Category Archives: Iron Warriors
My buddy Jason Ferruggia hit me up and asked me if I’d like to do an interview on his Renegade Strength & Conditioning blog. It was a huge honor and I accepted. When asked a question, I give an honest, straightforward, no bullsh*t answer, and then I ramble about nonsense because I’m a weird guy like that. I guess Jason liked that style, because the interview ended up being a 3-parter.
Quite frankly, I think this is one of the best pieces of content I’ve been a part of, and contains a ton of useful information for you. Here are the links to each part of the interview, including what we covered:
NUTRITIONAL KNOWLEDGE BOMBS WITH NATE MIYAKI – PART I: Why low carb diets are good for certain populations vs. the various reasons why anaerobic athletes & strength trainers should include some carbs in their diets, why you should go AGAINST mainstream fitness advice and eat the majority of your calories and carbs at night, good carb choices (hint, Japanese Village-style – white rice and root vegetables), various Seinfeld quotes and references.
NUTRITIONAL KNOWLEDGE BOMBS WITH NATE MIYAKI – PART II: We call out bullsh*t “health” foods including why flaxseed oil sucks, why “whole food” fats are far superior to refined oils, specific pre-workout advice and modifications, and we talk about what would be the female equivalent of erectile dysfunction (but are a little more vulgar about it, so beware).
NUTRITIONAL KNOWLEDGE BOMBS WITH NATE MIYAKI – PART III: Starts with a phenomenal picture of Eva Mendes which is all you really need to know but then, specific post-workout recommendations and modifications, how the diet set-up changes for gaining muscle/mass vs. targeted fat loss, specific adjustments for those dealing with acute or chronic inflammatory conditions.
AND, a lot of the magic happened (I answered a bunch of questions) in the comments section, so make sure to check that out.
Until next time, this is how the Renegade and the Ronin (me, in honor of Musashi) roll…
I’m embarrassed that I have been so busy working on my own stuff that I am late in congratulating two of my clients on their recent accomplishments. What a jerk huh? 2 very different clients, as you’ll see, but I’m equally proud of both.
Lisa recently competed at the 2012 Miss California USA competition and placed in the Top 20, out of 276 women! I set up and adjusted her nutrition plan and my colleague Coach Shawn Toussaint trained her throughout her preparation. It was amazing to see the progress she made, and of course she ended up looking beautiful on stage. Our only request is that she remembers us “little folks” that helped her along the way when she becomes a superstar.
I helped formulate my friend Ralph’s nutrition plan during his two most recent fight camps. The end result? Ralph dropped a weight class and became the 135lbs champ in his promotion. I’m going to have Ralph as a guest on this blog at some point to talk about the diet plan he implemented through his camp, but it was based on the core principles I have presented on this site: Paleo Nutrition Base, with the addition of a select few starches to support anaerobic training, eating lighter during the day with the majority of calories and carbs at night, etc. You’ve heard it before, now you can see that it works: male, female, lover, fighter, etc. hahaha.
For now you can watch some footage of Ralph winning his title. The dude is a beast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-ufjj9facY
Ralph also gave me some love in an interview for “Inside Punch”. Thanks brother: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nku536_b4fI
So here is some love back. Ralph trains out of “Athens Fitness and MMA” (athensfitnessandmma.com), and his fight team is called “The HardCore Gym”. If you’re in that area, hit ‘em up.
It was an honor to work with both of you!
1. Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today. This is never-ending. — Hagakure.
2. Something that is not done at that time and at that place will remain unfinished for a lifetime. At a time when it is difficult to complete matters with the strength of a single man, one will bring it to a conclusion with the strength of two. — Hagakure.
3. It is clear that achieving incredible results requires incredible discipline — knowledge that can be applied in any endeavor. — Samurai Srategies
4. First, you must choose a goal before you can achieve it, and second, the more difficult and dangerous your goals is, the more effort you must put into achieving it. Ambitious goals will help you focus your energies, abilities, and actions to maximum effect. — Samurai Strategies
5. It is spiritless to think that you cannot attain to that which you have seen and heard the masters attain. The masters are men. You are also a man. If you think that you will be inferior in doing something, you will be on that road very soon. — Hagakure. Read the rest of this entry
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I’d give this fight even odds. Here is what my bro Josh had to say about what the Iron Game means to him:
What does the Iron Game mean to me? To me, it’s meant transformation. Let me explain.
As Nate pointed out in one of his posts, the Iron Game is similar to the Riddle of Steel. As Thulsa Doom says – “Steel isn’t strong, boy. Flesh is stronger!…What is steel compared to the hand that wields it?”
The Iron is the same way. The Iron has no strength. In fact, it has the opposite of strength.
What you learn after dealing with it long enough is that you have to be strong within. You exert your will against it time after time. The Iron Game isn’t about winning or losing. It can’t be, because you’ll always lose. The Iron will always have one more pound…one more plate…one more rep.
The Iron Game is about learning, striving, persisting.
In the face of certain failure, you persist. In the face of pain, you strive harder. When the Iron hurts you, you find the real culprit staring you down in the mirror. In the face of the Iron you’re forced to reckon with yourself. It is a path of self-reckoning.
Who am I? What am I capable of? When I can’t do it, what exactly is stopping me? Is it “impossible,” or did I simply not prepare myself for this? Since the game can’t be won, the questions continue, like a never-ending Zen koan.
Those Zen riddles were designed to take the student beyond the place where their rational mind could “figure things out.” “What is the sound of one hand clapping” goes the famous riddle. Meditate on that long enough, and logic breaks down, words lose any meaning, and Reality appears all at once, slapping you in the face. People who experience it are called “enlightened.” They laugh, they cry, they put their shoes on their head and walk out of the room.
The Iron has always been the same for me. It is a thing never “solved.” It sits and waits (or should that be “weights”?). You move ahead, you move backward, it stays the same.
And through that process, YOU comes through. Through the struggle, the only things that are always there are You and the Iron. Your body might have changed. You might be stronger or weaker that day. But somehow “you” is still there. The Iron might be chrome-plated or raw. It might take the shape of a dumbbell or a barbell, but there it is, somehow the same as it always was.
The Iron Game for me has always been this Riddle. It’s the Riddle of life, that the followers of the ancient Mystery Cults in Greece and Rome used to go into ecstatic trances after. It’s the Zen koan of the physical body, of physical reality.
Solve it, and you’ve reached enlightenment. Just don’t tell me the answer.
Nate’s Notes: You know, its rare to find someone who is just as passionate about the Iron Game as me, even though my life is basically spent in gyms. But my good friend Josh is one of those guys. From powerlifting to bodybuilding to even Highland Games competition, the guy just loves to train.
He also happens to be one of the smartest guys I know in the game. When I have a biomechanics or physiology question, he’s the guy I turn to. He’s made the Iron Game his career — ten years running a training business along with thousands of hours researching through seminars, self-education, and in labs and libraries attaining his Masters degree in Kinesiology.
In my ten years in the industry, he is one of the best connections and personal friendships I’ve made. If you are passionate about this game, then you can’t go wrong connecting with him as well. Here’s where to do it: http://leegertrained.com