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Forum: Nutrition 07-07-2009, 12:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,011
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: Two beginner Paleo questions

I meant to be responding the the original poster - not nitpicking your information, apologies if it came off that way.

You absolutely correct that you need to distinguish between Paleo and paleo. ...
Forum: Nutrition 07-07-2009, 05:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,011
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: Two beginner Paleo questions

Not to be rude (at all) but these questions are very well addressed on the FAQ on thepaleodiet.com. You should check it out.

The argument is that calcium requirements are very heavily influenced...
Forum: Workout of the Day 06-09-2009, 10:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,996
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: sports specific training

There are a few issues here:

1. The heavy strength is important, no matter what you're doing. Doing all metcons will not result in the same gains.

2. The old refrain, what are you goals? What...
Forum: Fitness 06-04-2009, 12:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,341
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: Hypothetical cardio scenario: breathing freely vs controlled timed breaths

IMO, just breath, take deep controlled breaths, but don't force it.

This is just my opinion though here's what I'm basing it on:

1. The lungs are usually FAR from the weak link in to the...
Forum: Fitness 05-23-2009, 04:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,992
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: Training a 65 year old with sciatic nerve issues

I appreciate the feedback. Unfortunately I don't think these are reasonable options for her given her current living circumstances.

I've gotten her eating Paleo(ish) and she drives 20 miles a...
Forum: Nutrition 05-23-2009, 03:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,788
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: Does BMI actually mean anything?

The BMI was never intended to assess the fitness of an individual. It is a reasonably accurate tool when used across populations, the majority of the general population is not athletic. I believe...
Forum: Fitness 05-23-2009, 08:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,992
Posted By Christian Mason
Training a 65 year old with sciatic nerve issues

My mother is 65 and lives in the middle of nowhere NM. She does NOT have easy access to a gym or workout partner when I'm not around.

She also has a lifelong history of sciatic nerve issues and...
Forum: Exercises 04-23-2009, 06:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,396
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: How to deadlift with an empty bar?

Not really. Many people (myself included) felt that bare feet (or really think soled shoes) helped with deadlifts, since most people are weakest off the ground, and it reduces the ROM slightly.
...
Forum: Nutrition 04-21-2009, 06:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,201
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: No grains/no sugar and sleep problems?

I was experiencing this last week -
turned out to be a bit of overreaching (I think). I doubt that's it in your case - just my two cents.
Forum: Nutrition 04-21-2009, 06:21 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,070
Posted By Christian Mason
Random Chicken Crok Pot issue (prions)

Random question for all of you. I've grown fond of cooking whole chickens in the crock pot lately (along with vegetables and the like obviously).

How much of a concern is the introduction of...
Forum: Exercises 04-13-2009, 11:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,567
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: Controlled descent or freefall on the squat?

Louis Simmons and some of his guys are big proponents of a fast descent on the squat, so I'd venture that yes, you can bounce out of the hole well with a low bar, wide stance, powerlifter style back...
Forum: Exercises 04-13-2009, 08:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,865
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: Pull Ups on a bar with no knurling

I always preferred a smooth bar (without knurling) if I was kipping so I didn't rip my hands up.
Forum: Nutrition 04-13-2009, 08:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,135
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: I'm strong to the finish cuz I eats my Spinach

So you're saying that we should all dissolve our spinach in a sterile alcohol concentration and inject it directly into the muscle, right?

I have a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a blender.. I'm...
Forum: Nutrition 04-13-2009, 08:27 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 16,056
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: Do you consider wholewheat pasta/bread/rice the enemy?

I'd think endurance athletes are the only group that really has a need to consume as many calories as you get with a ton of pasta - and even for that group there are better ways.

I personally...
Forum: Fitness 04-02-2009, 10:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,399
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: Mastering the Mental Game

Your mileage may vary, but I think you're doing fine.

I view the "training mental toughness" aspect as one of the skills that directly transfers to other things in life and sport.

Before I do a...
Forum: Starting 04-02-2009, 10:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,427
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: Realization

I've found that some of the actually get WORSE.

When I first started out, my Fran time was pathetic (over ten minutes) mostly because I wasn't strong enough to push 95lbs for more than a handful...
Forum: Fitness 04-01-2009, 07:05 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 14,403
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: Training for Power without Olympic Lifts

Any movement with an explosive component will help develop power (but the Olympic lifts are arguably one of the best methods)

Push Presses, Push Jerks (do they count as o-lifts?), wall ball, box...
Forum: Workout of the Day 04-01-2009, 06:59 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 26,036
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: The potential in gaming Fight Gone Bad

Your mileage may vary. FGB was one of my standard benchmarks for myself for awhile. I used to try the above approach, but always had trouble hitting my targets in rounds 2 and 3.

My scores are...
Forum: Nutrition 03-31-2009, 02:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,523
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: Thermogenics??

You can't "Exceed your max heart rate and die".

Your max HR is the maximum value that your heart is physically capable of beating. By definition you can't exceed it - it's not like redlining an...
Forum: Fitness 03-31-2009, 01:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 15,122
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: CrossFit! Not sucking at rock climbing?

The point about movement is very well made. However, as many people have pointed out, technique is the productive application of strength.
Good climbers do tend to have better pulling strength than...
Forum: Nutrition 03-31-2009, 10:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,632
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: Low carb and metcon performance

THANK YOU! That is REALLY helpful. I'm actually doing a long term training plan for one of my grad classes and was debating including nutrition at all. I was considering leaving it out, since the...
Forum: Fitness 03-31-2009, 07:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 15,122
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: CrossFit! Not sucking at rock climbing?

See Eric Cohns response. Strength is never a bad thing, but climbing is a movement dominated sport (and is my primary focus)

There's a book called "The Self Coached Climber" that I would highly...
Forum: Nutrition 03-30-2009, 12:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,191
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: How to Save a Bunch of Money on Chicken and Turkey

Certainly, I'm flattered.
Use it however you like.
Forum: Health and Medical Issues 03-30-2009, 12:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 15,603
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: First post, in the hospital with Rhabdo

I'll try to find a source that's accessible online. I just asked Rayna (the g/f) about it. It's something her ER doctor told her, and she thinks she has the figure (and source) in the stack of...
Forum: Nutrition 03-30-2009, 11:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,632
Posted By Christian Mason
Re: Low carb and metcon performance

Yeah - you'll probably be OK with strength biased work.

The short intense metcons (like the p-menu ones?) probably won't have you run into too much trouble either. I doubt the have enough work to...
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