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Friday, November 13th, 2009

Workout of the Day

Deadlift 3-3-3-3-3
Then, for reps:

Double-under for 2 minutes
Sit-up for 2 minutes
Double-under for 90 seconds
Sit-up for 90 seconds
Double-under for 1-minute
Sit-up for 1-minute
Double-under for 30 seconds
Sit-up for 30 seconds

Food Friday

This week, Kimberly sent us a link to a great resource, a downloadable primal recipe book.

A quick note about the chapter for endurance athletes at the end of the book, which includes some recipes with grains.  What’s our take on this?   First, after a long endurance based workout, most athletes can handle higher glycemic load and do very well with more carbs and faster burning carbs post workout.  Just remember that the majority of our workouts aren’t long enough to qualify us as serious endurance athletes.   That being said, we do have a few true endurance athletes in our membership.  Lastly, everyone is different.  What works for one may not work as well for others.  The vast majority of us would be better off avoiding the inflammatory and auto-immune repercussions of grains in our diet, but a small number of athletes, usually ones that are very lean to begin with, seem to do well on certain types of grains.

A second note about the chapter on deserts.  Keep in mind that the essence of paleo/primal nutrition is simple, real food: meat, vegetables, nuts, seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar.  It is doubtful that paleo man baked macaroons and banana bread on a regular basis.  These are fun treats to try once in a while, but keep a close watch on how you feel when you have treats made from lots of high sugar fruits and lots of high fat nut flours.  Some athletes thrive on it and others just feel lethargic.

We’ve had a lot of requests for additional nutritional information.  We’d like to take a 2-pronged approach to answering your questions.  First, we’ll update our nutritional resources page on the website with additional explanations, guidelines and recipes.   Second, we’d like to hold some nutrition Q&A clinics at the gym.  Please post thoughts and suggestions to comments.


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