Articles | science & medicine

Robert Santana, MS, RD, SSC | February 26, 2020

Let’s face it: we’ve gotten fatter over the last half century and at some point, the gym became the “cure.” The problem with this approach is that it is wrong, and it is wrong because it ignores some very important aspects of human physiology. 

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Jonathon Sullivan MD, PhD, SSC | January 22, 2020

[T]he ubiquity of pain most emphatically does not mandate or even recommend the passive acceptance of pain. Of all the ages of the history of man to have pain, you’re living in the best, because our options for the treatment or even ablation of pain are more diverse and more effective than ever before. 

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Robert Santana, MS, RD, SSC | January 15, 2020

Carbohydrates are perhaps the most misunderstood macronutrient. If I had to be a macronutrient, I’d probably be a carbohydrate. Since I am not, I’ll settle for being an author who defends their honor, palatability, and function in human physiology.

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Mark Rippetoe | August 07, 2019

The production of force against an external resistance is the way all living creatures interact with their physical environment. Even plants do this, albeit very slowly. This ability has been in development for at least 3 billion years, and it's time to embrace it as a unifying characteristic of life. Even the tiniest scrap of your successful physical existence (your tenure in Hospice does not constitute any aspect of this) is predicated upon your ability to move, and this ability is predicated on the production of force by your muscles.

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Mia Inman, PhD, SSC | July 31, 2019

While the alternate grip improves the lifter’s ability to hold onto the bar and complete the lift, there are disadvantages to this technique. One disadvantage is the asymmetry that is introduced at the shoulders...[and] there is a tendency of the supine hand to drift away from the legs and forward of the mid-foot in an alternate grip deadlift...[T]his article will examine possible explanations for why it occurs and cues that might be useful for countering this tendency.

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