Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 4/10/15

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Before I get to this week’s list of stuff to read while you’re pretending to work, I wanted to toss some love towards a new show that Lisa and I just finished watching on Netflix….Bloodline.

The show revolves around the Rayburn family….Mom, Dad, four siblings, and the dynamics – past and present – between each member as they run their family owned beach resort in the Florida Keys.

The Rayburns are your classic American, small town, successful, happy family. Or so it seems.

John (played by Kyle Chandler, best known for his role as coach Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights) is a local detective and moral compass for the family.

Older brother Danny (played by Ben Mendelsohn, who will assuredly win many awards for his role) is the family outcast and black sheep.

Youngest siblings, Meg and Kevin (played by Linda Cardellini and Norbert Leo Butz) are stuck in the middle of all the drama.

And rounding out the all-star cast, the patriarchs – Robert and Sally Rayburn – are played by none other than freakin Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek.

The Rayburns have their demons to contend with…deep, dark, family secrets that would make an episode of Forensic Files seem like a Care Bears movie. To that end, it’s right up my alley. But I can’t speak highly enough of how well written and acted the show is. Not to mention how well it’s shot.

My fiance, Lisa, who is from Florida, ooo’d and aaah’d watching all 13 episodes and it reminded her of how much she misses it down there.

Suffice it to say if you’re looking for a new show to binge watch, and show that’s dark, supremely made, and is smart….Bloodline would get my vote.

Losing Fat Without Macro Counting: 10 Strategies – Anyman Fitness

We have the IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) crowd, we have the intermittent fasting crowd, we have Paleo, we low-carb/high fat, low fat/high carb, and we have any number of “fanatical” approaches on how everyone should eat to lose fat.

I’m sure somewhere out there in the world there’s a group of people who will say to avoid all foods beginning with the letters C, K, M, P, and Q on Thursdays, except for in months that end with the letter E and/or if it’s a leap year.

Then it’s all months that end in Y.

The point is: there’s a lot of information out there with a lot of different view points and it’s hella confusing. I felt this article was pretty level headed and “accessible” with its message. The less minutia the better in my book.

How to Bulletproof Your Hamstrings – Mike Robertson

It’s Spring time – tis the season for an epidemic of hamstring strains and tears.

This post by Mike is excellent.

One Movement That Will Help Your Pull-Up – Artemis Scantalides

As someone who works with a lot of female clients who’s goal it is to finally conquer their first chin-up/pull-up, I can’t approve of this article enough.

If I could make out with it, I would. I like it that much.

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Comments for This Entry

  • Gareth Ellis

    I'm a huge fan of the Dan John "eat like an adult" diet plan. :-)

    April 10, 2015 at 10:00 am | Reply to this comment

  • Guzzy

    Hi Tony! Leigh Peeles Fat Loss Trouble Shoot also helped me lean down but now my stomache shrunk I think and would like your advice on how women gain muscle when lifting heavy if we're not eating a lot? Not possible? Def will check out Bloodline!

    April 12, 2015 at 10:13 am | Reply to this comment

    • TonyGentilcore

      That's an excellent book, and I'm a huge fan of Leigh. In terms of what needs to be done after the fact, I believe ramping up kcals (gradually) is going to have to happen at some point. You can't just eat a a super base level all the time and expect things to magically happen over time.....especially if your goal is to increase muscle size. At some point you will need to start eating more, and gradually ramping total kcals over time is the way to go. I believe Leigh even has a product on this topic! If not, I'd look into the likes of Nia Shanks or the Modern Women's Guide to Strength Training by Girls Gone Strong. If you peruse my recommended resources section on my site, you should be able to find them easily.

      April 13, 2015 at 7:35 am | Reply to this comment

  • Danielle Hughes

    Thanks again for the link love Tony, it's probably my favorite part of Mondays. I like to incorporate intermittent fasting along with good sense, and hard work. Honestly exercise and good eating habits are all anyone needs to lose weight and feel great, the rest are just tools to get there in my opinion. I like the non-macro article, as well as your and Lisa's advice on the show, I'll check it out for sure, it sounds great judging by your review!

    April 13, 2015 at 1:43 am | Reply to this comment

    • TonyGentilcore

      Thanks Danielle. Appreciate it. I TOTALLY get that there's more than one way to skin a cat (<----I don't really like that saying), especially when it comes to dieting. Pretty much everything works, for someone out there. But at the end of the day, EVERYTHING we read about or do (with regards to dieting) is about caloric control. I'm happy to hear that you've found something that works for you. I tried IF a few years ago for about two months, and while I liked it, in the end, it just wasn't the right fit for me. Definitely check out Bloodline. It's amazing!

      April 13, 2015 at 7:38 am | Reply to this comment

  • Paul Bruce

    Hey Tony, great articles, a good variety this week! The article re: the hanging leg raise was really interesting. I see how it would be a great assistance move, but if we're giving Stu McGill the praise he deserves, should we be wary of programming this for someone with hamstring flexibility issues (i.e., PPT - ACTUALLY tight, not just "tight", a distinction you've made in the past)? I can see this exercise as having the potential for a lot of lumbar flexion if hamstring flexibility is not up to par.

    April 13, 2015 at 1:35 pm | Reply to this comment

    • TonyGentilcore

      Well, sure. Of course. I think any wise trainer would take the time to see if that particular exercise would be the right fit for their client. I didn't put the article up to insinuate that EVERYONE should do it; but I do feel it's an awesome drill that, if applicable (and safe) would be a nice addition.

      April 14, 2015 at 7:04 am | Reply to this comment

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