Squatting is just one movement...granted it is the king of all movements if we are talking about training effect in the organic and nueromuscular sense, but how does squatting everyday effect other strength movements? For the past 42 days I really have not deadlifted at all. My hypothesis is that by increasing my capacity in the squat, most of my other strength numbers should shoot up...and guess what, THEY DID!
I pr'd my dealift the other day by over 50lbs, I pr'd my press by 15bs and my bench by 25lbs. How is this possible? The skills we train in the squat are very transferable. Elements such as posterior chain engagenment, range of motion, and midline stability are essential when squatting heavy. If I don't start a line of action back and down with my hip, if I don't stay through my heels, if I don't stabilize my midline and lock in my lumbar curve that 475lb squat will be very laborous if not impossible to execute. Another key aspect of these gains is the horomonal responses to lifting heavy load. Production of testosterone and insulin-like growth factor has been proven to increase with the introduction of frequent heavy lifting. Here is a snapshot of some of my strength numbers and a slice of my cardio capacity before and after I started this challenge: I'm not saying try this program...I just think the results are interesting.
Before / After
Bench 350 / 378
Press 215 / 231
Deadlift 600 / 650
2k Row 6:31 / 6:28
25 deadlifts 225
25 calories on a rower
25 box jumps
25 40lb db push press
25 ring dips
12:42 (I hate double unders!!)
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Senator Schumer Continues to Make Unfounded Sunscreen Allegations
Senator Charles Schumer is at it again. He is putting people at significant risk of skin cancer with his allegations that there is a relationship between vitamin A in sunscreen and increased risk of melanoma. These claims are not supported by published scientific evidence. After reviewing the recently released report from The Environmental Working Group, The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Photobiology Committee, a group of renowned experts in the study of the interaction of ultraviolet radiation and the skin, have come to the conclusion that there is no scientific evidence to support claims that retinyl palmitate (vitamin A) is a photocarcinogen in humans. Our photobiologists are unaware of any evidence that supports the relationship between the use of sunscreen containing retinyl palmitate and an increased risk of skin cancer.
“When used as directed, sunscreen products are safe and effective. Since our inception, The Skin Cancer Foundation has always recommended using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher as one important part of a complete sun protection regimen which includes seeking the shade and covering up with clothing,” said Warwick Morison, MD, Chair, The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Photobiology Committee.