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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How to Perform the Military Press (Standing Overhead Barbell Press)

19 Jul 2010 17:21

The Military Press has also been referred to as Shoulder Press or Overhead Press and while some may claim they are different exercises, we can say that the heart of the exercise is a vertical press with a straight bar.

Having several different names for the same exercise is quite normal in the strength training world. Names like "overhead press" and "shoulder press" are likely an attempt to use more useful and appropriate names for the military press exercise…but they fall short in several ways….

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Biomechanics, Injury Prevention, and Performance: Training to Fail Pt. 6

05 Jul 2010 21:58

The last post about the concept of optimal strength training was more philosophical than practical. Even so, many practical ideas are derived from an underlying philosophy concerning training. Nevertheless, I promised to get more technical and “sciency” in the next post so this one is about science itself being applied to strength training….

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Focus and Pick A Program: Training to Fail Pt. 5

29 Jun 2010 21:20

The last few posts in this series on failure were specific, technical, and practical, I hope. But I did warn you that some of the posts would be more philosophical and general. This is one of those posts. The next one will be chock full of sciency stuff, I promise. I think the subject of this one is just as important, though….

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Snatch Grip Deadlifts

12 Apr 2009 00:24

The name snatch grip deadlift is actually somewhat of a misnomer. It would be more accurate to simply call them Wide Grip Deadlift to avoid confusion. The reason they are called snatch grip is that they employ the wide grip that many Olympic lifters (most) employ in the Snatch Lift. But a snatch is still a snatch regardless of what grip is employed….

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Kneeling Squat

09 Apr 2009 20:35

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Split Squats, Lunges, and Single-Leg Squats (Pistols)

02 Apr 2009 17:32

Much confusion exists as to the difference between these movements especially owing to confusing terminology like 'stationary lunges'.

Let's keep it simple. The following video shows a basic Split Squat. Variations to change emphasis, increase range of motion, or progress in difficulty would be:…

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Cortisol

31 Mar 2009 14:36

Cortisol is the primary member of a family of glucocorticoids, and is considered the main catabolic hormone. Corticosterone is the other glucocorticoid, but is thought to be much less potent than cortisol (accounting for approximately 4-5% of total glucocorticoid activity). Cortisol is made and secreted from the adrenal cortex, via the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, with a small amount also derived from the conversion of cortisone….

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Stretch Reflex with Passive/Static Stretching

19 Mar 2009 17:16

The stretch reflex, or myotatic reflex is a neural mechanism that responds to changes in muscle length (stretching) by attempting to resist the change in length. The changes in length are detected by proprioceptors called muscle spindles. Changes in muscle tension are detected by another important proprioceptor, the Golgi tendon organ (note: there may be other processes at work)….

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Lip Service: Superficial Terms in the Fitness Industry

19 Mar 2009 00:20

Words can be very powerful. But words themselves aren’t everything; it’s how you string them together. Their context.

Brian Grasso said in an article, “We are a term crazy industry”. Yes, and I’d go so far as to say we are a term OBSESSED industry. Terms sometimes become more important than the message, or lack thereof….

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Shoulder Injury Prevention 2

18 Mar 2009 15:29

In the first part of shoulder injury prevention, I wrote about certain stretches and mobilizations necessary for the shoulder girdle to function properly and get the appropriate scapulo-glenohumeral rhythm. This means that we need to get the humerus to function properly in the glenohumeral joint to help the scapulae glide efficiently and not tilt anteriorly (up and forward).

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Shoulder Injury Prevention - Dip Shrugs

17 Mar 2009 16:58

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Shoulder Injury Prevention - Pec Minor Tightness and Stretching Video

17 Mar 2009 15:01

Pectoralis minor tightness can be associated with pain between the shoulder blades which causes the rhomboids to be in a constant overworked/stretched position….

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Shouler Injury Prevention - Thoracic Mobility

17 Mar 2009 13:38

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Weak Links Versus Sticking Points in Strength Training

13 Mar 2009 16:15

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Common Misnomers and Mix-ups: Muscle Actions, Balance, Stability, Single Legs and Straight Back

21 Feb 2009 20:52

All muscle contractions involve the muscle shortening or attempting to shorten against resistance. There are not different types of contractions only different types of actions (movement or lack thereof) depending on the circumstances. A muscle is producing force by contraction but this may lead to shortening (concentric action), lengthening (eccentric action), or maintaining length (isometric action). So the concept of muscle actions specifically describe the type of length changes that skeletal muscle may undergo after it has been activated by the nervous system….

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Overtraining doe not always reduce strength

29 Jan 2009 20:57

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Fitnessfatigue

28 Jan 2009 23:24

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The Singles Scene - Your Guide to Single Rep Strength Training

24 Jan 2009 22:23

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Core Anti-Rotation Videos - Pallof Press and More

07 Jan 2009 15:06

The following videos demonstrate core stability movements known as anti-rotation exercises. What's that? Well I'm talking about core stability exercises where the the job is to prevent rotation. It's the main function of the core musculature. And you thought it was to do situps, didn't you?…

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Pistols: What have you done for me lately?

05 Jan 2009 01:47

An article of mine, originally published at MaxCondition.com is called "Lip Service". In it I point out that, often, the advice someone gives reveals more ABOUT them than it does FOR you.

Those who continue to stick in and read my ramblings will probably get the idea that I repeat myself. Well, it’s necessary. One way you start to put things together is called “free association”. My mind tends to work that way automatically. Although I have trained myself to do that it’s a nice way to say that my mind wanders. Only it wanders WITH STYLE….

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What is High Quality Fish Oil?

02 Jan 2009 04:19

Fish oil paranoia is rampant right now.

Of course you do need to be careful what fish oil products you use. There is always some contaminated product floating around out there. Even some of the nutritional experts seem to be a little misled, however. Perhaps because they have more money than I it’s easy to get lazy and assume more expensive means better quality….

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Mobility and Flexibility

21 Dec 2008 21:16

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