Well, Hello, 2011

Okay, so it turns out that I missed multiple opportunities to post anything related to the new year.  In my defense, I have two posts I didn’t get to finish, which would have contained that message.  I’ll finish those in due time, but I’d like to wish you a belated Happy New Years anyway!

2011 had an interesting start for me; I had a run in with some mild food poisoning/24 stomach bug, and spent Sunday waking up every 2 hours to find out that Pepto Bismol wasn’t doing it’s job.  It’s a little gross, but at least it looked pretty cool when I threw up.  I ended up eating 3 pieces of toast late in the day, in addition to the two G2’s that I watered down throughout the day; not as much as I usually eat, eh?  I also fell asleep at 9pm yesterday and woke up at 8am this morning.  I’m sure college students everywhere are envious of me sleeping for well over half a day, but I’m behind on my listening, reading, and watching; I need to learn!

I’ve been catching up on things this morning, and I have a number of videos and links to share with you.  We’re covering a whole bunch of topics today, so let’s get into it:

If you’re not deadlifting, you should be deadlifting.  Regardless of what your training goals are, deadlifting will help everybody.  Unless you want to be weak, but I guess you wouldn’t be training for that.  If you don’t know how to deadlift, this is how you do it:

I came across THIS post this morning about using crawling as a ‘core’ exercise over the bird-dog.  The reasoning makes a lot of sense; it’s more fun, and it’s a foundational movement.  Perfect!  That first link led me to THIS one, (which you really should read) by Jay DeMayo, basketball strength coach from the University of Richmond.  He gives examples of different crawls to incorporate into your training.  I want to make sure you get the information from those two links that you didn’t click, but I can’t embed the Vimeo video, so click here for a video of crawls.

In THIS post from the American College of Sports Medicine, we find that strength training may increase flexibility more than a stretching program alone.  Conventional wisdom says that strength training will make you muscle bound, but that’s if you’re doing it wrong.  With a properly designed strength training program, you’ll be moving like Gumby in no time!

While crawling the interwebz this morning, I found some old posts from the blog of Men’s Health fitness editor Adam Campbell.  He discussed feedback that the American Diabetes Association gave him on THIS article, published in November of 2006,  about The Cure for Diabetes.  It’s a great article, and you should read it.  Once you finish it, read THIS, which includes the ADA’s response to the post, as well as his commentary on the ADA’s response, as well as feedback from other important people in the field.  Diabetes is a national epidemic, and you need to know more about it.

Earlier I embedded a video demonstrating good deadlift technique.  Now, I embed a video showing the most awesome at-home deadlifting session ever.  Who ever said you had to train seriously to train seriously.

I’m not exactly sure how I found it, but in THIS article from the Times of India, Australian researchers found yet another reason why being a vegetarian is dumb, not the best idea.  Those on a meat-free diet are 6 times more likely to suffer from shrinkage of the brain, due to decreased levels of Vitamin B12.  If for some reason you MUST avoid meat, make sure you still meat your daily levels of recommended B12.  Yes, that was a terrible joke, I know.

This morning while checking out Eric Cressey’s blog,  I found out about the 2011 Sports Rehab to Sports Performance Teleseminar series from SportsRehabExpert.com.  Starting on Tuesday, January 11th, there will be 45-60 minute interviews with ten of the brightest professionals in field, and I’m very excited about it.  I’ll definitely be watching these, and if you’re going into the related fields, I’d suggest you do the same.  Here is the list of presenters:

1.  Sue Falsone – PT, Athletes’ Performance
2.  Ron Hruska – PT, Postural Restoration Institute
3.  Dr. Mike Leahy – Sports Chiropractor and inventor of ART
4.  Thomas Myers – Anatomy Trains author
5.  Brian Grasso – IYCA Founder
6.  Greg Roskopf – Muscle Activation Technique
7.  Brian Mulligan – PT, Mulligan Technique/Joint Mobilizations with Movement
8.  Dr. Warren Hammer – Chiropractor, Graston Technique Instructor, Fascial Manipulation
9.  Dan John – Strength Coach, author, Never Let Go
10.  Gray Cook – PT, FMS

Again, if you’re interested, and you should be interested, here’s is a link to register: 2011 Sports Rehab to Sports Performance Teleseminar

2011 is going to be a fantastic year, but it has big shoes to fill; 2010 was one of the best years of my life!  I have lots of things planned for the new year, and I’m excited to have so much momentum pushing me forward.  Thank you for your support reading my blog, and watching me as I kick-start my world takeover career.  I’m looking forward to 2011!

The last video for you today comes from Australia.  Navy Clearance Diver Paul de Gelder was attacked by a 10ft shark while partaking in a training exercise, and punched the shark until it swam away.  You can already tell the man is a total badass, and this video that he put together of 12 months post-shark attack could be the most inspiring video I’ve seen all year, and for the same of that phrase, I’m counting 2010 as well.  This is amazing:

 

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