Musclehead Review

August 27, 2007

I began strength conditioning in June and July using this algorithm. I went traveling at the end of July and had a low-level flu that sapped my energy for a few weeks. So I only did this steadily for 1.5 months. In that time I went from 136lbs to 142lbs. On nearly every machine, I doubled the amount of weight I would lift. This is to be expected because I was starting from such a weak position. I now have a few small, visible muscles. One unfortunate side effect of getting “huge” is that my pecs jiggle when I go down the stairs. I can actually feel the weight of my muscles jerking around. It’s like a woman bouncing without a bra: it’s a mild annoyance. My flu appears to have dissipated, so I’ll get back to the gym today. But will I need a man-bra, aka “The Bro” from Seinfeld?

I uploaded some recent temperature data from NASA to Swivel. I was lead here by a post in the NYTimes to this blog. The largest increases in temps in the past 120 years is 1934, 1998, 1921, 2006, 1931, and 1999. From 1880 to 1920 it was mostly getting cooler. Then there was a warming trend from 1921 to 1959. Then it grew cooler until 1985. The last 20 years have been consistently warmer. It is now 9C hotter than 1820.

Apparently, farting, belching and ppoping livestock are responsible for a significant portion of global warming gases. Methane and nitrogen are more detrimental than carbon dioxide. Therefore, a vegetarian diet is good for the environment. How many environmentalists are willing to at least reduce their consumption of meat?


May 30, 2007

According to this post, men who drink a cup of milk after exercising gained twice as much muscle as those who drank soy milk. For some reason, consuming soy protein results in less muscle mass than animal protein. Since I am both skinny and lazy, I want to maximize my muscle development with a minimal amount of exercise. After reading a bunch of papers on muscle development, I came up with the following algorithm. Every other day, lift weights at 80% of your maximum capacity until your muscles “fail” (you can’t lift anymore). Immediately after exercising, consume at least 10 grams of protein, preferably more. You don’t need to consume vast amount of protein. When you first start exercising, you consume ~1.3 grams of protein per kilo of body weight per day. You can reduce that after a while because your body becomes more efficient. All that protein that body builders consume is pooped out anyway. And it must be animal protein, not soy. Today I am 5’10”, 136lbs and horrifically skinny. I’m starting this exercise regime today and will report (if I remember) my weight every week. It’ll be hard to consume that much protein because I’m a vegetarian and light eater, but I’ll get some supplements to help out. I hope this works.