Podcasts

Episode 005: The Top 5 Take Aways from the 2017 Physical Preparation Summit featuring Chris Mullins

In episode five of “The Pillars of Health” strength coaches Jon Carroll and Chris Mullins discuss their top five take aways from a recent continuing education trip to the 2017 Physical Preparation Summit in Indianapolis. Some of the topics discussed in this episode include why accessory exercises are beneficial and which ones you should be using in your training, how breathing has a knock on effect to controlling your hips, why you should “embrace the mundane” and why connecting with people is so important. There are a bunch of other great knowledge bombs that the guys dropped in this episode that you can apply to your own training experience. Hope you guys enjoy!

This episode of “The Pillars of Health” sponsored by The Druid Pub in Cambridge, Boston.

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Podcasts

Episode 003: Nutrition – Part 1 with Eirinn Dougherty

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In episode three of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan talks with Eirinn Dougherty about nutrition. There is some really great take aways in this podcast from Eirinn including how to set manageable nutrition goals, what is healthy eating and what exactly is “healthy” food? In relation to taking ownership of your own nutritional habits we discuss meal planning and how to go about it, eating for health and eating for fat loss as well as discussing nutrient dense foods. Other topics that popped up were discussing whether macros are a viable option regards tracking your food intake, food sensitivities, different diets doing the rounds in the media and last of all how to achieve sustainability with your nutrition based goals. You may also find out what my favorite guilty pleasure movie is?!

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Recovery

5 Thoughts on the Crossfit Movie “Fittest on Earth”

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I recently watched the Crossfit movie “Fittest on Earth – A Decade of Fitness”. This movie/documentary tracks the annual crossfire games as the top crossfire athletes meet up to compete. It was very impressive seeing elite athletes perform very tough and punishing workouts but a lot of perspective is needed for the vast majority of people (the general population) who are not professional crossfire athletes. Many will watch and come to the conclusion that they just need to work to failure everytime they work out. This is the wrong conclusion and a dangerous one when it comes to your health and well being. Continue reading

Recovery

How Long You Should Nap

Let’s face it. Naps are great! They’re almost as great as this scene from “Dumb & Dumber”…………..

Getting back on track. If you’re wondering how long you should nap and what is an optimal time for you take a look below and see why the length of your nap has a huge bearing on your productivity that day.

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Miscellanous

The Sleep and Recovery Cycle

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Use this graph to see when you should be asleep and what exactly happens when you are asleep at certain times. It also recommends “dimming lights” as the evening progresses to signal to your body  that rest time is approaching. This reemphasizes the importance of getting some quality shut eye as it helps you function better in everyday life and in working towards attaining your training goals.