The Saga of Fitness Bullshit Continues

Question:

Dear Marc,

I subscribed to your newsletter(s).  Good stuff.  Been helpful.  Just wondering why you don’t email that often?  Not that I want daily emails but you go months without a word.

You alive?

Answer:

Indeed I am alive.  Thanks for asking.  There’s 2 reasons why I don’t email that often.

Sorry Excuse #1: 

I’m terrible at keeping in touch.  Ask anybody.  The thing that all my fitness peeps told me over and over was “the money is in the list.”  I think what they meant was, keeping in regular contact with the people who have opted-in to your stuff is where the real value resides.  When you stop emailing people (friends and family), they don’t respond as well as they once did.  Something else, or somebody else grabs their attention and you are not on the for-front of their though.

Makes perfect sense to me.

I’ve signed up for great newsletters before.  I get a few.  Then nothing.  Then they start emailing me 6 months later.  I think “who the F is this?”  Delete or unsubscribe or if I’m particularity lazy, I hit the SPAM button.   I figure, that’s pretty much common in the virtual world.  I see people on Facebook who post something that comes across my news-feed and I think “why did I friend this person?  Who they hell are they”  I remove them.  It’s universal.

I’m barely at 226 words and my wrists hurt from typing.  Dragon Naturally Speaking might be in my future soon.

Moving on…

Honest Reason #2: 

There’s not that much to report that’s worth your time.  And here’s what I mean.

This industry is plagued with bullshit.  I’ve been at this game 10 years (online) and in that time, I’ve seen about 3-5 things that are really revolutionary.  The rest is spun crap, lies, bullshit, scams, or built by ghost-writers and slick kids who know marketing perfectly.  People today don’t know Vince Gironda, or Larry Scott but they know these kids who dropped out of college (won’t name names) who are truly nothing in the world of bodybuilding but have learned who to market.  They get the eyeballs and the money.  Sort of like politicians I guess?

Garbage.  I can’t in good conscious send links to stuff that I’d toss myself into the garbage can.  I made a promise that I’d send information that was somewhat valuable, somewhat interesting and could help you along in your goals.  I just have not seen much lately that meets that baseline criteria.  I could write articles all day about basics but that stuff bores me and I would venture to guess it bores you too.  I could be wrong.  I’m not trying to take morally high road here and look down upon others.  Spamming people with junk doesn’t interest me.  I’d rather trade stocks against other gamblers who signed up for the game.

In the last few months, I’ve kept very faithful to my workouts.  I’ve been doing what I do best (keep the head down and hit the weights).  In that time I’ve seen some crap come across my Inbox that I can’t believe is so popular.  It’s unfortunate really.  I think growing up as a kid I had it better.  A few muscle magazines and my own experimentations.  Today, people get bombarded with so many things from people who are not experts but appear to be that confusion is at all all time high.

I predict that as more and more information is available, people will not become more healthy.  They will only become more confused and injury prone.  They will continue to buy into get ripped and muscular fast programs that make outlandish promises.  Nobody is packing on pounds of lean muscle per week unless you are on drugs (but that claim sells and it’s truly what the readers want to hear .. hell I want to hear it!).

To me, bodybuilding is boring.  It’s repetitive, basic, hopefully none eventful workouts for years that lead to a longer, better overall quality of life (more mobility, less doctor visits).

I don’t mean to belittle your gym time. 

When I say boring I simply mean in terms of revolutionary discoveries.  Wrapping your arms to restrict blood flow is old school Russian shit.  Go for it but if you think your arms will be 2″ bigger than mine by using this technique, you must live in Colorado and legally be smoking the good stuff.  Targeting carbs around your workout or going ultra low carb and then having a weekly refeed is not new.  Doing spider craws thru the gym and then dumbbell overhead pressing on a Bosu ball is something you won’t see me doing.

Although experimentation can be fun and break up the monotony.  Seeking to be a better version of yourself thru whatever means necessary is certainly worth the effort.

If there’s something worth while, I’ll tell you about it.  But don’t expect weekly blog posts or daily emails about some new crazy way to do a bicep curl.  That fine for some, it’s not my style.  I like what works, I like to get the job done.  I don’t want to waste my precious years or money on crap and I don’t think you do either.

Well I’m off to do another “boring” but result producing workout.  Hope you have a great day and do something fun.

Gift Ideas for Almost Any Respectable Bodybuilder

Question:

Dear Marc,

My SO is really into bodybuilding.  Being female, I’m cool with it as he looks great but I have no idea what would say that I get this sport and I support him.  Do you have any gift ideas for my bodybuilding boyfriend?

Answer:

So it’s a gift for bodybuilders you want?  Male or Female, here’s a great list for that special bodybuilder.  These are a list of must have items or items that make working out more enjoyable, safe and fun.  Price varies as some are inexpensive but most if not all are under $100.  Any serious bodybuilder either has some of these, most of these or the luckiest of them all, all of these.  But every single idea on this list is useful to anybody who’s serious about building muscle (gym time, cook time, rest time).

Magic Bullet

magic bullet

The Magic Bullet can be found almost anywhere.  It’s a blender but smaller.  So less of a cleanup.  It can make most shakes and mix up protein quickly.  It’s great for those times when you want to add protein to something a bit more substantial but don’t want the hassle of pulling out the full blender and making a huge mess.

Gym Bag gym bag

Everybody could use a good gym bag.  The brand is up to you.  Look for something with reasonable weight to it but not so huge that everybody is going to trip over the thing.  I don’t know of a single serious bodybuilder who doesn’t carry a bag.  Seriously.  Stuff it with a towel, protein shaker or other goodies if you want.

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Lose Weight in a Week Guaranteed

Lose weight in a week you say?  Is it possible?  Is it safe?  Is it legal?

lose-weight-in-a-week

Not only is it legal but it’s safe and involves no drugs (unless you consider carbohydrates and sugar a drug).  This non-revolutionary method has been used by thousands of bodybuilders for decades to get ready for a contest.  It’s been used by many diet experts that took the contest prep idea too far and turned it into a lifestyle.  It’s been used by average people to strip away fat and weight without even knowing what they were doing. And it’s part of a preparation phase for people looking to gain weight.

So what is this ultra super secret revolutionary method to lose weight in a week?  Let’s make the definition of a week to 10 days.  7 days is almost enough but add on just 3 more and you’ll notice a significant change in your body.

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Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle Video Review

Video Review of the 2013 Edition
of Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle!

Click the Play Button Below to Get the Whole Story

The Easiest Way to Burn Fat
Just Became the Easiest Book to Read…

Before leaving for a family vacation, I received an email from Tom Venuto.  It read..

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Carb Back Loading Explained

If you are looking for the definition of carbohydrate backloading,  then watch Carb Back Loading explained by Ben Pakulski.  As much as I wanted to do my own video, Ben did such a great job, I didn’t want to add to the clutter of useless videos on the subject from people who’s only objective is to sell you a book.

Imagine that.. videos and blog reviews from people who want to make the affiliate commission off a product they’ve never personally tried.  I made mention in a previous post about my intention to try out Carb Backloading and I’m glad I did.  But first…

Watch Carb Back Loading Explained

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Meal Plans from Bulkbites – Easy to Create Online for Free

meal plans

Bulkbites bills itself as an easy to to create meal plans sites with pre-loaded recipes with the ability to upload and create your own.  As the community grows, so does you ability to drag and drop meals that fit your macronutrient needs.

If you want 200g of protein a day, with 200g of carbs and low fat?  This site will custom tail meals to fit that goal.

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How to Make Apple Oatmeal Snack Bars

This apple oatmeal snack bars is a quick and easy option for those who can’t cook (raise my hand) that need a fructose (sugar) fix but want it to healthy and loaded with protein.

Apple Oatmeal Snack Bars

Easy to Make Snacks – Apple Oat Bars

Apple Oatmeal Snack Bars:

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients:

• ¾ cup oatmeal
• ¼ cup oat bran
• 6 egg whites
• 1 scoop (30g) vanilla protein
• 2 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce

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Carb Backloading Fights Cavities

Could carb backloading help fight cavities?

Carb Fermentation Dental Caries

Caries develop as carbohydrates are fermented by mouth bacteria to acids causing demineralization of the teeth.

During my last dental cleaning the hygenist flat out said, “Wow, there’s nothing really here.  I’ve never seen anybody with so little plaque.”

In all my years of going to the dentist, this was by far the easiest, no scraping I’ve ever had in my entire life!  I had no caries!

Dental caries, also known as tooth decay or a cavity.

The Start of My Hypothesis

I had some ideas in my mind why my cleaning went so well but I never really understood them until I saw the slide above.  When I did, it made sense.  Let me explain.

I travel frequently to various health and fitness seminars where I see none of my peers.  These type of seminars are not about bodybuilding or supplements.  They are given by the people working in various industries related to the sport I love but way behind the scenes.

In this particular session given by the American Association of Candy Technologists called “A Spoon Full of Sugar … Helps the Medicine Go Down” there was a presentation by Stefanie Ringo of Cargill.  Her presentation was called “Pros & Cons of Sugar and Sweetener Alternatives.”

She didn’t know it but she just told me why Carb Backloading helped me get the best dental cleaning of my life.

Carbohydrate Fermentation

On the slide above it says “Caries develop as carbohydrates are fermented by mouth bacteria to acids causing demineralization of the teeth.”

Here’s what an entry in Wikipedia says about the process.

Bacteria in a person’s mouth convert glucose, fructose, and most commonly sucrose (table sugar) into acids such as lactic acid through a glycolytic process called fermentation. If left in contact with the tooth, these acids may cause demineralization, which is the dissolution of its mineral content. - Source

Hypothesis:

Limit the time carbohydrates would be on my teeth compared to a typical diet.  This leads to less bacteria from carbs that could ferment.

Experiment

Eat my carbs after my workouts up until bed.  Limit the time carbs would be on my teeth at any given time without changing the regular brushing schedule.

Conclusion

Carb Back Loading Helps Fight Tooth Decay

It seems to me that no matter what nutritional protocol you follow, if you simply utilize carbohydrates as a fuel timed around your training with brushing after such an intake, you may have better dental checkups.

Be Fit, Stay Strong!

Marc David – CPT

Blender Bottle – BPA Free Protein Shaker

Looking for a better protien shaker?

protien shaker

Blender Bottle – BPA Free Shaker

 Pros:

  • Surgical grade stainless steel mixing ball included
  • BPA Free
  • Odor and impact resistant
  • Flip cap that stays open
  • 28oz total capacity (larger models)
  • Doesn’t leak
  • Oz and Ml markings clearly visible
  • Dishwasher safe (top rack)

Cons:

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My Video Review of the Fusion Mixer

When I received this thing called the Fusion Mixer, I’d never owned an automatic protein shaker cup.  Never had the need really and probably still do not but it was nice to be able to quickly mix up a drink intra-workout or after.

Pros:

  • easily mixed protein
  • not too bulky
  • smooth mixing action

Cons:

  • uses 2 AA batteries
  • battery cover easily comes off
  • mixer ultimately broke down

After 4 months of use, this just stopped working.  At that point, I’d lost the battery cover but it still worked.  What I believe happened was mixing up protein and other “sticky” substances without quickly rinsing it out, caused build-up around the mixer.  It started to stick.

Eventually, no amount of cleaning made it work again and it seemed like the gears were slipping as well.

Fancy fitness gadget that was cool but not hardcore enough to last 1/100 of a regular shaker bottle.  For all intents and purposes, it’s just easier to bring in shaker bottle with some type of mixing ball that will do the same and never break down.

10 out of 10 for coolness but 2 out of 10 for longevity.

Update - Try the LaCuisine Tornado Portable Mixer or the Fit & Fresh CleanTek Power Mixer Pro.

Be Fit, Stay Strong!

Marc David – CPT