Bones Of The Adult Skeleton Part Two: The Upper Appendicular Skeleton

14 Oct 2012 19:06

This is part two of our description of the 206 bones of the human body. Part one covered the axial skeleton, which comprises the vertebral column, the skull, and the thoracic cage.

Appendicular Bones

This part two will cover the upper appendicular skeleton. The appendicular skeleton is made up of the 64 bones of the upper limbs and the bones which connect them to the axial skeleton, the pectoral girdle.

Part three will cover the lower appendicular skeleton.


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Bones Of The Adult Skeleton Part One: The Axial Skeleton

10 Oct 2012 14:34

Go to Part Two: Upper Appendicular Skeleton

The following is part one of a list of of the 206 the bones of the human body, separated into the axial skeleton and its parts; and the appendicular skeleton and its parts.

This part one will cover the axial skeleton….

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Is Passion All It Takes to Be Successful in the Fitness Industry? So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport

14 May 2014 14:29

I've always questioned the conventional wisdom of following your passion. Yet, in just about every piece of advice about being successful at anything, the word passion seems to come up sooner or later. As I write this article, I realize that most people who would like to start a blog are finding advice such as you have to pick a topic you're passionate about. If you don't do that, we are told, you will lose interest, and not be good at writing about the topic you choose. Same thing with career choices. Find your passion and everything falls into place. If you're passionate about strength training or fitness in general, you have the main ingredient for success in that industry….

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Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Book Review: Eat, Read, Crap

12 May 2014 16:58

The blurb for Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous! claims that it is not your typical boring diet book. This is true. It also claims it is a tart-tongue no-holds barred wake-up call to all women who want to be thin. If calling your reader "shithead" is tart-tongued, I'll agree with this as well. You could also describe the language, instead of tart-tongued, as adolescent….

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

09 May 2014 22:17

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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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Quality Volume Training (QVT) - Lift BIG Video and Article

25 Feb 2014 20:56

I am going to be making a series of videos regarding various progression schemes Eric has made me use to get stronger. The method I am going to discuss today is called Quality Volume Training or QVT.

This particular method of training, like a lot of GUS methods, has generated a lot of confusion. It is actually very simple, but also very flexible. Quality Volume Training is about adding quality repetitions in a weight range close to your max. QVT is not about simply building up from light to heavy as possible weights using one to three rep sets. It is about gathering as much volume in the 80% or ABOVE range while maintaining quality (within reason). Watch the video below, and then read the clarifying notes and points that come afterwards….

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Are Strength Training Stalls or Plateaus Inevitable?

09 Jan 2014 18:32

The standard definition of a stall is a temporary stop in progression. When most people talk about a stall or plateau they are talking about failure to progress on one or two exercises….

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Strength and Exercise Myth: Skills are Always Developed in a Sequence

09 Jan 2014 18:24

Each exercise or strength related thing that you do is an individual skill. They, in and of themselves, are not "strength" but are a display of skill which shows specific strength. You put a bunch of these diverse skills together and you have something that can be called overall strength….

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In Strength Training, Do You Always Progress in a Linear Fashion?

09 Jan 2014 18:18

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Is Strength Training the Key to Fat Loss?

09 Jan 2014 17:45

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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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Gripper Training

21 Nov 2013 20:08

I'm going to be posting pictures of my actual physical training log that has the Gripper Training included in it….

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Jogger's or Runner's Nipples

28 Oct 2013 13:27

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Consuming Whey Protein and Poor Appetite in Strength Training

26 Oct 2013 00:40

The video below goes very deep into the lore of whey protein, including the way it is perceived as a nutraceutical which should be "taken" instead of consumed. The case is made that whey is a food and not a medicine, and should and can be treated as such.

Myths about the danger of whey and many other details are discussed, including warnings about consuming too many "liquid calories," the anabolic window of opportunity, and nutrient timing in general. Of special interest may be the discussion concerning strength trainees with poor appetites. How does whey fit in with this problem?


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What is Acesulfame Potassium Doing in Whey Protein Products?

25 Oct 2013 15:01

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Acromioclavicular Joint (AC Joint) Overview and Injuries

24 Oct 2013 13:44

The abbreviation AC or AC joint stands for the acromioclavicular joint. The acromioclavicular is one of the three articulations of the shoulder girdle. See the shoulder complex for a general overview of the shoulder girdle and its joints….

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Herbs Demystified by Holly Phaneuf, Herbs Explained by an Actual Biochemist: GUS Recommended

26 Sep 2013 18:59

There have been books written by qualified scientists before. The problem is that most of these books were written by PhD's who never had any particular fascination with herbs. Maybe they just wanted to debunk them, maybe they wanted to praise them, but did they really understand why herbal medicine is so attractive? Did they come from this sense of discovery and curiosity, or was it from a standpoint of critique alone?…

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Does Exercising in Cold Weather Make You Cough and Give You a Sore Throat?

26 Sep 2013 14:20

Many people have trouble exercising in cold weather. If exercising in the freezing cold causes you to have coughing fits and a sore throat, you're not alone. Many of us have the same problem. It is estimated that anywhere from 4 to 20% of people have this complaint. The actual cause has not always been agreed upon, but for many years, the prevailing theory was that this was caused by exercise-induced bronchioconstriction (EIB) which is a narrowing of the airways much like an asthma attack, but in this case brought on by cold air. EIB is, of course, common in people with asthma and is sometimes also called exercise-induced asthma. However, many of the sufferers of EIB have no history of asthma. EIB is actually more common in children and young adults, however, although it is hard to say why. The higher incidence of EIB in the young may simply relate to their higher levels of physical activity. Symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and hypoxia. Sometimes, however, the only symptom is a cough and a sore throat, as the title suggests….

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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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Fundamentals of Biomechanics

24 Sep 2013 15:09

Fundamentals of Biomechanics by Duane Knudson is the GUS Recommended Biomechancis Text for Trainers

Whether you're a personal trainer, strength coach, or just a strength training enthusiast, you really should have one good textbook on the basics of biomechanics. Although Basic Biomechanics by Susan J. Hall is often recommended for a primer, I think there are better choices today for the beginner to biomechanics concepts. The basic textbook that I recommend is Fundamentals of Biomechanics by Duane V. Knudson. Written in an accessible style and laid out so that key and related concepts are presented together, the book just makes sense, even to someone with only a basic science background. Of course, the better your background, the more in-depth your understanding will be. As with any college level textbook, not every page of the book will be useful to every person, depending on your particular needs and practice, but Fundamentals Of Biomechanics covers the basic and more advanced concepts very well. Knudson weaves simple real-world examples throughout the book to help explain the application of the different concepts discussed. The format and integration of the various concepts, I find to be superior to the Hall book….

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Are Soba Noodles Gluten Free?

16 Sep 2013 13:23

Soba noodles are a Japanese noodle made from buckwheat. In fact the word soba means buckwheat, which is, despite the name, not a grain.

Buckwheat is not related to cereal grasses at all, in fact, and instead comes from the seed of a plant in the dock family.

However, since buckwheat does not contain gluten, doughs made from it lack the elasticity and springiness that make it easy to stretch into noodles. Therefore, although some soba noodles may be made from one hundred percent buckwheat, many will have varying amounts of wheat or other gluten containing grains flours added to improve the texture.

Also, buckwheat flour is more expensive than other flours, so starchy flours may be used to offset the cost….

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