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When Cheap is Actually Good

The Paleo Athlete Kindle Buck Sale | stupideasypaleo.com When I was about 21, I bought a car for $500. It was a beat up, white Plymouth Acclaim with maroon interior, and it sounded like a two-pack-a-day smoker when it ran. Sure, it got me back and forth the few miles between my college dorm and my job as a cake decorator at a local supermarket—how’s *that* for someone who was totally sugar addicted?!—but I knew its low sticker price was too good to be true.

As is with most things that are cheap, it was only a few months until the transmission seized, and I was sans ride.

From that point on, I’ve been a firm believer in the mantra, “Nothing cheap is worth buying.” Whether it’s food or books or even cars, I’ve held fast to the idea that you get what you pay for. When I see a deal that’s too good to pass up, it means I usually walk on by. That’s why I hemmed and hawed for quite a while about what’s going on today until midnight.

Yep, here’s something that’s cheap AND good.

Today, June 18, 2014 and today only, you can get the Kindle version of “The Paleo Athlete” for a buck. One smackaroo. Practically pennies. So cheap you’ll think you stole it. And once the clock strikes midnight tonight, just like a proper Cinderella, it goes back to its regular Kindle price of $9.99.

It’s never been on sale before, not in the 6 months since it was published, and it’ll never be on sale again. So, if you’ve been eyeing it or going to Amazon and hovering over the “Buy it now” button, today—no, right now—is the time to get it. If you don’t have a Kindle reader (I know I don’t), the folks at Amazon have made it really easy to read ebooks by making free reader apps for virtually any device—except flip phones. Time to enter the future, my friend!

Why does “The Paleo Athlete” rule? It teaches you how to eat Paleo for performance. If you care about getting stronger and faster, having better endurance and being able to not just make it to the end of your training session but smashing it, this book is what you’ve been waiting for. Or, if you care about being Happy, Healthy and Harder To Kill™—someone who’s ready for the zombie apocalypse or the White Walkers beyond The Wall—this book is for you.

You won’t have to walk around with a calculator attached to your hip, logging in points or calories or macros or blocks. Blah. You don’t have time to do that. Instead, I teach you the what and why so you can adjust your nutrition to virtually any performance goal or training scenario. Learn how to prep for competition day, too, and get 30 recipes to get you started and on your way.

Sound good? Good. Cheap but definitely one of those rare moments where it’s worth every penny. All 99 of them.

Get “The Paleo Athlete” Kindle version right now for a buck!

Offer expires June 18, 2014 at 11:59 pm PT, Cinderella-like.

Faster Recovery: Does This Product Deliver?

Faster Recovery: Does This Product Deliver? | stupidesaypaleo.com

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ll know I’m not huge into supplements. It’s my belief that most athletes need a solid base of nutrition from whole, nutrient-dense foods with thoughtful pre- or post-workout refueling strategies, and perhaps—if the circumstances warrant it—smart supplementation.

If you’re a casual athlete without competitive aspirations, a strong focus on nutrition will take you very far, and supplements really aren’t necessary. However, if you’re hitting your training and competitive season really hard, pushing the boundaries of your physical potential, carefully chosen supplements can have a place in your routine. (In case you’re curious, I regularly include Omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and Vitamin D in my regimen, but I’d be taking those even if I wasn’t training.)

In the interest of experimentation, I recently agreed to test out a supplement called HMB from Blonyx and report my findings to you. The short answer: HMB seemed to help my recovery.

What exactly is it?

If you’re after a longer answer, let’s back up a second. HMB is an acronym for beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate, and put into simple terms, it’s produced when the body metabolizes the amino acid leucine. Leucine, if you’re savvy about basic biochemistry, is a branched chain amino acid which is implicated in the body’s muscle protein synthesis pathway (mTOR).

Put another way, HMB is known to help recovery by promoting muscle repair. For more details—including studies and further technical information—click here and here.

Faster Recovery: Does This Product Deliver? | stupidesaypaleo.com

What was my experience with it?

I’m now doing olympic weightlifting full time for my training, with an eye on a couple local competitions later this summer and fall. Returning to the platform after a surgery, some time living abroad, writing my book and just general life chaos left me with some major flaws in my technique and some serious ups and downs in performance. I started using Blonyx’s HMB Sport in mid-January, just as my training started to find some consistency (i.e. lifting 4 times a week).

I noticed that my sessions felt punchier and I could lift heavy on back-to-back days without feeling as sluggish as I had been. In May 2013 I hit PRs in both the clean (91kg) and snatch (63kg), but since that time had struggled to reach those numbers again. In February, I cleaned 90kg and snatched 63kg.

Whether my improvement was a sole result of testing HMB Sport or not is hard to say because training frequency, sleep and nutrition are certainly possible factors. If you’re putting a premium on consecutive training sessions with short recovery windows, HMB might be worth experimenting with.

Wondering how you can naturally bump recovery up? Be sure to get adequate dietary protein from leucine-rich foods such as meat and eggs.

Note: I did not receive any financial compensation for reviewing this product. The opinions expressed here are my personal ones and do not substitute for professional medical advice. Always check with your medical professional before adding supplementation to your routine.

Pre- and Post-Workout Fueling Summary for Athletes

Pre Post Workout Venn 2.0 More on this to come soon, but here is a simple diagram to help you remember general fueling recommendations for pre- and post-workout nutrition.

In short, for a pre-workout meal, stick to protein and fat while the post-workout window – ideally within 15-30 min of finishing your training – should focus on protein and carbs. Both have protein in common. If you’re into performance, adequate protein is a must.

References: Robb Wolf, Whole9