Bikram yoga, also known as “hot yoga,” is performed in a room heated to 105 degrees, with a humidity of 40 percent. This guarantees that you will sweat a lot as you perform the 26 postures in a typical class. UFC middleweight Dan Hardy burns more than 1000 calories (and loses more than seven pounds) per 90-minute session. Check out page 74 to see the “Outlaw” in action.
Suffering from chronic inflammation? Try cutting out a family of foods referred to as “nightshades” (members of the Solanaseae family), as they may be pro-inflammatory in some individuals. Nightshades include potatoes (not sweet potatoes), peppers (not black pepper, but all other types both sweet and spicy), tomatoes, and eggplant. Not everyone suffering from inflammatory issues is sensitive to nightshades, but a three-week hiatus from the veggies is a good test.
Miesha Tate’s favorite no-consequence post-fight meal: Olive Garden’s fettuccine Alfredo with garlic breadsticks (2): 1500 calories, 79g of fat.
Triumph of the Will
A new study in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior suggests that when athletes throw up their arms, clench their fists, and grimace after a win, they are displaying triumph through a gesture that is the same across cultures. This challenges previous research that labeled the gesture an expression of pride. The study proposes that expressions of triumph are a declaration of success, whereas expressions of pride stem from feeling good about yourself, which requires time for self-evaluation.
Recycle the Burn
Once thought to be the cause of muscle soreness, a new study in The Journal of Applied Physiology bolsters the growing concensus that your body actually uses lactate for fuel. While the majority of your energy still comes from blood glucose and muscle glycogen, roughly 1/3 of your carbohydrate energy comes from burning lactate. So what are you waiting for? Get in the gym and give some to get some.