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Finally a new list of MUST reads … I apologize for getting it up here so late … Coaching at a HS has sucked all my free time and last week was the first week that I actually had time to catch up on reading and writing.


Addicted: Notes from the Belly of the Beast by Lorna Crozier , Patrick Lane: Life stories (first person accounts) on addiction (gambling, smoking, sex, drugs, etc) and the truth but it does not read like a recovery how to book


Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero by E.Paul Zehr: Don’t let the “comic book” title fool you, there's lots of scientific jargon. This is more of a case study in the limits of human performance and will.


The Forensic Casebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation by Ngaire E. Genge: This is a “how to” book - how to secure a crime scene; how to collect fingerprints (and feet, lip, and ear prints); how to identify blood splatter patterns, etc. It's not quite detailed enough to be considered a text book, unless the teacher uses supplementary material, but it is packed full of real-life examples, which is why I read it.


Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach: Who knew a morbid topic like cadavers could provide such a fertile source for humor? Yes, much of it is rather gruesome but it's written in such a humorous and tasteful way as not to be offensive (strange as that may sound).


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Do not expect this story to be anything like its movie adaptation. For one, this story takes less time to read then watching the movie. Again, the message that each story presents is completely different.


Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach: Science pursues sex because, after all, it's what makes the world turn.


The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't by Robert I Sutton: This book serves as a welcome reminder that if you work with a jerk, you are not alone. A**holes are evenly distributed throughout the population and perhaps not-so-evenly distributed throughout companies around the globe.


Mentoring 101 by John C. Maxwell: The tips and techniques in these 101 books are easily applied for anyone wanting to improve their relational skills: personal and professional.


Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin: If you're looking for the holy grail of modern marketing, you won't find it on any of the 147 pages (151 if you count the acknowledgments at the end) of this book. But if you read the book, you may find it within yourself to give something you never thought possible a chance--something most people are ill equipped to do in this day and age.


Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson: A psychological detective story linking up all sorts of puzzling, hilarious, and downright tragic human behavior with a simple, elegant theory.


Check out the resources page as well for loads of book recommendations


 GREECE (Sialaris) VS UNITED STATES (Deemer)


        Ready? ... Fight!                                                        Strike 1                           Matrixxxxxxxxxxxxx


         Round 2 ... Fight!                                        This is for Spaaarta!!!                  Game Over! Winner US, Deemer!


A friend sent me this article and I’m just now recovering from the massive brain hemorrhage I suffered from reading it. CNN felt it news worthy to run a story Jason and how he’s on a quest for a “six pack” by eating a diet that includes 16 egg whites per day. First off, 16 egg whites in one day is no big deal. I’ve eaten upwards of two dozen eggs in one day, and why the hell is CNN covering that shit. Look at his pix, he's all skin and bones! Is there even any muscle there to warrant having a six pack???? That’s not a six pack, that’s your freakin liver dude. Anyways, my beef with the article wasn’t so much with Jason, but with some comments made by a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association, who was asked to analyze Jason’s diet (below):


Dinant’s 6-pack Diet
Meal 1: 8 egg whites, 2 servings of cream of rice
Meal 2: 5 ounces lean meat or fish, 1 cup brown rice, 1 cup veggies
Meal 3: 5 ounces lean meat, 1 cup rice, 1 cup veggies
Meal 4: 5 ounces lean meat or fish, 6-ounce potato or sweet potato, 1 cup veggies
Meal 5: 5 ounces lean meat, 1 cup veggies, 6-ounce potato
Meal 6: 8 egg whites, 1 serving of cream of rice

Total calories: 2,054


The dietitian, Jim White, suggested to add more fat into the diet. Great advice. People forget that dietary fat supplies energy and essential fatty acids and serves as a carrier for the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and carotenoids. Additionally, fats serve as building blocks of membranes and play a key regulatory role in numerous biological functions; such as testosterone production (which helps you gain muscle mass) and partitioning (which helps you lose fat). As well, another little known fact about dietary fat is that eating it with your veggies helps you get more nutrition out of them than eating them without. Clearly, fat plays an important role in our diet. Albeit it’s unfortunate that it’s usually the one essential macronutrient that gets the ax when looking to lose weight. He then goes on to drop this knowledge bomb (aka stupid information given by ignorant people who call themselves experts in the field): “Eating protein has great benefit for rebuilding muscle and speeding up the metabolism,” White said. “But too much can cause weight gain, increase the urinary loss of calcium, and cause dehydration.”


Pay attention Mr. White, I'm about to take you to school! 


1. Too much (protein) can cause weight gain. Too much of anything can cause weight gain. It always comes down to total calories.


2. Too much protein can cause urinary loss of calcium. Quote from Lyle McDonald "It’s too simplistic to look at protein intake in isolation in terms of its effects on bone health, as the protein content of food interacts with other nutrients in that food or in the total diet. When calcium intake is low, high protein intakes appear to have negative effects on bone health. In contrast, when calcium and vitamin D intake are sufficient, protein intake has a beneficial effect on bone health. This suggest that ensuring adequate calcium intake is crucial for bone health when large amounts of protein are being consumed. This most likely serves to explain the above contradiction. In the studies where dietary protein intake was found to have a negative impact on bone health, there were OTHER dietary factors playing a role. Calcium or vitamin D intake may have been insufficient, causing an overall negative effect. However, when sufficient calcium and vitamin D are provided, dietary protein has a beneficial impact." As long as one is lifting appreciable weights (heavy shit!), the whole “calcium leakage” argument is fairly mute. Too much protein will not cause your bones to leak calcium, so long as calcium and vitamin D intake are sufficient. As well, I think I remember reading somewhere that the amount of calcium “leaked” by the bones is so insignificant, that a tablespoon of milk would more than make up for it. Just goes to show how things tend to get blown out of proportion in the general media. Unless we’re talking about my ego, and how it’s often mistaken for a huge hot air balloon. That’s actually true.


3. Too much protein will cause dehydration. My response: hahahahaha! Please show me the research to back it up  I mean, why not just start telling people that high protein diets cause pregnancy?!?!


To summarize:  Jason Dinant, eat something. Please! Jim White, read a book. Please!

Miscellaneous Miscellany Monday

1. My all time favorite superhero GAMBIT is on the new X-Men movie !!! Why is gambit my favorite superhero? Gambit has the mutant ability to tap into the potential energy contained within an object and transform it into kinetic energy upon touching it. Gambit's ability to tap energy also grants him superhuman agility and dexterity, as well as creating a static interference that shields his mind from detection and intrusion by even the most powerful telepaths. Gambit also possesses a hypnotic charm that allows him to exert a subtle influence over any sentient mind. This power allows Gambit to compel others to believe what he says and agree with anything he suggests. Gambit is bilingual in English and French, and also possesses the ability to throw small objects - including knives, throwing spikes, and playing cards - with extraordinary accuracy. He is also a skilled duelist and fencer. … translation – He is a P.I.M.P!


2. Learn to pick your battles. I used to like to argue with other trainers and try to prove them wrong. It’s dumb. Save your breath, trust me. Unless someone specifically asks for your opinion, just keep your mouth shut. We have two ears and one mouth, so use them in that order.


3. I’ve been in a nostalgic mood as of late. Why? Because I walk in a room when Katelyn was watching reruns of Party of Five and was going off on how “Dammit Bailey. You’re Such An Idiot for Breaking Up With Sarah. Why why why???? You Two Were So Perfect For Each Other!!! Ahhhhhhhh.”[Cue In Your Eyes by Pete Gabriel] … Damn! Wrong place, at the wrong time.


4. Nine to eleven year old kids don’t need to be working with a personal trainer or strength coach on a regular basis. Nor do they need to be specializing in a sport at such a young age. The best thing for them is to play multiple sports and learn that stuff like getting blasted in the head during dodge-ball or hitting their first Little League home-run is what will make them a better athlete.


5 It’s pretty much a given fact that it’s impossible for people to be objective about guesstimating what their body fat levels are . If you can’t see your abs, you’re NOT 10% body-fat. Quit trying to kid yourself, fatty.


6. For those who are wondering, the picture below is of triathlete Erin Densham. Call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure high heels aren’t regulation attire for competition………………..but they should be.


7. I received an e-mail the other day from someone who has been doing a 5×5 program for the past few months, and was curious as to what he should do afterwards? Outside of suggesting that he change up his main movements for the next few weeks (example: replace conventional deadlifts with trap bar deadlifts), I didn’t really have much to offer. I mean, he was happy with the program, lifts were going up, and he was having fun, so my rationale was “why fix what isn’t broken?” I think people tend to suffer from program ADD anyways; constantly switching from one program to another, and as a result…….never really making much progress. One of the best pieces of advice I can suggest is to try to develop a training philosophy. If you like to lift heavy shit, then follow programs that make you lift heavy shit. If you want to look like an emaciated alien from the planet Vomit in my Mouth, then follow programs by Tracy Anderson. ZING!!! Come up with a “philosophy,” and soon enough you’ll learn to design programs with a template in mind and you won’t have to worry about which program to follow.


8. I’m sitting here in the office watching THIS TRAILER for the new live action GI Joe movie coming out this summer. Needless to say, I’ve already started making my homemade Snake-Eyes costume to wear to during Halloween.


So A-Rod is in the news again, this time  using steroids when they weren't illegal in Major League Baseball….Yawn…. I mean, let's face facts. A-Rod didn't play any better when he took the juice. He didn't whack 60, 70 or 80 home runs during those years. All he got were bigger muscles….Yawn… Understand, I am NOT in favor of steroid use in any sports cause it sends a terrible message to young athletes. But a far worse message, in my opinion, is how A-Rod has been singled out. How about a little bit of fairness in reporting?  Why not reveal the other 102 names on the list - the other players who tested positive during the same era? Want to know why they won't? Because none of them made as much money as A-Rod, that's why. If A-Rod wasn't making the big chunk of change - they'd find someone else on the list to humiliate. This morning while leafing through one of those Hollyweird gossip rags I came across a picture of gap-in-front-teeth 50 year old Madonna on stage. Her right arm is up and guess what you could see without a microscope? Veins. Vein on the top of her hand, on her forearm, on her biceps,  her triceps - EVEN on her shoulders (front deltoid to be specific). Now, for a show of hands, how many think these veins are from:


a. Yoga

b. Drinking Kabbalah water

c. Having two children

d. Getting divorced

e. Eating vegan, vegetarian, fruitarian or something else

f. Steroids

g. None of the above

h. ALL of the above


Make a note: The veins I saw in Madonna's shoulders were almost an exact replica of veins I saw a few years back on Sly Stallone. Now, did Sly ever take 'roids? And what about all those pro wrestlers, all those movie stars,the models gone nasty, the rock stars and yes, even some politicians. They are just as guilty, if not more so, than A-Rod. Why not some REAL reporting, for a change?