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!"…

»Continue Reading...



Nutrition is Not a True or False Proposition

29 Jun 2010 20:18

I just came across a "nutrition quiz".

I got eight out of ten correct. Only eight? ME? You have got to be kidding me? I am a nutrition stud. Well, perhaps not exactly a nutrition stud but let's just say I do not get my nutrition information from steroid salesmen on bodybuilding forums.

One of the questions on the quiz involved brown rice. Go figure. I knew they wanted to hear that brown rice was healthier than white rice so that is what I answered but really I refuse to capitulate to the nonsense about brown rice being magical health pellets and white rice being evil little starch monsters….

»Continue Reading...



17 Common Fish Oil Questions Answered

25 Jun 2010 03:36

Here at Ground Up Strength you can find the answers to most common questions regarding fish oil in the various articles we have but we have some fairly heavy reading so you need to dig a bit to find the particular answer you're looking for. So I thought I'd write a blog post that provided simple answers to the most common questions about fish oil supplements. I will keep these answers short and to the point in a radical shift from my usual style although a few will be a bit longer for the purpose of clarity….

»Continue Reading...



Optimal Strength Training: Training to Fail Pt. 4

24 Jun 2010 19:49

In the first post I introduced the idea that much of the strength training and fitness information, and the attitudes of trainers themselves, seems to be based on a failure oriented philosophy rather than a success oriented one. We seek ways to get around failure, or to avoid failure, or even to use failure as a means to training. Rarely do we discuss "ways to succeed"….

»Continue Reading...



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….

»Continue Reading...

Kneeling Squat

09 Apr 2009 20:35

»Continue Reading...

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:…

»Continue Reading...

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….

»Continue Reading...

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)….

»Continue Reading...

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….

»Continue Reading...

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).

_…

»Continue Reading...

Shoulder Injury Prevention - Dip Shrugs

17 Mar 2009 16:58

17 Mar 2009 16:45

»Continue Reading...

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….

»Continue Reading...

Shouler Injury Prevention - Thoracic Mobility

17 Mar 2009 13:38

_…

»Continue Reading...

Weak Links Versus Sticking Points in Strength Training

13 Mar 2009 16:15

»Continue Reading...

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….

»Continue Reading...

Overtraining doe not always reduce strength

29 Jan 2009 20:57

»Continue Reading...

Fitnessfatigue

28 Jan 2009 23:24

»Continue Reading...

The Singles Scene - Your Guide to Single Rep Strength Training

24 Jan 2009 22:23

»Continue Reading...

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?…

»Continue Reading...

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….

»Continue Reading...

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….

»Continue Reading...

Mobility and Flexibility

21 Dec 2008 21:16

»Continue Reading...

page 25 of 25« previous12...232425
© 2020 by Eric Troy and Ground Up Strength. All Rights Reserved. Please contact for permissions.