Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Assorted Links on Cognition and Neuroscience
As the name suggests. Pseudoscience, religion, quackery, tarot, the paranormal, we're all aware of these things, some of us believe in them, others do not. The articles dive into the bio mechanical processes by which we are duped, or perhaps more graciously, convinced, by the above, which do not have adequate evidential support. The knowing reader may attack my epistemology and indeed ask for a basis for an evidential approach, which is a discussion I would be more than willing to have, suffice it to say, for personal trainers and the scientifically literate, the need for an evidential basis for support and endorsement of programs and training tactics should be apparent and obvious.

Where My Ladies At?
Ladies check this out, then tell me if you lift heavy weights you'll get bulky...

What is Metabolic Resistance Training?
Cosgrove's blog is usually always packed with justification for much of what I do, this blog is no different. I would actually recommend purchasing the mentioned product, I did. The great thing about buying the product is not so much the 2 products you get, but rather the Turbulence Training site you get access too, as of this writing I've downloaded about 70 e-books on diet, abs, HIIT, MRT etc, by Craig Ballantyne, Chris Mohr and Mike Roussell. I couldn't imagine how valuable this resource would be for a non trainer!

New T-Nation Single Leg Training Article
Some advice on single leg training from the guy who changed the industry toward this stuff.

11 Reason Why You Aren’t Getting Results
I don't often post articles from Boyle as he keeps his most informative articles on but occasionally he puts some stuff on his blog that's worth the re-post (though this post in and of itself is a re-post).

Evolution of a Fitness Enthusiast
A really great post on Boyle's blog. He's focused on this thing a bit recently, and I think, particularly us trainers, can see our progression on here, and that of those in our clubs.

High Protein Diets and Kidney Function
This idea has been the basis for the "anti-high protein diet" crowd. Do I think this effectively puts this to bed? Of course not. We should however consider this and other information when considering our dietary course.

Knees-Past-Toes During the Squat
Schoenfield demonstrates the complexity implicit in the "knees past toes" debate in regards to the squat. I've seen Poloquin make a similar argument. I especially liked his distinction between the squat and the lunge and why a different emphasis needs to be placed on the toes in each.
Circuit training vs Traditional Training
Some evidence via studies to demonstrate the superiority of MRT over traditional weight training.

Tempo Intervals & MMA Fitness
Some anecdotal evidence toward the efficacy of HIIT.

A Great "Pushup" Variation For Shoulder Stability and Core Strength
The next 4 blogs are Bruno doing his thing.

Good Reads for the Week

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 35

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 34

Talent vs. Work: Part 1
We have a tendency to look at those with the physical gifts we would bestow upon ourselves with some envy, and it is easy to consider ways to take away their hard work from them, for example:  "well they have genetics", "they have more time to train than me" etc etc. Excuses and reasons are not delineated by much.

The Effect of Two Energy-Restricted Diets, a Low-Fructose Diet vs. a Moderate Natural Fructose Diet – Research Review
Lyle McDonald seems to disagree with most of what I preach on diet, but that's ok, dissenting voices, particularly those backed by evidence, are worth listening to. Does this mean, based on the results of one study that I'm going to give up pushing high protein diets? Of course not. It is good however to be aware of the literature, to respect it, and to realise their are always opposing viewpoints.

Random Thoughts

Strength Goals: Don’t Be Afraid to Abandon Them
Working in a commercial gym I see a lot of horrible form, sometimes especially from the meatheads, who should know better. But, have you ever tried to tell a meathead how to lift? As a former (and possibly still), meathead myself, it's like talking to a piece of glass.

Free 52 Glute Myths and a Program to Come

Chicken, Artichoke and Grape Skewers with Tarragon-Yogurt Sauce
This and below are a bunch of recipes I would happily endorse.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Loaf (Low-Carb, Sugar Free)

Spicy Mango Black Bean Turkey Burgers

Cookie Dough Cupcakes (Gluten Free, Sugar Free)

Smokey Eggplant Guacamole


  1. Agave is a popular sweetener among raw vegans (and by regular vegans as a sub for honey), but if a recipe said sugar-free and then asked for tablespoons of agave nectar/syrup, I'd get a bit confused, since it's so high in fructose.

    It's kind of the "cool, new" sweetener I guess, and it pops up a lot in vegan/trendy recipes. I like the taste, but I don't kid myself that it's healthy :)

  2. Interesting, thanks for the tip!

  3. Stevia is amazing though!!!!! :D