I was amused to come across this picture of Monty Panesar the England spin bowler performing a well-formed weighted side plank: Monty was famously inept in the field – both at catching and at throwing in from the out-field.
I’m being unfair, he has greatly improved – probably because of effort like this. That side plank will work wonders for his abs and glutes – all contributing to a solid core – and, by setting himself with a bit of torque and using a whipping technique, he will really improve that throwing arm.
When it comes to eating, we can sometimes get lost in the myriad of self-mandates that govern precisely which food (or drink) we are putting into our mouth at that time.
Whether we are carb loading, on a high-fat low-carb diet, are paleo, are vegan, are in ketosis, are eating for sports performance, to put on muscle, to get lean, to look good in jeans, to impact thyroid function, to impact brain function, to help digestion… to do almost anything, the choice is so complex we may end up with analysis paralysis.
I narrowed the whole thing down to one simple principle. What does science say is the best all round diet for optimal health? And, without a shadow of a doubt, the best book, without narrative or agenda, that gets closest to this principle is the Perfect Health Diet by Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet (both Ph.Ds). I heartily recommend.
My little boy is getting to that age where I want to move him up from just smacking his little soccer ball past his dad in the living room to looking around for local soccer-tots clubs. If I’m going to keep up with him, it got me thinking about the perfect workout for playing soccer. I came across the Soccer Conditioning Pack put together by a couple of well-qualified guys. Check it out.