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Exercise Science Lab Nova SE University

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With Dr. Antonio at the NSU Exercise Science lab

I recently spoke at the Exercise Science Lab at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) via my colleague and friend Dr.Jose Antonio. Dr. Antonio is also Chief Executive Officer of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). The ISSN is worth joining for those looking to read the latest in research relevant to all things sports nutrition as well as other worthwhile functions.

I spoke to a graduate class which was part how to “make it” in the fitness industry, and part discussion on my review paper on supplements for the military. My focus was to stress that although education as an essential component to success in the fitness industry, being aggressive, being creative, and thinking outside the box others will always attempt to place you in, was key to success in my view. Don’t climb that futile ladder I say, throw a rope over the wall and bypass that stupid ladder!

For more info on Exercise Science lab and programs offered via NSU go HERE

FYI, My talk before this was at the Performance & Physique Enhancement Laboratory at the University of South Florida (USF), was of a similar topic and discussed HERE if interested.

 

Can You Live Forever?

That’s a question that was more science fiction than reality, but that’s no longer the case. Obviously, the technology that will allow humans to live forever* is still yet to be realized, but technologies of various types in development will allow people to live longer and healthier lives are here, or just around the corner.

A recent conference called RAAD Fest brought together some top scientists and thinkers on the topic of aging and dying (or not dying!) to discuss the wide range of technologies and other topic surrounding extending human life. Below is a talk by Bill Faloon of the Life Extension Foundation (LEF). LEF is a company I have done some consulting work for, use their products, and occasionally write for their magazine. As a rule, LEF is my go to company for supplements among a small handful of companies I use and or recommend. I found Bill’s talk very interesting, so I decided to share it with BZ members!

* = Obviously “forever” does not exist technically. By that we mean extended periods of time that greatly exceed current life spans and could be in the thousands of years.

 

Age Management Center

 

Yours Truly and Dr.

Yours Truly and Dr. Bedecs

Finding a good doctor to work with can be challenging for people, finding a doctor who is both competent and willing to assist people with their hormones is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Make that a haystack the size of Jupiter…Ok, a slight exaggeration but for many who have spent years, if not decades, of their life looking for such a doctor, that’s exactly how it feels for them.  I have spent much of my professional life attempting to assist people in understanding this topic and directing them as best I could to the resources they needed, via my articles, videos, etc, often fighting an uphill battle against ignorance and dogma.  Enter stage left, Dr. Michael Bedecs of Age Management Center.

Through a mutual friend who recommended we meet, I met with Dr. Bedecs to have an extensive battery of blood tests performed –similar but more extensive to an article I wrote on blood tests and their important HERE – and discuss my results. Obviously, I’m not your average patient and it takes a lot to impress me, but Dr. Bedecs was obviously in that very small group of medical doctors I have interacted who truly “gets it,” is very well informed, and clearly has his patients well-being in mind as his primary focus. His was the most extensive physical I have ever had and we spent a good hour or so following up on my results.  

He has offices in ME and FL and gets my highest recommendation if you’re looking for a doctor to help you optimize your hormones (e.g., TRT/HRT, etc) and general health & well being. If you have been following my articles in the various publications or via BrinkZone.com for any length of time, you know that without optimal hormones, you’ll never feel nor be at your peak health or performance. Mood, strength, body comp, libido, general health, and so forth, all directly related to your hormones in on way or another. His web site can be found HERE. Feel free to tell his office Will Brink sent you.

NOTE: Better news yet, we are working on doing some direct collaboration out of his FL office, so stay tuned for further developments!

 

Vacation Gone South!

Vacation Gone South continues to get solid reviews and feedback. Here’s a recent review from US Navy SEAL Commander Mark Divine via NavySEALs.com:

The litmus test for me for a good fiction yarn is if it makes me feel like I’m actually there in the action, and Vacation Gone South passes that test with flying colors.

Full Review is HERE

Part I is now on audio book if you prefer to listen to it vs read it, and linked below. Part III of the series is now out!

The series  is about two buddies from a Tier One covert Special Operations unit who go on some needed R&R, and things go “south” from there. I used my personal knowledge of Panama City Panama as the back drop for this story. If you enjoyed Part I, I think you’ll enjoy Part II and III even more. 8-)

You can read a review of Part I by well-known Sci Fi/Fantasy author Jason Halstead HERE. Two, I will be donating proceeds from this book to the H.E.R.O. Child-Rescue Corps. The H.E.R.O. Child-Rescue Corps trains vets to track and help capture those who abuse children.  Hopefully I can send solid donations to them with your help!

PART I HERE ,

PART II HERE,

PART III HERE

Part II Vacation Gone South

Part II Vacation Gone South

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exercise Mimetics & Mitochondrial Boosters

Mitochondria are the ‘energy powerhouse of the cell’ that convert the foods we eat to usable energy our body uses to fuel life sustaining reactions within cells, our daily activities and athletic performance 1-4. While energy production capability and muscle performance might seem to be more relevant to sports, it also equally important for achievement and maintenance of health throughout the life span. In this article I will describe how chronological aging affects our mitochondria, its implications and the ins-and-outs of a new type of supplements marketed at “exercise mimetics”.

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10 (Politically Incorrect) Tips For The Modern Man

An article I just wrote that covers the essential aspects of being a modern man in my view. It’s not for the easily offended delicate snowflakes out there, but seems few willing to say what needs to be said, so I said it! Taken in context and intent, it will help men who identify with it, and may be an article some ladies find useful too


10 (Politically Incorrect )Tips For The Modern Man

Modern men are confused, especially where it concerns modern women, but more on that in a few. The modern man does not appear to know what’s required of him, what’s expected from him, or where to turn for advice. Well I’m here to help in some small measure. It’s often the case the simplest advice is the best advice. Here’s 10 politically incorrect tips that should help the confused modern man get a handle on it and back on track.

attachment-copyLet’s be honest, not everyone had great male roll models to follow growing up. In fact, solid male role models are few and far between these days for younger men in need of some direction. The all too often result is men finding themselves wearing skinny jeans, hairless, and smelling like the chicks sitting behind him at Starbucks wearing the same unisex fragrance wondering “is this the man I wanted to be?” I can’t cure all the ills of mankind (with emphasis on the man part) in a short article, but I can give some basic advice that will help, should you choose to take it to heart and actually apply it. Consider it modern man building 101 and a work in progress to build from. It’s not a “how to get girls” guide, but a “how to be a man of measure in a confusing time for men which may result in more interest from women” guide. Capiche?

The advice is tongue-in-cheek and sarcastic to the max to be sure and hopefully humorous, but make no mistake, the advice is legit and will likely offend some of the delicate snowflake ilk we suffer in these times of political correctness. In my view, political correctness is harming the modern man. If you’re not offending someone, you’re doing it wrong in my view, so here’s some no bullshit advice the modern man should take seriously; it will get the confused modern man back on the path of manliness, and ultimately, happiness and satisfaction of being a man in a modern world. If you’re a sensitive snowflake easily offended by frank truth bombs and some salty language, probably not the article for you. If you’re in that large segment of men who are just damn confused about what qualities a modern man should possess to have a man card these days, read on!

 

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Protein Intakes For Female Physique Athletes

This is the first study I’m aware of that looked specifically at female physique athletes and the effects of a higher protein intake, and comes from Dr. Bill Campbell’s lab via the University of South Florida, Performance & Physique Enhancement Laboratory, which I gave a talk at recently and presented at conferences. It’s interesting to note they found increased LBM with higher protein off season:

Effects of a high (2.4 g/kg) vs. low/moderate (1.2 g/kg) protein intake on body composition in aspiring female physique athletes engaging in an 8-week resistance training program

Bill I. Campbell, Danielle Aguilar, Andres Vargas, Laurin Conlin, Amey Sanders, Paola Fink-Irizarry, Layne Norton, Ross Perry, Ryley McCallum, Matthew R. Wynn, Jack Lenton.

University of South Florida, Performance & Physique Enhancement Laboratory, Tampa, FL, USA

Background

Aspiring female physique athletes are often encouraged to ingest relatively high levels of dietary protein in conjunction with their resistance-training programs. However, there is little to no research investigating higher vs. lower protein intakes in this population. The purpose of this investigation was to compare the effects of a high protein diet vs. a low protein diet in resistance trained, aspiring female physique athletes.

Methods

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17 resistance-trained female subjects (21.2±2.1 years; 165.1±5.1 cm; 61±6.1 kg) participated in this investigation. At baseline and following 8-weeks of a periodized daily undulating resistance-training program (DUP), participants were assessed for body composition (body weight [BW], fat mass [FM], body fat % [BF%], and lean body mass [LBM]). After baseline testing, participants were matched according to total FM and randomized to the high protein group (HP; n = 8) or the low/moderate protein group (LP; n = 9). Participants in the high protein group were instructed to ingest at least 2.4 grams of protein/kg body mass per day and participants in the low protein group were instructed to ingest no more than 1.2 grams of protein/kg body mass. There were no restrictions or guidelines placed on dietary CHO or Fat intake during the study intervention for either group. Body composition was assessed via ultrasound (A mode, 2.5-MHz transmitter). The DUP program consisted of two lower body and two upper body workouts conducted a total of 4 times per week for 8 weeks. Data were analyzed via a 2-factor [2x2] between-subjects repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA). The criterion for significance was set at p ≤ 0.05. Continue reading..

Testosterone Deficiency and Treatment – the FACTS

Testosterone deficiency and treatment is a very misunderstood and controversial topic among scientists, regulatory agencies (such as the FDA and EMA) and doctors, as well as the popular media.

On October 1, 2015, an international expert consensus conference about testosterone deficiency and its treatment was held in Prague, sponsored by King’s College London and the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male (ISSAM). The impetus for this meeting was to address the widespread misinformation and confusion about testosterone deficiency and testosterone therapy.[1]

The ultimate goal of this consensus conference was to document what is true or untrue about testosterone deficiency and testosterone therapy, to the best degree possible based on existing scientific and clinical evidence.

There were 18 experts from 11 countries on 4 continents. Specialties included urology, endocrinology, internal medicine, diabetology, and basic science research. Experts were invited on the basis of extensive clinical experience with testosterone deficiency and its treatment and/or research experience.

The final consensus on several key issues related to testosterone therapy was published in the form of 9 resolutions – i.e. facts – coupled with expert comments [2], which I summarize here….

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Arnold, The Vegetarian?!

Has Arnold Schwarzenegger gone vegetarian? Sorta. Of course he built his body eating meat, as have some other well known bbers, such as Bill Pearl, who went vegetarian after their bbing careers. So, the very career and many millions Arnold made due to his body, now doing public service messages on meat. In my view, that’s a tad hypocritical, but people’s positions on things do change with age, and Arnold is no different. One could argue he could have built that body not eating meat, but that’s a different issue for another day…For those interested in my take on vegetarian eating for athletes, you can view that HERE.

Is that a bad thing? Not really. Most people should eat less meat and more plant based foods, which will be better for both health and the environment. Arnold is actually taking a fairly balanced approach to this issue, but no doubt, will be taken out of context by many.

Two, people should also remember, Arnold is a bodybuilder and action movie star and generally all around cool guy (met him several times), but he’s no scientist. I don’t know if this recent change of dietary focus on pro environment status will lead to Arnold becoming some militant vegan, but I doubt it.

Bottom line? Arnold is right: Most people should eat less meat and more plant based foods (ye fruits and vegetables…) for both health and environmental reasons, but there’s no reason what so ever to be a vegetarian, much less a vegan, and It does not sound as if that’s Arnold’s message.

Book Review: Kokoro Yoga by Mark Divine

Kokoro Yoga

Comes in print or E version!

First things first: This is not actually a book about Yoga per se but a book about life and how to develop a “personal ethos” that will serve readers well in all aspects of their lives. That’s what Mark Divine – with Catherine Divine – sets out to do in his latest book Kokoro Yoga. People often stumble through life without a personal ethos they can depend on to keep them on track on their journey, especially during these often confusing and trying times.

What Mark has done in this book is no less than give readers a way to develop – or strengthen – their own personal ethos through the use of mental and physical approaches, that yes, includes yoga! This not your sisters hippie dippie yoga book…

Unlike so many who attempt to offer such grand advice – who frankly have no business doing so other than their own delusions of grandeur – Mark is what’s referred to in the military as a been-there-done-that guy. To my mind, that makes it far easier to take his excellent advice as found in Kokoro Yoga. Mark spent years as a Navy SEAL, decades learning various martial arts, and yet more years in the study of various forms of yoga honing his views and approach. Contrary to what many westerners may understand, yoga, like martial arts, takes on many different forms and focus often quite different from each other.

Mark tells the story of his first time flying into a combat zone, and doing a full yoga session, wearing combat kit and all, on the deck of a C-130 military transport plane coming into Iraq. Quite possibly the first yoga session ever done on a military transport plane! That early experience demonstrated to him just how much yoga could assist in settling and focusing his mind in the most potentially stressful situations for a green (to combat zones) officer, and it stuck with him as a way to keep his mind and body settled and focused on the dangerous missions he’d experience.

After many years of diligently working in various systems of martial arts, yoga, physical training, and the special operations community, he developed his own approach to physical and mental well-being called Kokoro Yoga.

As a rule, one will find those “systems” that endure, be they martial arts, yoga, business, or battle, find the developer of the approach usually has a wide ranging and extensive background, which Mark has in spades. In my view, that gives him the “creds” to offer such advice, and this book is full of damn good advice too. Continue reading..

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