Modern methods have replaced this grisly ritual on most big farms, but nothing makes me more nostalgic than the thought of gathering bloody bovine nutsacks on a warm June day. I had one job: get the nuts in the bucket before they were squashed. Bucket duty was suited for a ten-year-old; someone of my size and skill set. I would stay far enough behind to avoid the searing-hot branding sticks, and the flailing limbs of calves and horses and full-grown men. The nuts, stringy and sticky, would wrap themselves on the fence like a poorly executed ladder toss. After the extraction and toss, my dad, six feet and fit, in his fifties, would place the scalpel, red with scrotal blood, back between his false teeth, wipe his hands on his torn second-hand jeans, adjust his always-crooked promo hat, and move on to the next calf.
Exercise machines are simple -- too simple, in fact. According to metabolic training expert BJ Gaddour, C. Most importantly at least as far as medical bills are concerned , exercise machines can lead to injury. Even with their adjustable seats and pegs, finding the proper position can be close to impossible -- and even then the movements just aren't natural. See more: 14 Healthiest Snack Foods to Buy. Here, Gaddour shares five exercise machines you should swear off -- and all-star alternatives that will give you better, faster fitness gains.
Towards the end of last year, Jim Ferstle sent me this article , written by long-time friend Amby Burfoot. In it, Burfoot describes the results of a recent study on international level Kenyan distance athletes. Burfoot does an excellent job of summarizing the study, and some of its limitations and implications, but very briefly:.
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