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“Why Are You Doing Situps? Here’s The Truth About Your Gut and Your Health”-Mark Rippetoe

Ripp at its best!

“Fat doesn’t just soak down into the muscle because you’re making the muscle warmer by contracting it — the grease in a pan on your stove runs when it heats up, but it doesn’t work this way in your body.

This idiotic idea — that muscles use the fat on top of them, and that exercising a muscle will therefore reduce the fat on top of the muscle — is known as “spot reduction,” and some of the darker corners of the fitness industry still sell the concept. I have to be reminded occasionally that some members of the general public still believe this, because I don’t deal directly with the general public much anymore, and it’s easy to assume that people have gotten better educated about these things. Some apparently haven’t.

The most popular areas that people try to spot reduce are abs and triceps, because these are the areas regarded as most unsightly when fat. Sorry, but it doesn’t work anywhere, at any time, for anybody. When you lose bodyfat, it comes off of everywhere, just the opposite of the order in which it got deposited in the first place. So doing situps doesn’t make your belly fat go away. I have a belly because I eat and drink too much, not because I don’t do situps.

But, I don’t do situps.”


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Doctors and Exercise Advice-Mark Rippetoe

Couldn’t agree more with Rippetoe on this one.

“Every day, I deal with the nonsense promulgated by doctors practicing outside their expertise. Usually this takes the form of bad advice about barbell exercise distributed as part of an orthopedic surgeon’s consultation with a potential surgery patient, or in the post-operative phase of the patient’s rehabilitation. Here is a short list:

  • Squats are bad for the knees.
  • Squats will “blow out” your knees.
  • Squats are bad for the back.
  • Deadlifts will destroy your back. “Blow it out.”
  • Squat with as vertical a back as possible – shear force will “blow out” your back.
  • Overhead presses will destroy your shoulders.
  • Lighter weights for higher reps build the same strength as heavy weights for lower reps – but they’re safer.
  • Lifting weights will stunt a kid’s growth.
  • Lifting weights and getting too strong makes you less “athletic.”
  • Lifting weights reduces your flexibility.
  • Lifting weights makes you slower.
  • Lifting weights will give you arthritis.
  • Lifting weights will make your arthritis worse.
  • Lifting weights will give you a heart attack/stroke/aneurysm.
  • All that muscle will turn to fat when you stop lifting weights.
  • You don’t need to hear good bass, man – you just feel good bass. (Wait… that was back in high school. Sorry, same type of bullshit.)

If these stupid things sound a lot like what people who don’t know what they’re talking about say, it’s because that’s exactly what they are. Except it’s not your bartender. It’s your doctor.

He should know better than to bullshit you. After all, he refers you to medical specialists when your case is outside his specialty. Urologists don’t practice neurology, and dermatologists don’t practice oncology – at least not for long. But they all feel perfectly qualified to bullshit about exercise.”

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Progressive ‘Exercise Science’ Community Embarrasses Itself-Mark Rippetoe

“In other developments, a group of Australian and Canadian exercise scientists have determined that it’s okay for cyclists to eat bread. The aversion to gluten — the major protein found in wheat, the world’s most widespread food crop — has swept the globe. Athletes, always the first group to jump on a new nutritional bandwagon, have led the way. In their attempts to improve performance, many athletes have adopted gluten-free diets.

Despite the fact that gluten is the primary source of vegetable protein for the human race, the suspicion is that all humans have a touch of celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that features an inflammatory reaction to a component of gluten. Faddish weirdness notwithstanding, the vast majority of the human race has no trouble with wheat — if it did, it wouldn’t be so damn popular.

But these guys (oh, sorry: I forgot to mention that The Team in the previous paper has concluded that the term “guys” was demotivating) from Australia and Canada decided to test the hypothesis that gluten adversely affects performance. So they did the usual Exercise Science thing: they performed an underpowered, poorly designed, poorly executed study on a small group of subjects who could not possibly prove or disprove their hypothesis.

This, of course, was in no way an impediment to getting it published.”

“A range of 10-40 grams of gluten per day is considered normal gluten consumption for non-celiac patients, so it’s entirely possible that 16 grams of gluten was less than the cyclists were eating before the study. If I were going to design a study to show the effects of gluten vs. no gluten, I’d use more gluten than the lower end of the normal range.

Anyway, the cyclists ate each diet for a total of 7 days. Seven (7) whole days.

Amazingly enough, no differences were reported in the performances or lab work of either group.

Do you see the problems here? There were 13 cyclists in the study. This just isn’t enough cyclists. If you don’t have enough people in your study, small effects (the kind you would expect) don’t show up at sufficiently noticeable frequencies or levels to tell you anything useful, to allow you to see any changes, or to allow you to see the absence of any changes. Any differences in performance between the gluten-containing and the gluten-free diet would not be present in enough people at sufficient amplitude to constitute an observable difference.”


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“Winter cyclist is a curious creature”

This text and short VIDEO especially made me smile this morning 😀
And it’s true that people are pedaling more and more in the winter. As far as i can see in my town.
Before 7 or 8 years i was the only one pedaling in the snow through the streets-now i could see 3 or 4 people pedaling, that’s almost 4 time increase! 😀 😀 (scientific research,heh)

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