“It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
Much as it may seem to the casual observer, I haven’t actually fallen completely off the face of the earth. My lack of posting is directly correlated to crunch-time on a few of my “real job” projects, and I’ve been as busy with those day-to-days as of late as the proverbial one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest. Add to that a full social calendar and squeezing in workout between necessary home repairs, and, well, it all adds up to a diminished blog output. Not that I haven’t been busy there as well. I’ve been working on some behind-the-scenes things that will ultimately result in what I hope to be some some really good quality, future posts.
Proof of my continued existence: Meesus TTP and me at Wednesday night’s Willie Nelson/Asleep at the Wheel show.
As for what’s in store for TTP future works: First and foremost, I’m excited to announce that in the very near future, I’ll begin reviewing the book Body by Science, by Dr. Doug McGuff.
As some of you will remember, back in January of this year, I reviewed an article pertaining to Dr. McGuff’s training system (actually the article was more of an interview piece, written in a Q & A format – you can read it in its entirety, here). In any event, I undertook that article “review” in response to a TTP reader’s question about that single article, in particular. Since that time, I have been in contact with Dr. McGuff, and he has been graciously enthusiastic in his support of me reviewing his work, in total. I’d like to point out that this proposed review is totally on the up-and-up, as I’ll receive no incentive, financial or otherwise, to “skew” my review one way or the other. And actually, this arrangement speaks volumes to Dr. McGuff’s integrity, as my previous review of his above-cited article clearly put me – if not at total odds – at least somewhat critical of his exercise prescription approach. TTP readers can be assured – as can Dr. McGuff – that I will give Body by Science a thorough, honest and unbiased appraisal. Those points in which Dr. McGuff and I differ on will be well delineated, and I’ll elaborate on why it is that I take a different view. As well, I’ve given Dr. McGuff an open invitation to “guest post” as often as he wishes, so as to clarify any points he’d like. I’m looking forward to the opportunity, and I hope you’re looking forward to what I know will be an illuminating and thoughtful exchange of ideas.
Next on the agenda, I’ve had some really interesting and thought-provoking reader questions come pouring in over this past week, and I’ll be posting responses to some of these in the near future. I try to answer/address all email questions at least superficially, then attempt a more elaborate explanation in a follow-up post so that everyone can benefit from the exchange of ideas. We’ve got questions ranging from how to train for a law enforcement fitness test, to grey-area carbohydrates, to endurance athletes and overall carb intake, to advice for someone just beginning the Paleo journey and struggling with the all-too-common, start–fail-start-fail-start… fail… phenomenon. We’ll see if we can get everyone headed in the right direction.
I’ve also been looking into some interesting material concerning fasted-state workouts, with the quick-and-dirty of the research findings I’ve studied suggesting exactly what we in the Paleo community have already known from empirical evidence: namely, that we can, in fact, maintain muscle mass – and in some instances, even increase muscle mass – while under hypo-caloric conditions. What’s the key? As you’d expect; a proper workout stimulus, combined with proper overall nutrition (i.e., fats and protein).
Anyway, stay tuned — there’s plenty of good stuff on the way.