Arguing about technique variations is pointless without clear definitions and data.
Good exercise technique versus bad exercise technique: Everyone seems to have an opinion about what makes a movement acceptable and what makes it unacceptable.
The mantra of every book, article and blog post on exercise injury or gym safety is “bad technique causes injury.” But in the fitness industry, no one agrees on the exact elements of good technique… Continue Reading
Did you overwork your adrenal glands or are you getting worked by mythology and marketing?
Sticking to a physical exercise routine is tiring, but the soreness and fatigue from a good workout can easily be alleviated with a full meal and plenty of rest, so you’re raring to go by the time your next workout rolls around.
That’s the theory, at least.
When real life gets in the way, recovery can suffer. Sometimes, fatigue persists for so long between… Continue Reading
June 29, 2015
Updated consensus statement on hydration and hyponatremia published June 29 in Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.
The dogma is pervasive: Dehydration is bad.
For more than a decade, a group of scientists from around the globe have been working to fight that doctrine. Their advice is simple: Drink only when you’re thirsty.
“Everybody has this little barometer in their brain that they were born with that measures the appropriate amount of sodium in your blood and the appropriate amount of… Continue Reading
Lon Kilgore explains how the pressure to publish has created libraries full of useless exercise-science publications.
Why doesn’t exercise science answer even the most basic questions about creating fitness?
In answer, many publications in recent years have pointed out problems in exercise science. Some of these pieces have been written without an understanding of the inner workings of modern academia, while some are written from within the belly of the beast.
Although… Continue Reading
Smart and athletic, Zyrees Oliver had a bright future washed away when widely accepted hydration advice ended up killing him. Andréa Maria Cecil investigates.
The words hung in the air: brain dead.
Only days earlier he was a strong, healthy, God-fearing 17-year-old who in little more than a year at his high school had become captain of the football team and boasted a 3.8 GPA. Zyrees Oliver planned to play college football… Continue Reading
June 09, 2015
New study shows mild dehydration has no effects on athletic performance.
Researchers from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, have discovered new evidence that suggests being dehydrated doesn’t hinder athletic performance.
Stephen Cheung is the lead author of “Separate and Combined Effects of Dehydration and Thirst Sensation on Exercise Performance in the Heat,” published in the June 2015 volume of the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. The study… Continue Reading
Despite a wealth of scientific research on hydration and cramping, few athletes and coaches know anything about preventing and treating muscle cramps.
Trent Cole never knew when they were going to strike: Exercise-induced muscle cramps were a serious problem for Cole when the Philadelphia Eagles drafted the University of Cincinnati product in 2005. No matter what he tried or how much fluid he drank, he couldn’t stop the full-body muscle cramps.
“I hydrated… Continue Reading
Affiliate owners explain how the publication of shoddy science affects their businesses and the CrossFit brand.
It was just one short paragraph, but those five sentences have become the basis of two lawsuits.
The peer-reviewed study “CrossFit-Based High Intensity Power Training Improves Maximal Aerobic Fitness and Body Composition” was published November 2013 in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the official journal of the National… Continue Reading