When Is The Vegan Diet The Healthy Option?

A whole foods vegan diet may be a healthy diet for some people. The diet may be healthy for people who eat the standard American diet which is full of processed foods and junk foods. If you decide not to go whole foods and just eat “vegan”, including your favorite processed vegan “meats” made to look like real meat and other varieties of processed vegan treats you find in the popular grocery stores, I would say this is never a good option if you are seeking long term health.

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Better Heart Rate Monitoring with Apple Watch Using Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor

heart rate monitoring using apple watch and polar h10 chest strap

Last March I decided to purchase a separate chest strap worn heart rate monitor, specifically the Polar H10 Bluetooth Smart HR Sensor, to use with my Apple Watch when tracking my workouts.

You might be thinking, why would you buy a heart rate monitor when the Apple Watch already tracks heart rate?

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CBD for Training and Recovery

Cannabidoil (CBD) is the non-psychoactive organic compound from hemp–the fiber from the stem of the cannabis plant, selectively grown for industrial purposes. In writing, CBD has garnered praise and popularity having a lot of benefits both backed scientifically or by account. CBD and Professional Sports In 2018, Cannabidoil has been recognized as not having the … Read more

Dexa Scan Results for 2019 Shows 8 Percent Body Fat

I wrote about my Dexa scan results for 2017 and 2018 which showed that I had a body fat percentage of 9.6%, 9.5% respectively. At the time I was consistently doing CrossFit classes around 4-5 times a week and other accessory exercises or steady-state cardio the other days.

This year I leaned out a bit as well as feel and look stronger overall.

My routine has remained relatively the same with a few notable differences. I still do CrossFit workouts around 4-5 times a week, but will dedicate an extra 30-45 minutes to strength or skill-based exercises either before or after class. This could be anything from working on handstand walks or 5×5 squat, weighted pull-ups or another 10-15 minutes CrossFit WOD (workout of the day).

Intentional Training

I leaned out mainly because I consume slightly fewer calories than I burn and I’ve built more muscle up within the last year by focusing more on using heavier weights and compound movements as opposed to small muscle group workouts like bicep curls or using isolated exercise machines.

I rarely train specifically for aesthetic reasons. Every exercise I do is focused on a goal. For example, I will train my shoulders by doing shoulder presses so I can have a more stable lockout position for my overheat squats and be able to do more strict handstand pushups.

I will practice handstand walking for 10-15 minutes a few times a week or Turkish getups. By doing this you are getting better at the skill while training multiple muscle groups in your body.

Since Olympic weightlifting (clean, jerk and snatch) works out multiple muscle groups at the same time, practicing those movements will help you get physically stronger in your arms, legs, and core. A great bang for your buck!

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