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You Do Not Have to Be Accomplished To Be Fit

by EricTEricT on 23 Mar 2018 21:21

You do not have to get really good at something to enjoy the type of fitness that the fitness industry should generally be promoting, general health-related fitness. Yet, the fitness industry continues to conflate athletic fitness and 'training' with general health-related fitness. It is clear that there is a halo effect associated with athletic training and fitness, one that is often not deserved. If someone's goal is to have a healthier level of fitness, then the benefits of any kind of exercise begin immediately, not only after significant progress is made. As well, although a plan of progression and a longer-term goal will result in more benefit down the line, a precise plan of attack is not necessary to significantly improve underlying health risks that are amenable to exercise. Also, when we have as a goal advanced performance in any athletic pursuit, there comes a time when some of the adaptations are not necessarily healthy. That is, the types of adaptations necessary to an advanced level of specific fitness may not be generally healthy. As I pointed out here, with ever advancing performance in a specific athletic skill, there come compromises and maladjustments....

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Glute Muscles: Origins, Insertions, and Actions w/ Videos

by EricTEricT on 28 Feb 2018 05:14

The videos and information in this article provide an overview of the muscles of gluteal region, commonly called the glutes. The first video covers the tensor fasciae latae, gluteus maxiumus, gluteus medius, gluteal minimus and piriformis muscles. The second video covers the obdurator internus, superior gemellus, inferior gemellus, and quadratus femoris muscles. Glute Muscle Video Part I Tensor Fasciae Latae Muscle Origin: Outer margin of the anterior iliac crest. Insertion: Iliotibial tract about one-fourth of the way down the thigh. Action: Flexion of hip, internal rotation of hip as it flexes. Gluteus Maximus Muscle Origin: Posterior one-fourth of iliac crest, posterior surface of sacrum and coccyx near ilium, and fascia of lumbar area. Insertion: Gluteal tuberosity of the femur (lateral surface of greater trochanter of femur) and iliotibial tract posterior aspect iliotibial tract Action: Extension of hip, external rotation of hip. Gluteus Medius Muscle Origin: Lateral surface of ilium just below crest. Insertion: Greater trochanter of the femur. Action: Abduction of the hip, external rotation of hip as the hip abducts, internal rotation of the hip. Gluteus Minimus...

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The Big Bang Theory Of Fitness

by EricTEricT on 25 Feb 2017 20:53

If you've ever watched the show Big Bang Theory you might know that it is an entertaining and funny show, but you may not realize that some of the ways in which science and scientists are characterized on the show are not very accurate. One of the main comedic elements of the show is between the character of Sheldon, a socially inept theoretical physicist, and Howard, an engineer. Sheldon arrogantly dismisses engineering as nothing more than the tinkering of those who aren't intelligent enough to do real science. Basically, to him, physicists do the work and engineers are not much more than glorified grease monkeys. Now, it is possible that many physicists feel this way but it shows a basic mistake in how the scientific process is perceived. So, for students of strength training or human performance, this is actually a good illustration of a common misconception about science, and it can serve to illustrate some of the misunderstandings of how science and scientific evidence can be used to inform training for increased human performance. What is Doing Science? Do engineers do science, or do they just build things? Let's say automotive engineers are designing a car. They might...

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If You Strength Train In the Morning, Drink Water

by EricTEricT on 20 Feb 2017 18:06

I've long heard the advice that you should drink 8 glasses of water a day and you should not wait until you are thirsty. This is a myth that has been debunked many times. Thirst is actually an excellent indicator of when you should drink fluids. However, when you are exercising or competing in the hot sun, you should be proactive with your hydration. Related to this is the advice that you should always drink water first thing in the morning because you wake up dehydrated. How is Dehydration Defined? Is this true? Are you dehydrated first thing in the morning and does this mean it is imperative that you drink a glass of water right after you get up? Dehydration is defined by the amount of fluid loss as a percentage of body weight. Since your body is mostly water, this makes sense. If you lose a large amount of body weight in a very short time, most of it is probably fluid loss. Mild dehydration is considered to be around 5% loss of body weight (in fluids). A 10% loss is considered moderate dehydration, and a 15% loss is considered severe. Morning Dehydration So, do you start the day having lost 5% of your body weight in fluid while you slept? This would mean, mind you, that if you...

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What is Myalgia? Video Presentation

by EricTEricT on 11 Feb 2017 22:41

Full Transcript of Help, I have Myalgia! In this video I want to talk about the word myalgia, because I've noticed, as of late, more questions and concerns over the condition of myalgia. So I thought it'd be a good idea to explain something about this condition because when I see people expressing general concern over their myalgia condition, I have to worry about the state of information overload on the net. Myalgia is just a fancy, scientific term for muscle pain. It can refer to any type of muscle pain, whether dull, sharp, piercing, etc. The my- part of the word comes from the root word myo which refers to muscle and the -algia suffix at the end means basically pain or a painful condition of. I suspect that the emergence of these concerns has to do with people writing articles about muscle pain and using this myalgia jargon to sound more scientific or legit. The article might just be about benign and normal pain, but when people see a word like myalgia, they are led to think of a serious pathological condition. Suddenly, they don't have sore muscles, they have myalgia. What do I do? How do I cure it? Well, you know, there are many, many conditions or pathologies that...

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The Key Word in 'Body Acceptance' is Acceptance

by EricTEricT on 18 Jan 2017 20:45

Imagine a fitness model writes an article condemning the sexualization and commercialization of fitness. Along with the article, she posts a picture of herself in a sexy bikini, posing for the camera. Would you cheer? Would you encourage? Many people would. Would you see the irony and hypocrisy, instead? How many other people would agree? In fact, this kind of thing happens all the time. Why would someone proudly display themselves in a sexual manner along with a message condemning the sexualization of fitness? Why would that person then preach about body acceptance? Are they making some obscure coded message that only the most intelligent can decipher? The truth is, the picture is there to surprise you. To invoke a response. To make you share the article. It is marketing, similar to a flashy label on an otherwise mundane food item. And yes, articles complaining about the commercialization of fitness are common. I've written a few myself. Reverse Body Shaming? If you were to bring up the apparent hypocrisy, you would likely receive one of two responses. You might be accused of engaging in some kind of body shaming yourself while being told that the message is more meaningful...

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Comparing And Contrasting Fitness Exercises

by EricTEricT on 10 Jan 2017 21:52

Do you remember having to compare and contrast in school? It was an important writing and thinking exercise. Comparing and contrasting is also one of the main focuses of the fitness industry. Often, when people are trying to sell us their ideas about a superior exercise or program, they pretend to be comparing and contrasting, but they are actually almost exclusively contrasting. Focusing on one or two small differences while ignoring the many similarities of two different things is a form of dishonesty. The difference between comparing and contrasting different exercises and programs for fitness is an important consideration when evaluating fitness information. The fitness industry is about the selling of not only gym memberships and equipment, but information, such as programs, books, and articles about getting in shape and what exercises to do to achieve your health and fitness goals, and, of course, to lose weight. The first thing to recognize is that contrasting is done the majority of the time, and most fitness professionals hardly ever actually compare! Good critical thinking stresses comparison as much as contrasting! Train yourself to spot this kind of thing, and you...

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I Get Why You Want a Shortcut to A Big Lift

by EricTEricT on 05 Aug 2016 00:45

I would not try to mislead you with an article title, so I want to start by qualifying the title of this one. I do not claim to understand all the reasons why someone would be attracted to shortcut methods for getting a big deadlift or squat, and then end up wasting a lot of time on magic bullets that don't work. But, if your goal is a big lift, then I GET YOU! And I while I have labored, preached, cajoled, and done everything else I could think of on these pages to dissuade people from taking such blind alleys, one thing I've never done is judged my readers. We want the same things. I'd rather take you out for a few beers than judge you for your mistakes. I've been misguided in the past, much more so than I'd like to admit. One other thing I know which lots of other folks don't understand is that the fact that you don't want to spend countless hours of hard work on a lift does not automatically mean you are lazy and don't want to work hard! Many members of the fitness industry equate any failure to follow their methods as a general lack of commitment or what they call 'work ethic.' I've had some choice words to say about fitness trainers' statements about people not working...

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Are Cleansing and Detox Diets Just Fancy Anorexia?

by EricTEricT on 25 Jul 2016 18:54

By Eric Troy I've seen a quote about cleanse diets and detoxing being shared on Facebook quite a lot lately. Each time it shows up, it gets hundreds to thousands of likes and hundreds of shares. Amazing the power of a superficially logical statement that is actually based on a fallacy. This is one I would call a false analogy. I decided I'd like to write a few things about it. First, the quote. It is by someone named Jessica Goldstein. I didn't know who she was or where the quote originated, but I tracked it down to a website called ThinkProgress, for which Jessica Goldstein is the culture editor and, obviously, a writer. Let's start with the quote, and then I'll get to the context of the quote: I have this theory that the reason cleansing and detoxing have taken off is because it’s this socially acceptable way to have an eating disorder, basically, for a finite period of time. No one would ever say, “Oh, you should definitely just not eat for the entire month before your wedding.” But you can say, “You should do this lemon and cayenne pepper cleanse, you’ll feel amazing,” and somehow that’s okay. But it’s just fancy anorexia. This quote is actually from an interview that...

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Humans Were not Meant to Run Long Distances?

by EricTEricT on 19 Jul 2016 00:01

Whenever you hear a fitness professional talk about what humans were meant to do, your bullshit meter should be pinging. Online fitness gurus love to vomit forth all sorts of hypotheses about what the human body was designed to do. And, when I say hypotheses, I mean uneducated, ignorant guesses. Those who place a lot of emphasis on lifting weights love to tell people that running is bad for you and will ruin your joints. One of their arguments tends to be that we were not designed for long-distance running. For example, an article in Breaking Muscle, supposedly busting fitness myths, quotes none other than Charles Poliquin, saying Humans are meant to either sprint or walk long distances. Are Humans Designed to Run? You can dismiss such statements without even studying up on evolutionary theory. Simply put, if were were not designed to do it, we wouldn't be able to! On the contrary, human beings are very good at adapting to the demands of long-distance slow running and we have evolved those adaptive mechanisms through thousands of years of design work. It is true that some people are more able to sustain long-distance running than others, and not everybody can become an...

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Frequency is Not the Key to Success in Muscle Gaining?

by EricTEricT on 10 Jun 2016 19:38

On Quora recently, a fellow asked that most typical question what is the best way for me to gain muscle without becoming a gym rat. What this fellow wanted to know was, basically, what was the minimum he'd need to do. He didn't want to be married to the gym. You can't really give a once size fits all answer to this question but one Quora responder did: Contrary to popular belief, frequency is not the key to results. This can have tremendous effect on the seeming credibility of the recommendations to follow. The author has told you that most people think this wrong thing and you'll naturally assume this to mean that this one mistake is why most people don't get results. And it is attractive! Being told that all those gym rats, despite their muscles and seeming success, didn't even need to go to the gym so often! They wasted time, in fact. It was something they did, sure, but it had nothing to do with how often they did it. The fact is that nobody who DOES get results thinks that frequency is the KEY. They know it is but one variable in a long list. If you think of a reader as a fish you're trying to real in, you're not going to hook em with a long list of variables. You...

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15 Habits Habits of (Successful) Internet Fitness Personalities

by EricTEricT on 02 Jun 2016 19:29

By Eric Troy and Joe Weir If you've found this article, you are probably trying to figure out how to be a successful internet fitness professional. You want the followers, the eBook sales, the successful blog, all of it. Most of all you want the A gift to sweaty-palmed people everywhere.bro-fists (virtual or otherwise) with the other highly successful internet fitness personalities. What you are about to read will help you establish a winning mindset. You will learn about the habits that lead to success for the most famous fitness pros on the internet! Incorporating even one or two of these will make a huge difference in your career! So let's get right to it! 1. Overreactionize If you want to be a successful internet fit pro, you've got to learn to over-react. A lot. Over-react to everything. You don't even have to overreact in a negative way. JUST OVER-REACT. A new study comes out? Get fucking excited. Tell everyone, holy shit, THIS! A study was done and NOW we KNOW! Or, you know, you could do something like Chocolate is not a fucking health food! It's fucking chocolate! So stop acting like chocolate is a Goddamn health food for crying out loud! To be clear, it doesn't really...

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Risk Aversion and Fear Avoidance in the Fitness Industry

by EricTEricT on 14 Apr 2016 23:22

I was reading a long and engaging article the other day by a fitness trainer who was reacting to what she saw as hypocrisy in the fitness industry. I very much appreciate the article and I let her know as much in my comments. But as much as I appreciated the central statements being made about the specific instance of hypocrisy the article was discussing, I was equally dismayed by the hard-line and quite judgmental stance on any fitness goal that was not absolutely moderate, with no emphasis that could be remotely seen as seeking validation from others. I saw this as ironic since this author was complaining about judging others for their appearance, while actually judging others because they chose to change their body-shape more than an amount the author would approve and see as healthy. Along the way, in the discussion that took place in the comments, I found out that she was quite entrenched in this viewpoint, to the point of seeing any and all 'non-moderate' goals as destructive and unhealthy: A slippery slope. This would include training for strength and training for anything other than losing a few pounds or something to that effect. I tried to explain that there are...

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Thigh Muscles - Origins, Insertions, and Actions w/ Videos

by EricTEricT on 03 Mar 2016 21:16

The videos and information in this article provide an overview of the muscles of upper leg, which is known as the thigh. This first video presents the muscles of the front part or anterior compartment of the thigh. Quadriceps and Illiopsoas Muscles Anterior Thigh Muscles Video Sartorius Muscle Origin: Anterior superior iliac spine. Insertion: anterior medial condyle of tibia. Action: flexion of hip, flexion of knee, external rotation of thigh during, flexion of hip and knee Rectus Femoris Muscle The rectus femoris is the only two-joint quadriceps muscle which crosses the knee and hip joint thus being able to both extend the knee and flex the hip. Origin: anterior inferior iliac spine. Insertion: superior aspect of patella and patellar tendon to tibial tuberosity. Action: extension of knee, flexion of hip Vastus Lateralis Muscle Origin: intertrochanteric lin, anterior and inferior borders of greater trochanter, gluteal tuberosity, upper half of linea aspera and lateral intermuscular septum. Insertion: lateral border of patella and petellar tendon to tibial tuberosity. Action: extension of knee. Vastus Medialis Muscle Origin: entire length of linea aspera and medial...

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What is Bulletproof, Fitness Industry?

by EricTEricT on 09 Jan 2016 21:57

Sorry, fitness peeps, I'm not buying your bulletproof promises. I want a fitness expert, strength coach, or anyone who knows, to define the word bulletproof for me. I know we can define what bulletproof means in regards to actual physical bullets fired from a gun, but I want to know what it means in regards to fitness, strength training, or health. Go ahead, the comment field is below. I'll wait Wow, that was a long wait and I don't see any definitions forthcoming. Do you realize that I can say anything about fitness or strength training as long as I use words like bulletproof? It's just one of the latest in a huge shit-pile of meaningless terms that have become in-vogue in the fitness industry. You can have bulletproof abs, of course. You can have bulletproof coffee, probably the swill that got this ball rolling, although it was not the first use of the term. As well, you can have a bulletproof attitude, bulletproof training program, and a pair of bulletproof knickerbockers. You can even have a bulletproof brain. As for bulletproof coffee, I would bet you that many of the same fitness professionals who have talked about how stupid it is will have no problem jumping onto the...

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The ONE Problem That Will Keep You From Squatting Heavy

by EricTEricT on 05 Jan 2016 18:57

By Eric Troy You want a heavy squat but you just can't seem to add any weight to the bar. I can guarantee that it is because of one common problem that almost all squatters have. Once you fix this one problem you will be on your way to multiple squat PR's in no time! Don't worry, I'll put in an anatomical diagram to prove I know what I am talking about. But let me explain how this one problem affects your squat, and why you need me to help you solve it. The problem with your squat, most likely, is that you have no problem. What's more, you don't need me to solve your problem that you don't have. Did I subvert your expectations? I just did the opposite of effective marketing. I told you that you didn't have a burning problem to solve and that I didn't have a solution to the burning problem you do not have. The majority of strength training or fitness articles by fitness professionals that aim to explain to you your big problem are made up or imagined by said professionals. Why do they do it? Because if there is no problem to solve, there is no demand for their services. If everybody came to the conclusion that there was not some single but obscure problem that was holding back...

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