The Spartan Warrior

The truth about fitness and nutrition.

Do You Even Watch People Lift?

Are you lifting weights right now? No. Are you currently watching people lift weights? No. Why not? Go. Watch. Now.

Watch some great weightlifting coverage today online.

2014 USAPL Powerlifting Raw Nationals: 
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/usapl-2014-raw-nationals

2014 USPA Powerlifting Nationals:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/uspa-nationals-july-18th-20th

2014 USA Olympic Weightlifting Nationals: 
http://www.coachesaid.com/channel.aspx?channel=128

On particularly rough days when I’m sure that I can’t possibly endure I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100% and that’s pretty good.

Don’t Blame Your Thyroid

What is up with the trend of people blaming thyroid problems for weight gain and/or being overweight? Less than 1% of people actually have thryoid issues such as hypothyroidism.

Now, the quote below is taken directly from the American Thyroid Association.

"Massive weight gain is rarely associated with hypothyroidism. In general, 5-10 pounds of body weight may be attributable to the thyroid, depending on the severity of the hypothyroidism."

Even those that have hypothyroidism are not all at risk of being overweight or experiencing weight gain as long as they, you know, live a healthy lifestyle and take the appropriate action.

Regular exercise and a healthy/balanced diet will do wonders for your health.

Blog Update

I would like to take a moment to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone out there that follows and interacts with this blog. Thank you ever so much. I also owe all of you an apology for the intense lack of updates over the last year. My bad. (Is that still cool to say?) Currently, there are many big things in the works for the future of this blog and my next project(s) which has distracted me momentarily. Fear not though my faithful followers because on the way are regular updates, entertainment, original content, and the continuing spread of up-to-date nutrition and fitness information that is backed by science, research, and evidence.

Stay strong.

-Daniel

Above is a solid infographic detailing points from a great paper by Eric Helms, Alan Aragon, and Peter Fitschen over the evidence based recommendations for natural bodybuilding contest preparation. There is a lot of great information in the paper that is applicable not only to natural bodybuilders, but those interested in evidence based information for optimal nutrition and supplementation for improving body composition or any athletes looking for more information on prep guidelines.
You can access the full paper below:
PDF: http://www.jissn.com/content/pdf/1550-2783-11-20.pdf
HTML: http://www.jissn.com/content/11/1/20#
Direct link to the infographic:
http://www.alanaragonblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/BBing-Prep-JISSN.jpg

Above is a solid infographic detailing points from a great paper by Eric Helms, Alan Aragon, and Peter Fitschen over the evidence based recommendations for natural bodybuilding contest preparation. There is a lot of great information in the paper that is applicable not only to natural bodybuilders, but those interested in evidence based information for optimal nutrition and supplementation for improving body composition or any athletes looking for more information on prep guidelines.

You can access the full paper below:

Direct link to the infographic:

Every now and again I like to watch this one for a good laugh. Unfortunately, this sort of scenario isn’t going away anytime soon. People tend to want to find a shortcut or some ridiculous fad diet to achieve weight loss when in reality you just need to change what you’re currently doing ever so slightly.

When it doubt follow the KISS (Keep it simple, stupid) principle.