Sunday (6/1), so if there’s ever a time to give it a go, it’s now.

—-> Bulletproof Athlete <—-

 

 

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  • Mark

    Tony, my friend who can leg press 1000 lbs said that 10000 ez bar curls and 10000 tricep extensions is in fact a good workout for a beginner. He can leg press 1000 lbs so I will be doing that workout for the next few months. I will keep you updated. Thanks

    • TonyGentilcore

      Have fun.

  • Tyler

    The whole “bacon” article doesn’t make any actual arguments, nor is it scientifically based. Kinda surprised you would link to it.

    • TonyGentilcore

      Well, I just liked it in the sense that I’d never label it as a “health food,” and I think it’s silly that people try to make that argument. I don’t need a scientific study to tell me that sticking my finger in an electrical socket will hurt.

  • Paul Bruce

    WHAT?! First Class was NOT the best! I mean, it was amazing, but the editing was too fast and choppy, too “stylish”. I guess when they get to Cuba, though, then it is absolutely amazing.

    And remember when Wolverine tells the mobsters he’s going to “put them in the hospital”? You can see he didn’t kill them, just hurt them real bad. And Xavier further mentions his “no-kill policy” to Magneto after they break them out. See, Bryan Singer’s movies were incredible, but one thing that didn’t quite sit well with me is the contrast – Xavier opposes killing of all forms, yet he says nothing to Wolverine, so he goes around cutting up bad guys like he’s at a barbecue. They finally remedied that in this film! The ethics, and the tension between Magneto and Xavier, was really delved into deeply.

    Oh, and QUICKSILVER! QUICKSILVER!!! LIKE… HE SHATTERED THE GLASS! BY VIBRATING IT! AAAAAAAAAAAAH! (nerdgasm)

    • TonyGentilcore

      Hahaha. I knew I was gonna ruffle someone’s feathers by saying I still preferred First Class.

      I can’t say I disagree with anything you’re saying, but I guess I just liked the style of First Class over Days of Future Past. Either way, Fassbender as young Magneto is the shit. Can we agree on that?….;o)

      • Paul Bruce

        Oh, I’m sorry! I was TOTALLY joking with you! Maybe I seemed a little TOO aggressive there! I should probably stop using exclamation points! Some day!

        First Class was amazing, just to be clear. And they pulled it off in less about a year. They had to make the movie quick or the rights to X-Men were going to go back to Marvel Studios instead of Fox. It’s hard to believe something could be that awesome with so little time.

        Were you a fan of Kick-Ass? Same director, so maybe similar style?

        • TonyGentilcore

          hahaha. Paul, I knew you were joking man. No worries at all.

          I LOVED the first Kick-Ass (director Matthew Vaughn). Didn’t like the second one at all (different director, though).