I was very happy to receive an email from one of our former members, but still great friend, Mrs. Noelle Tarr. Her email was great and I asked her if I could post it. From Noelle…
t., Just wanted to sent a quick “thanks” for everything you post on the website and the detailed information you feed to us every day. I cannot tell you how valuable it is to us who are “students” of this lifestyle.
Since moving to Annapolis, Ken and I decided to not join the xfit here – and we’ve stuck to doing workouts on our own at the Oly Gym at the Academy. We’ve been working with some of the strength coaches here, and I’ve been staying tuned into what xfit Wilmington is doing on a daily basis. In short, we’ve both started working on imbalances, form, and overall strength. We’ve both seen HUGE improvements and we’re getting stronger every day.
Also – your take on supplements has helped us tremendously. We both now take fish oil, bcaa, zinc, D3, digestive aids and the ALA you recommended. I truly think this was the missing “key” in my workouts. I used to tell Josh – I would come in there Monday and Tuesday, and by Wednesday – I was wrecked and couldn’t complete a quality work out. It is truly unbelievable how now, I have the power, strength, endurance to get quality workouts in throughout the week. I am able to do a couple xfit endurance rides, and ONE (yes, I hate running now) xfit endurance run a week, and if I’m on top of BCAAs and Fish Oil – it’s like I am fresh the next day. I’ve lost about 15 lbs, and Ken has gained some and we’re both excited about getting stronger in Oly lifts and Xfit overall.
Oh – and Ken just did a Triathlon this past weekend – and basically made his goal with one run, one swim, and one bike a week.
I know you know this stuff works – but now that we are “all in” our quality of life is through the roof.
Noelle Tarr was the Director of Marketing, Try Sports – Wilmington, NC before moving to Annapolis, where she and her husband, Ken Tarr (Cpt.-USMC), still practice the things we preach at CFW. Noelle is now Market Director at Fleet Feet Sports, Annapolis MD’s premiere running and training store.
“The Five” (cont.) #2: Fish Oil There are no Benefits to Fish Oil
These days everyone knows fish oil is good for you in some way or another. It is not true.
Most fish oils offer no increases in health of any measure. Most fish oil is just that, oils pressed from a fish. If you purchase your fish oil from Walmart, CostCo, or even a health food store, you would do just as well to elevate a Croaker above your head, open your mouth wide, and squeeze the fish from nose to tail taking in a big tummy full of all its great juices… straight from the “source”. At least that way, the worthless oils and the heavy metals found in your fish oil, would be more fresh. Heck, the juice from a Croaker’s arse may even taste better than crappy fish oils.
Let me make sure I am clear… do not purchase or injest cheap fish oil bought. If you do, it then becomes more important that you don’t bring it to me and ask if it is “ok”? My cost for answering dumb questions about fish has gone up exponentially in the past few months. I wrote this article, “Fish Oil Basics“, a year ago. If you have not, go ahead and read the article before we continue.
Well then, how do you know if the fish oil you buy is any good? The first step is to stop shopping for fish oil. What you are actually seeking are the essential Omega 3 fatty acids, Eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and Docosahexanoic(DHA) Acids. If you read the article I posted the link to above you know how to read the label and discern how much EPA and DHA are in each serving versus how much “other” omega 3s there are. But there is another factor the label does not tell you about.
The method of how the toxic heavy metals, like mercury, are removed from the fish oil is just as important as how much EPA or DHA the product has. Why? If the metals are “cut” from the oil with solvents, you’re product with have trace amounts of the solvents in it. The solvents are arguably almost as unhealthy for you as the metals. You trade one evil for another.
Your fish oil should be purified through cold pressing. This method removes the metals without contaminating it.
I decided to sell Poliquin’s fish oils because they are cold pressed and they are highly concentrated. They are expensive. But it you compare what you are getting in each capsule to the dollar and factor in they are actually healthy for you, you will find they beat the store bought brands without question.
Poliquin’s is not the only good fish oil. I have recommended numerous brands over the years. I no longer recommend Carlson’s. They changed things up on us. I do recommend Metagenics (Dr. McGraw sells it at his practice), Omega Maine and Nordic Naturals. But that’s about it. There are probably more, but I am certain about these. Take 1 gram per percent of body fat and you will be healthier in a week.