THE SNOOP

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We will not discriminate.  (Although we will often poke fun.)

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Here's 5,000 years of making women feel like crap – in just 3 minutes!

The power of symbols and iconography of ideals is the trade and tender of all physique work.  Ideals are a base currency, and just like currency can be invested towards good, or pay for evil.

Women have definitely found themselves in the latter bracket since the dawn of city-centric civilization.  For 5,000 years women have been sent a message that their bodies are just not quite right, and thus are haunted by institutionalized beauty ideals which simultaneously subjugate and undermine women's ability to self-determine ideals within a society.

That is heady stuff.  And when you see how there have been so many of these ideals throughout history, you really get a sense of how false the idea of an "ideal beauty image" truly can be.

This nifty little video offers a glimpse of a handful of body ideals over the course of human history.  It's hard to tell if the clip isn't actually celebrating the concept of enforced idealism, but regardless of any dubious intent it sure is a fascinating glimpse.

Yet another f#cking reason to love Thug Kitchen.

Frown upon us for being juvenile and just liking all the swear-words, but we have always loved Thug Kitchen.  Their ability to boil down sensible and healthful eating to basics is clever and quick – and effective.  Meanwhile, their silly-yet-sublime work helps de-snobbify nutritional eating.  Someone had to wrest away from the Williamsburg-styled elitists the obnoxious mantle of fitter-than-thou eating, and the Thugs fight that battle on the forefront.

And with their new cookbook promotion they have once again given us a way to smile about how idiotic we are with our shitty food choices.  They produced a short, simple yet giggly trailer that will make you smile whether you are a fitness freak on a diet or a lard-ass with your hand halfway into a can of Duncan Hines frosting.  

Short, simple, slightly-naughty and always giggly is what thug Kitchen does best.  And they don't just do it for the ego thrills; they do it with a none purpose: bitch-slapping some common sense into our fucking retarded-ass attitudes about rad food choices!

Next Level Alumni win again with videos of Diet Theory workshops.

 Bad jokes and good ideas: time to go back and watch and relearn.  Visit the Eating section of the Library and brush up on old info.

Bad jokes and good ideas: time to go back and watch and relearn.  Visit the Eating section of the Library and brush up on old info.

The Next Level is based on a community of legacy.  Just because teams disband or reorganize does not mean the community abandons the process.  And one of those "cool things' about the community is the way we can backtrack through our legacies to regain and review our growing knowledge and method base.

One of the most common areas of review is around diet strategizing.  While there are endless articles on the basic nuts-and-bolts mechanics of dieting, the athletes know that there is a necessary level of customization that can not be covered in static, printed articles.  Once you start talking about strategy, you start talking theory – and harnessing theory is an area Next Level athletes kick much butt.  

In the Library section of the website, video capture of a recent Diet Schema workshop was published alongside some packets that are familiar review for Next Level athletes.  

Once again, community has it's privileges.  Being part of a growing collaboration of mutual exchange is an innovative idea out there in the "field," and while The Next Level continues to churn away in small and humble ways, it's cool that the example comes with more perks than just a sense of pride.  

More muscle once again correlates with longer life.

Anecdotally speaking, the folks who include muscle-building exercise in their lifestyle – from bodybuilding to strength to simply progressive-gain weight lifting – will all claim to live longer, stay younger and feel happier.  But we live in a day and age that is crazed fore scientific backing; endless, repetitive accounts are somehow deemed invaluable to the average first-world perspective.  Unless there's schnazzy studies backing a claim, very one presumes it's hogwash. And so those accounts of long life from those us who lift big and get beefy – regardless of spanning at least 5,000 years of repetition – are disregarded.  

Fortunately, Science is gradually catching up to the simple reality that the most consistent accounts from humanity are, indeed, often believable. More and more studies are being applied to what us musclebound folks already "knew" and proving that – surprise, surprise! – our claims for longer life are actually dead on the mark.

Higher muscle mass showed a remarkably strong correlation with longevity.

Recently we Snooped a study posted by Scientific American that showed a strong correlation between muscle gain and longer (and presumably thus healthier) lives.  The traditional dominant form of assessing human health based on body composition factors – the classic "BMI," or body mass index – didn't really indicate longevity benefits.  You could had what doctors consensus is a "healthy BMI," yet this factor actually shows little correlation to long, healthy life.

However, higher muscle mass showed a remarkably strong correlation with longevity.  You're reading correctly: a study of 3,600 seniors hints that those who built muscle over the long run may live a longer run.  We have to say "may" live longer, because all the study showed was correlation.  Correlation between two factors does not show causation between them; just because the more muscle-developed lived longer does not mean their muscle-building was the cause.  

However, we at the Snoop have to hearken back to the consensus of the Humanities on this one, and presume the correlation is not merely a nifty coincidence.  Perhaps the repetitive claims over the millennia that bigger muscle mans longer life are not just hype.  

Editorial Bonus:

The study that suggests more muscle may lead to longer (and presumably healthier) lives compels, for us at The Next Level, a pro-bodybuilding argument which contrasts the religious use of exclusively CrossFit as one's primary mode of exercise.  You see, muscle-building slows up unless you intentionally try to continue the process.  While the dynamic/functional exercise movement (i.e., CrossFit) will certainly put some muscle on a person, there is a limit due to the sheer repetitiveness of the pursuit.  In other words, to get the real benefit of CrossFit, one must simultaneously also seek to at least push the agenda of muscle gain as well.  Just repetitive CrossFit alone is no better than just bodybuilding alone.  

Everyone wants to be a bodybuilder, but . . .

Everyone wants to be a bodybuilder, but no one wants to do the heavy posing.

Our athlete Silas is on fire lately, and when we Snooped this pic from his latest photo shoot, we thought it would b a good opportunity to remind folks who are into competing in bodybuilding –or any physique competition – that the poses you admire have a heritage and a history.  They were evolved from many places, and while mangy of them were within the Arts, certain body practices also plaited role.  Yoga is one of those practices.

Many of the forms of yoga influenced the known mandatory poses of contemporary competitive bodybuilding.  But more important, the skills that are built from yoga practice are literally the precise set of skills a bodybuilder needs in his sport.  

Yes, you heard us claim it here on The Snoop: yoga prepares a body for competition in bodybuilding more than the gym.  But that is ONLY talking about your ABILITIES in the competition, and not your "equipment.'  (I.e, your body.)  Obviously if you aren't hitting the heavy weights, all the yoga in the world is not the recipe for winning.  

However, any bodybuilder who does not at least investigate yoga is a damn fool because it trains the skills of competition better than any single body practice.

And that is why Silas is a bad-ass who gets his yoga pics Snooped.

And now: a bunch of diet history charts to freak you out. (Thanks, Seth.)

Seth Carbonneau Snooped this compelling article with a series of charts that show trends in human diet as compared to health trends.  In Seth's own words (which make for a perfect introduction):

 

I saw someone post this article and I was immediately about to condemn it for two reasons:

1. It's in a business journal; and

2. It is represented by a picture of eggs and bacon.

I was completely wrong.

I am a huge proponent of a whole food, local-as-possible, high-protein, high-fat and high-vegetable diet. This article reports the trends of food consumption, nutritional value, and human health over the past 30-300 years.

While correlation does not imply causation, these trends are significant and seem to show that there is a direct correlation between changes in diet and nutritional value of food to negative changes in human health.

This is enough for me to feel good about eating four or more local, omega 3 eggs with yoke (plus another 4 without yoke for the protein) with spinach and bacon for breakfast and 85% ground grass-fed beef with dandelion greens cooked in coconut oil for dinner!

(Disclaimer: I eat plenty of carbohydrates, including sugar, but they are timed around periods of intense strength and conditioning training)