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Occam’s Protocol

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Occam’s Protocol
In conjunction with Tim Ferriss’ Slow-Carb Diet (SCD), I used Occam’s Protocol as an Alternative Training strategy (Both out of the 4-hour Body). Tim has not published a detailed explanation of this workout online, however there is a lot of information, discussion, and controversy about this workout online. My bottom line? It definitely adds muscle and strength if done properly. I did not have a particularly rapid response (I continued to gain muscle after I stopped) or notably huge gains. I consider 5-10 lbs of muscle a lot for someone in his late 30s.
So, what is it? Generally, it is a weight lifting regimen consisting of two alternating workouts, (A, B) each with 2-3 exercises. Each exercise is only done once; yes, just one set per workout. Each set is done at a slow cadence (5/5: 5 seconds to push weight up, 5 seconds to let it down) and the number of reps is defined by reaching failure. That’s about it. There’s some more detail I will discuss below and if anyone is…

The Rescue

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The Rescue
After 3 hours on the road, I was probably a bit dazed. Not to mention, there weren’t any traffic lights or intersections on the open road. I guess I can’t blame Zak for getting nervous.
“What are you DOING?!? Either stop or GO MAN! GO! DRIVE!” “What? Oh, CRAP!” As I find the accelerator, and weave past the oncoming car, I realize that in front of a city bus, in the middle of a 4 lane intersection is definitively NOT the time to hesitate. I also realize I don’t like being told how to drive “Man, there were feet to spare. I don’t want to wreck my ride either Bro!” That’s how I defend my ego against bad driving. At least from having to admit it.
Living in the mountains, it seems counterintuitive that we’d be travelling toward a city for our climb. I suppose people in the city appreciate natural beauty too, and you can’t relocate nature’s wonders! Now that we’re in the neighborhood, it’s time to find a place to rest our heads. Evening is near, and hunger has a way of making a guy…

Confessions of a runner: I never learned to run! (NOBLE Running form)

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Confessions of a runner: I never learned to run! (NOBLE Running form)
Currently I am resting off an injury. Just before this, I was setting my sights on my most ambitious distance run to date. I have always considered myself athletic. I sometimes consider myself an athlete. Until my recent setback I was on a huge upswing.
I have cleaned up my diet. I got back into weight training. I developed a comprehensive training program, almost a full year until race time! I was feeling super confident about my scenario. Unfortunately, I sprained my ankle at work. Worse, I went out and hiked/ran on it. (What can I say, I had plans?).
Part of my upswing, how I started running faster than I have in years, was as simple as: Learning how to run!
I have a confession: I NEVER LEARNED TO RUN!
In my youth my sport was Soccer. I rode my bike extensively (once my parents let me stray farther and farther). I tried a season of football (not pretty), when I got into college I fell out of organized/team sports. I…