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If you live in the area or aren't intending on staying overnight, just show up.

If you need a place to crash, I recommend contacting someone or posting up in the PKVA forum.

Virginia / Re: Anyone near Bluefield?
« on: September 02, 2010, 08:31:59 AM »
Sorry, I don't even know where Bluefield is.  :(

You may have better luck at, though.

Diet / Re: Which book on nutrition?
« on: September 02, 2010, 08:20:37 AM »
I agree with that.

Diet / Re: Which book on nutrition?
« on: September 01, 2010, 07:44:18 PM »
The "back-up" to the Paleo diet is mostly pseudoscience and speculation, so I can't vouch for how good a book on it would be.  (Not saying the diet isn't effective, just saying that it's never been backed up well scientifically.)

I'd venture the same on the first book, too.

Look, at the end of the day, when it comes to training or nutrition.. if you want to read on it, it's probably not a good idea to buy books that you can get at bookstores.  These are full of guesses, speculations, and half-assed research.  It's spinning research and, at times, lying through their teeth to push an agenda.  I think you're a thousand times better off going to a college campus's bookstore and getting a textbook instead.  It's not the direct source (the research), but it's accessible reading that isn't half as biased as what you'll find elsewhere.

Diet / Re: Withdrawal Symptoms?
« on: September 01, 2010, 01:23:35 PM »
Yes.  Fat buffers the insulin response from the lactose (sugar) in milk.  Skim milk is pretty much nothing but sugar.

Diet / Re: A Fattening Snack
« on: September 01, 2010, 01:22:20 PM »
Saved, it depends on your point of view and what your goals are.  If all you care about is how you look, then it really doesn't matter aside from calories (until you get into the fine minutia of body recomposition).  Optimal performance, it matters a little bit more.  General health, it matters a lot more.

I, for one, could care less about my general health or what goes on inside of my body.  I'm pretty resigned to die early, anyhow (born with a heart condition that nearly killed me at birth).  But when it comes to performance, I'm a little more selective.

Diet / Re: new gatorade series
« on: August 22, 2010, 07:19:16 PM »
I suppose, at this point, I should mention that I'm not promoting or condoning drinking any form of Gatorade at any time, really.  I was just mentioning that the "carbs and salt" argument wasn't a valid argument against it.

Diet / Re: new gatorade series
« on: August 22, 2010, 05:22:00 PM »
Potassium is a salt, too.  Most people don't know that.  But it's why we say "electrolyte" instead of "salt", since culinarily, "salt" refers to table salt or sodium-based salts.  Electrolyte balances refer to the ratio of sodium to potassium in your body.

I believe (but am not certain, since I'm not a chemist) that any alkali metal is technically a salt (or can become a salt compound under certain circumstances).  I know at the very least that lithium is also a salt.

Diet / Re: new gatorade series
« on: August 22, 2010, 04:49:12 PM »
I thought Tex meant pre-workout. :P

It still is carbs/salt, isn't it?

Yep.  So is a banana.

Diet / Re: If tap water is water, why isn't it just called water?
« on: August 22, 2010, 04:48:30 PM »
Chris, what about all of the experiments done on the "perfectly healthy" tap water showing it has a ton of chemicals from drugs, ranging from pharmaceuticals to illegal drugs to contraceptives. From what I've seen, a small town like mine that gets water from a well way up on a hill isn't in as much danger as a big city. Has this been debunked and I missed it? I've even seen stuff comparing rising infertility rates with the amount of contraceptives found in tap water.

So does the air you breathe.

And the food you eat is covered in toxic heavy metals like arsenic.

...Who gives a shit, honestly?  Our bodies are designed to filter these toxins out, and the toxins are EVERYWHERE.  We're bombarded by them every day.  "Experiments" and reports that tell us of all these toxins are mostly scare-tactics designed to sell newspapers and magazines.  Take a research study, twist it until it's scary, and then people will buy your paper.

Are there things that are truly dangerous?  Yes, of course.  But you have to look at things with scrutiny.

And, honestly, worse comes to worse... humans live too long in the West these days, anyhow.

Diet / Re: new gatorade series
« on: August 22, 2010, 02:32:32 PM »
Gatorade is carbs and salt. You tell me.

Post-workout, you WANT carbs and salt.

Virginia / Re: In need of trainer
« on: August 20, 2010, 08:24:39 AM »

Casey and klaymen both seem to have become active as far as leading goes, so join that forum, post up in the Richmond section, and join the community.

Diet / Re: A Fattening Snack
« on: August 18, 2010, 12:53:25 PM »
eh..  That's why I think he's confused.  It doesn't exactly work that way.  If you eat an extra 500 calories, you're going to be hard-pressed to actually burn an extra 500 calories on top of that.

Let's say that I have a BMR of 1500 calories, and with my activity level, it goes up to 2000 even.  Let's assume, then, that I unconsciously also eat at maintenance and very rarely stray from that.  Now, being an active person, all the activity that I do for the week is accounted into the caloric expenditure expected for said week.  Now, we take one day where I eat 2500kcal instead of 2000.  Here's where we have an issue.

Let's assume that I do a work-out that burns 500 calories, and that took an hour out of my day.  Let's say that it was an hour on top of what I normally do, so I'm pretty effin exhausted at this point.  But let's also take into account how much I would have burned in that hour on a normal day (for the sake of ease, 2000/24 = 83.3.. if we skewer toward burning less while sleeping/more when we're awake, we'll just round up to 100).  Now we're left with only a 400kcal expenditure on top of what is normal.

We're not even taking into account that, in most cases, doing extra activity that is abnormal normally results in being more lethargic/inactive at other times during the day, which would decrease it even further.

Basically, what it comes down to is that it isn't quite that cut and dry.  In most cases, overeating and training doesn't let you come out even.  And most people don't justify their food with extra activity, anyhow.  They justify it with the activity they would have done (or should have done) regardless.

Diet / Re: A Fattening Snack
« on: August 18, 2010, 09:28:56 AM »
I agree with that 100%. Another thing you want to keep in mind though before eating the snack is that your workout/diet after eating the snack will intially only be to get you back to the calorie # you were at before you ate, not at where you want to be.

I don't know what you're trying to say, but I'm pretty sure you're a little confused.

Virginia / Re: HIPK Member in VA
« on: August 18, 2010, 09:22:43 AM »
Where in VA are you going to be?

Caffeine is also a well-known CNS stimulant and performance enhancer for both aerobic and anaerobic sporting, so.. there's a trade-off.  Each athlete needs to decide for him/her -self what level of intake is appropriate and when.

International Discussion / Re: Hamilton
« on: August 08, 2010, 12:49:46 PM »
Get your parents' support and have them chaperone you to meets or take you to the Sunday night gym sessions in Burlington (it's not very deep into Burlington.. literally five minutes from downtown).

I'm still recommend you join PKTO's forum.  The locals in Hamilton can actually help you out better than I can since I don't live there anymore.

There are probably safer sports than Parkour.  But Parkour definitely isn't one of the more dangerous sports.

Here's the thing.. Every sporting activity, every physical discipline (even gardening), carries with it an inherent risk of injury.  Some higher, some lower.  In Parkour, that risk of injury is significantly more self-controlled than in most other sports.  We only do four things: run, jump, climb, and move quadrupedally.  Most other sports are a hell of a lot more complicated than that, involve other participants, as well as involve a lot of unknown variables.

There ARE unknown variables in Parkour.  Fatigue is one of them.  The environment is another (you will never be 100% sure if that brick will hold or if this rail is sturdy, etc).  But, practiced safely and with a cautious and practical mind, and injury risk in Parkour is minimal (at least in the short-term.  Long-term injuries are pretty likely in Parkour, to be fair).

Someone who can speak and write and argue coherently should be able to convince an authoritative figure that a club is a good idea.  However, most high schoolers don't have that eloquence or experience in being political.  And even then, it's still a crapshoot.

best of luck, but I'm with Casey's original assessment..  I wouldn't bother with it at a high school level.

International Discussion / Re: Hamilton
« on: August 01, 2010, 05:08:14 PM »
I ran the community in Hamilton for five years, then passed it on to a Jordan Liviero.  The community is now being transferred yet again. Go to the message board, then down to "Hamilton" as the subforum.

There are pretty much always some meets going down at either McMaster or Jackson Square..   We also do a weekly conditioning meet. and Sunday nights, we carpooled to Burlington to play at one of the best gymnastic facilities I've ever been in (and I've been all over BOTH countries).  Occasionally, we'll carpool to Toronto to play at The Monkey Vault, which is the Parkour facility up there.  The guys I started with seem to have dwindled in their activity.. Jordan's fed up with a lot of the community, so he's pulled back..  But Hamilton has been, for the past seven years, and always will be an extremely active city as far as Parkour goes.

Unfortunately, we're also kinda missing a lot of great places to train.  All the same.

Become a regular at PKTO's forums in the main sections, too.  That'll help out a lot.

Diet / Re: hot pocket hunger
« on: July 30, 2010, 11:23:10 AM »
I used to love hot pockets, even though there isn't really much flavour to them at all.  Chicken, broccoli, cheddar.. mm.

BUT, they are extremely dense calorically and aren't very satiating.  There are certain foods out there thatjust aren't very filling for the amount o fcalories they pack on.  The higher the carbs/fat, and th elower the protein, the more liekly you're goig to still be hungry.  Try to pick foods that are going to be very high in protein, and you'll feel fuller for longer.

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