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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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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Being A Maximal Strength Trainee

06 Dec 2013 22:18

I've been thinking about this and I don't usually go about talking about my numbers but several things have unfolded recently both on my Facebook page and unrelated to this page on other fitness pages. I don't like to toot my own horn as they say but I've found that every so often you have to take a stand even if it means praising yourself….

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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

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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 dont my workouts become any easier

16 Oct 2015 22:33

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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

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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

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My trainer makes fun of me on social media

18 Apr 2015 23:57

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

15 Apr 2015 23:19

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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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How do we know what substances are harmful

29 Mar 2015 20:38

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