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Kyphosis & Shoulder Mobility: Practical Correction, Robb Wolf
Kyphosis & Shoulder Mobility: Practical Correction
Robb Wolf  |  November 28 2007  |  General Training
Working as a generalist strength & conditioning coach using CrossFit methodology appears to be a case of “Jack Of All Trades, Master Of None” and in some sense this may be accurate. I teach some gymnastics, but I am not a gymnastics coach and will never develop an athlete to even an “A” level gymnast. We play with the Olympic lifts and although I am a “USAW Club Coach” my list of ’08 hopefuls is…um, skinny. For most endeavors I feel that I am ......
Introduction to the Agility Ladder, Robb Wolf
Introduction to the Agility Ladder
Robb Wolf  |  June 30 2007  |  General Training
The warm-up process we use at NorCal Strength & Conditioning has gone through many evolutions over the past few years. We have used iterations of the CrossFit Warm-up©, running, rowing and jump rope with varying levels of interest and success. At present we use a mono-structural warm-up, typically a run or row followed by dynamic range of movement activities, and one of the following: The Burgner Warm-up or Hatch Warm-up and recently the addition of agility ladder work. The agility lad......
Hooked on Stumptuous, Robb Wolf
Hooked on Stumptuous
Robb Wolf  |  April 30 2007  |  General Training
I have a confession to make. I’m a closet junkie (now out) for a Chick Fitness Site. No… it’s not one of THOSE sites. It’s a kick-ass site that covers everything from O-lifting to sound nutrition and even fighting! The name of the place is Stumptuous. You have likely tracked this place down already and are a fan as well. If not, you will be soon. Bold statement? Just to give you a flavor of the goodies waiting to entertain, edify and educate, here is one section found in......
Dietary Cure for Acne: Interview with Dr. Loren Cordain, Robb Wolf
Dietary Cure for Acne: Interview with Dr. Loren Cordain
Robb Wolf  |  May 5 2006  |  Nutrition
In this months Performance Menu we have a brief interview with Prof. Loren Cordain regarding his new E-book The Dietary Cure for Acne: http://www.dietaryacnecure.com/. (we managed to pester him with a few other questions as well). Professor Cordain, please tell our readers about your new E-book, The Dietary Cure for Acne. How is this information different than the information one might get from the dermatologist? Although the medical and dermatology communities generally have gone on ......
Diet and Stature, Robb Wolf
Diet and Stature
Robb Wolf  |  April 28 2006  |  Nutrition
Nicki and I were shopping in Trader Joe’s the other night and the woman ahead of us was having an interesting conversation with the cashier. She was buying a whole slew of soy products and the cashier said he just read a news piece about the possible health downsides of soy. The woman (about 5’ tall) said she was from Japan and that soy products had been part of the diet for thousands of years and if there was a problem with soy she would have heard about it by now. I chimed in that ......
Skin Condition as Indicator of Health, Robb Wolf
Skin Condition as Indicator of Health
Robb Wolf  |  April 25 2006  |  Nutrition
Art Devany has made the point for years that aesthetics are key indicators of health status and have potent evolutionary underpinnings. Here is a classic example of this concept with regards to the skin condition vitiligo. For those unfamiliar with the condition, vitiligo is a loss of pigmentation in sections of the skin.  This first paper points to vitiligo occurring amidst several other autoimmune conditions: 1: Indian J Dermatol Venereol Lep......
Dr. Who?, Robb Wolf
Dr. Who?
Robb Wolf  |  April 19 2006  |  Nutrition
Today lets have a little fun and see who can figure out a few mysteries. The questions that need to be answered will be a “who” and a “why”. Here is the background:  One of my clients was formerly under the care of a fairly well known physician (this is the “WHO” question). Now here are some clues about who this Dr. is: he/she is diametrically opposed to the Paleo Diet, he/she windsurfs a bunch and he/she recommends virtually an ALL STARCH DIET. That sho......
Antioxidant Megadoses, Robb Wolf
Antioxidant Megadoses
Robb Wolf  |  April 18 2006  |  Nutrition
This is a fascinating article that throws a paradoxical spin on one of the main suspects in the ageing process, namely oxidative damage. It is fairly clear that consumption of a broad spectrum of antioxidants offers important health benefits (frequently these antioxidants offer benefits beyond their ability to mitigate free radical damage) however mega dosing may be ill advised. Not only can a very large dose of a given antioxidant pose a risk as a pro-oxidant, high levels of antioxidants may su......
We Need More on Ketosis, Robb Wolf
We Need More on Ketosis
Robb Wolf  |  March 27 2006  |  Nutrition
The topic of Intermittent Fasting (IF) has drawn a fair amount of attention from the research community in the past few years. There are a few primate studies underway that should shed some light on how critters much more genetically similar to us respond to IF. Everyone is looking for a key enzyme or cellular receptor to make a drug that can do the same thing as IF or Caloric Restriction with Adequate Nutrition (CRAN). Ironically that drug may be swirling at the bottom of wine glasses the worl......
Don't Give Up on Low-Fat Food Choices for Overall Health and Protection from Disease, Robb Wolf
Don't Give Up on Low-Fat Food Choices for Overall Health and Protection from Disease
Robb Wolf  |  March 15 2006  |  Nutrition
Did you hear about the huge study spanning 8 years and involving 48, 000 women? The question was if a low fat diet would reduce the incidence of breast cancer. The results? No statistical correlation between the AMA/ADA recommended low fat diet and reduced risk of breast cancer. This data will likely be re-cooked to look for other disease correlations but the bottom line is the low fat diet did not work. Here is a link to the JAMA abstract: http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/295/6/62......
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