Coach Ian – Week In Review: 09/19/2021

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Coach Ian – Week In Review: 09/19/2021

Book I’m Reading

Damage: The Untold Story of Brain Trauma in Boxing by Tris Dixon

Run Streak and Running Goals:

Progress: As of 9/19/21, I’ve now run 1,119 miles for the year, while maintaining my 262-day run streak.

Share of the Week: Just crossed 1,100 miles run for the year!

Podcast I Listened To: Huberman Lab Podcast – ADHD & How Anyone Can Improve Their Focus | Huberman Lab Podcast #37

This is an interesting listen on:

  • How sugar impacts the brain
  • The differences between Ritalin, Adderall, Modafinil, and Armodafinil
  • How these substances impact those with ADHD and those without ADHD
  • How dopamine coordinates the default mode network and task-related network
  • Nootropics: The racetams, alpha GPC, and other nootropics
  • The role of cell phones in ADHD

What I’m Looking Into: Whoop 4.0

I’m a long time user of the Oura for tracking my sleep and recovery. I’ve been considering switching to the Whoop, which uses a strap and seems to provide better training data, while I tend to think of the Oura as being more recovery-focused. The new 4.0 was released on September 8th, and boasts a smaller size, blood oxygen levels and pulse oximetry data, haptic alerts, and updated software.

I’m tempted to switch because I’ll be wearing a wedding ring soon and don’t really want to be wearing two rings. I’m not a huge fan of the subscription model for the Whoop, so I’ve been delaying the switch for quite a while now. But I expect to make the switch at some point down the road, and will provide my comparison on the two after testing it out.

Article of the Week:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/office-space/the-frustration-with-productivity-culture

“This brings us back to the original question of whether the term “productivity” has outgrown its utility. I don’t think we can abandon the word altogether. The precise economic property that it measures is important: we need to measure it, and we need to continue to seek to increase it. This proposition probably already puts me at odds with the recent anti-productivity movement, which often calls for a resistance to the capitalist imperative toward growth—a stance in which macroeconomic productivity is downgraded in importance. I think this goes too far, because at a large scale stagnant productivity is more likely to be recessionary than utopian. The problem is not productivity, per se, but the manner in which we seek to increase it. I’m convinced that the solution to the justified exhaustion felt by so many in modern knowledge work can be found in part by relocating the obligation to optimize production away from the individual and back toward systems.”

-Cal Newport

“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”

– James Clear, “Atomic Habits”

This Week at Dreamland Boxing:

Our classes have been increased to 16 people per class. Intro to Sparring and Members Only Sparring are underway. See the full updates here. Come join me on Fridays at 4:30PM for a workout!

Also, I have continued to host our virtual boxing sessions. Thank you to our members for keeping your memberships active and continuing to support our gym during this time. And I’m personally glad to have been able to aid in your boxing development all year!

Our practices this week featured the following:

  • How to properly throw to the body
  • How to properly get an angle to punch
  • Don’t end up in no-mans land!
  • Changing levels
  • How to hold mitts
  • Body weight circuits
  • And more!

You can find a full list of drills if you are a current Dreamland Boxing member in the Premium Drills section of my website.

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