Saturday, January 23, 2010

Eff The Resolutions Workshop

me as a guinea-pig to demonstrating my superb technique at a deadlift (cough, cough, splutter, splutter) actually these may look like heavy weights but are infact made out of foam, weighing about 3lbs each ;)

I recently attended a really fun and informative workshop at Bang Fitness in Toronto.  This course was advertised as such:

January is coming up, and you know what that means: Time to get off your ass and get your act together.

Resolutions are for suckers. Learn how to start out right with a seminar that covers basic nutrition, training, and program design.

I follow the website and have been virtually following the rants of Krista Scott-Davis for a while now, so I took the opportunity to meet her at this workshop.
Bang Fitness gym is very unique, their tagline is 'This Ain't Your Grandpappy's Gym' - and it AIN'T!!  Not a treadmill in site, but instead sledgehammers and truck-tires!! Sharing the facilities with a martial arts club, I was desperate to get in there and fling a few mawashi geris (aaahh that seems like such a long time ago now!)
I took loads of info away from the course, had much of my knowledge reconfirmed and that felt good to know I was doing the right thing.

The team who led the course were excellent:

Krista Scott-Davis is a tiny dynamo, with a wicked sense of humour. Very informed, and has also walked the walk, turning her life around from being unfit and overweight to performing squats that would make grown men weep.

Geoff Girvitz, Director at Bang Fitness focussed his segment on the importance of correct form, stablising the core during all exercises, in fact he said he considered all weight exercises to be core exercises.  I asked him what methods he uses to train people in the gym, did he follow Turbulence Training, Renegade Gym, Alywn Cosgrove etc - he response was; I do what works - simple!  

Kyle Bryon, Nutritionist gave a presentation about how to fit nutrition into your life, to optimise health, performance and body composition from everyday people to elite athletes.  I really enjoyed this segments, especially when Kyle said I was allowed to eat butter (even if it was in small quantities - the cost of the course was worth it for that information alone!)
Kyle may even be persuaded to write a piece for this blog, as I know most of you out there are eager for information and want to know can I eat that muffin please?

(photos courtesy of precision nutrition and bang fitness)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Foxy Burd! Kyle Byron, Nutritionist here.

    The butter vs. margarine debate. Lots to know before one can make an informed decision.

    Butter Benefits:
    - natural
    - we need SOME saturated fats to live.

    Butter Bad:
    - the fat in it is mostly saturated fat. You only want maximum 1/3 of your fat calories to come from saturated fat. About 20-30% of your calories should come from fat. In a 2000 calorie diet therefore, about 10% of your calories (200) from saturated fat. So about 22 grams of saturated fat a day). 1 tbsp butter = 7 g saturated fats. Have a steak later or a few thumbs of cheese and you went over!

    Margarine marvelous?
    - made with mono and poly unsaturated fats that we need badly
    - some have omega 3's which are the super fats
    - some are lower calorie

    Margarine mooooove over:
    - unnatural. preservatives, stabilizers
    - SOME have the EVIL transfats from the old way of hardening the oils (hydrogenation). These elevate your bad cholesterol and lower your good cholesterol
    - too many omega 6 fats, which are better than saturated fats but still too high typically.... i know, confusing eh?

    The controversy
    - compounds in margarine proven safe for consumption
    - most people are getting way too much saturated fat and not enough healthy fats, so why not get some good fats with margarine

    What does Kyle do?
    I used to be a big margarine guy. Somewhere recently I've shifted. Got rid of most of the artificial stuff in my diet and binned the margarine.

    Therefore my saturated fat intake went up. To compensate I increased my intake of omega 3 fish oil.

    When I am trying to lose weight for a fight, I really monitor my diet and monitoring fat is part of that job, so less butter.

    What you need to do:
    - no matter what, take 3-6 g a day of omega 3 fish oil or walnut oil
    - if you chose margarine get one with as little trans fat as possible. don't buy the cheap stuff. In fact, get the expensive stuff with Omega 3 in it
    - if you chose butter that day, try to keep the animal fat really low in your diet (yolks, red meat, cheese, cocconut oil, palm oil)
    - if you are a margarine person, make your own salad drssing from olive oil and vingar and eliminate mayonaise. (this is an omega 6 battle)

    Ok? Let me know if you have any questions!


    Ps next week I'll answer the question - when can I have a muffin and it won't hurt my progress? (yes there is a time!)


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