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Looking At : May 31, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

'The Dinosaur Files' for May 2020

A great mix.


I love these. The latest issue of Brooks Kubik's 'The Dinosaur Files' (May 2020) is now available. An instant .PDF download. Perfect. If you've never read one, these are monthly newsletters which comprise a mix of pieces by Brooks, well-known old-time strongmen and the Dinosaur Training community. As an example, here's a brief look at a previous issue :
It's a great mix. You can grab the latest incarnation here : brookskubik.com/dinosaurfiles-may2020.html .

Intermittent Fasting - How it Affects Sleep (What I've Learned)

The various sleep-related impacts of IF.



I was chatting with a friend the other day about the various benefits of Intermittent Fasting and Time Restricted Eating, and he asked about sleep. For everyone wondering about the same thing, this video explains the various sleep-related impacts.

Looking At : May 24, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

CalfPRO (Leveraged Calf Stretching Tool)

Looks great.


Looks great. The CalfPRO is a deceptively simple calf-stretching tool, designed for regular pre-training use. And unlike many of the calf-stretching methods, it fortunately doesn't bend your toes back. A little video will show you what I mean :
The CalfPRO.

Joe Rogan Experience #1474 (Dr Rhonda Patrick)

Fascinating discussion.



Fascinating discussion.

Looking At : May 17, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Bebird X17 Pro (Smart Visual Ear Cleaning Rod)

Looks great.


Looks great. The range of simple, in-home medical devices continues to grow, and here's another one to add to the list. The Bebird X17 Pro is an ear-cleaning wand with a built-in camera, and a smartphone app so you can see what you're doing. A whole lot easier than the cotton-tip alternative. A little video :
The Bebird X17 Pro.

Dissecting The Wim Hof Method (Medlife Crisis)

It's getting in to the colder part of the year here (Sydney, Australia).



As it's getting in to the colder part of the year here (Sydney, Australia), last night I found myself chatting to a friend about the Wim Hof Method. If you know the name but very little of what's involved (fairly common situation, which may/may not be considered a good thing, depending on your viewpoint); this video explains it - and the medical research behind parts of it - in detail.

Looking At : May 10, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.



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