Random Post Day.

1. I’ve been doing some research on the cytokine response to stress.  Very interesting stuff.  It’s a theory for the causes of OTS.  So far I’ve concentrated on injury, inflammation and cytokines.  Basically, whenever you put a stress on the body, cytokines (which are basically inflammatory chemical, but not all are) are released and do shit to your body.  The question that I continuously ask myself is how that matters when you are training often.  If they are released after you train 4x per week versus 9x per week, what effect does that have on the body.  So far I haven’t seen anything different other than the increased frequency of cytokine release.
Why am I researching this you may be asking?
I’d like to know more about overtraining syndrome and why it occurs in some athletes.  Although I haven’t read enough research on the subject yet, I can tell you that OTS doesn’t seem to occur very much (if ever) in strength athletes (olympic lifters are usually the ones being researched).  Since everyone and their dog seems to mention OTS in books and articles I decided to look into it myself.  Since I’ve been training like a mad man since the beginning of the year, I’d love to see how others could explain why it is that I’m not overtrained or injured.
 
2. When talking to some older folks, I’ve had them claim that my eating methods would not work for someone who is older.  They claim that because I am young I can consume whatever I please and still stay lean and healthy.  This bothers me for a couple reason.  For one, I put a lot of work into developing my methods of eating as well as develop the discipline to actually follow what I do.  Secondly, I think that the claims of dwindling metabolism as we age are true, but are much more in our control than many think.
A completely inactive human will undergo a series of changes as they age.  Their muscles will shrink, their bones will not heal themselves efficiently, they will sit more as a ‘replacement’ for moving around or you know, lifting shit.  None of these are good things.  The body has no need to keep metabolism high if there is nothing to adapt to.  If, on the other hand, a person stayed active into their old age: moved around; maybe do some light weights, maybe even yoga; kept their nutrition in check, then perhaps their dwindling metabolism would be able to be kept at a maintenance level.
 
3.   Those replacement NFL refs were complete balls.  I understand it must be a hard job to do properly.  Luckily for the viewers (and especially Bill Belichick) the refs are back!
 
4.  I’m learning a ton about movement and conditioning from using kettlebells on my clients.  They are such a great tool for teaching people to move properly in other movement patterns.  Whether you are coaching the squat, deadlift, or other techniques to increase strength, the kettlebell is just excellent.  As a conditioning tool, it’s awesome too.  The swing for instance will condition you like crazy, teach you to stabilize your lower back (thus preventing injuries) and kick your ass (literal your glutes will be on fire given enough volume).  Most of my clients really enjoy doing them as they feel that they get the same effect doing swings as they would from running on a treadmill for 30 minutes etc.
 
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