The Spartan Warrior

The truth about fitness and nutrition.

If I want something I will definitely achieve it, no matter what I have to sacrifice…the more complex the situation, the more threatening my rivals, the more I spread my wings in defiance of everything.

There are two categories of performers in my sport: first, those who view competitions as tortures and second, those who see competitions as great celebrations. I am in the middle of those two.

In Shakespeare’s time it was said, “What must be cannot be avoided”. That is how it is when I lift. To successfully lift the weight cannot be avoided. I experienced the tortures and the celebration. But I lift as well as I lift because it cannot be avoided.

Vasily Alexeyev (Olympic Gold Medalist, USSR, Superheavyweight Division 1972 and 1976, holder of 80 World Records)

I know, I know… “He said he would be better at updating.” I have about a dozen studies and articles to link up so hopefully this little post will suffice for now.

Here are some random pictures (and loads of selfies) from a few training days over the last three months and a few pictures from my trip  last month to Cabo.

Enjoy.

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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