Eat for Performance not Pleasure

December 7, 2016 – 11:00 am
Still eating for enjoyment? The pains and illnesses of pleasure-led behavior come faster than you expect and recover more slowly than you hope. You can't fight your way out without completely redefining WHY you eat. When you eat for performance and your body cellularly shifts away from craving fast burning taste to slow burning high density nutrients, the "great satisfaction" of a performance meal has the appearances of eating for enjoyment. But it is the difference between fulfillment and pleasure, meaningfulness and happiness. - #ScottSonnon #TACFIT a2a_linkname="Eat for Performance not Pleasure";a2a_linkurl="";

Overcome the Diseases of Civilization

December 7, 2016 – 10:59 am
The primary causes of death of our Stone Age ancestors were infant mortality, infections and accidents. If they managed to survive those three, they had the same lifespan as us (Eades, 2000). All that distinguishes our average lifespan from our predecessors' is a less hostile environment. Modern man has become shorter in stature, with lost bone density, dental development and excessively high mineral deficiencies, facing autoimmune and neurodegenerative disease never before known. Our ancestors worked only 3 hours per day including obtaining food, shelter and clothing, where we work 8+ hours per day. Yet, we face a carbohydrate-induced epidemic of obesity (57%), diabetes (60%), cancer and heart disease. There is a way back, in order to move forward. It begins with defining ancestral health as the True North of our nutrition, exertion, and lifestyle management strategies. #ScottSonnon #PrimalStress #TACFIT a2a_linkname="Overcome the ...

Eat an Ancestral Diet

December 6, 2016 – 12:04 pm
"Resistance to insulin-mediated glucose disposal plays a major role in the diseases of Western civilization (obesity, heart disease and cancer)." - Gerald Reaven, MD, "Pathophysiology of Insulin Resistance in Human Disease," Physiological Reviews. Insulin resistance is primarily associated with a diet deficient in fats and protein but also the OVER abundance of carbohydrates (Schwarzbein and Deville 1999). Translation: - Eat more organ meat, bone marrow, tallow and fatty fish. - Eat less veggies and grains. - Have less disease and greater health and longevity. #ScottSonnon #TACFIT a2a_linkname="Eat an Ancestral Diet";a2a_linkurl="";

Fit to Eat

December 6, 2016 – 12:04 pm
Unlike animals which evolved to flee or fight, plants evolved to protect themselves by creating, storing and/or releasing toxins. Animal tissue has significantly fewer natural toxins and, in general, are safer to consume. But, as defensively-mobile organisms, you must be mentally and physically fit to catch animals. Your ancestral vitality erupts when you combine being fit to catch and to consume animals. #ScottSonnon #TACFIT a2a_linkname="Fit to Eat";a2a_linkurl="";

Training the Awareness Machine

December 4, 2015 – 10:46 am
One of the pedagogical models taught to me in Russia by the KGB training officer influenced a great deal of my sports psychology in fighting. Managing anxiety is one of the most crucial components of champions, and must be interwoven into the mental and emotional component within the  physical nuts and bolts of training. NATURAL ABILITIES In competition, you rely on your innate tendencies and idiosyncratic abilities, not just on your  technique. To hone your skills, your actions must be an extension of your natural capabilities. My approach assess and reassess individuals to strengthen the stability of their natural tendencies, and strengthen the functional opposite of those tendencies. Although that may sound like a purely physical approach, it builds the neural net of the body-mind. Conditioning is just a very convincing chemical trick to compel the mind to believe that you can achieve your goal ...

My Free Shoulder Reset Course

November 18, 2015 – 10:57 am to get yours now for free. To truly understand why shoulder mobility prevents neck and lower back injuries, we must zoom out to an biological appreciation for your design: how the human is optimized for function. Both your head and your hands were intended to be a floating platform to communicate effectively and proficiently interact with tools and your environment. Your entire body, every muscle, bone and fascial fiber conspire to this elaborate tactical end. When your shoulders are tight and restricted in range of motion, they’re unable to contribute to the dampening effect of ground reaction forces and momentum through gravity. A 2009 Study by Pontzer, Holloway, Raichlen and Lieberman discovered that upper-body contra-lateral motion dissipates through your gait's arm swing. Your shoulder mobility allows the counter-movement to act as a damper to the rotational forces of your movement. Lacking that arm swing increases head instability (in particular, through pitch ...

Speed Hides Need

November 18, 2015 – 10:56 am
Speed hides need. Nothing is as easy as it looks, when it's done quickly; nor as difficult as it feels, when it's done slowly. If you can't perform it slowly enough, you haven't developed it well enough. Slow makes smooth; smooth makes fast. Let speed come from skill, not as a substitute for it. - Scott Sonnon #TACFIT #511Tactical a2a_linkname="Speed Hides Need";a2a_linkurl="";

The Core was Designed for Anti-Rotation

November 16, 2015 – 1:10 pm
Ever wondered why some think abs are attractive? Anthropological research suggests that the stronger your abdominals appear, the more you're able to effectively communicate and proficiently use tools. Your lower body resists the bending of your teetering upper body, so your head can remain "silent" to the horizon, and so that your hands can remain free of the movement "noise." Your sacrum, like a floating arrowhead suspended in a hammock between your ilia, draws the two sides of your pelvis together for your upper body buoyancy, aiding in the dampening effect of your propulsion. This shock-absorbing design allows your head and hands to remain an unaffected observer. Both lower-body Absorber (the all-terrain vehicle) and upper-body Observer (the passenger riding "shotgun") work together through the resistance of your core, the most sophisticated anti-gravitational design ever created. Your core wasn't designed to attract mates. Any attraction it holds, relates to this tactical function of quieting the ...

November 16, 2015 – 1:09 pm
Most exercise programs are wrong or bad. You might get the results they promise, but taught and programmed as they are, they cause you to fail, quit or get hurt. Most programs are based upon obsolete ideas of human movement so embedded in common thought, that even those who move well can’t teach why they do. They move well in spite of incorrect explanations, not because of them; which is why they can only duplicate their success in 14% of their students: the 14% who also move well in spite of wrong or bad exercise. I will show you how to get the results you want, but not for the reasons you've been taught. If you don’t learn the truths of human optimization (or at least, follow a program founded upon them), you’ll probably remain among the 86% of those who are either dissatisfied with their results, or completely in disbelief that you ...

You’re Probably Hurt or Weak or Both

November 16, 2015 – 1:08 pm
You’re probably hurt, weak or both. Your injuries happen when you get forced into rotation you’re not strong enough to resist. Because you have only exercised in linear directions - heaving up and down, surging front and back, swaying left and right - when you are thrust into rotation, your unprepared tissues rupture. Injury is only the last to arrive, though. Most of the aches and pains that you feel are alarms sounded by your nervous system to the vulnerability of your body to dangerous rotation. That is the worst news. The less-catastrophic news is that because you’re not training to resist rotation, you’re hemorrhaging massive amounts of power. You’re weak because your body was designed as a series of helical spirals to coil and spring elastically. Linear movements may seem strong in isolated, short-range movements, but as soon as you must perform in a dynamic world or face a crisis of collision, ...