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Exercises I Like: Zercher Squats

A bud of mine who’s a competitive powerlifter turned me on to these.  I like them much better than front squats.  These are serious quad killers. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naaZ97qljdM]  Which reminds me – it’s Leg Day today!

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Ingredient Watch: beta alanine ethyl ester HCl

Just so we’re clear: beta-alanine is a naturally occurring amino acid that the body uses to make carnosine.  Muscle carnosine, in turn, buffers hydrogen ions produced during exercise.  Since taking additional beta-alanine can boost muscle carnosine stores and improve performance/endurance, it’s become a pretty popular supplement ingredient.  Beta alanine ethyl ester HCl (BAEE) is a chemically modified version that’s...

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Exercise Gimmicks Vol. I: JumpSnap

Jumping rope is a great cardiovascular exercise, for sure.  But if you can’t do it, then the folks selling “JumpSnap” have the perfect solution for you. Or maybe not: it sure looks catchy, and the video is awesome.  But forget the background music and choreography for a moment and look a little closer at what everyone is doing… That’s right.  They’re simply jumping up and down while waving a pair of...

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The Devil’s in the Details…

I’m often struck by the difference between reports on health/fitness research that appear in the popular media, and the actual published research.  Oh, the popular reports are accurate enough in what they say…but what they don’t say can be important too.  When a scientific study catches media attention, reporters frequently act as stenographers and cheerleaders, and don’t give the details the analysis they...

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Supplement Ad Claim of the Month: “Studies have shown…”

I’m sure you’ve seen this one before, or some variation on the theme, such as “According to a recent clinical study…” Unfortunately, a study is no guarantee that the product or ingredient described in the ad will work as claimed.  Why? First of all, the study may be “in-vitro.” Some people call these “test tube” studies (although I hate that term).  In-vitro studies use cultured...

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