Monday 140217

Workout

4x
4:00 AMRAP of:
3-GI Janes
6-Pistols (3 per leg, alternating)
9-Step-ups
Rest 2:00

From The LA Times

As marijuana laws change, health risks of pot use are weighed

As more states relax marijuana laws, studies support the belief that pot is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco. But that’s a low bar, some health experts say.

 Greater use of marijuana
By Chris Woolston February 14, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

Now that people in Colorado (and, soon, Washington state) can buy marijuana about as easily as they can pick up a 12-pack of Bud Light, it’s a good time to ask: How risky is it to turn to pot?

President Obama has already shared his opinion, telling the New Yorker magazine, “I don’t think [marijuana] is more dangerous than alcohol.” The president’s opinion stands in stark contrast with official federal policy that still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, putting it in the same class as heroin and LSD.

In this case, the president seems to be more correct than the government, says Richard Miller, professor of pharmacology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “No question about it,” Miller says. “It’s absolutely clear that marijuana is much less dangerous than alcohol.”

According to Miller, marijuana is the safer choice whether you’re using it for a single night or a lifetime. “When people drink alcohol, they often get out of control and get violent. They crash their cars and beat their wives. But when people smoke marijuana, they get very relaxed and mellow.”

Roughly 10% of people who try marijuana will eventually run into trouble, says Dr. Christian Hopfer, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora. That’s about the same odds that a drinker will abuse alcohol, he says, but there’s a big difference: Alcoholism causes far more physical and emotional devastation.

The signs of marijuana addiction are subtle, he says. Adults who smoke heavily — as in four or five time a day, every day — tend to have trouble learning, remembering and dealing with complicated tasks. “They’re definitely impaired,” Hopfer says. “They organize their lives around using.”

Fortunately, the habit is breakable. “A lot of people who use marijuana heavily in their 20s eventually quit on their own,” he says. “It’s probably easier than stopping [tobacco] smoking.”

The toll seems to be worse for young brains. According to Hopfer, adolescents who smoke a lot of marijuana can expect to lose about 8 points from their IQ. Young users also seem to be more likely to become psychotic in later years, although the risk is still small. “About one user in a thousand will end up with a psychotic illness that they wouldn’t have had otherwise,” he says.

As reported in November in Current Psychiatric Reports, marijuana can threaten physical health too, although the dangers appear to be mostly small and unpredictable. After summing up studies over the last 15 years, researchers at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found evidence linking marijuana to lung disease, heart disease and other ailments, but the actual risks were hard to pin down. For example, one study suggested that smoking a single joint increases the odds of a heart attack within the next hour, but other studies have failed to find any sign that marijuana users are more likely than non-users to suffer a heart attack over the long term.

The report also noted some growing but inconclusive evidence that long-term marijuana use could increase the risk of cancer in the lungs, bladder, head and neck. The authors noted, however, that marijuana doesn’t seem to be in the same league as tobacco when it comes to the potential to cause cancer — another comparison that was practically guaranteed to cast marijuana in a positive light.

A 2013 study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine suggests that even heavy marijuana users aren’t necessarily a sickly bunch. The study looked at nearly 600 primary-care patients who had tested positive for marijuana or another illicit drug. Chronic marijuana smokers were just as healthy as occasional smokers and weren’t any more likely to have had a recent stint in the ER or a hospital bed.

The president’s pot analysis may have been accurate, but it wasn’t necessarily helpful, says Dr. Timothy Naimi, an associate professor of medicine and community health sciences at Boston University School of Medicine.

“Saying marijuana’s safer than alcohol sets an incredibly low bar,” Naimi says, adding that alcohol kills about 80,000 people a year. “Marijuana can still be a dangerous substance.”

While the risks of marijuana may be relatively small for each individual user, Naimi believes problems are likely to grow with access to the drug. “It’s five times more potent than the pot I grew up with. We’ve lowered the price and increased the supply. I’m not for or against legalization, but those are red flags.”

Supporters of legalization often say marijuana should be as freely available as beer or whiskey. But Naimi says the nation’s experience with alcohol isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of lax regulations and easy access to mind-altering substances. Instead, he says, the toll of alcohol should “give pause” to anyone hoping to bring marijuana to the masses.

Friday 130301

Welcome to March! Comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.

Who’s going to run the march madness pool this year?

Soon it will be time for Spring Cleaning!

Workout
OHS – Heavy Single

Then

5x (un-Timed)
10 (per leg)-135 lbs Straight leg DLs
10-Lunge Steps
10-Step Ups

Interesting Read from Men’s Health.  Thank you Nate for the link.

In the article they say “functional training” has 6 components.  Sounds like we are on the right track.

1. Train movements, such as pushing, pulling, planking, stepping, and squatting, rather than muscles.
2. Train to your side and three-quarter view, not just to the space in front of you.
3. Train on two feet.
4. Learn to control your body weight in a full range of motion, with good form, before adding loads. (This alone could take several months.)
5. Train speed.
6. Train the reduction of force—the ability to land and catch and absorb force and decelerate—as often as you train the production of force.

Be As Fit As A Soldier

The army is redefining fitness to match the real world soldiers fight in. Shouldn’t you do the same, maggot?

By Paul John Scott, Photographs by Greg Broom
ON A WARM AFTERNOON AT THE U.S. ARMY physical readiness division, or PRD, in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Sergeant First Class Steven Lee leads 50 U.S. Army Reserve drill sergeants through an hour of tough new exercises. He never hollers once. Welcome to the army’s new approach to fitness. It’s about time.

In the first drill, soldiers traverse 25 yards of Carolina scrub grass in a hip-blasting lunge walk, their backs upright and butts hovering at an altitude just above chair level. Most of them lunge-walk like the Bolshoi troupe, but a few have trouble getting their butts very low or their backs very straight—at least since no actual snipers are nearby.

In the next exercise each man tucks his head, rolls over a shoulder, and pops back up on his feet. A shoulder roll trains body awareness and coordination, yes, but it also moves a man safely out of a stumble and back into a defensive position—which can make the difference between life and death. Bad news: A few of the soldiers struggle to roll forward instead of sideways, but that they’re even trying to do this can be considered progress. After one last drill—lifting and carrying a fallen comrade in six basic movements—the group takes a pair of laps around a 10-part whole-body strength circuit, making 1-minute stops for pullups, hanging leg tucks, kettlebell squats, stepups, straight-leg deadlifts, chest presses, overhead push presses, rows, forward lunges, and twists.

With its focus on gymnastic movements, whole-body exercises, and Russian strongman hardware, this training session looks like strength camp for a Division I sports program. Evidently your average grunt has come a long way from “drop and give me 50.” This is the rollout of Training Circular 3-22.20, Army Physical Readiness Training, the uninspiring title of an awesome 434-page manual and Web media package a decade in the making.TC 3-22.20 is revamping what it means to be fit enough to serve in the largest branch of the U.S. military.

Unlike the army’s previous fitness test—a desultory couple of minutes’ worth of pushups and situps, plus a 2-mile run—the new test measures the physical qualities you can’t cram for on the cheap. It has a long-jump component, for instance, and its combat version is an agility circuit that soldiers run in uniform while carrying their weapons. “If you’re following the new training program, the test will be the easiest day you ever had,” says Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, U.S. Army Europe commander, who has worked on the physical preparation of our troops. “We hope these tests will ensure that soldiers know that physical readiness is a 24-7/365 requirement. Because you can’t train for them, there’s going to be more emphasis on maintaining and improving conditioning at all times.”

TC 3-22.20 has been in place since August 2010, and the PRD has tried out the tests for a new exam and collected data on thousands of soldiers in order to develop scoring and standards for it. The army will next decide on revisions (if any) and timelines. But the manual’s impact will be nothing less than profound. Following the lead of military-readiness experts, the army is abandoning a corporate-health fitness model and replacing it with one focused on performance. And here’s the good part: As a taxpayer in the United States, TC 3-22.20 is yours for the taking. Given the brainpower behind it, you would be smart to enlist.

IN THE PAST, THE ARMY TRAINED ITS SOLDIERS as if they were a bunch of office workers hoping to notch points in some corporate wellness program. It was all about aerobics and muscle endurance. Check the box, move on to the next exercise. The new manual focuses on more meaningful “soldier athlete” skills—badass qualities like quickness, body control, mobility, and total muscular-skeletal readiness for the work of battle. “All kinds of rumors have been circulating about what this is and what it isn’t,” Hertling says. “People say it’s like yoga, it’s Pilates, it’s CrossFit. Frankly it is all of those things. It’s functional fitness. It’s Read more Friday 130301

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Workout
Step-ups
5x
15 reps per leg (F-35 lbs bar/M-75 lbs)

THEN

using 50% of your BSquat 1RM complete 30 reps (partition as necesssary)

Mini MetCon
250m Row x7 with 1:30 rest

From time to time I tell friends that I don not do what I consider “stupid” things because I do not want that “stupid” thing to be the last way that I am remembered.  The following from CNN is my point exactly!

Roach-eating contest winner choked to death

By the CNN Wire Staff
Watch this video

(CNN) — A 32-year-old man who died after downing dozens of roaches and worms last month to win a python at a Florida reptile store choked to death, medical officials said Monday.

Edward Archbold died “as a result of asphyxia due to choking and aspiration of gastric contents,” said the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office. It said his airway was obstructed by bug body parts, and ruled his death was an accident.

Archbold was among 20 to 30 contestants participating in the “Midnight Madness” event at Ben Siegel Reptiles in Deerfield Beach.

The participant who consumed the most insects and worms would take home an $850 python.

Archbold swallowed roach after roach, worm after worm. While the store didn’t say exactly how many Archbold consumed, the owner told CNN affiliate WPLG that he was “the life of the party.”

Soon after the contest was over, Archbold fell ill and began to vomit, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said.

A friend called for medical help. Then, Archbold himself dialed 911, the store said in a Facebook post.

Eventually, he fell to the ground outside the store, the sheriff’s office said. An ambulance took him to North Broward Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

No other contestant fell ill, the sheriff’s office said.