In the news

As usual, this post is way later than I intended, but hey – bite me, I’ve been busy. Here’s the round-up of some of the most interesting articles, posts etc. that I’ve come across recently. Since it’s quite long I’ll put the best of the videos in another post.

Training (strength and a bit of cardio, like it should be)

How Bruce Lee Ruined the World (An anecdote of myofibrillar hypertrophy, sarcoplasmic hypertrophy, and other random brain flatulence) (Anthony Mychal)
A bit scientific but if you’re into strength training there’s some really useful information

The complete Jason Statham workout (Men’s Health)
He’s always talked about on bodyweight blogs, since pictures of him doing a human flag are fairly common. Here’s a week in his training schedule.

How deep should you squat? (Jason Feruggia)

The Exercise Equivalent of a Cheeseburger? (Wall Street Journal)
“New” research says endurance running may damage health (something that some of us have known for a while ;) )

and on the flip-side…

The Rise of the Minimalist Workout (NY Times)
Mainstream media still catching up about HIIT ;)

Is self-training in karate really essential? (Andre Bertl)
As a kareteka, I can say “yes”, but it applied to everything you’re learning too.

Flexibility

Thoughts on Mobility and Flexibility Training (Progressive Calisthenics)

Dramatically Increase Flexibility With This 6 Minute Warm-up (Fitness Black Book)
Myofascial release and dynamic stretching covered in this comprehensive post (I can vouch for both of them being very effective)

Nutrition, diets and supplements, plus sugar, fat and over-eating (but not what you might think)

Fix a broken diet (Precision Nutrition)
Simple advice for getting your nutrition back on track

Paleo’s latest converts (Men’s Journal)
Sport stars turning to the paleo diet

12 Strength Training Supplements Dissected (StrongLifts)
This can be summed up as “take creatine”

Why fat is good for you (Charles Poliquin)
Not normally a fan of the posts on Charles’ site, which are clearly written by some intern with access to a load of feeds from other blogs, but there’s some good stuff in this one.

Why you might need carbs for performance (Jack Ruse)
(As long as they’re not from sugar ;) )

Obesity is a disease in the US. Should it be? (BBC)
Hint: no.

Ramadan: Why I gave up on fasting (BBC)
Doesn’t fall into any of the above, but an interesting take on Ramadan.

Insanely simple two ingredient recipes (Buzzfeed)
Some of these are amazing. Some are just gross.

Experiments in food

Soylent: What Happened When I Stopped Eating For 2 Weeks (Tim Ferris)
Guy lives off specially developed liquid food for two weeks. Doesn’t die.

My Year Off Sugar (Huffington Post)
Writer Rick Foster documents a year on a sugar-free diet

HuffPo journalist decides to do an experiement – eating 5,000 calories a day for 21 days.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
(I won’t spoil you with the results!)

Feelings ‘n’ shit

(Sorry – couldn’t resist that silly heading – don’t want to belittle some good articles below)

The One Thing All Men Feel, But Never Admit (PolicyMic)
About a woman making a film that challenges male stereotyping

Are relationships the new Prozac? (NooxHawk)
Very interesting look at how dysfunctional relationships could be contributing to depression

Body Image: Fake it till you make it (Nia Shanks)

The Others

The Art of Staying Focused in a Distracting World (The Atlantic)

The New Science of Giving (Wall Street Journal)
About the funders behind NuSi (potentially world-changing research setup)

Silliness

What would Barbie look like if she has real proportions? (Yahoo)

Hot sport bodies (male and female) (ESPN)

About your female body issues (Forging Elite Sarcasm)
A silly one to end on. I almost decided not to post this, but I just love that second graphic down, and I pretty much agree with the sentiment.

What’s in Prince’s fridge? (Heavy Table)
Ever wondered what Prince eats? Yeah, me too.

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