The Return of Fun Day Fridays
It’s been a while since I’ve put up a review of some of my recent favorites. There’s been so many articles that slimming this one down was not easy. With that said, let’s get started.
My post last Tuesday was about Growth vs. Fixed Mindset. Here’s a great article (with tons of videos) on how Failure is not Fatal (the whole concept of the Growth Mindset). Here’s a quote from the article by Sir James Dyson:
You once described the inventor’s life as “one of failure.” How so?
I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5,126 failures. But I learned from each one. That’s how I came up with a solution. So I don’t mind failure. I’ve always thought that schoolchildren should be marked by the number of failures they’ve had. The child who tries strange things and experiences lots of failures to get there is probably more creative.
Not all failures lead to solutions, though. How do you fail constructively?
We’re taught to do things the right way. But if you want to discover something that other people haven’t, you need to do things the wrong way. Initiate a failure by doing something that’s very silly, unthinkable, naughty, dangerous. Watching why that fails can take you on a completely different path. It’s exciting, actually. To me, solving problems is a bit like a drug. You’re on it, and you can’t get off. I spent seven years on our washing machine [which has two drums, instead of one].
Next up is to crunch or not?
The most heated argument in strength and conditioning today is to crunch or not to crunch. It’s bewildering that this seemingly harmless, short ROM exercise could create such a rift between so many smart strength and conditioning professionals, yet the great crunch debate rages on.
Bret Contreras and Brad Schoenfeld do a good job dissecting the research and using some common sense. Read about Crunching here: To Crunch or Not Crunch.
To please the dichotomous nature of all arguments, here’s another opinion, Forget the “Abs” Exercises.
“If you want the best looking, strongest abs, train your whole body instead of performing lots of abdominal work. One traditional “ab” exercise, such as twisting crunches, leg lowering or low cable supine pull-ins can be included in your program, but research shows that abdominal training doesn’t offer much pay off.”
Until next week, I’ll leave with this last link for food for thought: A Calorie is NOT a Calorie
Sorry big-box trainers and the equivalent ilk: the body obeys the 2nd law of thermodynamics as it does the 1st and therefore varies in efficiency based on activity, hormonal status and—by far the most important factor—the type of fuel we provide. That’s why Atwater, the father of the 4-4-9 calorie values for carbs, protein, and fat, respectively, distinguished between physical fuel values and physiological fuel values16. The first, physical fuel values, is the amount of energy you can get out of food by burning it with oxygen, literally. You throw food in a fancy oven, incinerate then record the total amount of heat released—this is the physical fuel value.