Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Summer in Revew: Diet Science, Turkish Get Up, CK-FMS, Complexity and 'Tude - oh and kilts, too

This summer has seen a lot of interesting activity in terms of approaches to training. The CK-FMS (reviewed here) introduced a bunch of us to the concept of looking at patterns of movement to help us understand how best to tune other moves. As a part of this, it seems we've all gained new appreciation for moves like the Refined Turkish Get Up. Discussion about optimally effective form is ongoing still. RKC's like Dave Whitly have talked about how they're pairing back their TGU work just to focus on this precision.

Within this quest for perfect form (and have you seen Will Williams do a kettlebell front squat?) have been discussions around how to achieve that perfection relative to simplicity at one phase and complexity in another - what is the tension between simplicity and complexity?

In other notes, i spent time to review the science claims of the warrior diet, a way of eating popular among many in the hard style RKC community.

One of the things i've learned is that adherents don't care if the science part of the diet's presentation is questionable, if it works for them, mate! If nothing else, my interest in how/why intermittent vs frequent feeding approaches work for some. As research discussed this summer shows, more than anything, it's staying connected with your support group when dieting.

Other nutrition questions that have been explored are around the Elevation of Fat as the new Black of nutrition and the conflation of carbohydrates as the new dietary evil. Caffeine is also in the precarious position of being both praised and burried. And then, if we're talking about nutrient extremes, there's Lyle McDonald's insightful anodyne reference on Ketogenic Diets. Or maybe you'd just like some miso soup?

In matters of style, there's Kilts & Kettlebells. Whether 21st Century hand made in Edinburgh or Utilikilts - or some other kind entire, there's no denying that kilted kettlebell'ing is grand (never mind the nuances of swinging while swinging). And as to form and function, well flat footwear has also been explored - when bare footing that deadlift ain't possible.

And speaking of deadlift, a few athletes have been inspiring in the DL (like Ruth Kasirye) and elsewhere like Ross Enamait (or did i ask, have you seen W2's front kb squat?)

Great as well to have been able to say hello to Rannoch (who is profound), Mike (who's so knowledgeable) and Rif (who's becoming a zen monk) in person after reading their stuff with mein bitte for so long. It's also been great getting to chat with Rich and Franklin and Rip. Thanks for dropping by gents; please continue to visit and share your thoughts.

3 comments:

mc said...

L. Wu left the following pointers:

on science
http://xkcd.com/54/

and a ref to Michael Pollan's google lecture in which pollan compares the state of nutrition science now to that of surgery in 1650.

L. Wu suggests reading Pollan, which is likely pointing at In Defence of Food.

If you're reading, L. Wu., please scroll to the end of the article on the Warrior Diet. :)

Mike T Nelson said...

Thanks for the kind shout out and keep up the great work!!

Jodie just bought Pollan's book for me--can't wait to start reading it.

I Phase here in MN was a blast and have fun at R Phase. Tell Dr. Cobb and Kathy hello from me when you see them in about a week

Rock on
Mike N

mc said...

Mike mike: i will be real keen to hear your thoughts on pollan. While i agree with most of the conclusions, not so keen on the path to getting there. so lemme know, eh?? blog it maybe even...
best
mc

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