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Matt Bickel: Cultivating Change


This June 2020 review by Ron Krauss, Arne Astrup, et al. concludes that guidelines to reduce saturated fat intake are not supported by a complete assessment of the evidence. Neither controlled studies nor mechanistic evidence indicates higher saturated fat intake increases risk of atherosclerosis or heart disease. Efforts to reduce saturated fat consumption may in fact harm public health by discouraging consumption of high-quality, nutrient-dense foods and implicitly encouraging consumption of refined grains and sugars — changes that are both more reliably linked to ill health than increased intake of saturated fat.

Read the articleSaturated Fats and Health: A Reassessment and Proposal for Food-Based Recommendations

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aric Congdon
June 29th, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Commented on: Matt Bickel: Cultivating Change

Love this, two years ago i was 100 lbs heavier before i started my fitness journey. As a hairdresser who is constantly busy and on his feet i would always be getting take out. Such an inspiring story to keep those of us who are striving to be better accountable.

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Grant Shymske
June 27th, 2020 at 4:11 pm
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Thank you Coach Glassman for inspiring the passion and drive that Matt freely spreads to others. The best of us will never forget the gift you gave us.

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Jason Whaley
June 27th, 2020 at 1:22 pm
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I’ve been wanting to see Matt Bickel again!

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Tyler Hass
June 27th, 2020 at 6:19 am
Commented on: Saturated Fats and Health: A Reassessment and Proposal for Food-Based Recommendations

Just to provide a bit of context for why this article is kind of a big deal…

Janet King, one of the co-authors of this paper, was the chair of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans committee. This is essentially the official government recommendation on nutrition that influences school lunch programs, those pamphlets in doctor’s offices, the composition of the food pyramid, etc. The DGA was hugely against fat since the first edition in 1980, but especially saturated fat. Other co-authors of this paper have also served on the DGA committee.

This paper is important right now, because the 2020 Dietary Guidelines are close to being finalized. The current committee members have intentionally excluded a lot of research on low-carb diets. There has been some criticism of industry meddling. Marion Nestle has provided some good coverage of what’s going on here:

Specifically, her article on Coca-Cola’s attempts to get its hands on the guidelines is a must-read:

When they say they support the WHO’s guideline to limit added sugar intake to no more than 10% of total calories, it’s likely because they paid good money to create that recommendation.

I'd rather the government just stay out of nutrition. They've done far more harm than good up till now. With so much influence up for grabs, there is a huge incentive for companies and industry groups to tamper. They'd be stupid not to.

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Marco Antonio Menéndez Villa
June 27th, 2020 at 10:11 pm

It's all about capital... the government didn't recommend such high-carb guidelines to help the population.

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Reza Dehghanzadehsuraki
June 27th, 2020 at 4:47 am
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Macro view template analysis

Workout Structure:

First day was followed “For Time” template. This exercise was a couplet modality that is combined of 3 high reps gymnastics movements and a 400-m sprint run. The main focus in this WOD was to challenge the muscular endurance and fatigue. Stamina and cardiorespiratory played the major role in this exercise. Moreover, the aerobic system was a dominant energy pathway in this program.

Second day was followed both “For Completion” and “as heavy as possible” template, respectively. Two modalities of gymnastic and weightlifting were used in this high volume WOD. The first combination was low intensity SLIP from gymnastic modality and the second combination was 3 heavy complex movements from weightlifting modality. The purpose of the exercise was to increase the snatch records, so the athletes must lifted their heaviest resistance. The amount of resistance should be progressively increased to reach their record. Strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination were challenged for GPP skills. Moreover, the aerobic system was a dominant energy pathway for first part and the phosphagen system was a dominant energy pathway for second part of this WOD.


Third day was followed “For Time” template. This exercise was a couplet element WOD that includes low skill movements and an explosive movement from gymnastics modality. The biggest challenge of this program was high heart rate training. Muscular endurance and cardiorespiratory played a major role in this exercise. This exercise focuses most of its energy on the lactic acid pathway. However, if the training lasts longer than standard, the aerobic system will be involved to some extent.



  • In this cycle, the combinations of GM; GW and G have been used, respectively.
  • Gymnastics modality is used for all 3 days.
  • No triplet modality can be seen in this cycle.
  • No AMRAP template can be seen in this cycle.

As can be seen, all 3 energy pathways (aerobic, lactic acid and phosphagen) were challenged in this cycle. Moreover, the stamina, cardiorespiratory, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination were involved in this circle of programming. Also, power is latent in the nature of these programs.

As a final note, “For Time”, “For Completion” and “AHAP” templates were used for programming in this cycle.

You can see other analysis in my instagram page.

Enjoy your rest day and recover your physical and mental dimensions

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Katy Otsuji
June 27th, 2020 at 1:54 am
Commented on: Matt Bickel: Cultivating Change

Love this !!! hi Matt !!

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