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Archive for June, 2010

Some amazing jump rope skills!

27th June 2010

This is one of the most impressive athletic performances I’ve seen: This is the Firecracker jump rope team made up of 4th through 8th grade students.

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Good deadlift instructional videos from Mark Rippetoe and Crossfit

27th June 2010

Great explanation on how to position yourself for a deadlift here: If you don’t already know the exercise well, this alone is not nearly enough to start pulling real weight off the floor safely. I’m not going to try to teach the deadlift (especially online) but there are plenty of videos if you want to […]

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In defense of protein drinks

24th June 2010

This blog entry attacks the recent Consumer Reports article on protein drinks as “hack science”. I’m with him when he says the random PhD who said 5-9 grams of protein per hour is totally unqualified but when he says the tests should be totally ignored, I start to lose him. Why not use the tests […]

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EAS Myoplex and Cytosport Muscle Milk = arsenic, cadmium, lead poisoning?

3rd June 2010

Scary stuff from Consumer Reports where Myoplex had way too much arsenic and cadmium while Muscle Milk had way too much lead. Even ON (Optimum Nutrition) Gold Standard 100% whey which passed the test had some lead, some arsenic, and some cadmium. Not too much according to government standards but still isn’t anything too much? […]

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Vitamin D – helping the Chicago Blackhawks but is it helping us?

1st June 2010

Seems like many people are vitmin D deficient and have no idea. It hurts immune system functions and athletic performance. This article on the Chicago Blackhawks (who hopefully will continue to beat up on the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup finals) says vitamin D has made a big difference over there.

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