I’m coming atcha from East Glacier National Park today. The west side was getting burned down, so we decided to leave. Here’s what I found fun, interesting or painful but worth doing this week.
My latest podcast –
AAJ 150: Ketones for Weight Loss & Performance with Alex Cunningham
If you haven’t heard me talking about ketones over the last year you might be living under a rock… The keto diet and supplemental ketones are HOT right now, and for good reason!
If it’s healthy for you, makes your brain work better, and gives you more energy… I’m in!
This show will shed some light on why you might want to give supplemental ketones (or the keto diet) a try.
What I tried and am excited about –
Dry Needling with Gabe Murphy at Hellroaring CrossFit
So… with all this driving that I’ve been doing lately, I’m sitting WAY more than I would otherwise. Think massive amounts of more sitting. And because of that, I have an old back injury that’s tightening up and limiting my ability to fire my left glute during heavy squats (it’s a huge bummer).
While working out this week at Hellroaring CrossFit in Columbia Falls MT the owner (who’s a physical therapist) mentioned how his favorite thing is dry needling because it produces way more “gains” than anything else he’s ever tried.
Well, little did he know that “gains” is the magic word, so I let him poke me with needles and move them around until the muscles jumped (not the most pleasant feeling I’ve ever had).
Here’s what I can say about it so far…
– The idea of dry needling makes a ton of sense to me.
– It can be pretty painful (but gains are gains). Totally worth it!
– It makes you super sore almost right away.
– Although Gabe said he’s seen great results in just one session, I’m guessing my tissue could use a few. It’s stubborn tissue.
– It seems like something is happening, but I’ll keep you posted the next time I squat heavy (stay tuned to my social media).
My top social post –
Rock jumping in Glacier Nation Park
If you haven’t seen this one already… it’s a good one! My photographer captured some great shots of me flying through the air off a massive rock into a lake 🙂
Thought that I’ve been pondering –
Recovery and stress cycles
Here’s what I’ve been thinking about… how many days do certain stressful events stick with us… Is it two days, three days, or even longer…
I’m sorry, but I’m not here to tell you the answer, just to hoping to get you thinking. You know, using that thing that sits on your shoulders. I think some of us forget it’s there sometimes…
What I’m also thinking about in regards to how long the stressors (workouts, work, flying, etc.) stay with us is, can we recover from them faster with more sleep, more high quality food, more relaxing situations (massage, contrast therapy, sex, TV/movies, etc.).
Here’s what got me thinking about this:
I trained really hard 3 days in a row (fri/sat/sun), then had a super bumpy plane ride on Monday (high stress), and my WHOOP recovery scores have been in the dumps ever since, even though the last few days have been pretty stress free (moderate workouts and 8 hours of sleep). So I’m wondering what would have happened if I got a massage and forced myself to sleep 10 hours…
I guess I should reproduce the situation and try out my theory. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂
That’s what I have for you this week! If you like my emails please share with your friends :-). And if you ever have any questions, I’m here for you!