What Is Strength Training?

22 Feb 2015 20:20

Strength training is actually simpler than you thought. The majority of basic articles on strength training do not bother to define strength training at all. When it is defined, the word "strength" is used in the explanation. The most typical type of definition looks something like this: "Strength training is using resistance to build your physical (or muscular) strength."

Usually, however, explanations focus on the benefits of strength training: Strength training builds muscle, decreases injury risk, makes bones stronger, etc….

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What if the Fitness Industry Really Was Scientific?

08 Oct 2014 20:40

By Eric Troy

I'm sitting here after typing out the title, wondering if I should hit the backspace key until it disappears. I've just bit off quite a piece of jerky. After all, you could write an article about "what if scientists really were scientific." Even at the best of times, scientists don't completely live up to their ideals. But scientists, at least, do science rather than just wave a banner. The fitness industry reminds me, sometimes, of Tom Hanks in "A League of Their Own." When I see how personal so many fitness scientists take things, I want to incredulously cry "There's no CRYING in science!"…

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The Poisonous Apple: A Chemical Cocktail

30 Mar 2015 22:17

Food alarmists, with all their shouting about toxic compounds in food, would be shocked if they actually knew something about food. Of course, if they continued learning, the shock would give way to the kind of calm that can only come with a true understanding. But what is the shocking revelation about our food that "they" don't know?…

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How Do We Know What Chemicals Are Harmful?

29 Mar 2015 20:38

Large amounts of arsenic will kill you. Large amounts of mercury can damage the brain and nervous system, and eventually lead to death if exposure continues. Large amounts of radiation can damage your organs, cause various cancers, and kill you if the amount is high enough. Large amounts of Vitamin A are toxic, and can kill you in a high enough dose or with continued ingestion of large doses. Did you know that the same is true of other vitamins, especially fat soluble ones? In fact, you will find that many nutritious and healthful substances can be harmful in large doses….

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People Don't Work Hard Mr. Fitness Trainer?

23 Mar 2015 18:36

I try to keep my cool, but when 20-something certified "fitness trainers" start going on about how nobody wants to work hard, I start getting antsy. Sometimes I think that before you make such a statement you should have to list out your job history. Does it look something like this?…

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