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

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

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

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 Do You Exercise Lying Down?

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 on...

Holiday Eating Guide

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 day-to-day...

The Confusion About Hydration

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

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

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

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 these...

Athletes Need to Stop Jogging on the Boardwalk

I just got back from vacation down at the beautiful New Jersey Shore. No, not the Jersey Shore you see on MTV, but the real New Jersey Shore. The only thing worse than the...