Friday, August 10
Weekly Roundup! Here's some interesting stuff I saw this week:
1. From Brad Schoenfeld, one of the leading researchers on muscle growth and fat loss. We talk a lot about how as we add muscle and lose fat we may not see a huge change in our weight, because of the dense muscle. But sometimes it's still disappointing to not see movement on the scale. This study shows exactly what's happening - a 4 lb increase in muscle mass, with a 4% drop in body fat. Yes, there was a 4 lb. weight drop overall, but sometimes we want more. Stay with it, keep the weight training in your program and you will see a difference, even if the scale isn't showing it right away.
2. This post gets a little technical, but I'll do my best to give a quick explanation. Basically, we know that obesity is associated with multiple diseases, but this research shows that obesity is essentially a disease in itself - causing inflammation in the fatty (adipose) tissue and the gut. And inflammation in these two lead to systemic inflammation in the body that affects the brain, along with tissues of the heart, liver, and blood vessels.
"Bottom line is that obesity is an unsuspecting inflammatory disease and if left unresolved will drastically increase the risk for disease."
Workout for Friday, August 10
Pull Up Progressions
Annie Loves Russian Swings
Russian KB Swings (70/53)
Scale DU with 3X Single Unders