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A Ton of Food

400 pounds, 5 reps. That’s a ton of weight, literally and figuratively. That was my deadlift assignment for the Crossfit Football workout this afternoon. It wasn’t so long ago that this was my *one*-rep max, but I felt ready. Then I started thinking about how slippery the bar was, even with all the chalk I … Continue reading

Descent into Madness

It’s ba-a-ack! Yup, my mom’s in town, and that means it’s officially VEGETARIAN WEEK! Aside from the stashes of chicken curry I squirreled away in my office fridge a couple days ago, I’ll be abstaining from eating anything with a face. Or, oddly enough, anything with alcohol. I don’t know which of the two will … Continue reading

Gorilla Arms

I’ve decided to make excuses for my continued crummy attempts at power cleans, handstand pushups, and most of the other workout elements that CrossFit loves disproportionately. Most people have a height that’s about equal to their armspan. Look at Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous Vitruvian Man (above), the classic drawing of ideal human proportion. A circle. Not … Continue reading

Crossfit Football Battle Plan

It’s been 30 days of Paleo goodness, and I feel fantastic. My asthma’s under wraps. My jeans are fitting a bit looser, but not too loose. My shoulder and back muscles are a good bit more defined than when I came back from my New Orleans food debauchery trip. And I’ve mastered a couple of … Continue reading

Just Tell Me What To Eat

It’s five days in to a brand new Paleo Challenge and I already feel a bit of difference. I got through a nasty cold without one bit of wheezing, which would have been impossible before. I can walk the mile-and-a-half to work without the least bit of tiredness. I’ve been squatting (240lb x5), benching (190lb … Continue reading

CBL Day 8: Gym Drama

May 15 – Lifting Day Butter and nori 60g fat, 0g carb, 0g protein Coconut-creamed spinach 28g fat, 8g carb, 4g protein LIFT – weighted pullups 25×5, 5×6 / shoulder press 105×8, 95×10 Sweet potatoes 1lb 0g fat, 90g carbs, 5g protein Whey protein (2 servings) 0g fat, 0g carbs, 100g protein Chicken and rice … Continue reading

Carb Backloading Experiment Day 5 & 6

A quick update while I slog through my 14th consecutive day of work before a much-needed break: My ground buffalo arrived from Tropical Traditions! Soon (very soon), I’m going to experiment with giant 1-lb burgers with various flavors and seasonings. #1: a Thai red curry burger, just because I need to finish off the big … Continue reading

Carb Backloading Experiment – Day 4

In which I learn that you can’t have it all. 6:30am – Breakfast as usual (nori, butter, olive oil) – 52g fat, 0 carb, 0 protein. 9am, 10am, 11am – Coffee explosion, a nod to the 6 hours of sleep I got last night. 1:30pm – Lunch, which I was once again prepared for – 4 … Continue reading

Carb Backloading Experiment – Day 1

In order to give one last whirl to such things as intermittent fasting, cheat day gorging, and super-low-carb eating in general, I’m putting myself through a 10-day experiment with The Carb Backloading Plan. You’ll see the rules and goals of the program as I go through my day chronologically. Why 10 days? Because each of … Continue reading

Adventures in Carb Backloading

I’m always up for a good experiment. And during my random browsings, I came upon yet another nutrition idea that could help my strength and conditioning. It’s endorsed by a physicist, so it *has* to work. It’s called carb backloading, and it has received a fair bit of press recently as the new big thing. … Continue reading