Archive for 'Myths'

I Want to Reactive Hyperemia You Up

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Pump As I left our Central Park workout tonight, I overheard a couple of guys coming straight from a Mensa meeting talking about biceps exercises.  One mentioned that he preferred a particular exercise because he got a great "pump".  Problem is that a good pump doesn't necessarily translate to a good workout.

Here's the story.  When a muscle contracts, the diameter of the muscle increases as the fibers ...

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Caffeine

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A friend just mentioned that one of his new year's resolutions is to give up caffeine.  That's lovely I suppose, though I don't really understand why so many people have an aversion to caffeine or feel guilty for enjoying it.

In fact, caffeine has a well-documented ergogenic effect on athletes.  During sustained, sub-maximal activities it can increase the mobilization of free fatty acids.  In other words, it ...

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A Sore Point

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Nickels
If I had a nickel for every runner that told me they were sore due to lactic acid…let's just say I'd be sore from carrying a lot of nickels.  The only thing that could cause more misinformation about lactic acid would be a good internet rumor.  ("A friend told me that his buddy saw lactic acid at a mosque and he wasn't wearing an American flag ...

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When Comedy Isn’t a Joke

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I was just alerted me to this video from Crossfit Endurance. I could hardly control my laughter and was about to forward it to all my friends with the subject line ROTFLMAO, when I realized that it wasn't a joke.  For those of you who can't be bothered to click through to watch and read, here's a summary of what you're missing. 

The website shows three elite endurance athletes – Haile Gebrselassie (the greatest distance runner ...

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Mythbusters – City Coach Edition

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Anyone who has spent more than 15 seconds in a gym with me knows how much I hate the many myths and misconceptions about exercise that are perpetuated through esteemed publications like Men's Health (a/k/a Cosmo for Boys) and Muscle & Fitness (a/k/a Muscle & Fiction).  While I can't do an experiment to see if a Chevy with a rocket engine can get airborne or if Pop Rocks and soda will make your tummy explode like the TV Mythbusters ...

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It’s a Myth

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Idiots
At last week’s Niketown Speaker Series, the topic of strength training myths came up.  Below is an edited excerpt from our literary masterpiece, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Weight Training.  We address a few of the many old wives tales and misconceptions.

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