I'm Surrounded by Experts! Gym Intimidation and the Ideal Female Body

19 Sep 2012 15:05

By Eric Troy

You know that one of the biggest, and most ironic, reasons people don't go to the gym is because they don't think they look good enough! This is a serious problem because it can go much deeper than what a little pat on the back can fix. It really doesn't matter if someone tells you that nobody is judging you, or looking at you, or caring what you look like when you feel like all the eyes in the room are fixed on your flabby love-handles or protruding gut. You can feel the eyes upon you, as the song goes….

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Fitness Insider Groups and the Ultimate Attribution Error

15 Sep 2013 17:47

You can read the article or listen to the video talk below, which has more material in it, with additional commentary.

The fitness industry is made up of in-groups and out-groups. Of course, whatever group you are in, is the in-group as far as you are concerned. Some groups have more social power than others, however, and are able to draw more members. So we have something like minorities in the fitness world. William Graham Summer, an American sociologist and a social-Darwinist, is said to have coined the terms in-group and out-group, in his 1906 book Folkways. I use these terms differently than the nasty way in which he used them….

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Can You Get a Hernia From Deadlifts?

04 Sep 2013 13:43

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Should you switch exercises to keep from adapting

01 Aug 2013 19:54

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Problem with reactive training

21 Jul 2013 22:14

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Is 'Excuse' a Lazy Attack Word for Personal Trainers?

16 Jul 2013 19:08

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Top 10 Rules For Deadlift Training

12 Jul 2013 12:06

These are my top ten rules for deadlifts. I love deadlifts and having Eric as my guide and mentor for all things life; here are some really quick pointers about how to get good at pulling big weights for deadlifts….

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What is Sweet Dairy Whey and Can I Use it as a Whey Protein Supplement?

27 Jun 2013 20:51

Sweet Whey Powder

There are some companies that sell "Sweet Dairy Whey Powder" in bulk to consumers. This is very cheap, by the pound, compared to the typical whey protein supplement powders most strength training or bodybuilding trainees buy, and the price of whey protein has gone way up in the last year or so. The price of sweet dairy whey powder ranges from 3 to 4 bucks a pound, but it's possible to get it as low as one dollar a pound if you buy in bulk. These powders are not flavored, and, despite the word sweet, are not sweetened….

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Is Motivation an Overused Term in Strength Training and Fitness?

10 Jun 2013 13:22

The text of this of this blog post is a transcript of the video talk presented here, which explores whether the word motivation is a misunderstood and overused word in fitness and strength training circles. Motivation is treated as if it is a black-and-white concept, and a person is either motivated or they are not motivated. It could be, however, that motivation is much more complex than this and the word used alone, without qualification, may be too vague, or too broad to be of much use….

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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

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False comparisons in strength training

08 May 2013 16:20

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Performing the Powerlifting Squat for Raw Lifters

31 Mar 2013 19:26

I was browsing through some videos on YouTube and I came across some very important questions regarding squats. A lot of people are getting into powerlifting and training for maximal strength and one of the exercises that all powerlifting clubs and fitness fad programs tries to push is the back squat. This is why everybody is very obsessed with squatting. For all the powerlifters out there, the number one important exercise is the back squat because their entire meet begins with this exercise and they are able to use their gear to make the most of it….

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In the Gym: Focus On What You Can Control

26 Mar 2013 18:56

By Eric Troy

We all know that in life there are some things that we can control and some things we cannot. Well, in strength training, or any kind of training, it is the same. Yet, this is a typical sort of message from a trainee:…

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Ten Common Myths about Eyes and Eye Health

25 Mar 2013 22:14

You are probably aware of many of these myths about the eyes and the sense of sight. Many of us grew up with them. These myths have been passed from one generation to the next and despite ever-increasing access to accurate information, many of them still persist….

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Exposing the Dirty Little Secret in Strength Training and Coaching: Expert Intuition

23 Mar 2013 20:13

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Ischemic Compression

15 Mar 2013 13:56

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Acarbose Improperly Used for Weight Loss

14 Mar 2013 19:35

Acarbose is one of a group of oligosaccharides (complex carbohydrates) which inhibit enzymes of starch and disaccharide digestion. It was introduced in 1990 by Bayer AG, Germany under the trade name Glucobay. In the U.S. it is marketed under the name Precose. Other trade names are Glumida and Prandose. It is also available in generic….

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Is Brown Sugar Gluten Free?

14 Mar 2013 18:33

Various types of misinformation exist about brown sugar. One such piece of info is that the brown color in brown sugar is from added caramel coloring. The idea is that brown sugar is nothing more than colored white sugar. This is absolutely untrue. Brown sugar is refined cane sugar (white table sugar) to which molasses has been added back.

Therefore, brown sugar does not normally contain gluten containing grain ingredients and no coloring additives that could contain gluten. It is possible, however, that some brown sugars may have had caramel coloring added to darken the color.

Most brands of brown sugar do not, however, and you can easily check the ingredient listing on your brown sugar product to determine whether coloring has been used.

The existence of coloring does not automatically mean that a significant amount of gluten is in the brown sugar, or any at all, but it should be easy to keep to brands with no added coloring other than the color from the molasses. Whether the brown sugar is light or dark is determined by the amount of molasses added back to the sugar.


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Calories from lipids carbohydrate and protein

08 Mar 2013 15:12

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Glutinous Rice: Is it Gluten Free?

23 Feb 2013 22:23

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