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Random Friday Thoughts: 8/1/08

Written on August 1, 2008 at 8:30 am, by Eric Cressey

1. It’s going to be a quick one today, as we’re getting ready to leave for Cassandra Forsythe’s wedding in Vermont. For the record, this will likely be the last time she’s referred to as Cassandra Forsythe; she’ll be Forsythe-Pribanic by the end of the weekend!

2. One more reason to not use the abductor machine: OUCH!

3. Researchers have found that participation in a football game leads to a HEIGHT loss of almost one centimeter – likely due to compressive forces. Just imagine what happens when you put 500 pounds on your back and go for a squatting session! I haven’t seen any acute research in this regard, but there is evidence to show that retired weightlifters have reduced disc heights when compared with controls who didn’t lift. I’d be willing to bet that they also have fewer broken hips, can carry their own groceries, and pick up way more hotties in the convalescent home, so I’ll take functional capacity over a perfect MRI anyday.

4. Good points on the negative effects of flip-flops, but I don’t buy the argument that barefoot training is just as bad. The only reason it’s “bad” is that you can’t put orthotics on a bare foot…

5. My girlfriend cooked up some protein bars from John Berardi’s Gourmet Nutrition cookbook; awesome stuff! It’s the summer in the Northeast, so there are a lot of blueberries on-hand; they’re a great addition to the apple cinnamon bars, if you haven’t tried them already.

6. Tony Gentilcore started a training log over at T-Nation that describes a lot of the madness at Cressey Performance in our training group. It’s worth checking out – at the very least, to make sure that you make fun of Tony.

7. I mentioned it in my newsletter the other day, but if you are a fitness professional and haven’t signed up for Ryan Lee’s Bootcamp, I’d highly recommend you check it out.

8. Atta boy, Sam! Talk about clutch – and they had an 11-10 extra innings walk-off win last night. Good luck this weekend, Sudbury Legion.

I’ve got to run – but not before leaving you with a bit of nostalgic weekend motivation from the greatest motivator of all time!

5 Responses to “Random Friday Thoughts: 8/1/08”

  1. Geek2Freak Brandon Says:

    GN protein bars sound excellent, my book is on the way and can’t wait to try them.

    Feel free to send me some ready-made samples in the meantime…

  2. mario Says:

    Hey Eric,

    So does that third point give merit to the idea that weightlifting stunts growth?

    I know Pavel recommends hanging after squatting to neutralize the compressive effect on the spine.

  3. Ben Says:

    Would the flip-flop flap not come from an adopted shuffling stride rather than the more natural heel-to-toe weight transfer? A lot of people I see “walking” in flip-flops tend to (a) dorsiflex the foot while flexing the toes rather than extending them, holding the flip-flop on the foot, (b) literally shuffle along their paths, and/or (c) practically tip-toe and land on their forefeet.

    I’ve had one or two pairs in my life and have always “walked out” of them–I just can’t get them to stay on my feet, but then, I was never in that uber-cool crowd and therefore never needed to live with it (kinda like smoking cigarettes, no?).

  4. Gopi Rajaseharan Says:

    I think that this is the second post in which you’ve mentioned your girlfriend cooking up some good food for you.

    Lucky blighter 🙂

  5. Trent Says:

    HAHA! I love all your stuff Eric but I must say… Office Linebacker takes the cake!

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