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The Truth About Gluten

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By Jordan Feigenbaum MS, CSCS, HFS, USAW CC, Starting Strength Staff Unless you’ve been living under a rock or living off the grid for some time, chances are you’ve at least heard about gluten and gluten-free diets. There is good reason for this as gluten and similar nutrients have been the subject of a flurry of recent research efforts and clinical observations. To begin, let’s talk about what gluten is and why we’re even bringing it up. Gluten is a protein that’s found in all products containing wheat, barley, rye and other foods as a binding agent and even in…

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Got a burning question?

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Hey everyone! I hope y’all had a good holiday and are getting motivated for the best year yet (2013 in case you were wondering)! Inevitably either you, your friends/loved ones, or both will be getting “serious” about their training and nutrition in about a week or so. Just wanted to let everyone know that in addition to this blog that I’ve got a top-secret website dropping in January that I’ll be linking to very shortly. Here’s a screenshot of this sweet new site: Finally, I’ve got a new Q/A forum over at Starting Strength, which you can check out here!…

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Don’t Get Mistaken For Santa Claus

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By Jordan Feigenbaum MS, CSCS, HFS, USAW CC, Starting Strength Coach Anyone who knows me or has read anything I’ve published in recent history knows I don’t buy into the “watch what you eat around the holidays so you don’t get fat” hype. My reasoning is quite simple, the holidays are a time to cherish your family and friends, relax, and not worry about how many calories, carbohydrates, etc. you’re taking in. If you bring your food scale to my Christmas dinner, I’m slamming the door in your face….seriously. On the other hand, there’s this weird behavior trend that I’ve…

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The Nutrition Continuum

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By Jordan Feigenbaum MS, Starting Strength Coach, CSCS, HFS, USAW CC Yea, it’s that time again Resolution Time! People will be thinking about, discussing, and ultimately arguing about the diet that they’re going to start for the new year. People have this interesting desire to be “right” when it comes to the diet or protocol they pick, so much so that they’ll argue extensively to prove their diet’s superiority (ultimately showing they are just sooooo smart). Guess what, Virginia? All diets/protocols that are worth the paper or bandwidth they occupy works via the same principle, caloric restriction. Somebody just got mad…….

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To Be A Beast

By | Nutrition, Potpourri | 111 Comments

By Jordan Feigenbaum MS, Starting Strength Staff, CSCS, HFS, USAW Club Coach Updated 01/26/2015: Finally, I have updated what has been the most viewed blog post on this website. This has been a long time coming, mainly to incorporate some changes as to how my thinking has evolved over two years as well as update some of the formulas, charts, and links. In any event, I appreciate everyone who has read, shared, and learned anything from this post. Finally, I should give credit where credit is due. My good friend Cory B. generated the phrase “To be a beast, you…

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Hunger Games: Part One

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Hunger Games: Part One By Jordan Feigenbaum MS, CSCS, HFS, USAW Club Coach In this multi-part series I hope to start unraveling the science behind the phenomenon we call weight loss. My hope is that through an understanding of the mechanisms responsible for obesity and body-fat accumulation as well as body-fat loss and leanness, we will be able to target the causative agents behind the physical appearance. I must give credit where credit is due and the following people provide excellent information concerning this topic: Chris Kresser (www.chriskresser.com), Robb Wolf (www.robbwolf.com), Gary Taubes (www.garytaubes.com), and Stephen Guyenet (www.wholehealthsource.blogspot.com). The remainder…

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Old Country Strong

By | Misc., Nutrition, Training | One Comment

Old Country Strong By Jordan Feigenbaum MS, CSCS, HFS, USAW Club Coach Recently I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about lifting weights and the physical changes resulting from a steady diet of squats, presses, and pulls. I know, I know, it’s shocking right? What’s really been on my brain, however, is how America’s media outlets have given many, if not all, severe body image issues. Women and men alike seem to want to be waif thin or lean, athletic, and toned rather desiring to be strong, powerful, and capable. These ideals died with the ghosts of meathead’s past and…

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The Food Traveler

By | Misc., Nutrition, Potpourri | 2 Comments

Ok, this weekend, I visited Tampa, Florida to watch my younger brother play his last “home” college baseball games. I got to see him crush the ball a few times, including a bomb to left-center field. (When I say “crush”, I mean “hoooooooly crap, did the short-stop just lose an ear?”.) The timing was great, as a scout for the Los Angeles Angels was there to watch him play. In a few weeks we hope to hear his name announced on ESPN during the 2012 MLB Draft. Zach is a perfect example of someone who uses strength training to elevate…

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How To Get Fat: A Top 10 List

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By Jordan Feigenbaum MS*, CSCS, HFS, USAW Club Coach If the title of the article didn’t give this article’s topic then let’s spell it out, these are the top ten ways to get fat. Use them at your discretion if you want to go up a pant size, get the feeling your car is getting smaller or your clothes are shrinking, and/or reduce your health. Alternatively, you could go against the grain and eschew these ten rules and get lean. The choice is yours; you have THE POWER! 1.    Eat refined foods. Refined foods are fantastic for gaining fat. They…

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