07 Feb 2013 22:22
By Eric Troy
This should be a very short blog post. I have gotten a great number of queries about "jerking the weight off the floor" leading to some of my deadlift posts. I was wondering why this question suddenly sprang up so I did some searching. I found that there is some advice floating about about how you should never JERK the weight off the floor in the deadlift, because this can injure the shoulders and cause the hips to shoot up.
31 Jan 2013 17:02
Brief comment on a study out of Duke University that has lead to the speculation, and also conviction for some, that Splenda destroys healthy gut flora. I'm sure Mercola and others are all over this study. Thanks to Jeff Green for bringing this to my attention via his Facebook post. After that, I will move on the Mercola's little bombshell of Splenda being closer to DDT than sucrose.
31 Jan 2013 14:45
There are two kinds of "cheating" in the strength training and bodybuilding world. On one hand there is sloppy, desperate, and out of control exercise technique done when it is not necessary. And there is cheating which is controlled and purposeful. The former is obviously bad and dangerous. The latter, however, is more akin to "forced reps". This can and will be done occasionally in order to force the muscles to work a bit harder in their strongest range of motion than they otherwise would with strict technique.
28 Jan 2013 18:01
By Eric Troy
I've read a couple of journal papers here and there. And I've also published a fair amount of them here on Ground Up Strength, if permission was given to do so. One thing that you may have noticed about journal articles these days is that they are full of tables and supplemental attachments. Some of them useful and essential and some of them ridiculous fluff. You may even have noticed that I routinely leave out many of the tables in these journals. That is because they look particularly useless, adding nothing to the content or readability of the paper and serving only to create noise and distract the reader, taking up his or her precious time.
Little Tweaks for Big Lifts? Another Strength Training Myth Goes Down, plus the Big Deadlift and Squat Tweaks
28 Jan 2013 16:38
By Eric Troy
You know, there are really a great many articles about technique tweaks for this or that lift. Especially for the bench press. Usually, they promise that you will add an additional 50lbs or so instantly to your lift. Yet here I sit, having committed myself to expressing myself honestly and giving my readers something closer to reality.