Bullet Points and a Brew, 8/15/16

And we’re back. I was at the New River Gorge this weekend, did zero climbing and had a blast. My family gathered from all over the country for some Whitewater Rafting. Good times were had. Hope everyone’s weekend was great. Let’s dive into the bullet points.

Try hard faces are still weird

The Bullet Points

If you’re a human and you train, you are an athlete in my opinion. However, most people don’t get paid to train. You have to work, maintain your relationships, and take care of other responsibilities. How do you organize your training and make it work with a hectic lifestyle? This article is a great resource to make it all fit together.

Everyone likes to work their abs. From what I’ve seen, everyone also likes to destroy their lower back and vertebral discs as well. Here are three great principles on how NOT to do those last two things and build a truly strong core. Also included is a link to building a dragon flag, which is a seriously cool trunk stability movement.

The Ketogenic Diet is an oft-talked about, almost zero-carbohydrate diet that has a variety of game changing benefits…or so it may seem. Precision Nutrition published this FANTASTIC article that digs through the science, the scholarly journals, and the supplements that relate to this diet. If you’re wondering whether the Ketogenic Diet is right for you (it may be, or it may not be..everyone is different and requires different solutions), don’t get your information from a buzzfeed article or a newstand magazine. Just don’t do it. Read this instead.

The Brew


Night Marcher, Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House

This beer is an “Island Pale Ale”…get it? I.P.A? All the LOLs. It’s a pale ale brewed with a whole bunch of tropical fruit: coconut, papaya, pineapple, etc. For fermentation, it’s completely fermented by Brettanomyces, a yeast that can create some truly funky (in a good way) flavors. This one I tried fresh. It was full of tropical fruits in both the aroma and flavors, and was very well balanced with Citra hops. A fruity bomb with some faint dry funkiness from the Brett. I bought two, and the other one is living in the beer cellar at the moment. I’ll try it in a year or so and see how the Brett has changed the beer! If you see it on the shelves, grab a couple. It’s great for the heat!

What’s Happening This Week

Nutrition, Performance, and Strength Coaching

I’ve kicked off Nutrition Coaching, and have been busy working with people to help tweak and fine tune how they fuel their days! If you’re interested in nutrition or strength and performance training, I’ve got room for a couple more clients. Reach out to me via email or apply here. If you’re curious in all that I offer, check out my program offerings.

I’m teaching two kettlebell classes at Scenic City Strength and Fitness.

An entry-level class that emphasizes the foundations of safe and effective kettlebell training will be held Tuesday, August 16th, at 6 pm. It’s only 10 bucks and spots will be limited to ensure a great experience. If you’re in the Chattanoooga area and have always been curious about trying out kettlebells, it’ll be tough to find a better opportunity.

I’m also teaching a class on Thursday, the 18th for folks on who are more familiar with kettlebells. A good crew of our students at SCSF will be there and are training for the TSC in October. What does that mean? A lot of work to refine the Snatch and lots and lots of snatches. It’ll be a good time.

You can register online for any of these classes here. Each class is 10$. Hurry, because the spots fill up fast.

That’s it for this week’s BPB! Have a great week.