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Muscle & Fitness Podcast #028: Derek Hansen

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We sit down with sprint coach Derek Hansen about his experience preparing athletes for the NFL Scouting Combine.

This week on the Muscle and Fitness Podcast, M&F executive editor Zack Zeigler (@zraz) and celebrity trainer Don Saladino (@donsaladino) speak with sprint coach Derek Hansen about his experience preparing athletes for the NFL Scouting Combine.

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Depresión postvacacional: ¿realmente existe? síntomas y qué podemos hacer ante ella

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Depresión postvacacional: ¿realmente existe? síntomas y qué podemos hacer ante ella

El manual diagnóstico y estadístico de los trastornos mentales, el “libro” que por consenso describe las enfermedades relacionadas con la psicología, no recoge el síndrome postvacacional. Eso no quiere decir que no lo suframos, claro.

¿Qué nos ocurre a la hora de volver de vacaciones? ¿Por qué lo pasamos mal? Más importante aún es saber qué podemos hacer para dejar de sufrir. ¿Podemos enfrentarnos a esta pequeña “depresión” y salir con la victoria en la mano?

¿A qué llamamos depresión postvacacional?

De manera muy parecida a la astenia primaveral, el síndrome postvacacional no puede ser considerado una enfermedad. Eso no quiere decir que no haya gente que no lo sufra. ¿En qué consiste? Lo más normal es que se manifieste con un desánimo, desconcentración, sensación de tristeza, hastío y hasta “debilidad” a nivel anímico. Suele aparecer unos días después de la vuelta a la rutina, aunque hay quien llega a sufrirlo incluso unos días antes.

En algunos casos, este problema aparece con insomnio y nerviosismo, lo que empeora el cuadro de “síntomas”. La capacidad de concentración se ve limitada, y la tolerancia al trabajo es escasa y está caracterizada por una intensa sensación de desidia y hastío. En otras ocasiones más dramáticas, puede aparecer una sensación de angustia vital que puede llevar a un bloqueo en el cual la persona que lo presenta es incapaz de tomar cualquier decisión.

Otra manifestación del síndrome postvacacional es cierta agresividad acompañada de mal humor. Este cuadro tiene muchas similitudes con la sintomatología más propia de un cuadro depresivo. En definitiva, se puede sufrir una suerte de consecuencias, todas relacionadas con el ánimo y el bienestar, que pueden ir variando en intensidad y síntomas, aunque muy rara vez son graves y se van al poco tiempo.

No es una enfermedad de verdad, pero eso no importa

Como decíamos, la depresión postvacacional no puede considerarse una enfermedad porque no tiene diagnóstico claro. Además, sus consecuencias son relativamente ligeras, por muy molestas que resulten. Pero claro, eso no le resta importancia para quien la sufre. Sea o no sea enfermedad, ¿por qué aparece este mal?

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Según el Dr. Francisco Javier Lavilla Royo, de la Clínica Universidad de Navarra, este aparece como consecuencia de un fallo en la adaptación a una nueva situación. Cuando el proceso de adaptación fracasa, se generan una serie de molestias a nivel psicológico. También existe un componente fisiológico relacionado con nuestro ritmo circadiano, que hace que se intensifiquen los síntomas.

Durante el periodo vacacional rompemos rápidamente con nuestra rutina, cambiando nuestras horas de sueño, comidas, actividad física… Todo influye en la modificación de nuestro ritmo biológico. De esta manera, sufrimos las consecuencias de un cambio brusco, como cuando llegamos a las vacaciones, pero a una realidad que no es tan placentera.

A lo anterior, se le une la sensación de obligatoriedad, de monotonía y hasta de autoridad, ejercida por el entorno laboral. La incapacidad de adaptarse bien a todos estos cambios, repentinos, provoca un malestar que puede durar días o semanas. Pero, por suerte, esto también nos permite prevenirlos o reaccionar ante dichos problemas.

¿Qué podemos hacer para superar el síndrome postvacacional?

Sí, por supuesto que existen “consejos” para ayudarnos a superar el dichoso síndrome de depresión postvacacional. ¿Son infalibles? Desde luego que no. ¿Son útiles? Claramente sí. Que funcionen o no depende de cada persona.

La mejor solución es una buena prevención

Como decíamos, el principal problema es la adaptación. Esto tiene un componente de tiempo claro. Si se hace rápidamente tenemos más posibilidades de que fracasemos. Así que mejor comenzar con el periodo de adaptación cuanto antes. ¿Cómo? Retomando rutinas una semana antes de volver: hacer ejercicio a la misma hora, levantándonos temprano, volviendo a los mismos horarios de comidas… Al menos, de esta manera, el “golpe” de nuestro trastocado ritmo circadiano se verá mitigado.

Busca novedades en tu vida

Parece el peor momento para disfrutar con algo nuevo. Sin embargo, puede ser el factor que nos hace falta para romper con la rutina que tanto estamos odiando ahora mismo. Esto nos brindará nuevas perspectivas a la vez que ayudará a que mantengamos el sistema de recompensa de nuestro al día. Probar actividades nuevas es el mejor ejemplo para ello.

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Aprovecha para volver a tus aficiones

Tras la ruptura vacacional, una afición que entre dentro de la rutina, especialmente si es compartida, puede ayudarnos enormemente a volver al día a día. No subestimes tus hobbies, especialmente si son mantenidos durante todo el año

Facilita tu vuelta a la rutina

El orden, la sencillez y la simpleza ayudan a hacer el proceso más llevadero. Un escritorio ordenado, tareas simples y sin complicaciones, que todo vaya como la seda, dejar los conflictos para más adelante… todo esto jugará a nuestro favor.

Deja lo complicado para un par de semanas después

Puede que no sea posible esquivar todo lo complejo y malo que tenga tu día a día: una decisión importante o una discusión de pareja pueden ser inaplazables. Pero si hay la más mínima posibilidad, sin que sean peores las consecuencias, mejor espera a que se haya pasado un poco el mal momento. Así no incrementarás las sensación de malestar y, además, tomarás mejores decisiones con casi total seguridad.

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The Paleo diet may have been eclipsed by other eating plans, but it’s still a major player in the wellness world

https://www.wellandgood.com/good-food/is-paleo-diet-healthy/

A few years back, the Paleo diet was the coolest thing since sliced bread. (Literally: You can’t eat grains, dairy products, or legumes on it.) But as far as Google Trends is concerned, the eating plan—which advocates consuming what humans supposedly ate way back in the day, before big agriculture and processed foods—reached its peak interest level at the beginning of 2014 and has been waning ever since—with interest spiking every January after the holiday season.

Despite this seeming decline, Paleo is still a big part of the healthy eating world. Companies continue to make and market products for Paleo eaters, from Primal Kitchen’s Paleo mayonnaise to Purely Elizabeth’s grain-free granola. There’s a Paleo Magazine and dozens of Paleo-focused podcasts, all catering to the interests of caveman-imitating eaters. Many nutrition experts, such as Parsley Health founder Robin Berzin, MD, and science journalist Max Lugavere, continue to promote the eating plan and follow a version of it themselves. It begs the question: What’s going on with the former wunderkind of healthy eating plans?

Some of the flip-flopping around Paleo is part of the natural cycle of diet trends, says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club: People try them, then move on. “I’m always skeptical of something that is a trendy, popular diet, because there’s a reason why it trends, and usually that’s because it’s just a new way of repackaging restrictions of some kind that promise weight loss or health benefits,” she says.

“In the case of Paleo, the interest that I saw peaked several years ago, and now I’m getting more questions about the keto diet,” adds Jennifer Bruning, MS, RDN, LDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She says people seem to largely understand the main principles of the diet: prioritizing grass-fed, ethically sourced meat, leafy green vegetables, and healthy fats; nixing dairy, legumes, and grains; eating way less processed food. “I get a lot of questions regarding the difference between [keto and Paleo]. I think people feel like they have something of an understanding of Paleo, but they’re not sure about how keto compares under this umbrella term of low-carb diets.”

There have also been some doubts about whether the Paleo diet is healthy. In January, US News and World Reports ranked the Paleo diet No. 33 (tied with the Fast Diet) on its list of the 41 best diets overall, writing, “Experts took issue with the Paleo diet on every measure. Regardless of the goal—weight loss, heart health or finding a diet that’s easy to follow—most experts concluded that it would be better for dieters to look elsewhere.” More recently, a study from Australian researchers published in June found that following the Paleo diet long-term was associated with increased risk factors for heart disease. (FWIW, this was a small study on only 44 people that contradicts the findings of previous studies, so more research is absolutely needed.) Some research has even suggested that the plan’s interpretation of how Paleolithic-era people ate is totally off-base.

For the record, both Bruning and Harris-Pincus typically recommend less restrictive eating plans. “I also don’t eliminate entire food groups, ever, unless there’s an allergy or strong medical reason,” says Harris-Pincus—an issue she has with Paleo-style eating.

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Despite this, Paleo is hardly a relic of the past, as proved just by a visit to the grocery store. Throw a stone in Whole Foods and you’ll find grain-free crackers, bars, and cereals; a whole nut butter category beyond peanuts; Paleo-friendly protein powders and jerkys; even Paleo condiments. Yet the plethora of packaged options comes with its own set of downsides. “For some folks, having those bars and snacks and things like that available to them is very helpful, and to others, they may reject that as being fundamentally not part of the initial idea of the Paleo diet,” says Bruning—which originally focused on moving away from processed foods to more whole foods available to hunger-gatherers, she says.

Certain core tentpoles of Paleo—like eating ethically sourced animal products and cutting back on refined sugars—have inspired direct offshoots. Take the pegan diet, which was first coined in a 2014 blog post by Mark Hyman, MD, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine. In the post, Dr. Hyman wrote that he took the best aspects of the Paleo and vegan diets—which “both focus on real, whole, fresh food that is sustainably raised”—to make one eating plan that he feels is super beneficial. It also has some room for flexibility; for example, one can incorporate animal-based protein sources or make it completely vegan, Dr. Hyman previously told Well+Good. This iteration of the Paleo diet still has a following: In December, Pinterest named “going pegan” one of its 100 Pinterest trends for 2019.

Going forward, Bruning says she’s going to pay attention to how the traditional Paleo diet fares as climate-focused diets continue to enter the mainstream. (Remember, the eating plan has long emphasized animal proteins.) “I think it’ll be interesting to watch in coming years to see how [diets that involve animal protein, like Paleo, face] competition from an increase in things like plant-forward eating, environmental concerns, and some various groups that have made statements about what a healthful diet for the body and the planet may look like,” she says.

In Dr. Hyman’s view, environmentalism and Paleo/pegan eating aren’t mutually exclusive. Five years out from that blog post, he says that’s still how he eats. He adds that, now, whenever he can, he aims to eat meat that’s been raised regeneratively—meaning that the farm used a certain set of practices that prioritize soil health in order to reduce carbon impact and improve water quality. “Even if you eat organic or if you eat grass-finished meat, it may not be in a way that’s produced that’s good for the environment, good for climate, good for animals, for the planet,” he says. It’s one shift that could help move Paleo-inspired eating into the future.

So yes, maybe people have overlooked the Paleo diet for keto and intermittent fasting and all of the other numerous hot eating plans that have popped up in the last five years. But it continues to make a mark on wellness that likely isn’t going away any time soon.

Want to learn more about the Paleo diet? Here’s how it compares to Whole30. And here’s what it means when people talk about “primal” eating. 

Cinco variantes poco conocidas de las sentadillas que puedes sumar a tu entrenamiento

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Cinco variantes poco conocidas de las sentadillas que puedes sumar a tu entrenamiento

La sentadilla es un ejercicio, por lo general, dominante de rodilla. Esto quiere decir que la ejecución de la misma depende más de una flexión de rodilla que de una flexión de cadera aunque esto es algo que puede revertirse en el contexto de deportes de fuerza como powerlifting

Sea como fuere, este movimiento ofrece muchísimas variantes que merece la pena conocer por varias razones: 

  • Simplificación del movimiento en etapas tempranas del aprendizaje del mismo.
  • Modificación del patrón técnico en lesiones o rehabilitación de las mismas.
  • Evitar la resistencia adaptativa por cronificación de un mismo patrón de movimiento.

Las personas que se inician en el entrenamiento de fuerza pueden beneficiarse del primer punto, las que están superando una lesión del segundo y aquellas con experiencia que están estancadas por realizar siempre los mismos ejercicios y variantes, del tercero. 

Ejercicios que simplifican el movimiento para facilitar el aprendizaje

Estos ejercicios son ideales para empezar a interiorizar y automatizar el patrón de movimiento de la sentadilla desde cero. No requieren de un gran control motor comparados con la sentadilla tradicional por lo que se recomienda su incorporación al entrenamiento en las primeras fases del aprendizaje. 

En estos ejercicios la carga desplazada no es lo más importante sino la calidad del movimiento. 

Box squat o sentadilla a cajón con el peso corporal

Uno de los problemas más recurrentes cuando aprendemos el patrón de la sentadilla es el de alcanzar la profundidad suficiente para ejecutar el movimiento completo. Hay personas que al principio no gozan de la movilidad de cadera y tobillo suficiente para lograrlo y otras del control motor necesario para realizarlo manteniendo la columna neutra y las rodillas alineadas con la punta de los pies

Para estos casos, realizar la box squat colocando un cajón o banco a la altura adecuada puede ayudar a automatizar la profundidad mínima que debe ser alcanzada en cada repetición. 

Este ejercicio también es utilizado como un accesorio de la sentadilla de competición en el ámbito del powerlifting, sobre todo en gimnasios famosos como el Westside Barbell Club de Louie Simmons. 

Sentadilla goblet

Cuando dominamos el ejercicio anterior podemos progresar a la sentadilla goblet añadiendo una carga delante de nosotros y eliminando el banco de detrás. 

La clave está en iniciar el movimiento con una ligera bisagra de cadera, es decir, flexionando la misma y conduciendo nuestro peso hacia los talones. Al llevar la carga por delante de nuestro cuerpo, esta se alinea mejor con nuestro centro de gravedad por lo que nos permite realizar una sentadilla más vertical y profunda sin necesidad de inclinar tanto el torso hacia adelante en el plano sagital como en la sentadilla trasera. 

Ejercicios que modifican el patrón técnico durante fases de rehabilitación o lesiones

Belt squat o sentadilla con cinturón

Este ejercicio ha sido muy difundido por Louie Simmons, a quien hemos mencionado anteriormente. Uno de los sellos de identidad del método de entrenamiento de Simmons es la variedad y continua rotación de ejercicios para evitar sobrecargar las articulaciones y no dejar de progresar en los movimientos específicos de competición

Simmons utiliza la belt squat por dos razones: 

  • Ejercicio accesorio de la sentadilla para añadir volumen de entrenamiento.
  • Ejercicio alternativo a la sentadilla cuando deseamos disminuir la compresión de la barra sobre nuestra columna vertebral.

Así pues, la belt squat puede ser una buena opción cuando tenemos dolor de espalda o estamos reinsertando el movimiento en nuestra rutina después de una lesión o episodio de dolor lumbar agudo. 

Ejercicios para evitar la resistencia adaptativa

La resistencia adaptativa se describe como la resistencia que nuestro organismo ofrece a la hora de producir adaptaciones a una serie de estímulos dados. 

Uno de los principios del entrenamiento es el principio de variedad, el cual dictamina que se deben suceder diferentes estímulos en el entrenamiento para seguir produciendo adaptaciones positivas. Esto no solo afecta a variables del entrenamiento como volumen, intensidad o frecuencia sino también a la selección de ejercicios.

De esta manera, introducir pequeñas variaciones en los movimientos principales puede asegurar el mantenimiento de las adaptaciones a largo plazo. 

Landmine squat o sentadilla con barra landmine

La barra landmine no solo ofrece gran versatilidad a la sentadilla sino también a otros muchos movimientos. 

El uso de esta variante aporta dos diferencias importantes:

  • La trayectoria de la barra describe una curva por lo que nuestras articulaciones deberán trabajar con unos vectores de fuerza diferentes.
  • Dependiendo del ángulo en el que se sitúe o desplace la barra soportaremos más o menos peso. Cuánto más cerca está la barra del suelo, más porcentaje del peso cargado soportaremos

Hack squat o sentadilla hack con barra

La sentadilla hack con barra nos aporta una gran diferencia: la barra se sostiene por detrás del cuerpo con los brazos extendidos, es decir, casi como en la posición inicial del peso muerto rumano

Dada la similitud de este ejercicio con el peso muerto rumano, el patrón de dominancia de cadera es más notorio aunque no del todo protagonista. Esto se debe a que la barra está más cerca de nuestro centro de gravedad y nos permite descender con un torso más vertical y una mayor flexión de nuestras rodillas

Sea como fuere supone un estímulo lo suficientemente diferente para seguir provocando adaptaciones. 

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Yes, Cheese Is Healthy, This Dietitian Said – Here's How to Eat It and Still Lose Weight

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Cheese, the ultimate savory comfort food, gets a bad rep when it comes to being healthy. Good news: It’s not all warranted. Sure, cheese is a treat, but it’s also fairly nutritious, said Anna Kippen, MS, RDN, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic Wellness, especially in smaller serving sizes. We’ve got the tips and advice you need to make cheese a part of your healthy diet, so grab a slice (just one!) and read on.

Get Your Self-Care Routine Right With These 12 Wellness Products From Urban Outfitters

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Wellness, to us, means living a life that makes us feel healthy and happy. It’s making sure we get moving, but also enjoying a little creamer in our coffee and making time to sit with our favorite candle. When we’re looking for a little self-care, we’ve actually found a lot of interesting products at Urban Outfitters. Yes, really. The retailer has an amalgam of great products to up your wellness game, from facial rollers to an avocado-shaped heating pad, which is a true necessity.

With everything going on around us at any given moment, it’s become more important than ever to check in with yourself and indulge in some self-care. Specifically, there’s a car diffuser that will make long drives infinitely more bearable, and a candle that comes with flower seeds, so you can reuse the container and grow something beautiful. Isn’t that what we all need right about now? Just keep reading to shop our 12 picks.

A Look Back at the Insane ‘Rambo’ Series Plotline Over the Years

https://www.mensjournal.com/entertainment/a-look-back-at-the-insane-rambo-series-plotline-over-the-years/

Is there anything more legendary than the Rambo series? (Rhetorical question.)

Rambo: Last Blood is hitting theaters Sept. 20. This time around, Sylvester Stallone‘s retired and working on a ranch in the Southwestern United States. But when a friend’s daughter gets kidnapped, Rambo gets back in the action, facing off against a dangerous Mexican drug cartel.

Here’s a refresher on the franchise’s totally insane plot over the years.

First Blood (1982)

Vietnam vet John Rambo escapes jail and stages a one-man revenge war against a local police force.

First Blood Part II (1985)

Rambo, behind bars, accepts a mission to Vietnam in exchange for his freedom, then ends up freeing some long-lost U.S. POWs, because of course.

Rambo III (1988)

Rambo is building a temple (naturally) when he learns he must go save his mentor in Afghanistan.

Rambo (2008)

Rambo kills a bunch of pirates and really freaks out some missionaries.

Planned Parenthood Refuses Federal Funds Over Abortion Restrictions

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/19/health/planned-parenthood-title-x.html?emc=rss&partner=rss

Facing a Trump administration rule that forbids referrals for abortion, the organization decided to reject federal funds for family planning for low-income women.

This Man Wants to Climb Everest, Swim the English Channel, and Bike Across America

https://www.mensjournal.com/adventure/rob-lea-to-climb-everest-swim-the-english-channel-and-bike-america/

Rob Lea is breaking records. And he’s doing it on a diet of pizza, beer, and heavy whipping cream.

In July, the 38-year-old Park City resident became the first person to ever stand atop Mount Everest and swim the English Channel within a calendar year, completing his water crossing a mere 47 days after his summit. Both endurance feats are the first two legs of his self-dubbed 2019 Ultimate World Triathlon that concludes in September when Lea cycles across the country.

So how does one man go from summit to sea in two of the most inhospitable environments on the planet? Years of work… and lots of calories.

“You don’t train for these things in a month or two, or with a particular dumbbell rep scheme,” Lea says. “This type of fitness comes from a lifetime of training.”

As the 2012 Men’s 30-34 Age Group World Champion in the Half-Ironman triathlon distance, Lea has a strong fitness background and even contemplated going pro. But a serious ankle injury ended those dreams when a doctor advised him to cut back on running. He needed a new goal.

First, he used his triathlon-level fitness to climb some big mountains. He summited Aconcagua (the tallest peak in South America at 22,841 feet) in 2009, followed by North America’s Denali (20,308 feet) in 2011. In 2018, Lea and his now-wife, pro skier Caroline Gleich, began chatting about Everest. (Soon after, Lea started entertaining the idea of swimming the English Channel then biking across America to complete the trifecta.)

Rob Lea drinking Fat Tire beer at Everest camp
Rob Lea drinking Fat Tire beer at Everest camp Courtesy Image

“The difference between a 7,000-meter peak like Aconcagua and an 8,000-meter peak like Everest is comparing apples and oranges,” Lea says. “Going to those elevations is so different, so we used it as a training ground to see how we fared.”

The duo set their sights on Cho Oyu in the Himalayas. Dubbed the ‘Turquoise Goddess’ in Tibetan, Cho Oyu is the sixth tallest peak in the world at 26,906 feet. After successfully summiting in September 2018, Lea felt nervous yet confident about Everest.

The proceeding eight months were filled with long days in Utah’s mountains. Lea became a bonafide uphill athlete, meaning he spent hundreds of hours climbing mountains in various capacities. Instead of resort skiing where you catch a chairlift, he’d go backcountry skiing and ski uphill for most of the day. Time on his feet was the ultimate goal, and Lea says his bigger days amounted to 10-12 hours of outdoor adventuring.

Weighted hikes were also a key component of his strength training. Lea used full water bladders to carry upwards of 50 pounds in his backpack on hike and ski ascents.

“The added weight is great for strength, but I preferred saving my joints on the downhills,” he explains.

And the mountains were only a portion of his workout regime. During an average training week, he spent three or four days in the hills along with another three to six days in the pool to prep for the English Channel. His biggest week amounted to 30-35 miles of swimming with another 20 hours of hiking. Why? Personal safety and self-preservation.

“I love being outside, but if you spend most of your time flirting with avalanche danger, eventually the mountains will catch up to you—and they will win,” he says. “You certainly need that experience, but I also try to get a lot of my fitness from swimming and biking.”

Lea also utilized a Hypoxico tent. The science to date doesn’t show a marked impact on performance, but the theory is these sealed tents allow users to simulate various altitudes in preparation for big peaks. According to Lea, training or living at altitude allows the body to pre-acclimate by adapting to the lower oxygen content. In the months leading up to Everest, Lea slept and rode his stationary bike inside the tent.

“I’d sit on my bike, in my living room, in Park City, going for a leisurely bike ride at 19,000 feet,” he laughs.

On May 24, 2019, Lea and Gleich stood atop Everest, achieving a lifelong dream. Shortly after returning to Park City, Lea’s training took a dramatic turn. Instead of focusing on his fitness, he turned his attention to his diet.

Thanks to spending 40 days on the mountain for a rapid ascent, Lea lost a whopping 20 pounds, whittling down from 195 to 175 pounds. For many athletes, a slim body is desirable, but not when you’re gearing up to swim the English Channel. Open-water swimming rules dictate athletes only wear a Speedo—no wetsuit. With average July water temps hovering near 60 degrees, Lea could be the fittest individual out there but end up with hypothermia. He needed to pack on blubber to keep him warm enough for his 12-hour journey.

Rob Lea prepring to swim in English Channel
Rob Lea prepring to swim in English Channel Courtesy Image

“I broke every rule in the dieting handbook,” Lea laughs. “I’d eat a ton of carbs, but I went so far as to eat pizza while I was literally in bed, getting ready to go to sleep.”

Lea wanted to gain 30 pounds—the 20 he lost on Everest along with 10 more for added fat. To do so, he acquired two of the coolest sponsors on the planet: Fat Tire Amber Ale and Red Banjo Pizza in Park City. On average, he inhaled four to five pizzas per week, rotating through toppings to add variety. He also consumed heavy whipping cream on a regular basis, blowing through seven quarts in 35 days. His calorie-laden concoction of choice: White Russians.

At his peak, Lea estimates he was consuming anywhere from 8-10,000 calories per day. Near the end of his 47-day window between Everest and the Channel, he even cut back on his swimming, because it was burning up too much of his body fat. “I wasn’t going to lose my fitness in a month,” he says. And while he admits this initially sounded like a dream diet post-Everest, it eventually made him nauseous.

“It sounds weird, but I was basically training to get fatter,” Lea says. “Instead of eating when I was hungry, I ate anytime I wasn’t full.”

According to Charmaine Jones, a registered dietician nutritionist and founder of Food Jonezi, a diet like this is not recommended.

Rob Lea using NormaTec sleeves on arms
Rob Lea using NormaTec sleeves on arms Courtesy Image

“Yo-yo dieting can cause emotional distress and have a physical toll on your body,” Jones says. “Continuous dieting may lead to frustration about body appearance, deprivation of foods, and short famines.”

She notes that while Lea obviously is a unique case, she would still recommend that any athlete attempting something like this do so only under a doctor’s direct supervision.

Lea admits that the fatty diet made him feel bloated and unwell, but he kept with it. “I just had to stick to the plan and trust that it would get me through the swim,” he explains.

It worked. On July 10 at 4 p.m., a 205-pound Lea left the English shoreline behind and began the arduous journey across the Channel. After 28 miles, 11 hours and 47 minutes of swimming— and more than 50 jelly fish stings—his fingertips brushed French soil.

The first thing he wanted once on the boat? A beer, of course.

Stay tuned for Lea’s last leg, biking across America. Follow him on Instagram for updates.

A Nun, a Doctor and a Lawyer — and Deep Regret Over the Nation’s Handling of Opioids

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/18/health/opioids-purdue-pennington-gap.html?emc=rss&partner=rss

In an Appalachian town, an unlikely group of activists recognized the early stages of the deadly drug epidemic, and fought in vain to stem its rise.

No Pre-Reading, No Rehearsing: How ‘The Weekly’ Kept Its Recreation of Historic Opioid Testimony Authentic

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/18/reader-center/theweekly-opioids-purdue-witnesses.html?emc=rss&partner=rss

The Times TV show’s producer/director shares the challenges and rewards of bringing to life witness testimony against Purdue Pharma in a way that stayed true to our journalistic principles.

Hi, Hello, Have You Seen Anything Prettier Than These Healthy Smoothie Bowls?

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Fact: vibrant, Instagram-worthy smoothie bowls are a must in the Summer months. Have one for breakfast or substitute it for ice cream, and you officially have the perfect refreshing treat for these balmy days and evenings. And while ingredients like acai and spirulina originate in more tropical locales, you can easily make your own delicious smoothie bowls in the comfort of your own home.

So, what exactly separates a smoothie bowl from a traditional smoothie? Well, it’s served in a bowl, which makes it a million times more photogenic and less likely to be slurped down in 15 seconds. (You might even notice when you’re getting full!) Like any other smoothie, though, these bowls can be loaded with sugar, so keep that in mind as you pile on the toppings in pursuit of the perfect #smoothiebowl snap. To get you started, we’ve rounded up 16 inspiring bowls, filled with healthy fruits like berries, plant-based milks and powders, and occasionally, even some greens.

George Peterson is in the Shape of His Life 4 Weeks Out from the Olympia

https://www.muscleandfitness.com/flexonline/news/george-peterson-shape-his-life-4-weeks-out-olympia

After taking gold in Classic Physique at this year’s Arnold Classic—in his first appearance at the show, no less—George Peterson is firmly set on defeating two-time and defending Classic Physique Olympia champ Breon Ansley next month. 

Doing so won’t be easy, but Da Bull’s recent Instagram posts indicate that he’s making every effort to claim the crown that’s eluded him twice now. 

Take a look at him looking near-100 percent shredded here: 

 

We’re not the only ones impressed. Dexter Jackson commented, “Damn you looking crazy lil bro!” to which Peterson responded, “thanks Dex! Feeling hungrier than ever.” He also received love from many fans in the comments who seem sure that he’ll leave Las Vegas with some gold. 

A day before that post, Peterson posted a clip of his back workout. Check out that wingspan in action here: 

 

Again, Da Bull got some love from fellow bodybuilders, with Juan “Diesel” Morel expressing shock at the detail in Peterson’s back.

Peterson has placed third for two years straight at the Classic Physique Olympia. With four weeks left until the biggest show in bodybuilding, we’re excited to see what else he can do to try to win it all. 

If you want to learn to work out like Da Bull, click here and here

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