Throwing Stones, Ketosis, and Genetic Potential

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Thoughts to Ponder:

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.
~ Winston Churchill
You can easily judge the character of a man by the way he treats someone who can do nothing for him.
~ Johann von Goethe

Things I’m Reading:

Low Carbohydrate Dietary Approaches for People with Type 2 Diabetes

Resources to Thrive:

  • Climb Strong (Newsletter): Even if you’re not into rock climbing, I highly recommend you check out this newsletter for Steve’s brilliant insights into training and performance (spoiler, the sport doesn’t matter). See below my thoughts on the recent November edition.
  • The Global Animal Partnership (a farm and animal welfare standards program) is hosting a Thanksgiving Giveaway with $1,300 in delicious prizes. Just hit that there link and share a few tweets to enter. PS: One of the prize contributors are our friends at TruBeef!

Trainer’s Corner:

  • “Good training taxes you in ways you don’t like to be taxed.” ~ Steve Bechtel, Climb Strong Newsletter 2021 Nov. When my podcast was still “The Kombat Kitchen”, my send-off question was always “What’s the last hard-hard thing you’ve done?” It’s easy to “go hard” in a direction we like; more reps, more sets, more miles, more rounds, whatever. The hard part is starting from zero or at least in a direction you’re less than proficient at. How proficient? Well, Steve mentions (and this was talked about by Dan John as well) that you’ll reach 90% of your genetic potential within a few years of (regular and directed) training. Like it or not, if you’ve been training hard for 5 (arbitrary number) years and someone hasn’t noticed your world class potential, you aren’t going to make it. Now hear me out. That should, in no way stop you from doing something you love. It also doesn’t mean you can’t continue to make progress for the rest of your life. I still love climbing and the outdoors; but after 5–6 years of hard training and hundreds of pitches under my belt I was better than many, above average for sure, but hardly phenomenal.
  • Challenges Ahead for a Rational Analysis of Vitamin D in Athletes: “Vitamin D deficiency is common in athletes and most reviews have demonstrated consistently that increasing serum 25(OH)D levels have a beneficial effect on muscle strength, power, and mass of the general population, and the muscle strength performance of athletes.” Seems important right? I’ve talked about Vitamin D and hormone / immune system function before so let’s look specifically at athletes here. Athletes who have been restricted from outdoor training to avoid/control the infection/transmission of COVID-19 will be at more risk of injuries in the aftermath of the pandemic because vitamin D levels are endogenously synthesized in response to sun exposure.” How about that?! Though this paper refers to “deficient” as < 10 ng/ml; other sources (1, 2, 3) have put that number between 20–30 ng/ml. “Optimal” levels are generally considered 50–60 ng/ml with some folks suggesting >70 ng/ml. This paper suggests “toxic” levels at >80 ng/ml; but other sources (4, 5) put the upper limit at 150 ng/ml. This paper talks specifically about methods of measuring Vitamin D, but what I want to hammer home (as I’ve mentioned this a few places recently) is that telling folks that they’re getting “too much Vitamin D” is like telling them “over-exercising” increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.” Technically, these are both true statements, though on a population scale the problem is grossly skewed the other direction. This article rightly warns against over-supplementation(!). As I’ve talked about with (alleged) Vitamin A toxicity; why are we relying on supplements? Can we not reap the above benefits with food and sunlight? Heaven forbid we have, not just functional, but thriving physical prowess, and yes immune and hormone function too!

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