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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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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Painful, Swollen, Tight Shins During Exercise

02 Jun 2013 19:18

This explanation takes the form of a video. The text of this article is the exact transcript from the video and is an explanation of acute and exertional compartment syndromes for athletes and exercisers. These are easily mistaken for shin splints but are much more severe conditions. Compartment syndromes can result in severe irreversible nerve damage, cell death, and even loss of the lower limb. If you have any of the symptoms outlined in this video, consult a doctor immediately. For those in need of more in-depth medical information on compartment syndromes and other musculoskeletal conditions, I would recommend Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by Frontera and Silver

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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

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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

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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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If You are Not Going to Compete, The Only Reason to Strength Train is For Fitness and Health: Stop Saying That!

07 Nov 2014 17:28

I am going to have an aneurysm. There is a little vein in my forehead that is just pulsing. It's getting bigger and bigger and I'm afraid its getting ready to pop. Why? Because yet again I read someone saying that unless you plan to compete, your goal in strength training should not be to get stronger or to achieve a big lift. It infuriates me. Plain and simple. I am sick of hearing it and sick of reading it. It's bullshit. Stop saying it….

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