I feel like most of these “weekend reads” tend to not be reads at all. But they’re still good! This week we have a listen and a read for you. Pick your poison.
One of my professors at IUPUI used a lot of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in his motor control lab. This talk show discusses a similar topic. They use Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation (TDCS) for training: learn quicker, see better, things like that. Very interesting idea.
Rationalizing Your Diet
I’m not as up on nutrition research as I am on movement-related stuff, but I enjoyed this post from Pat Davidson where he outlines what he eats and why he eats it.
The reason I share this is not for the accuracy or inaccuracy of his science. I could care less about that. What I want is the justification of your decisions.
I just had a talk the other day with my co-workers about this. Three years ago, we were sure we were right. Then we learned some new stuff, and now we’re sure we were wrong three years ago. Not completely wrong, but enough.
But are we helping people? You bet. Are we doing it better than most? You bet. Will we continue to grow? You bet.
Your short-term duty is to provide rationale. Your long-term duty is to refine your rationale.
Learn How to Analyze Fitness Research
Dr. Jon Fass of Facebook debate fame posted a very thorough piece about thinking critically and evaluating research. The words “evidence-based” get thrown around a lot these days, so sharing this article is a no-brainer.
How Can There be a Squatting Controversy?
My boss Bill Hartman wrote a post about avoiding the black & white mentality. It’s even written in the format of a short picture book. I caught myself reading it with a rhythm.
You want sufficient variability for what your body has to do. Determine what that is and go from there. This is the key to training.
Open Source World
Tesla Motors, the leader in electric cars, has removed their patents in hopes to foster creative thinking.
As someone who loves the Cosmos (the show ended, but I picked up the Blu-ray, no worries), I worry about the environment. I guess that’s typical for a twenty-something, but that stuff scares me. Even more valued, however, is spreading knowledge. With this act, Tesla encourages healthy competition.
It’s like if someone opened a gym right next door to your’s. Would the public have a better view of you if you tried running them out or if you embraced them? You’re not even offering the same product anyways.
If you’re defensive or find yourself often offended, you should remember what Tesla is doing.
Cool Feats of Strength
Check out this random video of my buddy Miguel Aragoncillo showing off. Ab city, son.
You MUST watch this just to see his excitement. My boy’s all grown up!