Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mendes Update

Amazing training lift. Bad news is he reportedly injured his shoulder on this lift which prevented his participation in the American Open. A lot of us are anxiously awaiting seeing him hit some big lifts at a high level competition. Meanwhile, best wishes for a speedy and full recovery.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Interesting View on Steroids

Here is an article that was posted on the Supertraining Forum that was started by the late Mel Siff. The pendulum swings back and forth. My modest athletic career began quite a while before AAS were illegal. In the early days the claims from the medical field and athletic administrators about the dangers were exagerrated. Then there have been those who purport that there are no risks at all. Over the years a more balanced perspective developed. As with anything, time filters out the truth. Now many decades later we can get a better look at actual long term results. I am sure there are those who would dispute or disregard the research presented, but on the other hand, I'm glad I didn't get involved in the chemical side of athletic preparation. Getting older is tough enough without added complications. Train hard,train smart, live a balanced life. We really have no control over the length of our time here, but we have a lot to do with the quality of our life. Enjoy the journey and Merry Christmas!

A common refrain amongst apologists for anabolic steroids is : Where are the
bodies? The bodies are in the cemetary ony the death certificated does not
state they died from steroids. The most likely cause of death heart disease.
It might be cardiac arrhythmia or acute MI.

There is an excellent article in the American Journal of Cardiology which
reviews A total of 49 studies describing 1,467 athletes were reviewed to
investigate the cardiovascular effects of the abuse of AAS.
It cites 99 articles covering this topic. If you are interested in this topic
go to your local hospital Library and check out :

Cardiac and Metabolic Effects of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Abuse on Lipids,
Blood Pressure, Left Ventricular Dimensions, and Rhythm
The American Journal of Cardiology - Volume 106, Issue 6 (September 2010) -
Copyright © 2010 The American College of Cardiology -

Because of copyright and space I cannot put the article here but I have taken
the time to excerpt some of the information I thought might be pertinent along
with the articles or journals cited.

You are not likely to find these studies in your typical muscle magazine or
website. Some of these studies date back to the mid 80s and 90s. The
information is not new just conveniently ignored.

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Cardiac and Metabolic Effects of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Abuse on Lipids,
Blood Pressure, Left Ventricular Dimensions, and Rhythm
The American Journal of Cardiology - Volume 106, Issue 6 (September 2010) -
Copyright © 2010 The American College of Cardiology -

AAS and abnormal plasma lipoproteins
AAS abuse has been linked with abnormal plasma lipoproteins (Table 1). Several
studies suggest that AAS abuse in athletes increase low-density lipoprotein
(LDL) levels by >20% [14] , [36] , [37] , [38] and decrease high-density lipoprotein
(HDL) levels by 20% to 70%. [13] , [14] , [37] , [39] , [40] , [41] , [42] ,
[43] , [44]

By some estimates, these lipoprotein abnormalities increase
the risk for coronary artery disease by three- to sixfold. [14] , [45]

13 Sader M.A., Griffiths K.A., McCredie R.J., Handelsman D.J., Celermajer
D.S.: Androgenic anabolic steroids and arterial structure and function in male
bodybuilders. J Am Coll Cardiol 37. 224-230.2001; Abstract

14 Lenders J.W., Demacker P.N., Vos J.A., Jansen P.L., Hoitsma A.J., Van't Laar
A., Thien T.: Deleterious effects of anabolic steroids on serum lipoproteins,
blood pressure, and liver function in amateur bodybuilders. Int J Sports Med 9.
19-23.1988; Abstrac
36 Lajarin F., Zaragoza R., Tovar I., Martinez-Hernandez P.: Evolution of
serum lipids in two male bodybuilders using anabolic steroids. Clin Chem 42.
970- 972.1996; Abstract
37 McKillop G., Ballantyne D.: Lipoprotein analysis in bodybuilders. Int J
Cardiol 17. 281-288.1987; Abstract

38 Palatini P., Giada F., Garavelli G., Sinisi F., Mario L., Michieletto M.,
Baldo-Enzi G.: Cardiovascular effects of anabolic steroids in weight-trained
subjects. J Clin Pharmacol 36. 1132-1140.1996; Abstract
39 Baldo-Enzi G., Giada F., Zuliani G., Baroni L., Vitale E., Enzi G.,
Magnanini P., Fellin R.: Lipid and apoprotein modifications in body builders
during and after self- administration of anabolic steroids. Metabolism 39. 203-208.1990; Abstract
40 Fröhlich J., Kullmer T., Urhausen A., Bergmann R., Kindermann W.: Lipid
profile of body builders with and without self-administration of anabolic
steroids. Eur J Appl Physiol 59. 98-103.1989; 41 Hartgens F., Rietjens G., K
41 Hartgens F., Rietjens G., Keizer H.A., Kuipers H., Wolffenbuttel B.:
Effects of androgenic-anabolic steroids on apolipoproteins and lipoprotein (a).
Br J Sport Med 38. 253-259.2004;

42 Lane H., Grace F., Smith J.C., Morris K., Cockcroft J., Scanlon M.F., Davies
J.S.: Impaired vasoreactivity in bodybuilders using androgenic anabolic
steroids. Eur J Clin Invest 36. 483-488.2006; Abstract

43 Urhausen A., Albers T., Kindermann W.: Are the cardiac effects of anabolic
steroid abuse in strength athletes reversible?. Heart 90. 496-501.2004;

44 Zuliani U., Bernardini B., Catapano A., Campana M., Cerioli G., Spattini
M.: Effects of anabolic steroids, testosterone, and HGH on blood lipids and
echocardiographic parameteres in body builders. Int J Sports Med 10.
62-66.1989; Abstract

45 Glazer G.: Atherogenic effects of anabolic steroids on serum lipid levels.
A literature reviewArch Intern Med 151. 1925-1933.1991; Abstract

AAS, acute MI, and sudden death
Alarming data have linked AAS with fatal events, although these are mostly
case-control studies and case reports of acute coronary syndromes, MIs, and
ventricular arrhythmias. [24] , [46] , [83] , [84] , [85] , [86] , [87] , [88]

88 Fineschi V., Riezzo I., Centini F., Silingardi E., Licata M., Beduschi G.,
Karch S.B.: Sudden cardiac death during anabolic steroid abuse: morphologic and
toxicologic findings in two fatal cases of bodybuilders. Int J Legal Med 121.
48-53.2007; Abstract

89 Sullivan M.L., Martinez C.M., Gennis P., Gallagher E.J.: The cardiac
toxicity of anabolic steroids. Prog Cardiovasc Dis 41. 1-15.1998; Abstract

90 Ferenchick G.: Anabolic/androgenic steroid abuse and thrombosis: is there a
connection?. Med Hypotheses 35. 27-31.1991; Abstract

91 Roeggia M., Heinz G., Werba E., Roeggla G.: Cardiac tamponade in a
21-year-old body builder with anabolica abuse. Br J Clin Pract 50.
411-412.1996; Citation

92 Ferenchick G., Adelman S.: Myocardial infarction associated with anabolic
steroid use in a previously healthy 37-year-old weight lifter. Am Heart J 124.
507- 508.1992; Citation

93 Huie M.: An acute myocardial infarction occurring in an anabolic steroid
user. Med Sci Sport Exer 26. 408-413.1994;

94 Fisher M., Appleby M., Rittoo D., Cotter L.: Myocardial infarction with
extensive intracoronary thrombus induced by anabolic steroids. Br J Clin Pract
50. 222- 223.1996; Abstract

a postmortem study of male Caucasian AAS abusers (aged 20 to 45 years) suggested
primary cardiac pathology in 1/3, [23]

23 Thiblin I., Lindquist O., Rajs J.: Cause and manner of death among users of
anabolic androgenic steroids. J Forensic Sci 45. 16-23.2000; Abstract

recent case-control study [24] , [25] suggested cardiac causes in 2/3 of deaths,
with others being attributed to suicide, hepatic coma, and malignancy.

24 Parssinen M., Kujala U., Vartiainen E., Sarna S., Seppala T.: Increased
premature mortality of competitive powerlifters suspected to have used anabolic
agents. Int J Sports Med 21. 225-227.2000; Abstract

25 Parssinen M., Seppala T.: Steroid use and long-term health risks in former
athletes. Sports Med 2002. 83-84.2002; 2
Hausmann et al [84] describe a 23-year-old male bodybuilder who abused AAS and
experienced sudden cardiac arrest. Postmortem examination revealed ventricular
hypertrophy, myocardial fibrosis, and acute MI, and the cause of death was
attributed to arrhythmic sudden death secondary to AAS abuse.

84 Hausmann R., Hammer S., Betz P.: Performance enhancing drugs (doping agents)
and sudden death—a case report and review of the literature. Int J Legal Med
111. 261-264.1998; Abstrac

McNutt et al[46] reported an acute MI in a 22-year-old bodybuilder who admitted
to AAS abuse but lacked cardiac risk factors. The patient presented with
markedly elevated LDL (596 mg/dl) and depressed HDL (14 mg/dl) yet had no family
history of premature atherosclerosis or cardiac events. Within a month of
discontinuing AAS, his LDL decreased to 220 mg/dl and his HDL increased to 35

46 McNutt R.A., Ferenchick G.S., Kirlin P.C., Hamlin N.J.: Acute myocardial
infarction in a 22-year-old world class weight lifter using anabolic steroids.
Am J Cardiol62.164. 1988; Citation

49 Bowman S.: Anabolic steroids and infarction. BMJ 300. 750.1990; Citation

Figure 1 shows the presenting electrocardiogram of a 25-year-old male athlete
who abused nandrolone and presented with an acute MI without traditional cardiac
risk factors. Acute angiography revealed extensive left anterior descending
coronary artery thrombosis, which was managed by thrombolysis. Angiography in
the subacute phase confirmed very mild luminal irregularity at the site of
previous thrombosis.

69 Kennedy C.: Myocardial infarction in association with misuse of anabolic
steroids. Ulster Med J 62. 174-176.1993; Citation

The most commonly observed arrhythmias, typically occurring during physical
exertion, include atrial fibrillation, ventricular fibrillation, ventricular
tachycardia, and supraventricular and ventricular ectopic beats. [95]
95 Furlanello F., Serdoz L.V., Cappato R., De Ambroggi L.: Illicit drugs and
cardiac arrhythmias in athletes. Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil 14. 487-494.2007;

Dickerman et al [96] reported a 20-year-old male bodybuilder who
self-administered AAS 700 mg/week and had sudden cardiac arrest. Autopsy
indicated LVH with a cardiac mass >2 times the upper limit of normal.

96 Dickerman R.D., Schaller F., Prather I., McConathy W.J.: Sudden cardiac death
in a 20-year-old bodybuilder using anabolic steroids. Cardiology 86.
172-173.1995; Abstract

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Ralph Giarnella MD
Southington Ct. USA

Monday, December 20, 2010

Early Morning Workouts?

Not everyone will agree with this, but never-the-less, an interesting article:

Phys Ed: The Benefits of Exercising Before Breakfast


The holiday season brings many joys and, unfortunately, many countervailing dietary pitfalls. Even the fittest and most disciplined of us can succumb, indulging in more fat and calories than at any other time of the year. The health consequences, if the behavior is unchecked, can be swift and worrying. A recent study by scientists in Australia found that after only three days, an extremely high-fat, high-calorie diet can lead to increased blood sugar and insulin resistance, potentially increasing the risk for Type 2 diabetes. Waistlines also can expand at this time of year, prompting self-recrimination and unrealistic New Year's resolutions.

But a new study published in The Journal of Physiology suggests a more reliable and far simpler response. Run or bicycle before breakfast. Exercising in the morning, before eating, the study results show, seems to significantly lessen the ill effects of holiday Bacchanalias.

For the study, researchers in Belgium recruited 28 healthy, active young men and began stuffing them with a truly lousy diet, composed of 50 percent fat and 30 percent more calories, overall, than the men had been consuming. Some of the men agreed not to exercise during the experiment. The rest were assigned to one of two exercise groups. The groups' regimens were identical and exhausting. The men worked out four times a week in the mornings, running and cycling at a strenuous intensity. Two of the sessions lasted 90 minutes, the others, an hour. All of the workouts were supervised, so the energy expenditure of the two groups was identical.

Their early-morning routines, however, were not. One of the groups ate a hefty, carbohydrate- rich breakfast before exercising and continued to ingest carbohydrates, in the form of something like a sports drink, throughout their workouts. The second group worked out without eating first and drank only water during the training. They made up for their abstinence with breakfast later that morning, comparable in calories to the other group's trencherman portions.

The experiment lasted for six weeks. At the end, the nonexercising group was, to no one's surprise, super-sized, having packed on an average of more than six pounds. They had also developed insulin resistance — their muscles were no longer responding well to insulin and weren't pulling sugar (or, more technically, glucose) out of the bloodstream efficiently — and they had begun storing extra fat within and between their muscle cells. Both insulin resistance and fat-marbled muscles are metabolically unhealthy conditions that can be precursors of diabetes.

The men who ate breakfast before exercising gained weight, too, although only about half as much as the control group. Like those sedentary big eaters, however, they had become more insulin-resistant and were storing a greater amount of fat in their muscles.

Only the group that exercised before breakfast gained almost no weight and showed no signs of insulin resistance. They also burned the fat they were taking in more efficiently. "Our current data," the study's authors wrote, "indicate that exercise training in the fasted state is more effective than exercise in the carbohydrate- fed state to stimulate glucose tolerance despite a hypercaloric high-fat diet."

Just how exercising before breakfast blunts the deleterious effects of overindulging is not completely understood, although this study points toward several intriguing explanations. For one, as has been known for some time, exercising in a fasted state (usually possible only before breakfast), coaxes the body to burn a greater percentage of fat for fuel during vigorous exercise, instead of relying primarily on carbohydrates. When you burn fat, you obviously don't store it in your muscles. In "our study, only the fasted group demonstrated beneficial metabolic adaptations, which eventually may enhance oxidative fatty acid turnover," said Peter Hespel, Ph.D., a professor in the Research Center for Exercise and Health at Catholic University Leuven in Belgium and senior author of the study.

At the same time, the fasting group showed increased levels of a muscle protein that "is responsible for insulin-stimulated glucose transport in muscle and thus plays a pivotal role in regulation of insulin sensitivity, " Dr Hespel said.

In other words, working out before breakfast directly combated the two most detrimental effects of eating a high-fat, high-calorie diet. It also helped the men avoid gaining weight.

There are caveats, of course. Exercising on an empty stomach is unlikely to improve your performance during that workout. Carbohydrates are easier for working muscles to access and burn for energy than fat, which is why athletes typically eat a high-carbohydrate diet. The researchers also don't know whether the same benefits will accrue if you exercise at a more leisurely pace and for less time than in this study, although, according to Leonie Heilbronn, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia, who has extensively studied the effects of high-fat diets and wrote a commentary about the Belgian study, "I would predict low intensity is better than nothing."

So, unpleasant as the prospect may be, set your alarm after the next Christmas party to wake you early enough that you can run before sitting down to breakfast. "I would recommend this," Dr. Heilbronn concluded, "as a way of combating Christmas" and those insidiously delectable cookies.

Personally, I have used early morning workouts for over 30 years. It has worked well for me.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Real Warrior Story

This past weekend I recieved one of the greatest honors I have ever been blessed with as a coach and educator. One of my former student athletes distiguished himself in service in Iraq and recieved a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and other awards. He invited me to take part in the ceremony. As we have mentioned in earlier posts, the warrior tradition is still strong among Native Americans. Per capita, they are one of the leading groups in military service. This is partly due to the economic situation here with high unemployment and limited opportunities, but it is also due to a strong resolve to defend their land. During WWII Navajos were recruited as code talkers (http://haskestrength.blogspot.com/2010/07/navajo-codetalkers.html) and turned the tide of the war in the South Pacific. But Native exploits reach far beyond their contribution. When a call went out for recruits during WWII word went out that an army recruiter was going to be at the Red Lake Trading Post (a remote area on the reservation) on a given date. When he arrived, he was shocked to see a line of men nearly a quarter mile long waiting outside. There were old men and young men and each brought a weapon with them from old rifles to axes and clubs. Most did not speak english and did not fully understand what the war was, but their attitude could be summed up by one who spoke and said, "We almost lost our land once, we will not lose it again." In that spirit, Jasper Lake, one of my former students joined the United States Army. Not a distinguished student or great athlete, although his name is still listed on my weightroom record board for doing a clean and jerk of 115 kg (253 lb) at a bodyweight of about 190 lb. Jasper worked as a welder for a few years then enlisted. One day well on patrol in Iraq his unit was pinned down by enemy fire coming from all directions. Jasper, who was Striker (armored personnel carrier)driver and mechanic raced through the enemy fire dodging bullets, retook the vehicle and drove back in a rescued his unit taking some shrapnel from an explosive along the way. It was hard for me not to be emotional when he thanked me for the physical preparation he recieved and credited it for the physical toughness he had which allowed him to perform when it counted. He related that he had always maxed out on his PT (physical training) and he said it started here in our weight room.Like many young Navajos even today, he was raised in a home without running water and electricity far from the material ease that most young Americans experience. He came down each day from Black Mesa to go to school here, a distance of about 70 miles or so each way, much of it on dirt roads. Physical challenges are not intimidating to such young men. They are acustomed to adversity and are ready to do whatever it takes to find a way to survive. I am honored that it has been my privilege to work with so many young men and women here. There are many ways to be a hero. Like I tell all my students, taking responsiblity and making the most of your circumstances is truly heroic. Train hard, prepare well, and live to fight another day.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

In My Dreams

I have always wanted to smash a computer like this. I have a real love/hate relationship with technology. In this day and age one can't live without it, but it is one of a few things that can still make me swear. I would love nothing better than to drop the whole stack on room full of computers. Unlike this "happy ending" there would be no technological survivors.

Have you ever felt like doing this to an official?

Sometimes it seems like the whole world comes crashing down even when you are dong all you can to hold things togather.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Think you can't train while being injured? Just watch these then....

Misha had a torn bicep muscle at the time and just recently had surgery done.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Play To Get In Shape? Or,.. Get In Shape To Play?

This site has a large international following. I am interested in some feedback from around the globe on how youth fitness is addressed in your countries. Here in the United States we have been fighting an epidemic in childhood obesity and it's related problems, particularly diabetes. Often our approach here in the U.S.A. is to sponsor community sports leagues. Football, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, and Soccer are among the more popular choices. Too many parents feel like that if their kids are signed up for one of these programs they are getting sufficient exercise. An article I read recently supports what I have long avocated, team sports generally do not promote fitness. Fitness can be a result preparation ahead of time for participation. Football is king in America. I coached football for 23 years and while I believe it can have great value in teaching important life skills if coached properly, I have never believed that it makes one physically fit. Smart players will make themselves as fit as possible to play the game, but the game itself is a physical meat grinder that tears the body down. At the highest levels players play either offense or defense only and spend much of the game standing. Even those playing exert themselves for 3-4 seconds then have 30 seconds or more until the next play. One look at the typical offensive lineman will tell anyone that football itself does not make one healthy. Most other team sports are similar in that much time is spent standing. Basketball and Soccer would seem to be exceptions, although at the youth level there is often less exertion than many think as explained in the article. I have 12 grandchildren so far and I enjoy watching them participate in many sports and cultural activities that my own 6 children never had opportunities for growing up on the reservation. (All my children could do was catch lizards, lift, run, and hike; they also had to read for entertainment, so deprived.)
When my oldest grandson started in a soccer league, it didn't take long for him to figure out that if you just waited, the ball would eventually come back to you. He spent most of his time sitting at midfield. lol His father is Polynesian (Have you ever heard of the Samoan Cross Country team?) He is now becoming an amazing football player (and hoepfully future thrower) which better suits his build. (ankles are as big as his teamates thighs) Fortunately his father is a former physical educator and coach who leads his children in physical activity like I did when my kids were young. They get fit to play, not play hoping to get fit. That is what I love about coaching Weightlifting and Track and Field. The activity in and of itself is healthy and the movement is inherent. The outcome is also the process.
The study below validates my opinon:
Kids' Sports Strike Out on Exercise Goals
By Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today December 06, 2010
Youth sports haven't got enough hustle, researchers warned in a study showing that organized sports typically don't give kids their recommended daily exercise. Only 24% of children ages 7 to 14 who were monitored during soccer, baseball, or softball team practice got 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise, according to James F. Sallis, PhD, of San Diego State University in San Diego, and colleagues. The rate reached as low as 2% for girls on softball teams; soccer provided the most physical activity, they reported online in Archivesof Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Parents shouldn't hesitate to involve theirchildren in well-organized, properly- supervised youth sports programs but they should be aware that sports are not all equal in the exercise they provide, according to an accompanying editorial. Sports probably can't be the only solution to providing young people with the exercise they need, noted editorialists Russell R. Pate, PhD, and Jennifer R. O'Neill, PhD, MPH, both of the University of South Carolina School of Public Health in Columbia. Gym class, walking or biking to and from school, and informal physical activity outside of schooland sports can make up the difference, they suggested. Indeed, some of the kids in the study may have met their 60 minutes a day through the various means, but that's not something parents should leave to chance, agreed study co-author Jordan Carlson, MA, of San Diego State University, in an interview. MedPage Today Action Points Note that many youth in this country are involved in sports programs which could provide significant physical activity. However, point out to parents that the actual amount of time spent in moderatephysical activity varies with several factors including the specific sport and the experience and motivation of the coaches. "Our recommendations to parents are to be awareof how much physical activity their kids are getting and not just assume that because kids are at sports practice for a couple of hours that they're getting a couple of hours of
physical activity," he warned MedPage Today. "Parents do need to make sure that
children have other opportunities. " Youth sports can also be improved to fulfill more of their potential for public health, Sallis' group wrote, pointing out that much of the time kids spend in practice can be inactive, such as waiting for turns or receiving verbal instructions.
The researchers' recommendations included:
Emphasize participation over competition Increase practice frequency Extend short seasons Use pedometers or accelerometers to monitor physical activity periodically during practices
Provide coaches with strategies to increase physical activity The study included 200 kids ages 7 to 14 who wore accelerometers during soccer, baseball, or softball practice in 29 different community sports leagues in middle- income cities in San Diego County. The length of practices varied substantially across the teams but without significant differences by type of sport, gender, or age. Overall, the athletes averaged 46.1% of practice spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity for a mean total of 45.1 minutes per practice. Younger athletes got significantly more moderate to vigorous exercise by an average of 13.7 minutes or 11.6% of practice time compared with those ages 11 to 14. Less than 10% of the 11- to 14-year-olds met the government-recommen ded target of 60 minutes per day during practice. One reason may be that younger kids appeared to engage "in more extraneous physical activity such as following the ball in soccer and playing side games during softball/baseball practices," Sallis' group noted in the paper. Boys also got significantly more activity during sports than girls did with an average difference of 10.7 minutes and 7.8% of practice time. Soccer appeared to be the best sport in terms of physical activity, providing an additional 13.7 minutes and 10.6% of practice time in moderate to vigorous activity than baseball and softball combined. And while vigorous activity is relatively rare for kids, the researchers noted that soccer practice provided 17 more minutes and 15.9% more of practice time in vigorous exercise than baseball and softball. Since vigorous-intensity physical activity carries stronger links to kids' body composition than moderate intensity activities, they wrote in the paper, "it appears playing soccer would be more likely to contribute to health benefits generally, and obesity prevention specifically, than playing baseball/softball. " The researchers cautioned, though, that accelerometers worn around the waist as done in the study may have underestimated the effects of upper-body activities common to baseball and softball, such as throwing, catching, and batting. Also, the definitions for moderate to vigorous physical activity require higher accelerometer thresholds for older children, which may have partly explained the observed age differences, they noted. Other limitations included the nonrandomized, cross-sectional design, limited response to the demographic survey, inclusion of kids from a single geographic region, and assessment of only community leagues with fees for participation, they added. But, "based on current findings, it appears that youth sports practices are making a less-than-optimal contribution to the public health goals of increasing
physical activity and preventing childhood obesity," Sallis' group concluded in the paper.
Primary source: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine Source reference:
Leek D, et al "Physical activity during youth sports practices"
Adolesc Med 2010; DOI:10.1001/ archpediatrics. 2010.252.
Additional source: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine Source
reference: Pate RR, O'Neill JR "Youth sports programs: Contribution to physical
activity" Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2010; DOI:10.1001/ archpediatrics. 2010.245.

Make your country beautiful, lift weights!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

USAW Incentive Award

Mark Cameron with 227.5 kg (501 lb) at 109 kg (240 lb) Bodyweight.

Awhile ago, 25 October 2010, we posted an opinion on the role of curls in a total workout program. http://haskestrength.blogspot.com/2010/10/curls.html
In this post we mentioned that Mark Cameron, the lightest American ever to officially Clean and Jerk over 500 lb. (227.5 kg)used curls in his training to strengthen and stabilize his elbows. Well, Mark is now offering an incentive through USA Weightlifting of $500.00 to the next American who can exceed this lift at his bodyweight (109 kg) or lighter. It is my understanding that this is out of his own pocket as after 30 years, he wants to see someone do it. Youtube lifts don't count. It needs to be done in a sanctioned meet.
Any takers? It's been along time.
Below is the USAW press release from their website:
Colorado Springs, Colo.) - USA Weightlifting is pleased to announce the creation of a $500 award to any U.S. athlete that becomes the lightest American to clean and jerk more than 500 pounds (227.3kg) in a meet sanctioned by USAW or the IWF.
The award has been funded by USAW Board Member and former Chair, Mark Cameron the current holder of that title.
Cameron clean and jerked 501.5 pounds (227.5 kg) on Jan. 13, 1980 at an international competition held in Allentown Pa. after weighing in at 109kg

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Koklyaev Update

Awhile ago we posted a series of video clips of Misha Koklyaev performing a series of amazing lifts at an exhibition in Scotland. (Aug. 16, 2010-http://haskestrength.blogspot.com/2010/08/misha-koklyaev.html It was reported that he was planning to return to competitive Weightlifting again after several years of strongman and Highland games competitions. Well, he's back and recently manhandled 200kg Snatch and 230kg Jerk showing he has much more left. Technically still a little rough but very impressive. He is taller and leaner than most superheavyweights and is a "throwback" to the days when when raw power was the name of the game.I don't know anything about his training or what types of "supplements" he takes or doesn't, but it sure is fun to watch!

In the process of searching back for the previous post mentioned above, I saw a lot of the older stuff we put on here. If you are new to our site, we invite you to look back at some of our earlier stuff too. There is alot of great information and inspiration in our archives. Enjoy the journey.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Scattered Random Thoughts

A great video on Al Fuerbach was posted on "The Ring" If you haven't seen there already, you need to. Al was one of my heros as a high school thrower. Way undersized, he made up for it with hard and smart training and a great emphasis on technique. An article in MILO awhile ago (June 2009) related how Weightlifting was his secret weapon. He told questioners that when his bench went up, the shot went farther; while in reality he rarely benched but focused on the over head lifts. In fact, he won a national championship in Weightlifting in 1974. This video is great to see as it shows Al is still healthy and athletic. He also relates how his athletic pursuits assisted him in his life and career.

Another classic video from the late 80's is Mac Wilkens and Wolfgang Schmidt. I would be suprised if any of you have not seen this one, but it is always inspiring to see again for several reasons. Both are passed their prime by this time, but still getting after it while making a living and dealing with life. So....,if you haven't seen this one yet, now is the time.

In my opinion each of these individuals validate the value of athletics. When pursued properly, athletics empowers one to live life to the fullest and enjoy the great gift that life is.

On another note, I received an e-mail today from the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association, the world leader in athletic performance as they refer to themselves) I have taken some potshots at them before on this site. When I first joined in 1984, I really enjoyed the journals, the conferences, and the networking that the NSCA provided. As the years passed, many of us older members have seen the organization shift from a strength and conditioning emphasis to a sell out to personal training types and platform for wanna-be "sports scientists" to publish their mostly irrelevant research. This was really brought home by the e-mail calling for members to vote for special awards for the upcoming conference. Here it is:

Nominations are currently being accepted for the following awards:
• All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year - Coaches nominate one male and/or one female athlete at the collegiate or high school level. All nominees will be recognized.
• Educator of the Year - Students or colleagues nominate a professor who has inspired them in the field of strength and conditioning.
• Personal Trainer of the Year - Nominate a personal trainer for this peer award.
• Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year - Nominate a sports medicine or rehabilitation specialist for this peer award.
• Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator - Nominate a scientist/researcher who has been in the field for less than seven years and has made noteworthy contributions to the field of applied exercise and sport science.
• William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist - Nominate a scientist/researcher who has made noteworthy contributions to the field of applied exercise and sport science.
The All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year nominees will receive personalized certificates and an official NSCA press release. All other award winners will be honored at the NSCA's 2011 National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. All nominations must be received by December 15, 2010.
What happened to the strength and conditioning coaches???
It's all about recognizing personal trainers and "scientists". With a "presitigous award" for any athlete whose coach nominates them. lol
The only reason I have paid my dues for the past several years is to keep my CSCS certification although I am not sure if it's worth it or not. The last NSCA Journal had a feature article on training for race car driving. The solution? Sit on a bosu ball and wave dumbells like you are driving.lol No kidding.