What Is Strength Training?

22 Feb 2015 20:20

Strength training is actually simpler than you thought. The majority of basic articles on strength training do not bother to define strength training at all. When it is defined, the word "strength" is used in the explanation. The most typical type of definition looks something like this: "Strength training is using resistance to build your physical (or muscular) strength."

Usually, however, explanations focus on the benefits of strength training: Strength training builds muscle, decreases injury risk, makes bones stronger, etc….

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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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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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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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Can You Get a Hernia From Deadlifts?

04 Sep 2013 13:43

It is commonly believed that hernias are caused by a single bout of heavy lifting. Certainly, many people have felt the first symptoms of a hernia as they lift something heavy, such as on a construction job or just around the house. Therefore, it makes sense that the deadlift could be a prime cause of hernias. After all, a great amount of strain can be placed on the abdominal wall, and this strain might tear open the tissues. There are different kinds of hernias, but surely, if anything can give you one, it is the deadlift. Although there is no such thing as a 'deadlift hernia,' there is special danger, many people claim, during the negative phase of the lift, when you are returning the bar to the floor. Is this true?…

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

15 Apr 2015 23:19

Have you ever noticed that you continually encounter what seems like the same information in slightly different words? And, at other times, you could have sworn the article you're reading came from another website by another author? Well, you may be encountering a PLR article….

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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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The poisonous apple

30 Mar 2015 22:17

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How do we know what substances are harmful

29 Mar 2015 20:38

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Homeopathic Asthma Treatments CANNOT Replace Your Asthma Inhaler or Other Medicine

24 Mar 2015 15:58

Many of the over the counter asthma treatments available in drug stores and online are actually homeopathic products. Some of these products may not prominently display the word "homeopathic," however, but claim on their labels that they treat the shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness of asthma. The FDA has recently sent out a warning to asthma suffers, urging them not to consider homeopathic asthma treatments as alternatives to conventional prescribed asthma treatments such as steroidal inhalers or other approved medications. There are also some safe and effective OTC medications that are approved for sale….

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People Don't Work Hard Mr. Fitness Trainer?

23 Mar 2015 18:36

I try to keep my cool, but when 20-something certified "fitness trainers" start going on about how nobody wants to work hard, I start getting antsy. Sometimes I think that before you make such a statement you should have to list out your job history. Does it look something like this?…

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L'Occitane Almond Beautiful Shape and Almond Shaping Delight "Slimming Creams" Customers Getting Refunds

22 Mar 2015 20:56

As part of the Federal Trade Commissions continued crackdown on bogus weight loss products and false weight loss claims, people who bought L'Occitane Almond Beautiful Shape and Almond Shaping Delight "Slimming Creams" are getting refunds for their purchase of these bogus fat loss creams….

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Forbes Article Says Protein Supplements Being Sued for Failing to Meet Protein Content Claims

20 Mar 2015 18:39

About the article in Forbes and the lawsuits over the protein supplements, first, big surprise, second, let's get some things straight….

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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

Strength coaches and physical therapy types are always talking about the types of stresses our bodies undergo. But they usually sprinkle around words such as stress, strain, load, tension, shear, compression, torsion, etc. more like they are decorating a cake than trying to teach us something. I sometimes wonder why so many like to impress us with their vocabulary but so few ever want to take the time to clue us in to the fundamental meaning of their jargon. So, here I'll take the time to explain what all the words mentioned in the title mean….

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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

A trainer named Tamara Grand has a blog called fitnitchick and today I commented on her nice overview of muscle fatigue versus muscle soreness (DOMs) versus muscle strain. A lot of people new to strength training or resistance training might have a hard time knowing what kind of discomfort is "good" and what means they have gone too far or even hurt themselves. In fact, I know many people have this question because I've been asked many times….

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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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Can't Do More Than 1 X 5 for Deadlifts?

25 Feb 2015 18:50

The subject of today's blog post is an old pet peeve of mine. Of course it is about deadlifts. That shouldn't be a big surprise. Specifically it is about the amount of deadlifts you can do, or, as some would have it, that you should be allowed to do. I've already been complaining a lot about the idea that nobody except competitors "should" ever lift max weights. I think you know why I put the word should in quotes: Because it speaks of values. What you can do is much different than what you should do. Should overlay's a set of values on what you do. You CAN do many things that perhaps you should not do, according to this set of values. On the other hand, some people's values should be kept to themselves. The prevailing opinions about how many deadlifts you can do per week, or per day have everything to do with values!…

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Are Muscle Rubs Useful For Pre-Workout?

25 Feb 2015 18:13

Most of us know what to do with muscle rubs. We rub them on when something is sore, whether it be a sore knee or a sore muscle. This usually happens after we work out. A common question, however, is whether sports rubs or muscle rubs can be used before we weight train or exercise….

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What Is Strength Training?

22 Feb 2015 20:20

Strength training is actually simpler than you thought. The majority of basic articles on strength training do not bother to define strength training at all. When it is defined, the word "strength" is used in the explanation. The most typical type of definition looks something like this: "Strength training is using resistance to build your physical (or muscular) strength."

Usually, however, explanations focus on the benefits of strength training: Strength training builds muscle, decreases injury risk, makes bones stronger, etc….

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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

What if I told you that my brand of headache medicine may make your headache go away faster than another leading brand, such as Excedrin? What would you take my claim to mean? If you are like most people, you will take the word "may" to mean 'probably will' or simply will. However, that is not really what the word "may" means. May means maybe. As in maybe my headache medicine will work faster and maybe it will not….

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You Cannot Be Generally Advanced - Advanced Fitness Is Specific

16 Dec 2014 01:29

I saw a fitness post the other day that said, "If there is no progress there is no health benefit." I replied that this is not necessarily true, but the author of the post decided not to engage me on the subject. The message that you must continue to progress in order to "be healthy" is erroneous. It is no surprise to me that the author did not choose to defend his assertion….

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