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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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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Looking for Fitness Info? Don't Be Overly Impressed by Numbers!

09 May 2014 22:17

This is not the first post where I talked about how numbers can easily impress and mislead us. I mentioned numbers and "proofiness" in The Data Dump in Fitness Information: Time to Get Back on Track. Another closely related post is Quantitative Measurements and Quality Evaluations.

Our [western] culture is a bit obsessed with measurement. In all sorts of fitness realms we see measurements - numbers - being assigned to things that cannot readily be measured, and sometimes things that cannot be measured at all. Numbers have, perhaps, too much power to impress. Science guys will tell you all about statistical significance, and maybe statistical correlation (a little on that below) but we can be mislead by much more mundane and easily understood numbers. It often starts with what we can and cannot measure. Before we begin, note that since this is about numbers, which I am not very good with, I could have screwed up some of the example figures. So, don't hesitate to let me know….

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Quality Volume Deadlifts

25 Apr 2014 18:01

I've been following a "volume" oriented approach to Deadlifts for many months now. This blog post is meant to explain this quality based volume approach to training heavy on Deadlifts….

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Happy Thoughts and A Barbell

17 Oct 2015 21:13

I don't know if you've noticed, but in strength training, there seems to be two opposite groups along the emotional barometer….

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Why Don't My Workouts Become Any Easier?

16 Oct 2015 22:33

This is a question I am surprised I've never mentioned, since it is asked so frequently. I decided to look around for answers to this question by personal trainers, and I must say I was disgusted at the results….

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Eat This, Not That! Site Cooking the Protein Numbers with Six Foods Compared to Eggs

16 Jul 2015 20:22

People love big promises and big protein numbers. A great way to deliver this without outright lying is to use something I've discussed before, literally true but misleading claims.

The website Eat This, Not That, which promises flat abs and more if you just eat the magical foods they profile, used misleading claims in an effective way with it's article Surprising High-Protein Foods For Weight Loss….

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Response To "Am I Lactose Intolerant?" Article at Fitness Reloaded

11 Jul 2015 00:16

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Being Fit Versus Looking Fit: Challenging the Richard Simmons Haters

09 Jul 2015 19:14

This may come as a surprise to you, but the way you look does not prove how fit you are. Watch a reality show where the contestants have to do an endurance challenge. Most people will assume that the most muscular individuals will win the challenge. But, most of the time, it is the "least fit" looking people. For example, a person who hardly seems to have any muscle mass is more likely to win an endurance challenge than a heavily muscled person. Does this seem strange to you? Well, if you actually know anything about fitness, it won't seem strange at all.

Judging by the meme of Richard Simmons below, and so many like it, many people know nothing about fitness….

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Is Dr. Joseph Mercola Not A Real Doctor?

08 Jul 2015 23:04

Some people are saying that Joseph Mercola is an osteopath, so he's not even a real doctor. Is this true? What is an osteopath? Is an osteopathic physician very different from a medical doctor?…

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Four Cancer Charity Scams Revealed

29 May 2015 21:54

Four scam cancer charities have been charged with perpetrating a a multi-million dollar hoax. The Federal Trade Commission and 58 law enforcement partners from every state and the District of Columbia have so-called cancer charities and their operators with cheating consumers of more than $187 million. This is just another manifestation of something that has become all too common: fake charities that are created for no other purpose than to line the pockets of the people who created them….

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Do Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss Require FDA Approval or Clinical Trials Before Being Sold?

15 May 2015 20:58

It is a common misconception that the FDA requires dietary supplements for weight loss to be approved for use before they can be marketed.

Many people also think that a "clinical trial" must be ran on the product before it can be legally sold. This is not only untrue, but quite naive….

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If You Don't Use Too Much Weight and Have Perfect Lifting Form, You'll Never Get Hurt

30 Apr 2015 03:06

I'm currently reading a novel where the main character needs to put on muscle. Well, at least he thinks he needs to put on muscle. The author is confused. The character really needs to get as strong as possible as quickly as possible, which isn't necessarily the same thing at all. I won't tell you what book this is since you don't need to know just how much of a geek I am. OK, you forced me, it's sort of a time travel book about a guy who needs to fight an incoming wave of inter-dimensional monsters. See, I told you……

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Is Calling Dr. Oz a Quack an Ad Hominem Attack?

27 Apr 2015 16:57

I'd like to speak, once again, about the confusion around the term "ad hominem." Ad hominem arguments take the form, in a simple sense, "you are wrong because you're a jerk."…

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I'm Lactose Intolerant, Can I Still Use Whey Protein?

23 Apr 2015 19:39

Milk is one of the easiest ways for bodybuilders and strength athletes (or athletes in general) to get protein. Other dairy products, such as the popular Greek yogurt, are great for protein as well. Those folks who are lactose intolerant may lament not having this resource. This leads to a common question: Whey comes from milk, so can I use it if I'm lactose intolerant?…

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My Trainer Makes Fun of Me on Social Media - Should I Find a New Trainer?

18 Apr 2015 23:57

It is as simple as this: Clients expect a certain amount of confidentiality and professionalism when they hire a personal trainer. Most will assume that a fitness trainer will not make their personal business a source of water-cooler gossip, and certainly, they will not expect to be made fun of on social media posts. In fact, some people go so far as to have personal trainers sign confidentiality agreements. With so many trainers not having a clue about professional behavior, and being quite immature, this may be quite necessary, at times….

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Be Aware of PLR (Private Label Rights) Fitness Articles That May Mislead You

15 Apr 2015 23:19

Have you ever noticed that you continually encounter what seems like the same information in slightly different words? And, at other times, you could have sworn the article you're reading came from another website by another author? Well, you may be encountering a PLR article….

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A Daily Serving Of Peanuts Could Protect You From Heart Disease, A New Study Says

01 Apr 2015 17:39

Something as easy as including a daily serving of peanuts as part of a high-fat meal could protect you from cardiovascular disease, according to a study lead by Xiaran Liu, a graduate student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State. “Previous studies have shown that individuals who consume peanuts more than two times a week have a lower risk of coronary heart disease,” said Liu. “This study indicates that the protective effect of peanut consumption could be due, in part, to its beneficial effect on artery health.”…

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The poisonous apple

30 Mar 2015 22:17

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How do we know what substances are harmful

29 Mar 2015 20:38

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Homeopathic Asthma Treatments CANNOT Replace Your Asthma Inhaler or Other Medicine

24 Mar 2015 15:58

Many of the over the counter asthma treatments available in drug stores and online are actually homeopathic products. Some of these products may not prominently display the word "homeopathic," however, but claim on their labels that they treat the shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness of asthma. The FDA has recently sent out a warning to asthma suffers, urging them not to consider homeopathic asthma treatments as alternatives to conventional prescribed asthma treatments such as steroidal inhalers or other approved medications. There are also some safe and effective OTC medications that are approved for sale….

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People Don't Work Hard Mr. Fitness Trainer?

23 Mar 2015 18:36

I try to keep my cool, but when 20-something certified "fitness trainers" start going on about how nobody wants to work hard, I start getting antsy. Sometimes I think that before you make such a statement you should have to list out your job history. Does it look something like this?…

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L'Occitane Almond Beautiful Shape and Almond Shaping Delight "Slimming Creams" Customers Getting Refunds

22 Mar 2015 20:56

As part of the Federal Trade Commissions continued crackdown on bogus weight loss products and false weight loss claims, people who bought L'Occitane Almond Beautiful Shape and Almond Shaping Delight "Slimming Creams" are getting refunds for their purchase of these bogus fat loss creams….

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Forbes Article Says Protein Supplements Being Sued for Failing to Meet Protein Content Claims

20 Mar 2015 18:39

About the article in Forbes and the lawsuits over the protein supplements, first, big surprise, second, let's get some things straight….

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