Archive for June, 2010

Sticking to a diet on the road

Face it, some of us simply can’t be stuck behind a desk all day long in a tiny cubicle staring at a computer monitor until our eyes cross. For those of you who are on the road majority of the year, I feel for you and I understand the stresses that come along with it.

Besides the obvious stress of being away from home and your loved ones, you have to deal with traffic for 8+ hours a day, deal with changing weather conditions during those hours, find a place to sleep each night based on the area you are working, and the topic of this article – proper nutrition while working out of your car.

I’ve been in the fitness industry for quite some time now, but have only been a true “road warrior” for a little over a year. Traveling isn’t as bad as people make it out to be – you get to see new places, sight-see while traveling, and meet a lot of new people.

The fork in the road comes when it’s time to eat. Most people grab something quick from a fast food restaurant – hence why a good portion of the US is overweight. If you don’t plan out each meal ahead of time you are setting yourself up for disaster.

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All Show & No Go? It’s Go Time!

It’s very easy to get caught up in a fitness routine that relies exclusively on weight training exercises and minimal cardio or other physical activities.

The term All Show & No Go often applies to bodybuilders, as they are often most concerned with looking aesthetically perfect. You may have heard stories of bodybuilders who couldn’t run a block’s worth without feeling like they’d keel over or some who were so big that they depended on their spouses to actually wipe them when they went to the bathroom. That’s just crazy!

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ISSN Exercise & Sport Nutrition Review: Research & Recommendations

JISSN LogoI’m a bit late to the party, as this in-depth, JISSN review article was published back in February; but better late than never, I suppose.

Although the 43-page paper is a tad dry (as technical publications usually are),  it’s quite readable. It’s also quite revealing  – the authors’ (several of whom are members of  “Team True Alpha“) discussion of the research behind various muscle-building, weight loss and performance-enhancing supplements is very thorough. They divide supps into 4 basic categories:

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Peanut-Ginger Marinade for Chicken Breasts

Chicken breasts on the grillWhen it comes to fresh meat that’s easy and convenient to cook, nothing beats skinless, boneless chicken breasts. They can be kinda blahhhhh, however, so it helps to have ways to liven them up.

Marinades are one of the most basic – and effective – ways I know of to “dress up” a simple package of chicken breasts. Unfortunately, a lot of the bottled marinades and ready-to-use cooking sauces you see in the grocery store are a) loaded with sugar/corn syrup; b) loaded with sodium; or c) loaded with both. :-(

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New “Leap For Life” Article Posted at Tonic.com

Was just alerted to another article on Rick’s upcoming “Leap For Life,” on behalf of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Tonic.com contributor David Bois did an awesome job of highlighting the importance of this upcoming event.

 

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AJCN: Refined Carbohydrates May Be Worse for Your Heart Than Saturated Fat

heart attackI was surfing over at Obesity Panacea, and came across a discussion of a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: “Intake of carbohydrates compared with intake of saturated fatty acids and risk of myocardial infarction: importance of the glycemic index.”

The study isn’t open-source, and I won’t be able to get my hands on it before Monday (well, not for free, at any rate), but the take home lessons can be gleaned from the accompanying editorial by Frank Hu, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Real Men Don’t Eat Sushi

SushiAccording to the news, Charlotte, N.C. recently earned the Number 1 spot as “America’s Manliest City.” Charlotte (despite its oh-so-feminine name*) topped the charts in the COMBOS® “America’s Manliest Cities” study – which rated major US metropolitan areas for various “manly” characteristics.  Points were added – or subtracted – based on certain criteria. Among other things, points were awarded for the “Concentration of Manly Retail Stores,”  including “BBQ and chicken wing restaurants, steak houses [and] sports bars;” as well as for “Salty Snack Sales.” On the flip side, points were taken away for “Emasculating Criteria,” which included “cafes/coffee shops” and “Sushi restaurants.”

Apparently, Real Men Don’t Eat Sushi.

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“Warrior Mind Coach” Gregg Swanson Interview with Rick Collins

Gregg Swanson of Warrior Mind Training recently conducted a fantastic, in-depth interview of Alpha Male Challenge co-author Rick Collins. 

Click here to listen to Gregg’s podcast of the interview. I enjoyed it, and I’m sure you will too!

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Does a Man’s Voice Really Predict Strength????

Reading over the news this morning over a cup of coffee, I came across this article on CNN/Health.

The opening statement to this article reads

Some guys sound tough – and according to a new study, that may be a good way of predicting whether they really are.

Seriously, for real???!!!! After that statement, want to know who the first person was that popped into my mind? Can you say Mike Tyson?

Here’s the link to the rest of the article and check out the comments already posted.   Men’s Voices May Predict Strength

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Article: Who is to Blame for an Effeminate Man?

In Alpha Male Challenge, James and Rick discuss what it means to be an “Alpha Male” in an age where men and women are legal and economic equals. As in the traditional view, an Alpha Male is “masculine,” but they present masculinity as a wholly positive trait: it’s about what a man is (i.e., an acknowledged leader striving to be at his physical, emotional and intellectual best) rather than what he isn’t.  A true Alpha Male is his own creation. He doesn’t need others to be weak to feel assured of his strength. He doesn’t need to hold others in contempt to feel confident about himself and his place in the world. He’s authoritative, without being authoritarian.

This is a message that needs to be more broadly shared, as too many people are unclear on the concept. Take, for example, this recent article by Amanda Hess, posted at washingtoncitypaper.com.  Titled “Who is to Blame for an Effeminate Man?”, Hess (properly) takes “Dr. Laura” Schlessinger to the woodshed for her lame solution to a problem posed by a reader, “Andrea.” 

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