Is Exercise Underrated?

27 Feb 2017 03:09

A YouTube video from a Channel called 'What I've Learned' recently caught my eye. The video was titled "Why Exercise is Underrated." Immediately, I question the assumption of the title. Is exercise underrated? The video focused on the faulty marketing of the fitness industry, saying that it focused on the wrong messages. All the while, the tacit assumption of the title was never challenged. No effort was made to examine any available statistics related to exercise behaviors, whether it be exercise avoidance or favorable and unfavorable attitudes toward exercise. Should such statistics exist, I am sure the content of the video would have changed greatly….

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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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"Processed" Food Has Become A Dirty Word

16 Mar 2015 18:59

By Gabrielle Maston

Did you know that everything in our food chain is processed? Harvesting crops, slaughtering livestock or catching and killing game or fish is the first step of processing….

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Tension, Compression, Shear and Torsion

03 Mar 2015 20:17

Strength coaches and physical therapy types are always talking about the types of stresses our bodies undergo. But they usually sprinkle around words such as stress, strain, load, tension, shear, compression, torsion, etc. more like they are decorating a cake than trying to teach us something. I sometimes wonder why so many like to impress us with their vocabulary but so few ever want to take the time to clue us in to the fundamental meaning of their jargon. So, here I'll take the time to explain what all the words mentioned in the title mean….

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Toxic Hunger? Toxic Clickbait is More Like It!

27 Oct 2014 00:27

I am very happy to be bringing you this guest post by Dave Hargreaves, a fantastic personal trainer operating out of Melbourne, Australia, who specializes in Flexible Dieting with an interest in the avoidance of relapse for those in recovery from, or susceptible to eating disorders. His current and past clients include marathon runners, triathletes, powerlifters and others with general fitness and body conditioning goals. Dave has an infectious passion for the truth, and absolutely no tolerance for the pseudo-scientific and often harmful claims and prescriptions that plague the fitness and health industry. He goes after nonsense, and those who perpetuate it, with a fierceness and complete lack of pretension that is not often seen in this industry. Here, he rebuts an article from T-Nation, and its fantastical and baseless claims concerning 'toxic hunger.'

By Dave Hargreaves

Last week the T-Nation website ran an article on nutrition, which included some highly dubious claims about what happens when you choose “the wrong foods,” according to a new theory apparently coming out of the nutrition community….

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Humans Were not Meant to Run Long Distances?

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."…

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Frequency is Not the Key to Success in Muscle Gaining?

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:…

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15 Habits Habits of (Successful) Internet Fitness Personalities

02 Jun 2016 19:29

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….

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Risk Aversion and Fear Avoidance in the Fitness Industry

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….

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What is a Good Quality Affordable Barbell for Home Workouts?

04 Mar 2016 19:11

If you are in the market for an Olympic barbell at a price you can afford, a great quality choice is the Body Solid 7 foot Olympic barbell.

I have always found Body Solid products to be well-made and very sturdy for home use….

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Thigh Muscle Videos - Origins, Insertions, and Actions

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….

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What is Bulletproof, Fitness Industry?

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….

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The Eight Most Essential Exercises You Need to To Do (Or Not!)

06 Jan 2016 22:50

Here we go again. If you've read this blog a couple of times, you know good and well I would never pen an article about anything essential or that you "need to know." Most things you do not need to know and no exercise is essential….

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The ONE Problem That Will Keep You From Squatting Heavy

05 Jan 2016 18:57

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….

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Did People Always Act So Entitled? Comments are a Privilege

05 Jan 2016 02:31

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The Shoulder Muscles - Deltoid, Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Major and Minor

27 Oct 2015 19:17

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One Good Anatomy and Physiology Text - Books Trainers Need

26 Oct 2015 16:16

I am a firm advocate of basic texts for everyone interested in learning about training, nutrition, physiology, exercise science, etc. So much confusion could be saved if the average trainer and trainee didn't get all his or her information from the "popular press". Sure, popular press cannot be a good a place to find information, but people lack a firm foundation from which to think critically and assess the quality of the information presented. A thorough grounding from more scholarly sources can help tremendously, although this is not the only requirement! Although these are not the only books you need, two of the primary sources you should have are an anatomy text book and an exercise physiology text book….

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5x5 Texas Method eBook? Don't Waste Your Money!

26 Oct 2015 00:02

Quite a while ago, probably around 2006 or 2007, when "Practical Training" by Rippetoe was all the buzz, many people were wondering how to actually go about using the "Texas Method" 5x5 as mentioned in the book. There was no actual written program, only a loose explanation. Someone asked me how to do it, and I interpreted it. This "version" of the Texas Method found its way onto bodybuilding boards other than the board it originally was posted to. Not many people ever knew I wrote it down. I wish I hadn't. Now there are other versions of this "program" around, and hopefully, since then it has died the death it deserved in the first place. I doubt it, though….

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What Is The Wrist?

25 Oct 2015 23:05

The part of the body that most people think of as their wrist is actually the distal end of their radius and ulna bones, or, in other words the end of their arm bones.

The wrist itself, however, also called the carpus from the latin, is actually made up of eight small bones called carpal bones….

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Forearm Extensor Muscles - Origins, Insertions, and Actions, with Video Presentation

25 Oct 2015 22:49

The following is information on the extensor muscles of the forearms. These videos were produced to help students of human anatomy at Modesto Junior College study their anatomical models.

They are done with models showing the muscular structure of the arm.

The following two videos present an overview of the major flexor muscles of the forearm, which are the muscles of the posterior compartment.

Each video is followed by information on the origin, insertion, and actions of each muscle covered in the video….

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Forearm Flexor Muscles - Origins, Insertions, and Actions, with Video Presentation

25 Oct 2015 22:12

These videos were produced to help students of human anatomy at Modesto Junior College study their anatomical models.

They are done with models showing the muscular structure of the arm.

The following two videos present an overview of the major flexor muscles of the forearm, which are the muscles of the anterior compartment. These muscles not only are responsible for flexion of the wrist, but are also the extrinsic muscles of the hand, responsible for much its gripping strength.

Each video is followed by information on the origin, insertion, and actions of each muscle covered in the video.





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Curing The Buttwink During Squats

25 Oct 2015 21:24

This information originally appeared as a forum thread here on GUS. In an effort to preserve the most popular (or perhaps important) information, before shutting down the forum, it will not appear as an article, permanently.

Regarding some questions about the infamous "buttwink" during the squat were posted on the Facebook page. I am going to answer them here as best I can. First things first, though:…

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Cut The Relative Strength Bullshit in Fat Loss

22 Oct 2015 20:27

I have a dream. I dream of a world where strength training experts train people for strength and fat loss experts help people lose weight. In this fantasy world, neither pretends that the other is a primary goal. In other words, my strength experts will not claim that fat loss will make you stronger, and my fat loss experts will not claim that strength training will make you lose weight and therefore make you stronger….

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Does a Cool Down Period Help You Recover from Training?

20 Oct 2015 17:22

Answer: It probably does, though of course it depends on the level and type of training….

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Were The Old-Time Strongmen Really Stronger?

20 Oct 2015 16:50

In my article Is the Deadlift an Anything Goes Lift?, I brought up old time strength training culture, I wanted to make it clear that I was using it as an illustration of how the lifts came about, and not as a suggestion that we should emulate the way they trained….

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