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

23 Mar 2013 20:13

Strength training and fitness in general brings on reams of discussion as to what it means to be an expert. They also bring on droves of people who play at being an expert on the internet and, increasingly, on television. Recognize that I cannot hope to define expertise without it tending to align with my own interests and biases. However, I do think that the non-expert may be distinctly recognizable!…

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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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Painful Bump on Inside of Foot: The Accessory Navicular Bone

23 Oct 2014 14:27

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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

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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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

I've written about attributions many times. Attributional thinking is a kind of causal thinking. Attributions are basically the explanations we give for things that happen. This is important in sports and performance. To what do we attribute our failure? To what do we attribute our success? Let's say you're a boxer and your opponent hits you below the belt. You are going to either think he did it on purpose or by accident. Let's say you end up losing the bout. Your attribution about the low blow is going to color your reaction to losing. So, attributions are not just about ourselves, but about others. To what do we attribute their behavior?…

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Is Exercise Subjective? The Personal Training Industry and Demand Creation

22 Jun 2014 20:42

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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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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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Don't Overcomplicate Strength Training: Find the Elegant Solution!

18 Mar 2014 14:07

You know, we often hear that we should "keep it simple." That is good advice. It really is. As you read this post, it may seem to come down to a fancy way of saying keep it simple. Well, many of today's "simple" strength training programs have sort of scooted past simple and sat down hard on simplistic. So, I want to say before I even begin, that elegant solutions, which I am talking about here, are not the same thing as simplistic solutions! We're trying to take out the complications, not to prove how very simple it all is….

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