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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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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What if the Fitness Industry Really Was Scientific?

08 Oct 2014 20:40

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Train Smart; Not Hard - Does Intelligence Mean Less Effort is Required?

29 Sep 2014 22:47

Train Smart; Not Hard. This is one of those aphorisms I'm not sure about. It sounds good, doesn't it? On one hand, I've said it myself in regards to strength training. When I said it, I had a fairly specific idea of what I meant. I meant to say that you should ignore the macho caveman bullshit that is such a part of messages about strength training, where people say things like "Just shut up and lift heavy. Work hard. Beast mode!" I meant that you should THINK, PLAN, ASSESS, and, you know, just generally behave like you have something between your ears. Don't live up to the meathead view of strength training. It really does take some smarts to get very, very strong….

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Food Babe, Experience Life Mag, and Their Ilk: Do We Have to Join Em To Beat Em?

25 Sep 2014 19:19

In one of the threads on Facebook posted about the Food Babe and Experience Life Mag controversy, where people were complaining about the BS, someone started saying that, basically, the people commenting were all wasting their time complaining and that we need to pay more attention to how she, and others like her, frame their messages in order to reach and influence so many people….

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'Gym Rescue' Reminded Me Of Fitness BS I Hate

11 Aug 2014 19:11

So, I watched a few minutes of the first episode of the new show Gym Rescue, where Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock try to rescue a floundering gym. It is pretty much the same premise of Bar Rescue, which makes sense because it is a spinoff of that show, airing on Spike TV. I would have done better to have a drink while watching it….

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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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A Fitness Community? The Internet and Social Interactions

26 Jun 2014 18:39

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Strength Training v. Bodybuilding Part 1: The eBook Expanded

05 Jun 2014 15:51

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Protein Powders are Synthetic Poison!

20 May 2014 13:46

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Lucy Movie with Scarlett Johansson Based on Ridiculous 10% of Brain Myth

16 May 2014 14:14

A Whole Movie Based on a Grossly Overstated Myth that We Only Use Part of our Brain?

It's a long debunked myth but it is still one of most popular questions posed to neuroscientists and psychologists: "Is it true was only use 10% of our brains?" The new Summer movie "Lucy" starring Scarlett Johansson and Luc Besson asks us to "Imagine if you were able to unlock 100% of your brain power." This is another example of Hollywood's tradition of science fiction based on fantasy….

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