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Lifting Weights Has Caused More Damage to Major League Baseball Than Steroids

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Despite the hype and hyperbole surrounding Human Growth Hormone, steroids, and other Performance Enhancing Drugs, the weight room - and other conditioning methods - has caused more damage to baseball players than damage from...

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Personal Trainer’s Nonsensical Program

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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow's personal trainer serves as a great example of why celebrity fitness gurus should be ignored. Despite recognizing how ignorant most members of the general public are when it comes to fitness,...

The NFL’s Heads-Up Tackling Will Not Work

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The NFL's Heads Up Tackling Program will not work. This isn't an opinion based on some subjective viewpoint of football and tackling but is based on the recognition of legitimate scientific research and a...

Why You Should Stay Away From Fitness Gimmicks

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With every new year comes another pack of fitness gimmicks and fads. Now I don't know what exactly this new year will bring, but I can tell you that there will be a whole...

Why Do You Exercise Lying Down?

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<!--[CDATA[ Lying down when exercising is a bad idea, so why do so many people do it? We don't operate lying down; we sleep. Working a muscle, or muscles, when prone or supine or...

Holiday Eating Guide

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I enjoy the simple things in my routine, and I look forward to Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season.  With this in mind, I am struck by how petty and insignificant most...

The Confusion About Hydration

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<![CDATA[I am being polite when I say that there is confusion about hydration. The less delicate among us might say that there has been a purposeful effort on behalf of the sport drink industry...

Raspberry Ketones: The Latest “No Evidence” Product From the Supplement Industry

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Over the past few months, I have been hearing almost constant radio commercials for raspberry ketone weight-loss/fat-burning supplements, with the tag line that they are the miracle fat-burning supplement recommended by Dr. Oz. Can...

"Playing Up;" The Scourge of Youth Sports

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<![CDATA[Over the past decade the practice of "playing up" - letting the younger, bigger and "better" kids play an age group above their level - has become quite popular with youth team sports. "Playing...

The Government Doesn't Need to Force Feed Kids School Lunch

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<![CDATA[ The Lake County school system in Florida is considering installing cameras on their cafeteria trash cans in order to study what foods their students are throwing away. The school system says last year...