Paleo f(x)!

Posted on 06. Apr, 2014 by .

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Heal thyself, harden thyself, change the world – Keith & Michelle Norris, Paleo f(x) Co-founders   The largest Paleo event in the world takes place this week, in Austin, Texas.  To say that Michelle and I are thrilled as to what this event has become would be the grossest of understatements.  The “little fledgling movement [...]

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Hypermuscularity vs Athleticism

Posted on 24. Mar, 2014 by .

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The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. -Vince Lombardi On the left, your normal, everyday whippet.  And on the right, his myostatin-deficient, albeit slow-poke, cousin.   So here’s something rather interesting — and particularly sad, too, if you’re an animal rights/dog-lover, like myself: breeding whippets for speed inadvertently produces incidences of myostatin [...]

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Of Feral Pigs and Epigenetics

Posted on 19. Mar, 2014 by .

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“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer Quiz time.  The above is (A) Keith’s response to “the coffee bar is now closed”, (B) Keith’s response to seeing no cleans, chins, dips or sprints in your last week’s programming, (C) a feisty Tasmanian devil, or (D) [...]

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Modality Dictates the Mindset — More on Periodization

Posted on 10. Mar, 2014 by .

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“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings photo via USA Today Sports   It still (still!) shocks me when people assume that to be a great athlete, one has to go 100% balls-to-the-wall puke-fest each and every workout.  A notion, of course, that is absolutely ludicrous.  It [...]

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Training the Central Nervous System for Improved Sporting Performance

Posted on 03. Mar, 2014 by .

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“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” -Anais Nin The epitome of explosiveness; the central nervous system in action. One strength and conditioning falsehood that never seems to die is the notion that the Central Nervous System cannot be effectively trained.  In other words, much like speed, you’ve got [...]

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Survival vs Optimization… with a Dose of Moderation

Posted on 24. Feb, 2014 by .

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Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. -William Arthur Ward A question during a recent podcast interview (I’ll post the link when it’s up and running) prompted me to consider how my training has changed over the years.  Not just the nuts-and-bolts specifics of that training, but the deeper, underlying, philosophical aspects. [...]

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ARXFit Technology, and the French Contrast Method

Posted on 11. Feb, 2014 by .

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“There is always an easy solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.” – H.L. Mencken Yet another application of the multi-versatile ARXFit technology that I employ at Efficient Exercise is to use it as the go-to, heavy force production movement when utilizing the Complex, Contrast, and (my favorite) the French Contrast methods. Wait… [...]

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Kettlebell Training with Autoregulation and Drop-off Fatigue Management

Posted on 03. Feb, 2014 by .

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“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” – Albert Camus Today, a question from Theory to Practice reader, Frank, regarding Autoregulating and drop-off. Keith, I have been enjoying your columns on Autoregulation and have been wracking [...]

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The “Best” Route to Swoleville?

Posted on 28. Jan, 2014 by .

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“Knowledge without mileage equals bullshit.” — Henry Rollins   The past week has provided for an interesting convergence of physical culture themes, punctuated by the resurgence of a few instances of the age-old “HIT vs old-school bodybuilding” debate.  Actually, the debate has now mushroomed so as to include many other methodologies (CrossFit, Oly lifting, power [...]

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Concurrent Assessment and Blood Testing

Posted on 23. Jan, 2014 by .

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“To know oneself, one should assert oneself.” – Albert Camus I’ve written in a prior post my thoughts on where supplementation fits in to my “3 pillars” approach to health, fitness and wellbeing.  I’ve also discussed the pros, cons and limitations of both properly designed assessments and blood panels and, citing my own Omega-3 level [...]

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