The variety of links this week is the same as usual: some health and fitness posts, some thought-provoking pieces (on education and writing this time), food posts and combat sports posts. Enjoy!
Health and Fitness
- The January 2012 issue of the Performance Menu is out! It’s got articles on pulling technique in Olympic weightlifting, incorporating animal moves into your workouts, and getting more cash flow in your gym. There’s also Paleo recipes, a comparison of the U.S. Men’s team’s 2007 and 2011 performances in the World Weightlifting Championships and a review of a day-long MovNat workshop, along with some Q+A on training post-ACL surgery and seeing significant gains in the lifts in your mid-30s. Yours for $5.
- Sleep: An Undervalued Ergogenic Aid was originally published in the Performance Menu, and is now available for download on the Whole9 site. Check it out.
- We love Jen Sinkler, Experience Life’s fitness editor and all around amazing gal. Here’s an interview with her: Life Time Weight Loss Interview: Jen Sinkler.
- Body/Art. Really nice piece by Tav Byerhoff about art/fitness. Beautifully written…
- Cancer Cells Slurp Up Fructose, Study Finds. Case in point: Beware of “healthy” types of sugar. From Reuters.
- How Doctors Die. A thought-provoking piece on Zocalo Public Square.
- 15 Crazy Things About Va-Jay-Jays. From Psychology Today.
- The holidays are over, but if you ever want to buy a foodie a present, here’s 5 Great Kitchen Gadget Gifts which I wrote for City Pages’ Hot Dish blog.
- Losing ‘Virginity’: Olive Oil’s ‘Scandalous’ Fraud. And here you thought you were paying extra for the good stuff. From NPR.
MMA, BJJ, Wrasslin’
- Jon Fitch is facing Johny Hendricks this Friday night. We’re totally trying to have a party, but I’m not sure anyone is coming. Anyway, here is part of my interview with Fitch: No Need to Dumb Down MMA on Sherdog. A longer profile should be up any day now.
- Also locking horns at UFC 141 are Donald Cerrone and Nate Diaz. Here’s my Fight Breakdown: Cerrone-Diaz for InterMat Fight.
- Here are the Top 10 Posts of 2011 on MMA HQ. I wrote #1, 4 and 10. (Well, 4 was a joint effort.)
- As always, Zach Arnold hits the nail on the head. Here’s his piece on Fight Opinion about What’s Not Said About Drugs in Combat Sports.
- 38 Closed Guard Combinations Everyone Should Know in 4 Minutes is a great little YouTube video by Jason Scully.
- InterMat Reads: Perfected by Girls is a really great audio interview with Alfred Martino, the author of Perfected by Girls, a book about a female amateur wrestler. I don’t normally read a lot of fiction, but this novel is definitely on my list.
- Bootstrapping My Way Into the Ivory Tower. What if you want to be an academic, but you’re poor? What does this even look like? What are the challenges? This personal essay for the Chronicle of Higher Education makes some cogent points.
- The Problem Is: You Write Too Well. What does this even mean? Another piece from the Chronicle of Higher Education
- Freelancer’s Survival Guide. A late gift for freelance writers–this book is free online.