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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Stuart Scott The Fighter


What I Learned From Stuart Scott


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

I met the legendary Stuart Scott of SportsCenter only once. It was a couple of years ago, he was a lot thinner than how I remembered him on TV. We were in an MMA gym. NFL linemen were there training and there was Stuart Scott training alongside them. He was quiet and polite. No "booyeahs!" Not the energy from him I was used to but still diligent.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Men Be Real About Your Fighting Abilities

Men be real about your fighting abilities

Possibly the only Onion piece that isn't farce


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

I don't get the posturing men do. They've played more badminton than they've accumulated hours of street fighting. I've been in school fights, tournament fights, and trained in some form of combat for 29 years. And I still try to avoid fights at all costs and I try to never speak about how I would do in a "real" fight. I just live as best as I can and try to be a good person.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Six Mental Prerequisites For Physical Change

Physical fitness starts with mental fitness

If you want to change how you look, you better start with your mental conditioning


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

Irrelevant of the specific changes a person wants to make, there are six key steps that will mentally allow someone to succeed at reaching and maintaining their ideal physical state.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Part The Health Industry Forgot To Mention

We all want effortless abs

The process to lose the first 5lbs will not be the same process to lose the other 30lbs


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

The magazine cover look. It's the aspiration the fitness industry is selling. Infomercials use heat sensor vision on abs to show you that with just 6 minutes a day, you too can have shredded abs. You barely have to change your diet or lifestyle.

Effortless perfection...

But it's not effortless. It takes quite a bit of effort. The point no one is talking about is what it costs to achieve that "look."

Monday, December 15, 2014

Understanding Our Carbohydrate Tolerance



The process of weight gain and weight loss


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

When a human body harvests more energy into fat storage rather than oxidation, is when we have obesity. The problem is not as simple as controlling energy intake and expenditure (calories), as the body is stuck in storage mode, where no matter how little energy is taken in, it is diverted into fat cells for storage. The big question is, what's causing our body to trigger a hormonal response where we store everything we eat? The answer may be carbohydrate intolerance.

When we limit carbohydrate intake while increasing fat intake for a period of several weeks, is when fatty acids and ketones become the primary fuel for the body, breaking us from fat storage mode. This is referred to as keto-adaptation.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My Top Pick For Fish Oil

Benefits of a fatty rich diet
Credit Flickr/Danny Hope/CC

Fish oil may be the only supplement you need


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

I was recently at a health conference. The presenters varied in backgrounds, from working with professional athletes to hospital patients. They also had different views on how many supplements we need, from just a few to a whole cabinet full. One thing they all agreed on was that it was a pretty good idea to take fish oil. When asked what brand they like, since there are so many, they all said Nordic Naturals. I've been saying the same thing. They're regarded as the highest quality fish oil company because that's all they do. That matters because there are too many things that can go wrong with omega-3 fatty acids. People who work with athletes to patients don't have time to be mess around and pretend all the brands are equal. Nordic Naturals only fish from cold clean waters, use small fish, controls the process from beginning to end (vertical integration), and is completely transparent. It's the only company that takes it from raw material to consumer. It's more costly but it's the only way to control and maintain pharmaceutical grade quality.

A fish oil company needs to be vertically integrated


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

11 Year Old Explains Everything You Need To Know About Food

11 year old explains everything you need to know about food
From TEDx

Eleven year old explains everything you need to know about food


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

You've heard so much about what's wrong with our food but couldn't really wrap your mind around it because it's too complicated. That's because an 11 year old never explained it to you.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

My BJJ Is About Resilience

What martial arts belts really mean
Getting my brown belt from Cobrinha

Every BJJ journey has a backstory...


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

My Jiu Jitsu training has been sporadic recently. My instructor is aware of my situation and knows my time is not my own right now. He told me to come by Saturday, even if it was late, even if it was only for ten minutes. I showed up at the end and what ended up happening was me being promoted...

Cobrinha holds a belt ceremony once a year, to mark the occasion he hired professional photographers. When my name was called, there was a technical error and the photographer had to leave to change batteries. We stopped the ceremony. People jokingly called out for a speech. Cobrinha looked at me and gestured for me to address the audience. I thought about it, then I began to speak. A lot of my thoughts were jumbled and I'm not all together sure if it made sense, at the time I wasn't sure if I was even speaking English.

The photographer was MIA but fortunately my friends Chris and Charles were able to record it respectively on their phones, and Charles was good enough to edit it together into one video.

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