Fitness Industry: Stop Playing Darts With Evidence

18 Mar 2018 21:38

Fitness professionals, especially ones who ply their craft on the internet, have a curious relationship with the word evidence. That is, they love the word but give it no particular importance. This is my imagining of how "evidence" is being used by many people in the fitness industry who pay lip service to the word without a clear idea of what constitutes evidence or how to analyze it, or how to think about evidence BEFORE you go looking for it:…

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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 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 Strength Training Performance Versus Numbers.

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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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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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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