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The Paleo Athlete

The Paleo Athlete

The Paleo Athlete I wanted to let everyone know about a great new resource just released by my friend Steph Gaudreau of Stupid Easy Paleo. Steph has taken her 20 years of competition experience and combined it with her years of experience teaching high school chemistry and biology to publish an outstanding eBook called The Paleo Athlete. If you are an athlete of any sort (CrossFit, Powerlifting, or endurance athlete) and interested in learning how to properly fuel your athletic performance, this is the book for you. It will teach you how to utilize nutrient dense whole foods, proper rest and recovery, and proper pre and post workout nutrition to perform at your best. In Steph’s words: In The Paleo Athlete you’ll learn… Why athletes thrive on nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods The basics of Paleo and understanding macronutrients All about carbs—who needs them and why How to burn fat at rest What and how much to eat before, during and after a workout Why dietary hacks can’t substitute for solid nutrition Practical cooking tips for your busy schedule How to get ready for competition How to improve sleep and recovery and deal with injuries and stress FAQs and troubleshooting guides Thirty stupid-easy, mouth-watering recipes …and much more! payday today loans This book is a big part of the foundation for the seminar The Whole Athlete, currently being offered through collaboration between Steph and Dallas Hartwig of Whole 9 Life. I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural seminar at CrossFit Love in Philadelphia a few weeks ago, and I was impressed with the material covered. Whether you are a weekend warrior, competitive athlete, or physical therapist working with athletes, you will benefit from reading and understanding this information.   Enjoy!    

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Mad Skills

Mad Skills

I love books, so when someone offers me an advanced copy of their new book (and I believe it’s going to be a book I want on my bookshelf) I jump at the chance! I recently received a copy of Mad Skills by Ben Musholt. Ben is a physical therapist and APEX Movement certified Parkour and Freerunning coach in Portland, Oregon. He is a co-founder of Beyond the Clinic rehabilitation practice, and also runs BPM Rx, Inc. Ben and I met through Twitter. As a MovNat and Animal Flow enthusiast, I have been looking forward to seeing Ben’s book. He does some really cool stuff as part of his daily training. As Ben explains in the introduction, the book’s aim is to “open your eyes to hundreds of different ways to move, strengthen, and enhance your body’s ability to function in both daily life and on the playing field.” He further explains that “by rotating through a plentiful set of complex and varied exercise skills, you sharpen your nervous system, strengthen your joints, and build muscle memory for a large movement repertoire.” The first chapter, Fire It Up!, contains 56 warm up exercises, including multiple variations of crawling (an excellent and challenging warm up activity that I do before every training session): Subsequent chapters cover movement exercises for legs (Pillars of Steel): Arms (Gorilla Arms): Barbell training: An entire chapter on Push Ups: 80 gymnastics conditioning movements (Monkey Style): And a chapter on yoga stretches: With over 700 illustrations, Mad Skills is truly an exercise encyclopedia. The illustrations and explanations are well done, and clear enough to copy or photograph for a patient to do as part of their home exercise program. If you love teaching patients how to move better, this book should should be on your bookshelf! Well […]

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Why I love Well Fed 2

Why I love Well Fed 2

Why I love Well Fed 2 My friend, Melissa Joulwan, has outdone herself again with her latest cookbook Well Fed 2. This follow up to 2011’s Well Fed has something for everyone. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy and I want to share my favorite parts of the book with you. Some of my friends have already tested the delicious recipes and blogged about the experience. See NomNom’s review here. While I’m earmarking recipes to make, I wanted to get my review out there before the launch date for the book, which is October 22nd. http://hospitalitybusiness.broad.msu.edu/Account/files/ First, some background. Mel and I have not actually met in real life yet. I stumbled across her blog several years ago, when I first set out on my Paleo journey. I immediately fell in love with her, spending time reading through her blog and learning about how she utilized the principles of ancestral nutrition to address her thyroid issues. As many of you know, I started on my Paleo journey to address my autoimmune thyroid illness, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Over the past few years, Mel and I have exchanged emails about everything from thyroid woes (starting the #FUthyroid on Twitter) to book recommendations to a 30 day gratitude practice via email. I am so happy for Mel and proud of her for the beautiful cookbook she is ready to launch. The book covers everything from sauces and seasonings to protein to fruits. Each page is beautifully laid out with a photo of the recipe (taken by Mel’s husband, Dave) and complete directions for creating the recipe at home. I especially appreciate that Mel lists the prep time, marinating time, and cook time – I’m sure I’m not the only person to come home from work ready to make a recipe only […]

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Review of It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

Review of It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

Review of It Starts With Food You know how you look forward to Christmas morning? Even as an adult, you wake up a bit early, filled with expectation? That’s the way I felt waiting for It Starts With Food to arrive in the mail. I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy to review, and as luck would have it, my copy arrived just before Memorial Day weekend. I spent three days sitting in the sun (soaking up Vitamin D!) while reading this book with a highlighter in one hand and a pen in the other. I recommend that you buy a few highlighters before your copy arrives! You will most definitely want to take notes in the book and mark things to refer to later. This book is filled with good information throughout. Whether you are brand new to the idea of eating real food, or a seasoned veteran, you will open this book again and again over the years to refresh your thinking on important topics such as hormonal factors which influence our brain and body (insulin, leptin, glucagon, and cortisol), the mechanism behind leaky gut syndrome (bouncers defending Club Body), inflammation and autoimmune illnesses, balancing Omega 3 and 6 consumption, and emotional factors that drive our nutrition choices. Along with the good science-y stuff, It Starts With Food teaches you how to plan meals, what a portion looks like, and how to create a meal focusing on delicious, healthy ingredients rather than complicated recipes. They discuss nutrition for special populations (pregnant women, kids, folks with autoimmune illnesses, active individuals and vegetarians/vegans) to help fine tune the plan for your individual needs. I have referred to this section several times in the past few weeks while consulting with my clients, as I tend to see folks who […]

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Review of Assess and Correct: Breaking Barriers to Unlock Performance

Review of Assess and Correct: Breaking Barriers to Unlock Performance

Review of Assess and Correct Assess and Correct: Breaking Barriers to Unlock Performance is a resource put out by Bill Hartman, PT, CSCS, USAW, Mike Robertson, MS, CSCS, USAW, and Eric Cressey, MA, CSCS in 2009. As they say on the DVD cover, “this is the first product to empower athletes and fitness enthusiasts with not only a series of self-assessments to identify muscular imbalances; but, also exercise progressions to correct those inefficiencies.” The resource includes: 27 dynamic self-assessments bad credit and i need a loanloans with guarantor1-hour online payday loan A Comprehensive Static Assessment Guide 78 corrective exercises for improving mobility and stability (based on the results of your self-assessment) A written collection of warm ups specific to certain athletic populations A complete guide to self-soft tissue work, and a rationale for it Assess and Correct gives you 2 DVD’s. The first guides you through the 27 assessments, while the second demonstrates the 78 corrective exercises showing progressions from beginner to advanced. Both DVD’s have helpful visual and vocal coaching cues to bring your attention to what you should focus on in each assessment and corresponding correction. Also included in the package are 4 e-books. The first is a 137 page manual that details all of the assessments and corrective exercises, the second is a 21 page resource of warm ups broken down by type of sport/activity, third is a guide to self-soft tissue work using foam rollers and other tools, and the fourth is a collection of stretches. www.uaclinics.com This resource would make a great addition to the learning library of any strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer, coach, athlete, or active individual. I think it would be especially useful for coaches working with high school athletes, to heighten awareness of postural and developmental issues that can be […]

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