Dan John: Wandering Weights, Issue # 308

Wandering Weights
Our Epic Journey Through All Things Heavy, Issue # 308

End of Summer
October 2nd was the fortieth anniversary of my Mom’s death. I celebrated her life by making her famous soup. It was nice to do this (and most people in my family are telling me this is NOT the actual recipe, but..you know…really?) and I enjoyed the idea that she stays with me. I was told in college that Pythagoras, of the theorem fame, told us that we could achieve immortality by:
1. Having a child
2. Writing a book
3. Building a house
4. Planting a tree
He never mentioned soup. 

In case you were wondering:
Mom’s Minestrone Soup
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup chopped onions
2 cups peeled diced potatoes
2 cups shredded spinach
2 quarts water
3 cups cooked or canned kidney beans
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons minced parsley
½ teaspoon basil
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 slices bacon, diced
1 and ½ cups macaroni
Heat the oil in a stockpot. Cook carrots, onion, potatoes and spinach in oil for five minutes. Add the water, beans, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook over low heat for one hour. Add parsley, basil, garlic and bacon along with the macaroni. Cook 20 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Serve with Parmesan cheese.
(This was a recipe from Aileen John)
In my new book, Attempts, I discuss “losing” my mom’s soup recipe. When my brother, Richard, saw this (and he likes my book!), my sister in law, Dianne, said that she had this recipe. God Bless Us All, Mom.
I thought that was cool that the recipe showed up just in time.
 This week on danjohnuniversity.com:
Here’s a link to Episode 62 of the podcast.
It was a very exciting week on the YouTube channel. Dan posted his Humane Burpee Workout and Men’s Health picked it up and it instantly became the most popular video on the channel!
Here’s a link to the video.

And the Men’s Health piece.
Dan also made a tour of his gym.
And finally, here are some tips on how to avoid bruising while doing the KB snatch.
Have a great week!
As I noted, I’m doing a lot of podcasts, often daily, but rarely get the links to share with you. I don’t have that problem with Pat and me.
I enjoyed the focus here on rotational strength. I have strong opinions on rotational lifting (I think is NOT a good idea)…but I am willing to listen.
I think WW began with me simply just sharing stuff I found on the internet. I get lots of positive feedback on what I find. Occasionally, someone will complain that the materials are not all about lifting. If I only shared quality sites, blogs and articles about lifting, I’m not sure WW would be much more than a Western Union telegraph from the cowboy era.
Good article. Stop. Here. Stop.
I grew up when “all of this” was happening. I can remember being in maybe the second grade when “Vikings in America” was something everyone was discussing. Later, I read the Greenlander Saga, probably a 1905 edition, and realized that sometimes we find the information has been “there” the whole time but we just ignored it.
The Norse stayed at L’Anse aux Meadows for only 10 years before deciding around 1010 CE to return home. It’s not clear why they left: disputes with the locals might have prompted their decision. They could also have realised that the goods available in North America – primarily pelts and lumber – wouldn’t support a settlement in the long term.
Even after their departure, the Norse continued to return to the Americas, most likely to pick up lumber since no trees grew on Greenland and Iceland. On one Greenland farm, archaeologists have found textiles preserved in ice that contain the fur of brown bear and bison, both animals native to North America but not present on Greenland, which points to continued contact with the Americas in the centuries after 1000 CE.
Only one Norse object found in the Americas dates to after the Vikings’ departure: a single penny, found at the Goddard site in the town of Brooklin in Maine, facing Penobscot Bay. The penny was minted between 1065 and 1080, some 50 years after the Vikings abandoned the L’Anse aux Meadows settlement.

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I made the decision to do my 2020 workshops on Youtube. It’s not the experience of hanging out, doing the hands-on and answering those questions that often pop up during these events. So, how can I make it better? This article really makes sense to me.


“If you want to close a million dollar deal, you’re not going to do that by inviting the client to a 10,000-person conference,” Levy points out. “You’re going to do that by creating a special experience for them.”
At the end of the day, humans are humans whether they’re together in a conference room, together at a megaconference, or together over Skype. And what makes one human more influential than another is not ultimately a function of the setting, but a function of their generosity, their ability to inspire awe, their ability to introduce new things to our lives, and their ability to help us find value and feel valued.
Case in point: just last week, I Zoomed with a mutual friend of Levy’s. (My own trust of Levy as an influencer in my life persuaded me to take the meeting.)
The person on the other end of the webcam ended up being generous with their time and actually seemed to care about what I had to say. We’d never met before, but by the end of the call I’d decided I wanted to be friends with them, too.
Turns out we really don’t need to breathe each other’s air to be persuaded to care.

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I realized about a month ago that this sub-genre called “Young Adult” is some of the best writing of the past decade. I watched the Enola Holmes movie (YA book series), thought about The Hunger Games and City Spies and realized that some of my favorite new books are targeted to a younger audience. This article brought me back to some series that really deserve a second chance.


The Three Investigators who shared top billing with Hitchcock were Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews. Like trifurcated versions of the Hardy brothers and Nancy, the three brought deductive reasoning, observational skills, daring and technical know-how to mysteries that would often start simple—such as who took value-less paintings created by a little-known artist in “The Mystery of the Shrinking House”—and escalate into kidnappings, encounters with threatening thugs and bicycle chases—the latter because none of the Three Investigators was old enough to drive.
Jupiter Jones was first among the Three Investigators—literally; the investigators would call each other “First” and “Second” and, in the case of unfortunate Bob Andrews, the decidedly un-snappy “Records.”
After Hitchcock’s agreement to let his “character” be used expired, he was replaced as the boys’ mentor by Hector Sebastian and Hitchcock’s name was dropped from the series’ umbrella title.

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I’m not sure if this article or research is important, but I am a hot coffee drinker. There: I said it.

“It’s weird. I think it’s a marketing ploy,” Fullers tells Inverse. “Somebody was saying, ‘It’s less acidic! Try cold brew coffee!’ And I thought, that’s a weird and specific claim. It was interesting to find out that at least by the pH measure, there’s really no acidity difference, at least in the six coffees we tested.”
But she also found that cold brew came in second place on another chemical indicator: antioxidants released during the brewing process. She noted this in three compounds we typically find in coffee, called caffeoylquinic acid isomers. CQAs have been shown to have antioxidant qualities. Across the board, hot brew coffee had higher concentrations of CQAs than cold brew coffees.

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No way I can sum or explain this save to say: “This is really cool.” Put your address in and, if you are like me, used to have really nice coastline property! Ancient Earth

Reader Shane McLean sent this in. It’s an interesting review, but I’m not sure the author’s results reflect most people (loss of strength in other areas). MH has a new approach to material now: rewriting my articles.


8. Kettlebell Swings Improve Your Posture
Kettlebell swings train the whole posterior chain, from upper back to core to hamstrings.
My core has always been my weak link (I’m guilty of skipping my ab exercises at the end of my workouts and slouching for the rest of the day) and as a result, I picked up that annoying pelvic tilt that made my already large butt stick out even more than it already did. The ridiculousness of that image aside, a tilted pelvis is a recipe for back pain and injuries.
Thousands of kettlebell swings really ingrained the importance of a ramrod straight back. My spine, butt, and glutes slowly fell in line and began really working together as one. No more sleepy, inactive muscles. My body knew how to move.

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That should be enough to get you through a week. Until next time, keep on lifting and learning.

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The Sword in the Stone, Part 162

“Don’t say ‘Very well.’ It isn’t very well at all. On the contrary, it is very ill indeed. And another thing. The whole of this beastly wood is dotted with pitfalls and I shall be grateful if you will look where you are going.”
“What sort of pitfalls?”
“He digs lots of pits about ten feet deep, with smooth clay walls, and covers them with dead branches, pine needles and such-like. Then, if people walk about, they tumble into them, and he goes round with his bow every morning to finish them off. When he has shot them dead, he climbs in and collects them for dinner. He can hoist himself out of a ten-foot pit quite easily.”
“Very well,” said the Wart again, and corrected himself to, “I will be careful.”
Being invisible is not so pleasant as it sounds. After a few minutes of it you forget where you last left your hands and legs-or at least you can only guess to within three or four inches-and the result is that it is by no means easy to make your way through a brambly wood. You can see the brambles all right, but where exactly you are in relation to them becomes more confusing. The only guide to your legs, for the feeling in them soon becomes complicated, is by looking for your footprints-these you can see in the neatly flattened grass below you-and, as for your arms and hands, it becomes hopeless unless you concentrate your mind to remember where you put them last. You can generally tell where your body is, either by the unnatural bend of a thorn branch, or by the pain of one of its thorns, or bey the strange feeling of centralness which all human beings have, because we keep our souls in the region of our liver.
“Hold on,” said Merlyn, “and for glory’s sake don’t trip up.”

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As I reread this, I suddenly realized that White is describing, in detail, an experience that no one has ever had. Sure. Obvious.
That’s what I missed on previous readings: White describes again and again in this book things that are pure imagination. And, just as obvious, that would be what all fiction writers do.
It’s the detail that brings me back. Seeing your footprints “through” your invisible body is simply something I find lovely to read.

DanWandering Weights is published each Wednesday by On Target Publications


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