Healthy Extras

The Roundup: Strongman Profile and Nasty Fish

Farmed tilapia is not really good for you.

Happy Friday everyone. I hope your week was fun and healthy.

This is is the first of a new regular feature. What have I been reading and commenting on this week? Here are a few of the things that really caught my attention this week.

I have no shame in admitting this: this isn’t my original idea at all. A great blog that I follow, Workout Nirvana, has this feature and when I saw her post I realized what a great idea it is. And thankfully, Suzanne knows that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Have you ever seen those pictures of the olde tyme strongmen?

Arthur SaxonI first learned about the idea of “Physical Culture” when I went though my kettlebell training with Kettlebell Concepts. Any time I had seen pictures like this in the past, I wouldn’t put much thought into it, as before that training, I always considered the strongmen to be more performers than influences. That’s definitely different now. The predominance of machines at gyms has begun to give way to the free weight motions which were the strongmen specialties. At least for me. I can’t think of anything less fun than a gym machine now. Full body, free weight and kettlebell motions are the only way I’ll train now.

This article in Breaking Muscle is another reminder of how impressive the strongmen really were. 370 lbs overhead with one arm??? WOW! While I know I’ll won’t even get one the same block as a weight like that, the motion itself interests me. I’ll be looking into more “strongman” exercises to spice up my workouts.


Fish is good for you, right? Lots of omega-3s, right?

Yeah… not so much. As the irreverent and insightful Gigi tells us over at Gigi Eats Celebrities, tilapia is a fish you should pass on next time you’re choosing. Fish are known for helping you take in your omega-3s but tilapia has an 11:3 ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s. An imbalance in favor of omega-6s is bad for you. The S.A.D. (Standard American Diet – I love that is spells sad!) has a ratio of around 15:1, which is awful. A healthy balance is 1:1. So anything that is going to push your omega-6s above your omega-3s should be avoided. So no tilapia for me. Or you, I hope.


Remember how badly I needed a new computer? Well it arrived Wednesday. It’s definitely a world of improvement over my old machine. In fact, it’s so fast it’s kinda jumpy and  I have to figure out how to get it to stop switching screens so easily. But that’s a problem I’ll happily take considering all the benefits. And those new pictures? From the new camera I also needed. So I’m really ready to roll over here!

Have a great weekend. Get outside and MOVE YOUR BODIES!


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    I AM THRILLED beyond belief that you will be keeping tilapia on the fish counter 😉 Wish it wasn’t there in the first place ACTUALLY!

    PS: CONGRATS on your new computerrrr! New technology is more fun that jumping on a trampoline with a sprinkler under it! 😉


    Thanks for unabashedly giving me credit for your new feature Mike! Ha! Interesting about tilapia (I don’t eat it myself but it IS a flavor my cats enjoy). I recently found out that fish oil is not recommended if you have high cholesterol – it can actually push your LDL higher. Kind of interesting.


      Huh, I didn’t know that about fish oil. Could you leave me a link to that info?
      Also, of course I’d give you credit. Credit where credit is due!