An hour per week at the gym lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome — ScienceDaily

Less than one hour of resistance exercise training per week lowers the risk of developing metabolic syndrome (cardiovascular risk factors such as overweight, high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar). This was shown by a study involving more than 7,000 participants from the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS) in the USA. The beneficial effects of […]

Girls with poorer motor skills more likely than boys to be obese — ScienceDaily

Date:December 19, 2016 Source:Coventry University Girls with poorer motor skills more likely than boys to be obese Date: December 19, 2016 Source: Coventry University Summary: Young girls who exhibit a poor mastery of fundamental movement skills (FMS) are more likely to be obese than boys who have similarly low skills, according to research. Source: Girls […]

Training to prevent strain injury? Contraction mode matters

Or Why It’s Important To Accentuate The Negative. sciencedaily.com Date:  April 1, 2016Source:  American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)Summary:Hamstring injuries are the most common noncontact injury in elite sport. Despite increased research efforts, these injury rates continue to rise. Recent evidence has shown that short muscle fiber lengths can increase the risk of hamstring injury […]

Regular exercise critical for heart health, longevity

 Just exercise, y’all.  I can help you get started. ScienceDaily.com Experts encourage physical activity for heart disease prevention Date:  January 18, 2016Source:  American College of CardiologySummary:The majority of citizens in developed countries should not be concerned by potential harm from exercise but rather by the lack of exercise in their lives, according to a clinical […]

Extreme Conditioning Programs: Potential Benefits and Potential Risks. – PubMed – NCBI

My guess is, after over 2 decades as a trainer, once studies are done extreme conditioning programs will offer no more reward than High Intensity Resistance Training, and therefore be deemed to be unnecessarily risky for the reward.  Actually you don’t need 20 plus years as a personal trainer to know that. You just need […]

Single muscle fibre contractile properties differ between bodybuilders, power athletes and controls. – PubMed – NCBI

Exp Physiol. 2015 Sep 20. doi: 10.1113/EP085267. [Epub ahead of print] Single muscle fibre contractile properties differ between bodybuilders, power athletes and controls. Author information Abstract We compared muscle fibre contractile properties of biopsies taken from m. vastus lateralis of 12 bodybuilders (BB; low- to moderate-intensity high-volume resistance training), 6 power athletes (PA; high-intensity low-volume […]

10 Reasons High Intensity Training is a Smarter Workout

You’ve probably heard of high intensity training, but more than likely are fuzzy on the details.  High intensity training (“HIT”) refers to performing a single set of 8-12 repetitions of slow controlled weight resisted exercises, to momentary muscular failure, at a repetition duration that maintains muscular tension throughout the entire range of motion, for most […]

“Let it be heavy,” and other random things heard in the gym

“Let it be heavy.” I say it all the time in my gym, from a client’s first training session until that moment when it finally gets through. In the midst of what seems like a barrage of new and foreign commands (keep your shoulders back, breathe, sit up straight, tuck your chin in, breathe, root […]