Fuel The Athlete with Ben Greenfield

Athletes seek to maximize their performance, often at the expense of their long-term health and longevity. Ben, a former bodybuilder, is an ironman triathlete, speaker, and author who understands how to nourish the body for both peak results and optimal health. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology. Ben coaches and trains individuals for general health, longevity, weight loss, lean muscle gain, holistic wellness, and sports performance–using a real food protocol.

Says Ben, “I love getting fit, feeling good about the way my body looks, and fulfilling my deep-seeded drive to live life to the fullest by achieving difficult feats of physical performance. But I was fed up with feeling like crap from all the extreme exercising, strange foods, feeling of constant stress and soreness, and worry about the toll my hectic lifestyle was taking on my body. So I have found a way of training, eating and living that is perfectly healthy and natural, but still allows me to look, feel and perform at my peak capabilities.”

As a consultant to many athletes, Ben has noticed a trend of acne, digestive issues, and adrenal issues that plague those who fuel their bodies with what Ben calls “franken fuels.” In today’s episode, he contrasts popular sports drinks, gels, and bars with the real fuel the athlete needs to turbocharge their performance without sacrificing gut health. He gets into the science of how various proteins, fats, and carbs work in our bodies. He talks about his own sweet spot of carb/protein/fat percentages and what foods he recommends for everyone to include in their diet. You will be fascinated by what he has to say and will want to apply it to your own diet, training, and lifestyle.
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Ace of The North Grass Volleyball

June 23-25, 2017

Welcome to our Second Annual Ace of the North Grass Volleyball Tournament! Enjoy food, beverages, music, yard games and volleyball with a fun-filled day for all! Kicking off the event is the Twilight Friday Night Coed Quads and Men’s and Women’s Doubles tournaments. Men’s and Women’s Triples compete on Saturday followed by the Juniors Quads on Sunday!

Tournament Details

  • Coed Quad
  • Men’s and Women’s Doubles
  • Men’s and Women’s Triples
  • Juniors Quads
  • Money payout for the winner of each adult division
  • All games played at the National Sports Center on the professional level Stadium field
  • Friday games will be played under the lights.

For registration and additional event details, visit Ace of the North

Standing Naked

Posted by Birdwell Beach Britches

Many years ago, in what feels like another life, I was a professional surfer. I had sponsors. I got my picture in the mag. I had a healthy- to bursting-at-the-seams-sized ego.

          My father, a man of great humility and wisdom, observed me with a certain tilt. He knew the vicissitudes of life, the what goes up must come down-ness of it all.

          One night I was headed out to a party. I wore red patent leather Adidas high-tops of the Run DMC sort. My hair was carefully unwashed and unkempt. I was on the prowl, and my father sensed this. He called me over to the dinner table. He sat alone with a glass of wine, Luciano Pavarotti playing on the stereo.

          “Going out?” he asked.

          “Yep. Party.”

          “Girls?”

          “Hope so.”

          “You know, Jamie, when you’re with a woman it’s important that you stand naked before her.”

          I saw myself peeling off my T-shirt and shimmying out of my 501s in a bedroom of wine coolers and fluffy pillows, a delicious blonde waiting under the covers. I thought, How cool, Dad really gets it.

          My father continued—

          “And what I mean by naked is it’s not Jamie the Pro Surfer, or Jamie The Guy in the Surf Mags. When you’re intimate with someone, it’s really important that you leave behind those constructs of yourself. You can’t bring your surf trophies into bed, is what I’m saying. It’s just you—and you alone is enough.”

          I cannot remember if I found myself naked with a woman that night, but if I did, I sure as hell hope that I didn’t get there by playing the surf card. In truth, I was never that sort of guy, or least I don’t think I was. But I am eternally grateful to my father for keeping me in check when I was at my most superficial and hubristic.

– Jamie Brisick

The Dazzling Blue is a series of short pieces about things we do in boardshorts. It is written by Jamie Brisick. A Fulbright scholar and a lifelong surfer, Brisick has written several books about surf culture, including Have Board Will Travel: The Definitive History of Surf, Skate, and Snow and Becoming Westerly. He lives in Los Angeles and rides a 5’10” Channel Islands Twin Fin.

EVP Tour Commissioner on How to Prepare Upcoming Season

Today, Ross Balling, Commissioner of the EVP Tour and founder of EVP Academies, joined Stephen to share his story on how he got into beach volleyball and secondly, how to get ready for the upcoming season.  During the show, we covered three types of players: 20-30 year old looking to take their game to the next level as a professional, a JO high school age player, and a person who is just getting started playing looking to learn the game and play their best.

Areas covered:

  • General conditioning
  • Skill work needed
  • The importance of following a systematic approach or lesson plan
  • How to overcome living in a colder climate
  • Tips and tricks of the game like play your skill level, not your age; motive should be for the love the game; be an all-around player, not a specialist

For the complete interview, click here.  During the interview, Ross mentioned that he would make available his lesson plan for skill development, here is the link to those plans.

Social Media Making You Anti-Social

Could social media be making people more anti-social?
Many people who use social media may go to desperate lengths to receive “likes” from followers, the study found.

The social media boom continues to make it easier than ever to stay in touch with loved ones in real time. But with the flourishing of new technology and the ability to be connected to anyone and everyone at any time, real-life human interactions could be suffering a heavy blow.

A recent global study conducted by Kasperksy Lab reveals that social media users are interacting less face-to-face than in the past because of this newfound ability to constantly communicate and stay in touch online. In the study, researchers found that about one-third of people communicate less with their parents (31%), partners (23%), children (33%) and friends (35%) because they can simply follow them on social media. This may be doing more harm than good, in a world where editing one’s life to make it appear perfect is more appealing than naturally existing.

For complete study, click here

The Role of Online Training Information with Ben Nadeau of CoachUp

Today, Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project talks with Ben Nadeau, editor of CoachUp Nation, on the subject of locating high quality information for athletes and some of the pitfalls to watch out for when completing your research.  In today’s world of “just google it,” online resources have become even more critical and websites like CoachUp Nation play an integral role in assisting athletes on their journey to achieve their goals.

For the entire interview, visit The McCarthy Project Blog Talk Radio here

Mercer Coach on Role of Observation and Experience in Partner Selection

Coach Damian Elder of Mercer University

On the show today, we visit the idea of partner selection.  Coach Damian Elder of Mercer University will breakdown his viewpoints or best practices for the proper selection of a partner.

Areas covered include;

  • Observation, experience, and intuition
  • The concept of equitable hard work
  • The fallacy of “science says”
  • Do players have insight or should they just follow the coach

For the complete interview, click here

Coach Damian Elder Bio

Damian Elder was named head coach of the Mercer volleyball team on January 17, 2012.  Elder assumes his first head coaching role after spending 11 years as either an assistant or an associate coach in some of the nation’s elite conferences.  In three coaching stops prior to Mercer, Elder has coached in the Pacific-12, the Southeastern Conference and the Southern Conference.

During his time at South Carolina, the school fielded its first competitive sand volleyball team.  Elder assumed responsibility of the sand program, instituting the first sand training program and first SEC sand camp before leading the team to the SEC Beach Championship title in 2009.

Fat Adapted Athletes Perform Better w/ Cate Shanahan, MD

We cover the following topics

  • Minute 0-15
    Benefits of fat burning over sugar burning for aerobic exercise AKA cardio
    Ketosis versus fat burning
    The short term effect of exercise on fat burning
    Simple hack to optimize your fat burning on any given day
  • Minute 15-30
    How I built on the work of Weston Price
    The real reason we’ve blamed saturated fat for heart attacks since the 1960s
    Why the diet doctors recommend is the fad, not an ancestral diet
    Why I believe that the best source of nutritional info are old-fashioned cookbooks
    The Four Pillars of an Optimal Human Diet (boiled down from old-fashioned cookbooks and travel-foodie shows)
  • Minute 30-45
    Meal timing and hormonal hacks to simplify curing a sweet tooth
    What a healthy breakfast should look like
    The biggest dietary change in human history is our dramatic increase in vegetable oil intake
    Why vegetable oils are toxic to the reproductive process (men and women)
  • Minutes 45+
    A ratio called phi is nature’s formula for ensuring that our skeletal growth is optimally functional and beautiful
    The best first step to optimizing your health should be one that gives you immediate positive feedback

For additional information, click here