Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 2/6/15

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Another week, another foot of snow here in New England. I grew up in Central NY, and have lived in the northeast my entire life so I know what a lot of snow is and I’m not of those people who complains about it.

It’s like people who live in Florida complaining about the humidity or Tom Brady complaining about having the greatest life, ever.

But good grief….they’re saying we may get another foot this weekend.

Which makes me all the more pumped for my trip to Australia in less than a month. As a quick reminder I’ll be heading “down under” in early March to put on not one, but TWO workshops. a 2-Day event in Ballina, NSW the weekend of March 7th-8th, in addition to a 1-Day event in Sydney on Saturday, March 14th.

Details including locations, cost, the over/under I’ll even touch the ocean with my big toe1, and sign-up information can be found HERE.

I also wanted to remind people that registration is still open for the 2nd Annual SUNY Cortland Strength & Conditioning Symposium (March 28th). I’ll be hitting up my alma mater (and doing my best General Zod impersonation…..KNEEL BEFORE ME!) along with Nick Tumminello, Mark Fisher, John Gaglione, and Joy Victoria for what will undoubtedly be a day full of mind melting.

Details can be found HERE.

How to Win an Argument With a Vegan – Kris Gunnars

Pew, pew, pew. Shots fired. Shots fired!

I’ll make the same statement as the author: I have nothing against vegans or vegetarians. If someone chooses not to eat meat for environmental, health, or ethical reasons…far be it from me to pass judgement.

Although I do find it comical that there are many vegan or vegetarian food options that mimic the foods they’re so adamantly against. Tofurkey burger anyone?

Looks like a hamburger and tastes like turkey. Hmmmmmm.

Anyways, what my main beef (<— LOL, awesome pun) is with some pundits is their claim that all animal protein is unhealthy, which is absurd. This article explains why.

Power to the SHE – Christa Vancini Doran

I am all about messages that help and encourage women to challenge themselves (namely in the gym). I hate pretty much every message the mainstream media attempts to throw in women’s faces – lean and long, tone, thigh gap, lose inches in days, weights make you big and bulky, blah blah blah blah –  all in the name of selling a product or sex appeal.

I understand sex sells – I’m not a moron – but how it’s delivered in the realm of health and fitness is lame IMO.

I’m a huge fan of Christa and the culture she’s built at her facility. Ladies, THIS is the type of person you should follow and learn from; not some overly hyped, narcissistic, selfie-taking nimrod who’s only claim to fame is having the world’s most exaggerated case of anterior pelvic tilt.

Squats: Fold-Ability and Proportion – Tom Purvis

I felt this was a fantastic, quick video on squat mechanics and how taking into consideration each person’s anthropometry and leverages will dictate what their squat will look like. Definitely worth five minutes of your time.

Did what you just read make your day? Ruin it? Either way, you should share it with your friends and/or comment below.

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  1. about as likely as me watching an episode of The Biggest Loser without wanting to jump off a roof

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  • Paul Bruce

    I've been a vegan for 2.5 years, out of a strong ethical conviction. And I can't understand why people find it odd that vegans will eat mock meats. I always get asked: "If you want to eat things that taste and look like meat, why not just eat the real thing?" BECAUSE IT'S NOT THE REAL THING! It's REALLY annoying when people misunderstand what veganism is - it's a belief that all sentient creatures deserve not to be murdered or exploited. It's not a disliking for how meats feels/tastes. The taste of meat is awesome, the texture of it is awesome, but the "cause" of meat is not. Eating simulated meats is not inconsistent at all. I get some people might find it "odd", but just because one doesn't like the origin of meat, doesn't mean one doesn't like how it tastes. Fat, salt, chewy consistency, rough texture... It's all desirable. And someone who is vegan out of moral conviction doesn't suddenly not like the experience of eating meat anymore. It's seems odd, sure, but denying that one likes meat simply because they have a moral issue with it is not necessary. I love meat, that's why I eat things that taste exactly the same. (Not often, though.) HOWEVER... too many people call themselves "vegan" when they're not. Veganism is an ethical stance. As a vegan, I eat a "strict vegetarian" diet, not a "vegan diet". So many claim that they're vegans, when really, they're strict vegetarians. I don't have too much patience with people who claim that the "vegan diet" is superior and so much more healthy than a diet with animal foods in it. When people say they're "vegan for health reasons", it kind of ticks me off. Not only is it a logical mistake (vegans are not motivated solely to be healthy), but I don't necessarily think it's grounded. I think both herbivorous and omnivorous diets can be equally healthy, provided they're both planned properly. The article stated that 83% of vegans are B12 deficient - that's because of the paradigm we are in: people think that you just take out meat, but really, your entire understanding of nutrition does have to change if you're to get proper nutrients. I'm not B12 deficient, but because I know how to be a HEALTHY vegan. And I think the idea behind the article is actually smart. It helps separate the true vegans from the fad-obsessed hipsters who want a cool, unique title like "vegan" without actually having to make any genuine sacrifices or substantial lifestyle changes. :) Hopefully it's clear enough that while I disagree with you on the mock meat thing, I also totally get why incorrectly-labelled "vegans" get annoying, for sure. And the video you posted on squatting is very helpful, as well as all the previous articles you've written. Thanks a bunch for the video, Tony!

    February 7, 2015 at 5:25 pm | Reply to this comment

    • TonyGentilcore

      Sorry you took offense to my comment Paul. It wasn't my intention and I really put it in there for a little comedic effect. I TOTALLY see your point and appreciate you chiming in on the matter.

      February 9, 2015 at 9:09 am | Reply to this comment

      • Paul Bruce

        NONONONONONONO! I wasn't offended! SORRY! I didn't mean to come across that way. It was just another point I thought I could make, but I see the irony. I thought it was funny, apparently I'm just not funny! Sorry! My apologies if it was spoken so seriously. I find it really funny when vegans eat mock meats, not because it's morally inconsistent, but just because it's funny/bizarre. I just like people to know why its not inconsistent, but I can get really pedantic when it comes to veganism. Once again, sorry! (I'm Canadian, hence all the apologies.) And in case it wasn't clear (since it seems I can't properly convey what I wish to ;P), I totally agree that "vegan for health reasons" people take it too far. I love your comments, honestly. I've been a vegan too long to NOT find it funny. Gotta have a sense of humour about life, right?

        February 9, 2015 at 10:19 am | Reply to this comment

        • TonyGentilcore

          I must have neglected to take my sarcasm flakes that morning Paul. My bad for misinterpreting what you were saying.......;o)

          February 11, 2015 at 9:21 am | Reply to this comment

          • Paul Bruce

            No, my bad for not saying it goodly! You always make excellent (and funny points), and you've honestly revolutionized my training with all your blog posts, articles, and videos. If I ever seem like I'm trying to pick a fight with you, it's always going to be comedic, never serious.

            February 11, 2015 at 2:48 pm

  • itsgoa12345

    very nice

    February 8, 2015 at 7:10 am | Reply to this comment

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