Are you down with the Robb Wolf and Any Deas Paleolithic Solution Podcasts over at Robb Wolf’s blog? If not, you really should be, as they’re a great source of Paleo diet information. Robb is a trained biochemist who was somehow able to shed the prescribed university brainwashing, put two-and two together, and come to the conclusion that the human body was built to motor on a Paleo-like diet. The Wolf/Deas collaborations — aside from being an enjoyable listen (good chemistry between these two) — are a series of Q & A discussions on all manner of dietary issues — all viewed, of course, through a Paleo-leaning prism. And Robb’s blog offers a good place for intelligent, post-podcast discussion. Head on over when you get a chance, listen-in, and join the fray — you’ll be glad you did.
In particular, check out the discussion associated with Episode 17, where I tossed-out the sous-vide/plastics leaching question that I initially brought up in this post. Paleolithic Solution reader/listener Mathieu Lalonde responded:
“I’m a chemist and I was waiting for someone to bring up this issue. I was personally horrified when I first read about “Sous Vide”, which means “under vacuum” in French. Take food, place it into a plastic bag, place the bag under vacuum, seal it, then heat it. I cannot imagine a better way to leach plasticizers into food. Especially with fatty foods. I would love to see someone study this. The phthalates would be trivial to detect by mass spec. Many plasticizers, including phthalates, are endocrine disrupters. I don’t care how good “sous vide” food tastes, I’m not touching it until the plasticizer issue has been studied and/or resolved.”
I have to agree with Mathieu, here. This just looks like too much of a plastics-leaching, perfect storm for me to feel comfortable with. For now, just roll with the ol’ fashion crock pot, and reserve the right to change my opinion on the subject later.
On to today’s workout…
Here’s the combo that I created on the fly this morning:
Jump Squats (3/4 position):
165 x5; 215 x 5; 265 x 5; 305 x 5
165 x 5; 185 x 4, 5, 5
Step-Ups (reps per each leg):
165 x 5; 185 x 3, 3, 3
45 x 5; 55 x 5, 6, 6
So, 4 rounds of that combo. I actually performed 2 additional rounds that were a “bridge” between the end of the warm-up and the meat of the workout (round 1). Build-ups, feel sets.
So, how did I come up with this beast? Pretty simple, really. First I identified the movement pattern I wanted to work — not the exercise per se, but the movement pattern — then I identified the energy system I wanted to utilize while working that particular pattern. At this point I begin to cobble-together particular exercises. In this instance, I knew I wanted to work the single-leg step-up — in my gym, that puts me in the power rack. I know from past exprience that I’ll use approximately 185 lbs for 3 reps each leg (and this rep range corresponds to my target energy system). 185 lbs also looks like a good btn push-press weight for me, so I’ll add that as well. Now I’ve got a bar loaded-up in the power rack at a height that, for me, is at roughly the 3/4 squat position. Hmmmmm, load-up the bar a little more, and I’ve got all the makings for some jump squats. As a bonus, look at the great potentiation potential jump squats offers to the other two exercises. Cha-ching! The pull-ups? They’re a natural push-pull companion to the push-press.
And last but not least, a very interesting read from the Global Polititian: Did Lactose Tolerance Trigger the Indo-European Expansion? Highly, highly recommended reading.