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Military Style Training! Do You Have What It Takes?

2018-05-28T23:44:25+00:00

Through the years, the approach to physical training within the military has evolved to coincide with the tactical requirements of the modern-day soldier. I have outlined a typical 6-week program for a Special Forces operative. Do you have what it takes?

Military Style Training

Down through the years, the approach to physical training within the military has evolved to coincide with the tactical requirements of the role of the modern day soldier. When I first joined the Army back in 1997, it was a different Army than the one in which my father, his father before him, and his father before him all had enlisted.

I come from a long line of military men, all of whom have served in combat missions throughout different generations. My great grandfather served in both the Boer War in South Africa and the Great War, also known as World War I; he even received medals for valor. My grandfather served in WWII, Congo and Cypress during the Turkish/Greek War, and my father served in Lebanon […]

Military Style Training! Do You Have What It Takes? 2018-05-28T23:44:25+00:00

Memorial Day – Remembering those who have served

2018-05-27T15:50:04+00:00

The American Cemetery in Normandy, just east of Omaha Beach.  Thousands of Americans perished in the Normandy Invasion.  Image online via Wikimedia Commons.

Not only are they commemorated
by columns and inscriptions,
but there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them,
graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.

Pericles, Athenian Leader
On Remembering Those
Who Fought and Died for their Country

In the spring, when flowers are in bloom throughout the United States, Americans decorate the graves of military men and women who died fighting for their country.

No one is exactly sure when “Decoration Day” first started, but the first official observance at Arlington Cemetery took place three years after the Civil War was over.  On the 5th of May, in 1868, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that May 30th would be a day to honor the dead.

Urging citizens to use “the choicest flowers of springtime,” Logan reminded everyone to not let the graves of servicemen slip into disrepair:

We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. … Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of […]

Memorial Day – Remembering those who have served 2018-05-27T15:50:04+00:00

Thank You For Your Service – Remembering Memorial Day

2018-05-26T13:13:19+00:00

I have quite a few stories about memorial day, but here I would like to mention just three.

The first is a story my wife Deb wrote in our American Futures series two years ago, from Columbus, Mississippi. It is about the origin, or at least one origin, of Memorial Day observances in the United States just after the Civil War, and it directly involves the then-fledgling Atlantic Monthly magazine. You can read it here.

The second is a long and powerful essay called “The Citizen Soldier: Moral Risk and the Modern Military,” by Phil Klay, author of the justly celebrated novel of the Iraq war Redeployment. It is published as a “Brookings Essay” but has no resemblance to the standard Brookings paper. It deals with an aspect of the question I was trying to explore last year in my story “The Tragedy of the American Military.”

I was writing mainly about the destructive moral effect on the entire society of its separation from the military that is open-endedly at war in its name. Klay deals with that but, […]

Thank You For Your Service – Remembering Memorial Day 2018-05-26T13:13:19+00:00

Low Fat Diets Don’t Work

2018-05-16T15:01:49+00:00

 

For decades, doctors, nutritionists, trainers, and even the government has waxed rhapsodic about the importance of consuming a low fat diet. Ushered in by research conducted in the late 50s and early 60s, there was a monumental shift in the nutrition recommendations, with the first low fat diet guidelines published in 1977.[1] Since then, the vast majority of world health organizations haven’t budged in there promotion of consuming less dietary fat.

Why Go Low Fat?
Low-fat diets were touted to be heart healthy as early, somewhat suspect, research by Ansel Keys and colleagues found an association between high saturated fat intake and heart disease. This led to a low-fat craze that began in the 80s and continues up to today. People were avoiding anything with butter, oil, or fat like it was the plague, and replacing those tasty foods with processed, low-fat frankenfoods chock full of all sorts of cheap sugars and artificial trans fats, which we now know are even worse for your heart than saturated fats were originally thought to be!

But, there’s […]

Low Fat Diets Don’t Work 2018-05-16T15:01:49+00:00

The Best Shoulder Rehab Exercises From Team Performax

2018-05-15T20:17:25+00:00

 

Treating Shoulder Injuries
Treating shoulder injuries is a very common occurrence in my office, especially amongst my competitive clients. Before we tackle how to rehabilitate a shoulder-based injury, we need to understand what supports the shoulder joint.

First, the shoulder is a ball and socket joint, which means it can move in all directions just like our hip.  It is formed by the humerous bone fitting into the scapula. Knowing that these two bones form the joint, biggest question is what holds it all together?

We have previously discussed the anatomy of the deltoid, but this isn’t the shoulder and the deltoid does not facilitate the stability in the joint of the shoulder.  There are four muscles that construct this amazing matrix of support of the should: the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and the subscapularis muscles. Each of these muscles play an important role in proper shoulder rehabilitation.

Let’s summarize the actions of each muscle so that we understand how to appropriately rehab in order to prevent possible shoulder injury:
1) Supraspinatus is the main “elevator” for the […]

The Best Shoulder Rehab Exercises From Team Performax 2018-05-15T20:17:25+00:00

What Role Does Hydration Play in Boosting Muscle Hypertrophy?

2018-05-14T13:27:15+00:00

 

Your body and its many cells depend on water for all their critical functions. In fact, more than 60% of your body is composed of water. You can survive a few weeks or more without food, but you’ll die in a few days without water. Water is in your bloodstream and within each cell in your body where it plays a powerful role in vital functions, like transporting, nutrients and gases, maintaining proper electrolyte balance, controlling body temperature, and preventing a rapid drop in blood pressure.

Have you ever noticed that when you’re dehydrated and get up quickly, you feel a bit lightheaded or dizzy? That’s because when you’re dehydrated your fluid volume is reduced. When you stand up too quickly, blood can’t reach your brain as quickly and you feel a bit off kilter. That’s how important water is for health and well-being.

To make matters worse, many people walk around in a state of chronic, mild dehydration and even begin an exercise session that way. A study carried out by researchers at Gatorade found that […]

What Role Does Hydration Play in Boosting Muscle Hypertrophy? 2018-05-14T13:27:15+00:00

Age and Bodyfat

2018-04-23T03:59:31+00:00

 

I read the comments on these articles, you know. “Rip’s a fat guy. Don’t believe anything he says about fitness.” “Fit people don’t look like Rip’s fat ass. Run awaaaaay!!” As I sit here finishing the last of an unclaimed birthday cake from Kroger, listening to Chicago’s “Free Form Guitar” on repeat, this harshness brings a tear to my bloodshot piggish little eyes. People are so hateful sometimes. Usually they’re just stupid and ignorant, and that can be interpreted as hateful.

But not by me, Nosiree. I know how people are, and they just haven’t thought clearly about several important aspects of human existence. First, I’m not a model, although my rugged good looks qualify me for such work (I was kidding about the birthday cake and the eyes). I’m a coach, a lecturer, and an author. I’m paid for what I know, not how I look. Tom Landry didn’t look like Randy White, but that didn’t keep him from being effective as Randy’s coach. My job is not to have […]

Age and Bodyfat 2018-04-23T03:59:31+00:00

Why Isometric Strength Exercises Are Perfect for Very Young Athletes

2018-04-23T04:53:28+00:00

 

Strength training for young athletes is a very popular subject right now.

Teaching an athlete the importance and value of strength training from a young age can lead to tremendous benefits. It can help them build a great base of not only physical qualities such as motor coordination, proper lifting technique and overall preparedness for their sport, but also a rise in their self-confidence and how they see themselves on and off the field.

If an athlete is old enough to play organized sports, they are old enough to participate in a strength training program that is structured appropriately for their maturity and needs. The word “appropriate” is key. Simple training will always be more efficient for very young athletes. Using the athlete’s own body weight as their resistance is a great place to start. Basic movements such as Squats, Push-Ups and Lunges can have great carryover to sports performance as these are all foundational movements that athletes should master.

But once such basic movements are mastered, it can be difficult to continue to progress and intensify training […]

Why Isometric Strength Exercises Are Perfect for Very Young Athletes 2018-04-23T04:53:28+00:00

4 Advanced Jump Exercises Used By Explosive Athletes

2018-04-23T03:57:48+00:00

 

In sports like basketball, soccer or hockey, acceleration and change-of-direction speed require more than just being big and strong. Lifting weights alone won’t maximize your performance on the field, court or rink.

That’s why, to increase your explosive power, you should perform jump exercises in addition to your strength workouts. With that in mind, here are four advanced jump variations that can improve any athlete’s lower-body explosiveness.

1. Lateral Hurdle Jump to Short Sprint

Why it works:

The Lateral Hurdle Jump to Short Sprint teaches you to explode into a sprint after multiple rapid accelerations and decelerations.

How to do it:

Set up two hurdles side by side.
Keeping your hips pointing forward at all times, jump laterally over the hurdles.
As soon as you land after the second jump, explode into a short 10- to 20-meter sprint.

2. Depth Jump Over Hurdle

Why it works:

Depth Jumps enhance the all-important stretch-shortening cycle, which is key to making explosive moves quickly and decisively.

How to do it:

Stand on an elevated […]

4 Advanced Jump Exercises Used By Explosive Athletes 2018-04-23T03:57:48+00:00