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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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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What Can the Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) Tell Us About Strength Training?

27 Jun 2014 22:11

Critical thinking, like "evidence based training" is all the rage these days. That's great, if it was anything more than a couple of buzz-words. However, it seems that people in the fitness industry want to talk about good thinking, rather than do it. It's hard work. It's never-ending. It's kind of like deadlifts. There are those who do them, and there are those who shout "Booyah, arrrgh, deadlifts, BEASTMODE! Hardcore!" One of my main reasons for not believing that critical thinking is really something the fitness industry, at large, cares about, is that too many of its members do it selectively. In other words, they think about things they have a negative reaction to, and criticize those things, but when something happens to coincide with their general views, the thinking stops, even if it doesn't represent a credible "scientific" stance. One of these instances is anecdotal evidence, and "this works for me" prescriptions given by individual trainees, or better yet, celebrities who strength train or stay fit for movies, or what have you….

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I Get Why You Want a Shortcut to A Big Lift

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….

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Was the trap bar originally meant just for traps

02 Aug 2016 22:09

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Are Cleansing and Detox Diets Just Fancy Anorexia?

25 Jul 2016 18:54

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….

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You Can't Isolate a Muscle, But Does it Matter?

24 Jul 2016 19:37

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Humans Were not Meant to Run Long Distances?

19 Jul 2016 00:01

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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

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

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 essential exercises you must do

06 Jan 2016 22:50

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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

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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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