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  • BFit says:

    Dude, love the SS podcast and know will love yours as well, good job!

  • Caroline Baraki says:

    Congratulations on your first podcast! I found it very informative and look forward to many more interesting topics for you to discuss!

  • Tom says:

    Very nice Vlog post. I can tell the online discussion is going to be dispersed across channels (here, Instagram, YouTube, StartingStrength.com, iTunes). Do you have a preference for any one of these?

    Hope this sort of thing repeats often. I think you could do some shortish ones with little prep just answering questions. With two of you it really helps improve the answers on the fly.

    Some questions/comments raised by this one:

    1. The discussion of “weight loss” as a way of addressing OA (osteoarthritis) — Don’t you think the more sophisticated answer here would be “reduce fat to muscle ratio” (or increase “muscle to fat ratio”? That would jibe with all that you said in terms of what fat does to promote inflammation and what muscle does to reduce it — which in the end sounds much more effective than the oft repeated “weight loss”. Increasing muscle and decreasing fat may or may not be accompanied by weight loss — focusing on weight loss is likely to be somewhat counterproductive in the end, actually as you will have a harder time effecting those ratios if you are moving both terms in the same direction (as is the case with most “dieting”). Just a thought.

    2. The brief discussion of Anaerobic vs Aerobic. You seemed to skip what I’ve always found to be the most interesting aspect of this discussion — namely that Aerobic fitness is relatively quick to gain and quick to lose, with and without training. In most situations that aspect tends to counsel focusing first on Anaerobic training/fitness.

    3. Your guys’ comments on accommodating different physical problems when training were interesting. I found myself wanting more info (maybe some good future Vlog topics?). One very specific question: You mentioned training someone with a fused back and said something along the lines of “we found he couldn’t pull from the floor, so we had to use rack pulls”. Did this mean he literally couldn’t do it — or that he couldn’t get his lower back into extension when pulling from the floor, so you determined he *shouldn’t* do it? (No experience/expertise — maybe with a fused back, “getting into extension” is no longer a relevant question?)

    Thanks!

    • Jordan Feigenbaum says:

      Hey Tom,

      Thanks for this.

      1)Since I don’t think that people can build muscle and lose fat at the same time AND because people can lose weight much faster than they gain muscle, I could make the argument that weight loss should be promoted for OA. On the other hand, gaining strength and subsequently muscle may be more palatable/accessible than weight loss.

      2) I don’t think that it is quick to gain or quick to lose, really. I think that it has a similar development curve as strength.

      3) He just kept getting injured every 2-3 weeks until we switched him over to rack pulls. His back and start position looked fine to me, it just kept hurting him.

      • Tom says:

        re: 1) OK, so for those of us not yet suffering from OA, this should just be even more incentive to put on the muscle, NOW, since if/when it strikes, losing weight would probably be the smarter priority. Interesting.

        re: 2) Hmm, isn’t this another case of anti-startingstrength-orthodoxy (really I’m not trying to cause trouble — just maybe useful discussion)? I recall your less than overwhelmingly positive experience with the CF games awhile back — is it that experience or is the literature also pretty much in agreement, here, that aerobic and anaerobic training follow a similar set of training/detraining curves?

        Thanks for the responses. Regardless of the particulars on some of these matters, Starting Strength’s commitment and follow through on scientific soundness and ability to change with new evidence still lends a lot of credibility to it and to those who are in its orbit (the Rip and the SSC’s, basically).

  • Todd says:

    Love the content. I’m listening on an android podcast app and for me, Dr. Feigenbaum’s volume was quite low and Dr. Baraki’s was quite high. Maybe it needs some volume leveling?

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