“It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”

~ Carl Sagan

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.

Nevermind the very non-Paleo beer in the left hand
Nevermind the very non-Paleo beer in the left hand

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.

In Health,

Keith

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Keith Norris is a former standout athlete, a military vet, and an elite strength and conditioning expert with over 35 years of in-the-trenches experience. As a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness space, he is an owner, co-founder and Chief Development Officer of the largest Paleo conference in the world, Paleo f(x) . As well, Keith is a partner in one of the most innovative lines of boutique training studios in the nation, Efficient Exercise. He’s also a partner in ARXFit training equipment, and a founding member of ID Life. In his spare time, he authors one of the top fitness blogs in the health and wellness sphere, Theory To Practice.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Keith looks like you have some good stuff coming! I think I said earlier that I had Body by Science and think that it is good in lots of areas but there are bits that I struggle with. I actually like working out so the idea of only training once every week and then for 12 minutes is not something I warm too even though I think that you may well be abel to develop strength like that. I also do not think it necessarily mimics paleo life. it will be interesting to read your views.

    I’ve been fasting a bit more myself recently and found my workouts have gone fine.

    Kind Regards

    Chris

  2. I have the McGuff book sitting on my bookshelf, waiting to be read. Agree with Chris, I like going to the gym. For me, it’s almost a form of meditation.

    But, have heard great stuff about the book and looking forward to the review.

  3. Keith,

    Don’t worry, we haven’t lost faith, heh. I’m looking forward to your upcoming stuff, and I have a questions for you, the answer to which might fit in nicely with your upcoming material.

    Recently, I’ve begun to incorporate more intermittent fasting. Being on the ship, it is difficult, but meals go down roughly every 6 hours. The way I’ve been fasting is, for a day, I’ll either eat every 12 hours (midrats, lunch, midrats), or I’ll eat twice in 6 hours and not again for around 18 (dinner, midrats — dinner). Then on other days I’ll just eat three squares. I’d say that I usually go 1:1 (regular day, fast variant). This is working well, and though I’ve kinda stabilized at 190#, I’m confident that as I continue to dial it in, I’ll see more fat loss.

    here’s my question (sorry for the essay): On the days when I fast, I tend to facilitate the periods in between by catching up on sleep. So an 18 hour fast might include 7-8 hours sleep and a workout. I rarely fast for 12 hours and stay awake the whole time. Am I losing out on the potential benefit of fasting while engaging in all day activity? If so, is it a big loss? I’m sure I’ll get there eventually, but right now, with a rotating bridge watch schedule, I tend to have days where I sleep little, followed by days where I catch up. These seem to lend themselves to these mini fasts.

    What are your thoughts, and feel free to save your response for when you’ve got time to work it into a post if you like. I just figured I’d throw it out there.

    Good health, -bryce

    • Bryce,
      I actually think that extended sleep is a fantastic adjunct to fasting. I don’t have, nor am I aware of any studies backing my claim — only empirical evidence on how I react/feel personally. I would just go with the flow, sometimes working out heavily, sometimes sleeping more while hypo-caloric.

      kamal, Chris —
      Every protocol I’ve ever studied works well for at least some subset of trainees, but does not work for all trainees; the trick, of course, being to match the trainee to the correct protocol. The problem facing those backing/promoting the various protocols is, of course, capturing an adequate market share of an extremely small (relatively speaking) target audience.

  4. Keith,

    Glad to hear about your and Doug’s exchange. He was in town last week and gave a presentation at one of our training studios on the information in his new book. A great speaker, a stand up guy, and the rare “in great shape” MD.

    Best,
    Skyler

  5. Excellent!

    I bought and read through the book. I first heard of it from the post you mention above and then I saw some comments on Art DeVany’s site (I believe Art said it was excellent) so I bought it.

    As a novice, there are parts of this book that make little to no sense to me – the chapters on the cell stuff in the beginning are a complete blur. I can’t figure out who the audience is because it seems like it is geared towards average people yet it dogs down in details that are not well explained or integrated. At any rate, I pushed through it and did find a lot of value – enough that I have been experimenting a bit with his exercise recommendations. It’s too early to tell effectiveness, but I will say that the slow to failure is something I’ve never done before (as is using machines) and it was very exhausting. I also am tired or being injured from working out and Dr. McGuff’s prescription seems perfect in that respect.

    His recommendations are so very different from yours – I can’t wait to see your take especially as it pertains to an average person interested in health/longevity.

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