Monday, February 27, 2012

Chinese Weightlifters

Below is a video clip that is reported to be an 8 year old boy jerking 75kg. His bodyweight is reported to be about 40 kg. It is really tough to verify those numbers (except the weight on the bar) as there has been a history of confusion with age reports out of China in the past. Nevertheless, whatever the age, this young man is very impressive and representative of the amazing lifting that goes on in China. Of course natural lifting talent is identified very early and those with potential to excell are removed from the rigors of "normal" life and provided with the support and tools needed to win medals so long as they can withstand the training grind and make progress. Failure to progress means back to the regular life, without the benefit of education or training for a career. No wonder these athletes fight like tigers to train, progress, and win. Everything is at stake for them.

Another amazing clip of teenagers around 16 years of age or so.....

Thursday, February 23, 2012

No Comments Needed

A nice video clip. We wish this young man the best. He is a great example of the Warrior Spirit.

Monday, February 20, 2012

A True Patriot?

Menu at Heart Attack Grill
"We believe it self-evident that every man has the right to eat himself to death" Did Thomas Jefferson say that? lol
 I'm not sure Mr. Jefferson ever foresaw Las Vegas or the Jon Basso's of the world. No one wants goverment interference, but democracy certainly works best when individuals care about the common good more than greed. I hope Mr. Basso eats heartily and often of the fare he promotes. I hope the rest of us are smart enough to vote with our feet and put him out of business.

The restaurant owner of the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas where a patron recently suffered an apparent heart attack while eating a 6,000 calorie Triple Bypass Burger defended his place as a freedom-loving establishment based on values our nation's "Founding Fathers intended us to live" by.

Speaking on Fox and Friends Friday morning Jon Basso says his restaurant isn't just a place to get artery clogging meals, like the Triple Bypass.

"What it's all about is a place where you can live the way our Founding Fathers intended us to live, and that is by our own accord," he said.

Inside the theme restaurant there are "doctors" and ''nurses" -- staff dressed up in white coats and nurses hats -- and health warnings on the walls. Diners are given surgical gowns to wear while they choose items like "Bypass" burgers, "Flatliner" fries and buttermilk shakes.

On Saturday, a customer was stricken with an apparent heart attack while eating the Triple Bypass Burger. The man was carted away by paramedics and is reportedly now recovering.

But this week a Washington, D.C.-based anti-meat advocacy group asked Basso to shut down after the episode. Officials for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said Thursday they sent a letter to Basso asking him to "declare moral bankruptcy" and close the restaurant.

Susan Levin, the group's director of nutrition education, says the incident should be a wake-up call that bypass operations aren't funny.

But Basso shot back, saying there are groups and governmental organizations that want to tell us what do to -- and worse, what to eat.

"There are intrusive busy-body groups that want to take away our right to have a simple hamburger, a coke, some fries and enjoy our lives the way we want to," he said.

Basso has no plans to close the restaurant.

When asked, he could not say exactly how many calories are in his Triple Bypass Burger, adding: "It's totally against everything we believe in to count calories."
Quadruple Bypass Burger

A man suffered an apparent heart attack while eating a “Triple Bypass Burger” at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was eating by himself when he began complaining of chest pains, started sweating and stuttering his words, said Jon Basso, the restaurant’s owner.

“I was in the back cooking and the nurses came back and said ‘someone is having a heart attack,’” said Basso.

At first Basso didn’t believe it because in the hospital-themed restaurant, where wait staff wear sexy nursing uniforms, and the diners are outfitted with hospital gowns, the employees and customers sometimes role play.

“No, he’s really having an f-ing heart attack,” one of the employees told Basso, he said.

Basso, who goes by the name “Dr. Jon” in the restaurant, and who plays the role in a white doctor’s coat and stethoscope, called an ambulance and paramedics were quickly on hand to treat the man, who Basso described as a normal, “run-of-the-mill” guy in his 40′s.

The customer, who is in his 40s, was reportedly recovering in a nearby Las Vegas hospital after the attack, said Basso, who is not a doctor.

The burger joint, whose slogan is “taste…worth dying for,” is known for its self-proclaimed unhealthy food. A sign on the front door reads, “Caution: This Establishment is Bad for Your Health.”

In addition to the now infamous bypass burgers, diners can also enjoy fries cooked in pure lard, and butterfat shakes. A huge neon sign above the restaurant’s door advertises ”Over 350 Lbs Eats Free”. But they must prove it, by weighing in on a scale in the middle of the restaurant.

So what’s on that Triple Bypass Burger? Three half-pound hamburger patties with buns dipped in lard, half of an onion cooked in lard, a whole tomato, 15 pieces of bacon, cheese, and special sauce.

Estimated at 6,000 calories, Basso stated the obvious when he said, the “burgers are higher cal than your typical burgers.”

The restaurant also serves the “Quadruple Bypass Burger,” estimated at 8,000 calories.

But “Dr. Jon” says calorie count may be irrelevant; heart attacks are a genetic issue. er, he said ultimately, heart attacks are a genetic issue.

In an interview with ABC News last year, Basso said his food can be viewed as “absolutely evil.”

“I genuinely hope that people continue to eat in a sinful way, but moderately,” he said. “I don’t want to see everyone come into my restaurant every day. It’s a once a week, cheat day thing.”

Basso used to own a Jenny Craig franchise and fitness center, but left the fitness business because he did not feel he was reaching anyone, he said. (what a loser)

The Heart Attack Grill came under fire last year when its spokesman, 6’8″, 570-pound, Blair River died last year of pneumonia at age 29. It is not possible to say what role River’s weight played in his death.

“I hired him to promote my food,” said Basso. “We are absolutely guilty of glorifying obesity.”

On Saturday evening, customers close enough to see the customer having a heart attack were “mortified,” said Basso.

Tourists were less sympathetic, apparently thinking they were witnessing nothing more than a fit of acting or a publicity stunt — since the restaurant sometimes wheels healthy customers in an out of the restaurant on wheelchairs.

“It was horrible, the tourists were saying ‘hold on, slow down, let me get a shot,” Basso said.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Power of Parents

This entry is a deviation from the normal information on training and health, but has everything to do with the Warrior Spirit. Below is a column that Vai Sikahema wrote for a Utah newspaper. (We featured a story about Vai in a past post: http://www.haskestrength.com/2010/07/is-bigger-always-better.html ) He's a Warrior. I think his column is great. The speech by Mayor Nutter will take about 12 minutes of your time to watch, but it's great to know that there are some leaders (as opposed to politicians) left who are willing and able to say what needs to be said.

Finally, I share with you a You Tube clip of a speech Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter gave to his own family's congregation at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church last summer following a flash mob incident in downtown Philadelphia where 20-30 teenagers looted stores, robbed and assaulted innocent bystanders. If you're a parent, grandparent, youth leader or scoutmaster, I strongly suggest you watch the clip. We watched it for family home evening earlier this week. It is raw, emotional and very powerful.
Mayor Nutter was straightforward, blunt and by his own admission, "not PC." To fathers who only provide a monthly check but give no direction to their kids, don't know where they are or who they hang out with, "you're not fathers ... you're just human ATMs." And to those who provide neither financial assistance or guidance, "you're just sperm donors."
His most pointed remarks were reserved for the youth of Philadelphia. "Take those doggone hoodies down, especially in the summer. Buy a belt! Nobody wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt! Buy a belt! Learn some manners. Keep your butt in school, go to college, make something of yourself and be a good citizen. Extend your English vocabulary beyond the few curse words that you know, some other grunts and grumbles and other things that none of us understand anything that you're saying.
"And if you go to look for a job ... don't go blaming it on the white folks or anybody else if you walk into somebody's office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, with your shoes untied and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arm, on your face, on your neck and you wonder why somebody won't hire you? They don't hire you 'cause you look like you're crazy! That's why they're not hiring you."
After a moment of calm, he closed with this: "If you act like you got some sense ... you'd be surprised at what opportunities will open up to you."
Father to father, I'm with you Mr. Mayor.

Vai Sikahema is the Sports Director and Anchor for NBC10 Philadelphia and host of the "Vai & Gonzo Show" on ESPN Philadelphia Radio. He is a two-time All-Pro, two-time Emmy Award winner and was a member of BYU's 1984 National Championship team.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Perfect Plan

Champions come in many sizes, shapes, and backrounds. No such thing as "one size fits all".
I loved this article by Bill Sands. So often coaches are looking for the elusive perfect, foolproof plan that will work for everyone all of the time. No such plan exists, but a real coach understands the many variables and knows how to fashion an effective program for each athlete. Great article as Dr. Sands outlines an extensive list of possible variables. As he concludes, the only "perfect plan" is the the best plan for each circumstance and it will evolve over time. Nothing is effective forever. The elusive "perfect plan" will of necessity adapt and provide a continually appropriate stimulus.
When the Perfect Plan is NOT the Best Plan
NSCA Education Director
Numerous strong opinions exist regarding how one should select exercises, teach skills, establish training loads, and delineate what’s best regarding many other factors in strength training and conditioning. Disagreements are numerous, widespread, and passionate. These disagreements have led to distrust, harmful gossip, and slow-to-heal wounded egos and hard feelings. Using personal pronouns I will follow the reasoning of this article as if I had prepared a strength training and conditioning program and someone else prepared a different program. We find ourselves passionately defending our programs as ‘better’ than those just as passionately defended by others. But how do we know if our program is really better than any other program? There are bound to be contentions with predicting how each program will unfold and what effects it will have. Furthermore, there are certainly factors that neither party has considered that overrule all or some of their arguments. Let’s begin the problem of determining how ‘good’ our programs are.
Of course, I believe that my plan is the ‘perfect’ one; after all, I developed it. Thus, by definition, it has to be the perfect plan. My colleague also believes she has the perfect plan. She is confident and passionate about her program, because of course, she developed it. How do we, or does anyone, decide which program is better? It would be natural to start running the programs through a gauntlet of questions:
Which program fits the environment?
Which program fits the age group?
Which program fits the training age?
Which program fits the time allowed for training?
And so forth...
Exploring this gauntlet of questions, I made a list of the potential variables that might intrude on the construction and implementation of a strength training and conditioning program The list includes about 50 variables, some of which are clearly more important than others.
Training Variables
Periodization Model
Exercise selection
Tension type(s)
Stretch shortening cycle
   drop height
   rebound or not
   direction of rebound
   speed of rebound
   neuromuscular efficiency
Exercise order
Number of Sets
Number of Reps
Rest between sets
Single Joint or Multi-Joint
To Failure?
Repetition duration
Repetition speed
Repetition ROM
Amount of total load per unit time
number of training sessions per day
   per day
   per week
   per month
   per year
   per career
Body part(s)/muscle group(s)
Time of day
Time relative to menstrual cycle, females
Period of year
Period of macrocycle
Period of mesocycle
Period of microcycle
Timing in training lesson
Age of athlete
   sexual maturity
   developmental maturity
   skeletal maturity
   muscular maturity
   neuromuscular coordination maturity
   mental maturity
   young adult (15-30)
   middle adult (30-50)
   elderly adult (50-70)
   old age adult (>70)
Training age of athlete
Health status
Injury status
Handicap status
Mental status
Nutritional status
Closed or Open Kinetic Chain
Coach presence
Testing or training
   free weights
   dumb bells
   medicine balls
   body weight
   does the machine or device fit the athlete?
   body weight/device
Nutrition timing
To compute the total number of combinations of 50 variables we use 50!, or “50 factorial.” This equation results in approximately 3.04 x 1064 different combinations of variables. Clearly this is a huge number, thus, it is exceedingly doubtful that anyone can know all of the possible combinations of variables that influence strength and conditioning. It should be obvious that determining the ‘best’ program for anyone is exceedingly difficult, and may indeed be impossible.
Strength and conditioning coaches might search for arguments to tout their program as the best because it prevents injuries and results in better transfer of athletic performance. With regard to safety, injuries that occur in strength training and conditioning are unusually rare (1,8,17-19,25). Frankly, sport training is almost always more likely to result in injury than the conditioning program (24). These facts make arguments about the likelihood of injuries for either program suspect. Studying and attributing injury incidence and severity when the incidences are so few is very difficult. A second argument is that a program is going to result in better performance transfer. However, the transfer of training programs to the gym, field of play, or court is staggeringly difficult to determine. Specifically in strength and conditioning, only a few studies have actually investigated whether specific exercises and programs actually transfer to performance (5). Usually, the approach is to involve easily measured laboratory or field assessments that mimic competitive performance. Laboratory or contrived measures are rarely a good substitute or simulation of real-world competition (3,4,22,26,27). Again, neither of these arguments makes one program more efficacious than another.
How well can we predict athlete performance? The answer of course, is not well. Talent identification programs serve as useful surrogates for this question (2,6,9,13,16,20,23). In a paper by Sands and McNeal, the ability to predict performance at the 1996 Olympic Games showed that even short-term predictions, such as the next day, were unlikely to be accurate (21). Predictions of athletic training effects are extremely difficult, and assertions that imply this type of perspective are fanciful (7,10-15). As such, our two program developers have little evidence upon which to build a coherent and valid foundation for their particular programs.
Do any of the previous arguments and evidence, or lack thereof, make any difference in the implementation of the different strength training and conditioning programs? The issue in program design and implementation often boils down to who is going to do the implementation. If the person implementing the program believes in the program, then he/she is likely to be careful, vigilant, and able to modify exercises at any instance because he/she understands the exercises and values the program’s objective. When someone tries to implement someone else’s program, the personal pride of authorship doesn’t exist. Thus, the implementation is likely to be poor. A less than perfect program implemented with enthusiasm, confidence, commitment, and responsibility will beat a perfect program implemented with skepticism, laziness, apathy, and lack of confidence—every time. Thus, a ‘perfect’ program is not necessarily the ‘best’ program. Rather, the ‘best’ program depends largely on who implements the program.
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Penn State Way- Update

A few weeks ago we posted about the Penn State way with a video clip about their conditioning program. We wondered if the training would change, and it appears that it has, and in a hurry! It has long been my opinion that the for years Penn State was winning more in spite of their program than because of it. For years they espoused the so called H.I.T. philosophy of  slow, controlled, movements done to failure. As these players explain, it was mainly machine oriented. The idea was to strengthen players without injuring them. I fully agree with that goal, but I don't think that the olympic type lifts are inherently dangerous. Any lift can be dangerous if they are not taught correctly. It is true that it takes a proficient coach to teach the more complex lifts. I know for a fact, that a significant number of former Penn State athletes used to "go underground" and lift on their own with full body, multi-joint movements such as cleans, squats,...etc. It sounds like now they are being coached and progressing in this "new" style of training. It is ironic that several of the players related that they are now returning to the training they were doing in high school. Many scholastic programs here in the United States are as sophisticated and up to date as collegiate programs although there are still many that are not. It will be interesting to see the future of the Penn State program.

Monday, February 6, 2012

It Doesn't Come In a Bottle

Bill Starr was an outstanding lifter as well as a respected coach. He authored "The Strongest Shall Survive" and "Defying Gravity" along with hundreds of articles.

Years ago, sometime back in the early 70's, Bill Starr wrote a column in Strength and Health magazine entitled "You Can't Get It From a Bottle." or something to that effect. He basically bemoaned the state of lifting at that time was such that every young kid who began lifting thought he had to have the latest "supplements" (bascially dianibol) in order to succeed and that loading up on such supplements was the most important aspect of training. Meanwhile sane training and sound nutrition fell out of vogue in the scramble for the latest "scientific advances". Now, 40+ years later, if anything that state of mind has only been magnified as so many supplements, legitimate and otherwise are now so readily available. I can't begin to tell you how many times I have been asked by young athletes and even more often "wannabe" athletes who want to know what they should be taking. First I ask what they are eating. Most often they aren't eating breakfast and they have a Twix bar and a Pepsi for lunch, then they want to know which gain weight formula they should be taking. I have kids asking about creatine and the latest fat burners who think chicken mcnuggets are health food. No doubt we have a nearly infinite array of supplements available, but nothing will work without a great diet and a sane training program. Below is an article that I saw today that likely is a result of some "kids" trying to take a short cut to Ramboness. Bill Starr was right on over 40 years ago, you  still can't get it from a bottle.

Army Studies Workout Supplements After Deaths
The United States Army is investigating whether certain dietary supplements for athletes, available until recently at stores on military bases in the United States, may have played a role in the deaths of two soldiers.
William P. O'Donnell/The New York Times
Dietary supplements like Jack3d and OxyElite Pro were removed from  military bases.
Both soldiers died last year after having heart attacks during fitness exercises, according to a spokesman for the Army’s assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.
With names like Jack3d and OxyElite Pro, these supplements are popular with athletes because they contain an ingredient, known as dimethylamylamine or DMAA, advertised to increase energy, concentration and metabolism. The products are best sellers among fitness buffs at stores like GNC and the Vitamin Shoppe, as well as on Web sites like bodybuilding.com.
As a precaution, the Defense Department has removed all products containing DMAA from stores on military bases, including more than 100 GNC shops, pending the completion of an Army safety review, said Peter J. Graves, an Army spokesman.
Consumers, however, can still buy Jack3d, a “preworkout booster,” and OxyElite Pro, a fat burner, at GNC stores and other retailers in the United States.
In a statement, USPlabs, the Dallas company that markets OxyElite Pro and Jack3d (pronounced “jacked”), said there was no medical evidence to suggest the products are dangerous when used as directed. The company said it stood by the safety of its products and was fully cooperating with the inquiry by the Defense Department.
The company and retailers say that DMAA is a dietary supplement. But some medical experts said it should be classified as a drug, which would require approval from the Food and Drug Administration before it could be marketed.
Greg Miller, a spokesman for GNC, said that a variety of retailers in the United States have sold DMAA and that “there is absolutely no reason to believe there are any safety issues.” The Army investigation comes as the F.D.A. has been increasing its scrutiny of the supplement industry. Tamara Ward, a spokeswoman for the F.D.A., declined to comment on whether the agency was investigating products containing DMAA .
Some sports organizations including the World Anti-Doping Authority, the international body that regulates drug use by Olympic athletes, and several professional sports leagues have listed DMAA as a banned stimulant. In Canada, where the government health agency has classified DMAA as a drug, companies cannot sell products containing it as a dietary supplement.
Mr. Graves, the Army spokesman, said that DMAA had been identified in the toxicology reports of the two soldiers’ deaths. He added that the Army had also received some reports of liver and kidney failureseizures, loss of consciousness and rapid heartbeat in other military personnel who have used products containing DMAA. Mr. Graves said the Army was evaluating whether there were links between the use of the DMAA products and the reported health problems.
Kerri Toloczko, a USPlabs spokeswoman, said in a statement that “there have been over one billion doses of DMAA-containing products taken without a single corroborated serious” health problem among people who used the products as directed.
DMAA, she wrote in the statement, is a naturally occurring compound found in an Asian geranium and has been used as food for more than a century. It is a mild stimulant with effects similar to caffeine, she said, adding that studies of Jack3d and OxyElite “have proven definitively that products containing DMAA are safe when used as directed.”
But some medical and industry experts said DMAA is a powerful drug, and have raised concerns about its widespread availability.
DMAA is a stimulant similar to amphetamine, said Edward Wyszumiala, the general manager of dietary supplement programs at NSF International, a nonprofit organization that tests supplements for the National Football League and other professional sports groups to rule out performance-enhancing substances. He added that Eli Lilly, the pharmaceutical company, originally developed DMAA in the 1940s as a nasal decongestant formula called Forthane.
Although Eli Lilly later stopped marketing Forthane, medical literature in the 1950s warned doctors that DMAA was more potent in animals than ephedrine, an amphetamine-like stimulant, said Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who has studied tainted dietary supplements.
“Unfortunately, what we have now is pharmacological levels of an amphetamine derivative easily available,” said Dr. Cohen, also an internist at the Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Cohen added that he was concerned about the results of a recent study of OxyElite Pro that reported the kinds of responses in users — like cold sweats and increasedblood pressure — that might foreshadow serious heart problems.
Ms. Toloczko, the spokeswoman for USPlabs, said DMAA met the legal definition of a dietary supplement, denying that it was a drug.
Even so, several prominent professional sports and supplement industry experts said that companies marketing DMAA as a dietary supplement are exploiting lax regulations and potentially putting consumers at risk.
Under United States law, dietary supplements are defined as products containing only supplemental dietary ingredients, like vitamins or minerals, and do not need F.D.A. approval before they are sold.
“How is this possibly being legally sold under the current rules for dietary supplements?” said Travis Tygart, the chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency and an advocate for tighter regulation of supplements.
Last summer, a 22-year-old soldier collapsed at an Army base in the Southwest during a training run with his unit. Last fall, a 32-year-old soldier at the same base also collapsed after taking a physical fitness test. DMAA was identified in both soldiers’ toxicology reports, the Army spokesman said, but he declined to identify them.
Mr. Tygart said the issues raised by DMAA reminded him of the case of ephedra, another stimulant. The F.D.A. banned ephedra as a dietary supplement in 2004 after the deaths of several prominent athletes, including Steven S. Bechler, a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, who had used the substance.
USPlabs is run by Jacobo E. Geissler, who, according to the company’s Web site, studied nutrition at Texas A&M. In 2003 , before he started USPlabs, Mr. Geissler was criminally charged in Texas with buying illegal steroids, according to court records . He pleaded no contest and served a term of community service.
Many fitness enthusiasts remain devoted to Jack3d, which, according to a widely disseminated online product description, “gives you the mad aggressive desire and ability to lift more weight, pump out more reps and have crazy lasting energy.”
Some of its users raved about the product last week on Twitter. “Jack3d got me feeling beastly! Gym time!! #beastmode,” Luis Vasquez wrote.
Last summer, the United States Anti-Doping Agency issued a warning notice about DMAA to athletes, but Mr. Tygart said he worried about ordinary consumers.
“As long as it is not being removed from stores, we’ve got to ensure, as we have with our athletes, that consumers are aware of this issue and are making informed, reasoned decisions,” Mr. Tygart said.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Fitness Humor

A little humor for Friday. There is an endless array of products designed to get us fit in only minutes a day with little or no effort. One thing for sure, they are all guaranteed to seperate us from our money.

And for the Natives and those who love them, the secret nutritional supplement at it's best. Frybread Power!!!

And here is the biggest joke we've seen in some time. A presidential endorsement from Donald Trump? In Vegas no less. This has all the credibility of a "Thigh Master".