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I really didn’t want to post this. Not one bit. The ‘Harlem Shake’ is so last week … maybe even the week before, and we’ve done our share of promoting it.

But how could I not post the best ‘Harlem Shake’ video I’ve ever seen? LeBron James forced my hand. Not to mention Dwyane Wade in the bear suit. I had no choice. Sigh …


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Is Dimitar Berbatov the biggest name to join the ‘Harlem Shake’ craze? Might be. And when you’re the big man on campus you don’t dance, you just wear a shirt that tells other people to dance.

Berbatov’s shirt is an ode to himself, of course.


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Don’t be surprised if some time next week you see the following headline: “Soccer team DID NOT do the Harlem Shake.”

That’s how big this thing is. I mean, who’s NOT doing it? The Gonzaga women joined the fun during weight training and we pretty much approve. Welcome to party, Zags.


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Man City

By now I am sure you’ve seen Manchester City’s Harlem Shake Video. Ever wonder who the guy is behind the Man City mascot mask? Wonder no more. We caught up with the mystery man – Manchester City First team nutritionist Tom Parry – for an interview in which he gives advice to aspiring nutritionists and shares secrets of some of the top players in the world.

To see him dance without the mask GO HERE then come back for the below interview which starts … now:

What is your official job title at Manchester City? 

First team and EDS Sports Scientist/Strength Coach. My specialist area is nutrition. I have an Undergraduate degree (BSc) in sports and exercise science and a Masters (MSc) in sports physiology.


Talk about what your job entails? 

Analysis of saliva to monitor the health of players and help dictate specific nutrition. Analysis of heart rate and GPS during training; analysis of key markers in blood, implementing supplementation and diet strategies. Delivery of gym and (onfield) conditioning sessions.

That’s it in black and white but there is a lot of stuff thrown at you that can’t be planned for or predicted.  To be honest the biggest part of the job doesn’t come from the knowledge and theory. It is about being creative and getting the player’s to buy into it.  There is a lot of compromise and a lot of hard work before you get a squad who understands the importance of good nutrition.


What is your daily schedule before game day? 

Day before a game is about preparing the players nutritionally for me. Their conditioning is done earlier in the week and the training intensity is tapered. We have to ensure that the guys fuel up from supplementation and food. We monitor saliva to make sure the players have responded well to training/recovered from a midweek game and this dictates certain nutritional strategies. We also have the players in a hotel the night before so we can control what they have for the last few key meals leading into the game (rather than just one pre-match meal).


What is your daily schedule on game day? 

Get to the stadium, mix 9,000 drinks (laughs), get nervous, take the necessary pre-activation/warm up session, prepare all recovery aspects during the game, celebrate/commiserate (smiles).


What would you tell aspiring nutritionists to do or study if they want to be involved on the football side of nutrition? 

I think that I have benefitted from a general sports physiology background so I’d say do your early work in generic sports science and then specify.  I wouldn’t have got to where I am in football with a nutrition background alone.


What are some of the supplements you make sure each player has? 

Omega 3 is very important as modern day diets are loaded with omega 6 (vegetable oil, frozen foods, junk food). Unless you only eat fish, steamed vegetables and olive oil then you’ll need to supplement Omega 3. I really like creatine because it boosts muscle glycogen levels and recovery. But in general we screen the players and analyze their blood and give them supplements to meet their needs.


Do you use hair gel? (It is an inside joke that I ask everyone).

I use a medium to firm putty and a hair dryer.

Hear Parry’s opinion of Balotelli after the jump.

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Why wouldn’t Manchester City join the party? Everyone else is doing it!

The likes of James Milner, Joleon Lescott and Joe Hart hopped on the bandwagon. It’s just a shame this comes after the departure of Super Mario. Can you imagine the Harlem Shake with Mario? I don’t know if Harlem is quite ready for that.


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It’s alive and well, people. This Harlem Shake thing has at least another month of shelf life so I suggest you get used to it.

The latest group to throw its hat in the ring is the IUPUI women’s squad. This is certainly one way to make morning workouts more exciting!


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This is Oregon State students and staff getting their ‘Harlem Shake’ on, as the rest of the world has. You have to hand it to Beaver Nation, they like to party.

As for the rest of the nation, we’re still mesmerized by choreographed dance videos. I’m not sure how this all started, but … wait a minute … I know exactly who’s responsible for this! The answer is after the jump.

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