Inappropriate Expertise and Name-Dropping in the Fitness Industry

26 Sep 2013 13:36

Is Your Expert Really an Expert?

I've been making a lot of statements about expertise and experts lately. There are a couple of reasons for this. For one, critical thinking and skepticism has become as popular as frozen Margaritas in Mexican restaurants, and just as bland and weak. Usually, these excited new thinkers invoke science. One of the secrets, it seems, to being scientific, is to go on and on about how you should be wary of experts and go around refuting them. Often, we should perhaps go further and question how much evidence we have that our expert is actually an expert! Most strength training and fitness experts, especially on the internet, are anything but. They have done what many do: Fake it until you make it….

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What Is Nutrient Density and What are Empty Calories?

02 Jun 2013 20:11

This explanation of nutrient density and empty calories takes the form of a video presentation. The article contains the exact transcript of the video.


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"Processed" Food Has Become A Dirty Word

16 Mar 2015 18:59

By Gabrielle Maston

Did you know that everything in our food chain is processed? Harvesting crops, slaughtering livestock or catching and killing game or fish is the first step of processing….

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Adding Muscle Burns 30 to 40 Calories A Day: Hocus Pocus Fat Loss Advice

04 Mar 2015 02:48

You know, it would be beneficial for me to post on forums. Yes, there are still forums out there where people go to seek help for all sorts of problems, or just to communicate with similar people. But I have a reason for not posting on forums. Most of them are ruled by one or two influential people, usually a moderator or even an admin, who are self-proclamed experts. Quite often, they give paint-by-numbers rote advice, or ridiculous advice. For me to go in there and give my kind of advice, would be like swimming upstream. I'd have to deal with the clowns who run the place, and I don't have that kind of patience, at least any more….

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Tension, Compression, Shear and Torsion

03 Mar 2015 20:17

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Why Is Strength Training Obsessed With Failure?

03 Mar 2015 19:53

There is an entire series of posts, here at the GUS Blog, that are centered on failure. However, they are not about failing, but about how failure seems to be built in to so many methods and theories of strength training. The strength training culture often seems to place more emphasis on failure than success. You may wonder why I would go to the trouble of placing primary focus on it myself, to the extent of writing a bunch of articles around it. Well, you are going to fail, but failing should not be built into your training! Success should be built into it….

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From FitNitChick: Overview of Muscle Fatigue Versus DOMS Versus Strain

03 Mar 2015 16:25

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Can the Smell of Bananas Help You Lose Weight?

01 Mar 2015 21:48

According the a 'slideshow' at Livestrong, yes, the smell of bananas can help you lose weight.Bibliography item brooking not found. How? By "tricking" your brain into thinking you've eaten the bananas. What is the source of this factoid? The source seems to be a study carried out in 1995, as far as I can tell, since, of course, there were no citations given. The study, called Weight Reduction Through Inhalation of Odorants was carried out by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, Illinois.Bibliography item hirsch not found. As far as I have been able to determine, there have been no applicable follow-up studies, although they may well exist. Does the study conclude that smelling bananas will help you lose weight?…

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Are Muscle Rubs Useful For Pre-Workout?

25 Feb 2015 18:13

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What Is Strength Training?

22 Feb 2015 20:20

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Bullshit, Pseudoscience, Or Bad Science: Which is It?

10 Jan 2015 23:29

What am I doing? Why do I keep returning to this theme of bullshit? As I begin to write this post, that is what I ask myself. And I find that I have an answer. We all have a great need to categorize. To recognize, and to define. Why are conspiracy theories so popular? They simplify. They categorize the unknowable; what may seem like chaos. They bring an illusion of order. So, the question I ask is whether there is order to bullshit, pseudoscience, fraud, lying, bad science, or just plain stupidity. Can we draw a line between them?…

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Literally True But Misleading Claims in Health, Fitness, and Nutrition Advertising

10 Jan 2015 01:42

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You Cannot Be Generally Advanced - Advanced Fitness Is Specific

16 Dec 2014 01:29

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Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal Of Mindless Neuroscience - Exploring Blobology

06 Dec 2014 23:48

Scientists cannot use brain scans to look into the brain and see what you're thinking. Brain scans and the pretty pictures associated with them, are not at all what they seem. Right now, beyond a doubt, if you see the root neuro- attached to any term at all, suspect pseudoscience bullshit. Period. This is not to say that neuroscience is bullshit, but that it is a tool of bullshit….

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Fitness Bullshit and Philosophy: A Fool-Proof Recipe!

03 Dec 2014 19:58

I recently began saying, or repeating, as is my fashion, that "fitness philosophers" do not often seem to care too much about what is good, only what sounds good. That is a bold, and probably insulting, statement, to some of my friends who are caught up in the world of philosophy, I know. Then, I began reading a book about bullshit. It is not the first book I've perused on the subject of bullshit, and it probably won't be the last. I'll bet that not many people realize that there is serious thought, some of it quite philosophical, about bullshit in the academic world….

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The 100 by Jorge Cruise: Book Review

02 Dec 2014 01:38

The 100: Count ONLY Sugar Calories and Lose Up to 18 Lbs. in 2 Weeks - Starts with a Lie, Ends Up Being Another Low Carb Diet

Jorge Cruise, in his book "The 100: Count ONLY Sugar Calories and Lose Up to 18 Lbs. in 2 Weeks", starts off his book with the following "Welcome, From the desk of Jorge Cruise (what's the rest of the book from?):…

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Comparing the Effects of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa

01 Dec 2014 20:29

While many people understand the basic differences in behavior among those suffering from anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, they might assume that the physiological effects are the same. After all, whether you starve yourself or gorge and then purge, the result is malnutrition, right? Well, in fact, the physiological effects differ among the two in some marked ways. Of course, it is possible for both disorders to manifest in one person, which would complicate the picture. However, the following are the basic differences in effect between the these two major eating disorders….

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Weird Tissue Growth On Eye From Corner to Pupil — What is Pterygia?

28 Nov 2014 18:28

A condition which can affect people whose eyes are exposed to prolonged ultra-violet light (UV from Sunlight), pterygia is a benign growth of tissue which occurs from the nasal corner, or limbus, and grows towards the pupil. These growths are wing-shaped or triangular and can also be cause by other factors, including a genetic predisposition, human papilloma virus, or immunologic alterations….

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Bring Your Strength to the Highest Levels Without Actually Pushing Your Limits

03 Nov 2014 20:55

So, you want to get real strong, do you? Then, why in the world are you here on this page? If you are attracted to the idea of achieving great physical strength without actually exploring the limits of your physical strength, then you are not attracted to strength training! You see, the title is nonsense. Why did I choose it? Because it mirrors the titles, or the themes, of the majority of articles about strength training on the web….

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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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Science Based Medicine Asks Whether The Movie ‘Fed Up’ Makes Any Sense. Is Sugar The Cause of the "Obesity Epidemic?"

15 Oct 2014 01:29

A new post on Science-Based Medicine asks a lot of the documentary, Fed Up, and doesn't get a lot in return. Among the questions asked by Harriet Hall in her well-written and quite comprehensive article is whether sugar is really the cause of the obesity epidemic, and what can actually be done to improve the American diet? The conclusions are not what the internet's leading nutrition and fat loss writers are telling you….

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10 Reasons To Listen To Food Babe

11 Oct 2014 21:18

I've had a change of heart. I'll admit, I was ready to join with many of my fitness pro friends and rally against her message, but now that I've begun reading what the Food Babe has to say in a little more depth, I see that she is doing people a favor by making their life much, much simpler. I figured that I'd write down some reasons so that when your friends tell you she's wrong you'll be armed with some good reasons why they should listen to her….

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