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First, happy holidays! Hope all of our family, friends, alumni and community are enjoying the festivities of the season.
As we wrap up another year and embrace a time for reflection, it only seems fitting to take a look back at some of our highlights of 2016, and a look ahead at what’s to come in the New Year.
The Focus team was ECSTATIC last Sunday when Starting Strength Challenge organizer, Dana Varrone, announced that we had won the Long Island City meet title for the SECOND year in a row.
Coach Brent Carter did an amazing job coaching us along the way and judging the event; and, little did he know, he’d soon have even more reason to be proud.
I’ve unfortunately been asked this question much more than I’d prefer since the new Bravo TV show, ‘Workout New York’ aired.
Has anyone else seen it? If so, I’m curious as to what you thought about it.
To answer the question originally posed to me, let’s just say I shut the show off after about 5 minutes. Aside from an inordinate amount of profanity and other unprofessional behavior exhibited by the trainers, the show portrays the fitness industry as ridiculously dramatic, superficial and self absorbed. Granted, there are probably too many trainers out there for whom this is true; but the better half seek to motivate and inspire, and are dedicated to helping other people achieve goals.
For a “reality TV show,” this show is far from reality.
Thoughts? Leave a comment!
We held our very first Career Fair for students last Wednesday afternoon and it was a huge success!
After several weeks of gaining knowledge, technical skills AND professionalism (via help with writing resumes and cover letters, interview prep, etc.), FPTI’s Master Course and Theory and Application students seeking jobs and internships got all dressed up to network with recruiters from New York City’s top gyms. They were especially excited to see FPTI alumni there now representing fitness management!
Given that THIS article just came out in the NY Times, we thought it necessary to shed some light on the topic of the current diet trend known as “Paleo.” Did you know that regardless of its potential health benefits, the “Paleo” Diet might not actually be Paleolithic in nature?
If you actually read the research, there’s no real evidence to show that our ancestors – at least not everyone’s ancestors – ate a diet of predominantly meats, vegetables and berries. Read THIS review paper on the subject and you’ll learn that studies suggest our ancestors ate what was available, and this varied greatly across regions and changed greatly across time.
Think about it: When survival is at stake, you’ll eat anything – and that’s likely what they did. Much of the problem today is that people still do this even when they’re far from starvation… True, we have processing methods today that we didn’t have back then, and processed foods are surely causing a host of health problems. But I have a very hard time believing that our incredibly adaptable species has not also adjusted its regulatory mechanisms over the years to better utilize what is available today in order to continue surviving.
Additionally, even way back when, we see evidence that diet was mostly learned behavior and passed on, much like it is today. Go figure.
Bottom line: While eating a diet like Paleo that is rich in lean meats and vegetables is certainly better for health than a diet high in processed meats and sugars, the health benefits of eating “Paleo” have more to do with the promotion of nutrient-dense whole foods and banning of nutrient-void, calorie-dense “food” than with the premise that this is how we are “meant to eat” based on ancestry.
To learn more about the Paleo Diet and other nutrition trends, check out our new Nutrition Facts and Fallacies course at FPTI. We sold out the first one last weekend, so we’ll be running another in November. Stay tuned for details!
Bet you didn’t know THAT!
What’s being done these days in exercise research is pretty cool. The latest endeavor: Turning sweat into fuel.
That’s right: Scientists at the University of California at San Diego are working on a device that uses the lactate (a byproduct of the metabolic process known as glycolysis, where carbohydrates are broken down for fuel) generated during intense exercise and present in your sweat to create an electrical current. You can read more about it HERE.
In short, the device comes in the form of a temporary tattoo embedded with a battery that senses lactate and uses its electrons to generate power:
Granted, the current produced from lactate is small, but researchers are hoping to find a way to enhance it and eventually power devices like heart rate monitors and even phones.
The best part is, the more intense the exercise, the more lactate you produce – so the implications to motivation and sustaining exercise intensity for longer periods of time in order to power a device could be pretty big (i.e., better workouts for many exercisers).
This past weekend, FPTI sent a team of six out to Merrick, Long Island to compete in the RPS Powerlifting meet at CrossFit Strong…and we returned home with a TEAM total of 10 lifetime PRs! What’s even better is that everyone who competed got at least one PR, so it truly was a team effort.
Here are some videos:
BRENT DEADLIFT PR
Remember back a couple of years ago when Vibram got sued for making false claims that their FiveFingers shoes prevented injury and increased foot strength? (If not, you can read about it HERE.)
Well, it looks like the company has finally agreed to pay back millions of dollars to the people – many of whom got injured – who believed these claims and purchased the shoes (although Vibram denies any wrongdoing). Check it out HERE!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter, so feel free to chime in with a comment.
Personally, I think the idea of minimalist running shoes is a good one, just a little premature. We do have some research supporting lesser impact forces when landing on the midfoot versus the heel, but nothing on the carryover to injury rates or performance. And the real problem arises when one jumps into a pair after having run for years in more supportive footwear and never actually changes his/her foot strike pattern… Other thoughts?
As you know, yesterday marked the 118th Annual Boston Marathon. But to the runners, spectators and anyone who has ever called Boston home, it marked a much greater victory. Not only did the community pull together to rise above last year’s tragic bombings that stopped the race short, it came back bigger and stronger than ever.
More athletes competed – some 36,000 even.
The other day, we looked at some up-and-coming fitness equipment in a post entitled, “Useful Tools or Just More Toys?”
Today, enter one of the industry’s most useless tools:
But she’s not just targeting women anymore. She now has a new “men’s only” method of training… because, you know, it’s also important for men not to overdevelop. Right now, it’s all about being ‘skinny ripped.’ Men want to be panthers. Didn’t you know?
For years, Tracy Anderson has been telling the world that when women lift heavy, they look like this:
Good thing we kept her around long enough to inform us that guys shouldn’t lift so much either, because they really want this:
And Tracy can make it happen.
MEN + PINK DUMBBELLS = SKINNY RIPPED PANTHER.
Among the other ridiculous things Ms. Anderson says in this interview are:
1. “I probably actually set a gold standard of what it takes to set a real fitness method. I did a five-year research study with 150 women and measured them every 10 days and I created original content and sequencing for each of them and navigated them..I wasn’t measuring BMI or typical measurements. I was measuring based on the idea of how to create balance where there is imbalance in the body…They knew they were guinea pigs…This was in Indiana.”
If measuring an idea based on navigating guinea pigs in Indiana is the gold standard of a fitness method, this industry is in big trouble. I either want to quit my job or work exponentially harder to shut down such nonsense – not sure which.
2. “Your body has no idea what the hell to do with the soda, so this floats through your body, and it stores it as inflammation, which is a very important word that needs to be understood correctly.”
Huh?? Things do not get “stored” as inflammation. Inflammation occurs early in the healing process and is triggered by injury or when the body perceives invasion by a foreign agent. And yes, Ms. Anderson, people should understand this correctly… For some reason, Alanis Morissette just started playing in my head.
And her biggest fallacy yet:
3. “Our muscles and our brains are the only tools we have.”
Not true. We also have you, Ms. Anderson.