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31 Aug 2009 17:15

The Data Dump in Fitness Information: Time to Get Back on Track

by EricTEricT 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.

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You Too Can Lift A Car!

by EricTEricT 01 Apr 2012 22:37

Or not. One of the most prevailing habits in this industry is to take isolated pieces of information and run with them, making sweeping conclusions with little to no consideration of other factors. Information is nothing in and of itself. It's what you do with it, or, how you apply it in regards to the BIG PICTURE. Probably one of the biggest drawbacks of the information age is unlimited information with limited background. Limited background makes facts interchangeable with knowledge. I discussed this often misunderstood difference between knowledge and facts in my post: Facts, Knowledge, and Reasoning Skills

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The Deadlift is not a Deadlift and Other Infectious Aphorisms

by EricTEricT 21 Feb 2012 18:54

Popular strength coaches, and bodybuilding coaches who talk about strength training as well, are always inventing little aphorisms and catch phrases designed to get across some central philosophy or concept inherent to their way of viewing training for strength. Problem is with catch slogans and aphorisms, is that they are designed to sell a concept rather than to teach a concept. An aphorism is only as good as the qualifications you give it when you explain its underlying rationale. With most of these statements, it is the style that sells them, more than the content. One of our members called this type of thing a fallacy by slogan and this is an apt way to put it. A good aphorism is catchy like an infectious rash: Everybody spreads it around and it does more harm than good.

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All Opinions are Equally Valid: The Myth of Balance in Critical Thinking

by EricTEricT 21 May 2011 21:32

There is a myth out there in webernet land: You must be balanced and consider all opinions and arguments. You must weigh them all equally. If you don't you are not thinking "critically".

I deal with this all the time. "Is this program any good?," I am asked. "No," I say, "It's crap."

"Why?" They say. "Why don't you ask me why can't dogs fly?" I reply.

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Natural, That Darn Word Again: Let's Strike it From Our Vocabulary

by EricTEricT 24 Mar 2011 02:53

Once again, I just came up against one of the most useful words in the English language. Useful because it can be instantly tweaked and expanded to fit the needs of the person using it. Natural is one of those words that is not defined by what it is, but simply by what the person using it thinks it isn't! And I hate it, I tell ya. I cringe even when I let the word slip out. It happened to me not long ago when I realized that I had used the word "natural" in this article about Paradoxical and Diaphragmatic Breathing. It is so easy to fall back on these muddy words and I beat myself up when I do it. And so should you, my fair readers.

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Strength Training Concepts You've Seen Before and How to Recognize Cranks and Crackpots

by EricTEricT 21 Mar 2011 22:55

So, yes, my titles are weird and not creative. But those two things, strength training concepts and cranks, I will relate to each other. You just wait and see if I don't. I got to thinking about this when a new member came on the forum to introduce himself. He was saying that the concept of the "relative max" from the Singles Scene seemed oddly familiar and reminded him of concepts from Bulgarian weightlifting training. I don't know much about Bulgarian training but I thought, well good. After all I didn't invent it and I can't have been the only person to understand its importance. That would not be good, you see. That would be bad. Because if I'm the ONLY person to actually think a certain concept is really important, it probably isn;t. Because I ain't that smart. I'm average at best but I strive to do above average work.

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Corrective Exercise: What I'm Really Tired Of

by EricTEricT 24 Sep 2010 15:45

I recently read a review in Leigh Peele's Blog of Nick Tuminnello's newest product. She mentioned that many people may be a bit tired of the conversation concerning corrective exercise. And for those who engage in strength training as a side line I can see it growing very tiring. I personally do not get tired of discussing things that are worthwhile to discuss. What I do get tired of is when conversation about something like training for strength becomes bottle-necked.

One of my members linked to an article about some self proclaimed "glute master". There seems to be a lot of variations on this theme but "ass master" was already taken. The article turned out to be a lot of very complicated thought that lead the writer to think that strength training was simply taking a bunch of "corrective" exercises (mostly supine or prone) and adding weight to them.

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Paul Chek On Piss

by EricTEricT 31 Aug 2009 14:58

One of those C.H.E.K. videos was just called to my attention and to say the least, I am outraged by it. The subject of the video is "abdominal floor function" (of course..what else does he ever talk about?) and what Chek chooses to do in this 'seminar' is in bad enough taste without turning around and posting it to YouTube.

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Anaconda Meets Alan Aragon

by EricTEricT 21 Aug 2009 18:54

As a follow up to this post in regards to T-Nations latest over the top supplement article: Alan Aragon in his typical thorough fashion, has gone a bit further than my simple moral outrage and posted a great article: Supplement Marketing on Steroids by Alan Aragon

Look, it's about time we all say enough is enough. I said it before and I'll keep saying it…I will not link there. I don't care who you are…your article appears there it ain't linked here. And I got news for you..it's people like me who helped put you on the map. Trust me, we all stand up and it WILL make a difference.

I do not find it necessary to applaud con artists for their superior marketing abilities. The fact is they've been doing this kind of thing for a long, long time. For every older person they lose there is a younger beginner ready to take his place, blissfully unaware of their blatant disregard for anything resembling "truth". These guys will do anything to sell you a supplement and the fact that some of the most popular strength coaches around not only hang their hats there but participate in their shenanigans by shilling the crap in their articles is shameful.

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Oh, how naive I am sometimes. The only person, it seems, who will ever make a true stand against crap like this, as far as the people I know or know of, in the industry, is myself and my close friends. People will continue to contribute to this crap because it is high profile and will help their internet career, probably thinking they will be the "light" in the darkness that will make it all right. Integrity does NOT exist, to any large extent, in this industry. If you entered into the fitness world, a service profession, to get famous, then by all means, go to the dogs. It's the expedient thing to do.

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