Don’t Hate Cholesterol, Olive Oil Buying Guide, Running Stairs & 80/20 Powerlifting

by Caleb Lee on May 7, 2009

failure-posterSo today, in honor of laziness and just pointing you to good stuff you should read instead of trying to find a creative way to “re-distribute” the information here on my blog — I’m going to share some links!

I don’t do a lot of linking out, mostly because I want to keep you lovely people ALL to myself, but this is something I need to start doing more. I need to be more abundance minded and start pointing you people around to awesome stuff when I find it.

But first, I want you to take a good look at the fake “motivation” poster right here. It says “FAILURE – learn from it or try something else” and it’s got a guy doing kettlebell stuff. Pretty cool & a good lesson. You DO need to learn from your failures!

Anyways, on with the LINK LOVE!

cholesterolCholesterol? Fuhggetabout it!

I mean — forget about it NOT being healthy! The truth is, cholesterol is not the evil it’s made out to be by the FDA …

You know, the FDA, the same people who gave us the food pyramid?

The same people who have been in charge of giving dietary guidelines for America & turning it into the most obese nation in the world?

Yea, those guys :)

Anyways, this is a good article over at Go Healthy, Go Fit on Cholesterol myths. One thing I think I need to highlight is that cholesterol is very important for men because without it you can’t build testosterone. That’s why low fat diets to lose weight and get ripped are a major “NO NO!” in my book.

Bottom line? Eat your protein, eat high-fat protein (no scraping by on chicken breasts and broccoli for you my friend!) — eat lots of red meat and stop listening to the government when they tell you how to eat :)

Anyways, go check out the post  called National Cholesterol Appreciation Day.

Olive Oil Buying Guide.

Here’s the thing about trying to eat healthy:

olive-oil-buying-guideThe first month or so you do it (and for some people this phase lasts a lifetime) you’re going to buy all kinds of things that you THINK are healthy … but they really aren’t.

See, food manufacturers are smart — they know that when people are trying to get healthy, they’re going to try to by healthy foods. So what do they do to increase sales? They make “fake” healthy foods!

Like Olive Oil for instance is a good source of many good fats, proven to make you healthier, etc. So when you go to the grocery store there’s like 50 different types and if you don’t know what to look out for you’re not going to get the right one–the one that’s actually good for you!

Luckily, old Mark from the Daily Apple wrote this nifty, handy little guide to Olive Oil types and gives you some advice as to where to buy yours. Mark is like 100 years old (sorry bud) and ripped and I think he was a cover model or something — he’s a pretty awesome guy and I really dig his blog.

So go check out his article Is All Olive Oil Created Equal?

Running Stairs for Conditioning & Fat Loss!

So I did my little post on doing hill sprints … and Yavor has got this new post on running stairs (so I guess now I don’t have to cover that one huh? Or WILL I???? MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!).

running-stairsAnyways, I think his post kicks butt! And you definitely gotta go check it out because running stairs is a great way to burn fat, and has all the benefits of hill sprints for you.

Plus, you get to pretend you’re Rocky and pump your fists up and down when you get to the top and jump all around. Also, if you’re really lucky — a whole crowd of people will be running and following you up the stairs while “Eye of The Tiger” bellows in the background.

(If any of that actually happens to you, I’ll straight up dead you because I’ll be super jealous!)

So go check out Yavor over at Relative Strength Advantage’s post Running Stairs – The Most Badass Fat Loss Conditioning Drill… Ever!

Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad For Joo?

This is a good article by my friends over at lifespotlight.com — it’s about Real Sugar V.S. Artificial Sweeteners.

real-sugar-vs-artificialSince I’ve gone low-carb during the week, I’ve found myself looking at alternative sweeteners to sugar. Now, thank God, I’ve never had a really big sweet tooth — so I’ve never really had a problem giving up sugar.

The hardest two switches for me were:

  • Switching from cream and sugar in my coffee to straight up, John McClain badass black coffee!
  • Not drinking sweet tea anymore …

Cuz I was raised on sweet tea amigo, and that janx is addicting. Anyways, I kind of like the different tastes of different coffees now and the other thing I’ve been doing is experimenting with artificial sweeteners.

So this is an interesting post, and I guess I pretty much agree with all of it. I don’t think artificial sweeteners are great but they’re better than sugar at least (in most cases) and I it’s nice to be able to still “indulge” in some things while not having to cheat on your chosen lifestlye parameters (not talking about swinging, I’m talking about food!)

So go ahead and read this great post called Real Sugar Vs. Artificial Sweeteners: Which Is Better?

80/20 Powerlifting — My New Powerlifting Routine!

deadlifting-pavelI think I’ve already linked to this post before but what the heck, Tim already has one of the most popular blogs on the internet (the bastard!) so I might as well link to him again :)

Actually, I’m linking here because I’m going to be using this routine that Pavel Tsatsouline posted on Tim’s blog for the world to devour.

It’s no secret I like to accomplish more with less. That I’m the biggest fan of the 80/20 principle you’ll find & that I absolutely adore both Tim and Pavel.

But why would I change from my beloved DoubleYourGains’ 3-5 Plan to … shockingly … someone elses?!!! Am I a turn coat? A poser?

Not exactly …

It’s all got to do with goals baby! I saw my first powerlifting meet in about half a decade the other day, looked at the powerlifting records in my weight class & realized if I trained hard, by the end of the year I could definitely place HIGH up on that list.

I may not be number one … but I plan on being one strong summab*tch by the time I do my first powerlifting meet at the end of the year.

So back to the routine: it’s super focused, and super simple. The powerlifts and nothing else. At least that’s the plan for the routine.

I’m going to add in:

  • Some assistance core work because I’ve had lower back problems before and want to EXTRA strengthen this area …
  • And a day per week of doing the VO2 Max snatching protocol with the kettlebell (I’m cutting back from the 2-3x per week I’ve recently been doing this)

The benefit of the VO2 Max snatching protocol is that while it’s basically the best, most efficient, most ass-kicking form of cardio in the world … it also relies on building explosiveness throughout the whole body because you’re doing the MOST ballistic kettlebell exercise in existence — the snatch.

Sooooo …. unlike most “cardio” training which detrains your fast twitch muscle fibers and makes you super un-explosive — if all goes to plan my cardio should actually HELP my powerlifts!

So my new schedule is looking like this:

  • Monday – Rest
  • Tuesday – SQ
  • Wednesday – BP
  • Thurs – DL
  • Fri – Rest/V02 Max snatch protocol
  • Sat – Light BP/Light SQ
  • Sun – Rest

I’ll keep you guys posted and you’ll never hear the end of it when I start setting some PL records :) Anyways, go read the post Pavel: 80/20 Powerlifting and How to Add 110+ Pounds to Your Lifts. & learn somethin will ya!

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Yavor May 7, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Caleb,

I like that you write very comprehensive posts when you write a link-love type of post. Oh, and good luck on your power lifting meet. Keep us informed dude.

Yavor

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Caleb Lee May 7, 2009 at 3:17 pm

@ Yavor: thanks man :) I guess it’s just that stupid “puritan work ethic” — I start feeling UBER lazy if I just link love it with no comments … OR … it could be my ego wants to give my own opinion and can’t stand to just let someone else hog all the glory — come to think of it — that’s probably more likely than a puritan work ethic!!! haha thanks for stopping by Yavor!

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Andrew R - Go Healthy Go Fit May 7, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Hey Caleb,

I agree with Yavor, your link love posts are fun to read. I wish I wasn’t so lazy with mine, lol!! Thanks for the shout out.

All the Best,

Andrew R
Go Healthy Go Fit

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Caleb Lee May 8, 2009 at 2:47 am

@ Andrew: aww shucks — ya’ll are making me blush :)

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