Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Athlete Ever? How Do We Compare This to Lifting?

05 Aug 2012 01:34

There is a lot of talk about Michael Phelps and his many, many medals. Is he the greatest Olympian ever? Well, it depends on your perspective. As has been said already a thousand times, a case can be made that he is the greatest Olympian ever. But what is true of athletics in general is true of the Olympics. In fact, the Olympics is a case study in athletes with a capital A….

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Negative Calorie Foods: A Magical Farce

10 May 2012 21:17

Turning over a new leaf, just for this post, at least, I decided to actually write about fat loss. People who read my articles regularly know that I do not hand out weight loss advice. But a fun subject, and one a knowledgeable feller like myself can tackle, is the "negative calorie" claim that has surfaced through the years. The thing about this claim is that it can seem logical at first glance, to someone with no in-depth knowledge of nutrition, and at the heart of it, there is a kernel of truth. For those without knowledge and those who wish to cash in on that market, a kernel of truth is all that is needed….

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Choosing Exercises For Aggressive Progression

23 Feb 2013 13:21

One of the biggest taboos in mainstream fitness and strength training is when a trainee wants to specialize on just one or two lifts. This is a huge deal on online forums and anyone who questions this is usually bullied and made to follow whatever program the forum elite are endorsing at the time. The good news is that strength specialization through prioritizing lifts is totally possible and should be advocated for. The bad news is that all the famous e-gurus and e-strength coaches that are pumping out routines and cookie cutters are being hypocritical about this topic. The bottom line is that it is crucial to prioritize the lifts in order to aggressively train them….

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Top Vitamin C Containing Fruits

19 Feb 2013 16:21

Fruits are not the only vitamin C containing plant foods. In fact, red bell pepper beats out most fruits in the vitamin C department at 95mg per 1/2 cup and 3.5 ounces of parsley packs a vitamin C wallop of 125 to 300mg. Brocolli and Brussels sprouts are no slouches either. But most people don't want to snack on these foods and often wonder which fruits have the most vitamin C, besides oranges, which really are a great source but not the true champions. There is a lot more to good nutrition than individual vitamins and all these fruits have an abundance of other vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, not to mention fiber….

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Overhead Squat Do's

19 Feb 2013 14:45

I saw a very interesting internet exchange concerning overhead squats the other day. This was actually in regards to my own writings. A keyboard legend apparently decided it was opposite day and proceeded to describe all the things NOT to do during the overhead squat…what seemed like exactly the opposite of everything I had said. This kind of thing is bound to happen but looking at some of the tips I figured they may be prevalent. I can think of a few big names who might even be preaching the kind of stuff the KL was preaching. So I thought I'd make a list of good habits for the overhead squat….

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How To Choose A Weight Training Routine

16 Feb 2013 10:08

I originally started writing this little blog post as a status update for Facebook just to share observations about the happenings on various strength forums of the internet. However, while developing my points, I realized I want to provide some practical solutions regarding strength training. So, what I want to do with this article is put forth a way to go about selecting weight training programs and then provide some unconventional yet practical templates for those of you interested in getting strong….

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Raw food claim limited digestive enzymes

11 Feb 2013 16:11

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Deadlifts: Don't Jerk the Weight off The Floor?

07 Feb 2013 22:22

By Eric Troy

This should be a very short blog post. I have gotten a great number of queries about "jerking the weight off the floor" leading to some of my deadlift posts. I was wondering why this question suddenly sprang up so I did some searching. I found that there is some advice floating around about how you should never JERK the weight off the floor in the deadlift, because this can injure the shoulders and cause the hips to shoot up….

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Pica craving nonfood items

02 Feb 2013 00:51

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Splenda Kills Healthy Intestinal Bacteria?

31 Jan 2013 17:02

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What are Cheating Reps (aka Cheating Method, Cheating System)?

31 Jan 2013 14:45

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The Data Dump in Fitness Information: Time to Get Back on Track

28 Jan 2013 18:01

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The Reality of Using Lifting Videos for Exercise Form Checks

12 Dec 2012 21:26

Not many strength trainees have personal trainers or strength coaches to check up on them when they are lifting. I actually think that most people who do strength training have never had any formal help of any kind. Probably, if you did a survey or something, you'd find the number of trainees with this kind of luxury so small it is insignificant. This means that most trainees are on their own and get no advice whatsoever, or they get their advice from the internet. Most training advice on the internet seems to come back to exercise form. Everybody seems to be an expert on “form.” Also, there are a lot of technique experts. I doubt that most of these internet-experts even know what the word form means. And since the word form and technique are used interchangeably, they must not know what technique means either. It's not easy to explain, so I asked Eric how he would go about explaining it, and here is what he had to say:…

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Why Do Some Lifters GRIND on Maximum Lifts When Others Don't

11 Dec 2012 18:12

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Exercise Selection and Workload

30 Nov 2012 19:03

Practical training involves balancing exercises and how much of your workload is dedicated to training them. If you look at most of the powerlifting, strength training or other such routines floating around the web, you’re going to notice all of them focusing on the big compound movements, but then listing a ton of supplementary, assistance, or accessory lifts after them. Typically, you'll see someone recommending a few sets of heavy Bench Press followed by a total of 15-20 sets of other pressing work, pull-ups, rows, and other exercises for reps. You meet someone at the gym and you ask them what they’re training that day and they’ll tell you that they’re doing 2-3 sets of Squats followed by 10 sets of other leg exercises. Does this seem reasonable? I mean, if you’re doing 2-3 sets of Squats and then 10 sets of some other leg exercises that doesn’t make it a “squat” day, does it? The bulk of the workload is utilized on these supplementary exercises….

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Nutrition Junk Science: Red Flags That Help You Spot It!

09 Nov 2012 18:59

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Brachialis Muscle: Locations, Actions, and Trigger Points

20 Oct 2012 20:17

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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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What Is the Babinski Reflex?

14 Oct 2012 03:39

The Babinski reflex or Babinski sign is pathalogical (altered or abnormal) reflex of the lower limb which indicates damage to the corticospinal tracts of the spinal cord. These pathways are also called the pyramidal tracts after the pyramid-shaped parts of the medulla oblongata through which they pass. To elicit the Babinski reflex, an examiner forcefully strokes the edge of the bottom of a patient's foot (lateral plantar surface or sole) with a moderately sharp object from the heel to the toes. The Babinski reflex is named after its discoverer, Joseph Babinski, who described it in 1896….

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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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What is the Frontal Plane?

09 Oct 2012 14:06

The frontal plane is one of several anatomical planes which are used as positional references in biomechanics, kinesiology, anatomy, and related fields. They are especially useful for describing movements. The frontal plane, also called the coronal or lateral plane, is an imaginary plane (a flat, two-dimensional surface) that passes through one side of the body to the other and divides the body into front and back halfs (anterior and posterior). It is perpendicular to any sagittal plane. Many different frontal planes can be imagined to pass through the body, but we usually refer to the frontal plane intersecting the midpoint or center of gravity of the body, to divide it into equal front and back halves. This is the cardinal frontal plane. While there can be many frontal planes, there is only one cardinal frontal plane….

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Basic Liver Functions

01 Oct 2012 20:08

Among all the organs, only the brain is capable of more functions than the liver. In fact, the sheer multitude of its jobs is staggering. It is the largest glandular organ of the body and is located just below the diaphragm in the upper right part of the abdominal cavity. The human liver is reddish-brown in color weighs an average of about 3 pounds and resembles calf liver in color and texture. When our liver is diseased or so severely damaged that it cannot function properly, we cannot live long….

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