I thought the Twitter was filled with diet and fitness garbage, which it is. But it’s nothing compared to the behomithic fitness dumpster that is the Pinterest.
I’d been out of the social media loop until recently and when I checked back in I was amazed at the constant flow of fitness crap on the Twitter. It is as if the Twitter fitness people are stuck in a time warp. Leg warmers and head bands anyone?
The other day I started digging into the Pinterest because my wife is a big Pinner, and I gotta tell you I was shocked at the utter paucity of responsible diet and fitness info. Utter paucity, I says. From what I see on Pinterest you would think humans exist on all fours, kneelingor crawling around. Since we, as humans, walk around upright you would think there would be “Pins” featuring exercises with people standing up.
Not so much.
Clearly, yoga cures everything and will melt away love handles and jiggly arms, and give you the perfect butt and a flat stomach just by doing these (fill in the number) simple moves. Oh, and yoga will get rid of back fat, too.
I didn’t realize that overhead tricep extensions also cured jiggly arms. Whoever discovered this should be awarded the Nobel Prize. There are inner thigh exercises, outer thigh exercises and I would presume mid thigh exercises. However, I cannot figure out why there are no upper and lower thigh exercises. Or maybe I haven’t dug deeply enough into the Pins to find them.
With so many ways to get flat abs fast I’m amazed anyone is walking around with a belly.
It’s amazing how much “made up” stuff makes up the fitness content on Pinterest. Sadly, most of it is by women, for women, and does nothing to improve a woman’s – or anyone’s – understanding of what it means to be truly fit and happy with their body.
All of the greeting card sentiments via the hollow motivational bromides that Pinterest and its “Pinners” offer up doesn’t make up for the terrible messages being given to women. The horrible fitness information isn’t good, either.
Recently, a huge amount of attention has been spent on the subject of safer tackling in football. I am fortunate to be part of this national debate, as last month I participated in an edition of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” television series that dealt with the issue of USA Football’s Heads-Up tackling program.
The debate regarding safer football has revolved around the issue of tackling and, to a lesser extent, whether or not any aspect of football can be safe. However, there hasn’t been much discussion about how to address the issues faced by youth football outside of the tackling issue.
A first step must be to recognize that not every kid should/can play tackle football. Not every kid can play the piano or tap dance or tumble, so the notion that every kid can play tackle football has to be retired. And while there is no downside for a kid to pursue these other activities, there is the real potential for injury in tackle football.
The most immediate action that should be taken is to raise the age for kids to be eligible to play football. The vast majority of 8-10 olds are not ready to play tackle football, and the case can be made that kids shouldn’t start tackle until they are 12.
Frankly I am sick of hearing from parents – mostly dads – that their Third Grader needs to play tackle and has to practice 4-5 times a week. Really, enough and shut up. You do not know what you are talking about and are making matters worse for those of us who do know what’s what. Stop living your athletic life by risking your kid’s overall well-being.
Extending the age of participation for Flag Football will allow more kids to play – longer – and learn more than by having them tackle too early. The current system forces kids to tackle before they are ready, and no doubt kids drop out because of this arbitrary starting point.
With regard to the technique of tackling, the only way to teach it and to learn it is to have kids tackle. There are some very basic points to proper tackling, a technique that worked for many decades worked very well. It still works well.
Leading with the head was never taught and is a “technique” that players adopted on their own. Despite admonitions by coaches to “stick your head in there,” and similar phrases, using the head to tackle was never taught.
Players in the NFL, in many cases, practice Heads Down Tackling, to their detriment. They are the ones with the most to risk, and yet they still lower the boom by lowering their heads. But their problem isn’t youth football’s problem.
At the same time, there must be the recognition that there is no nice way to tackle another person and that heads will hit, bones will break, legs will get rolled up on, etc. There is nothing anybody can do to prevent this.
This is a tough point for people to deal with and those who can’t handle the reality that injuries will happen, shouldn’t let their kids play.
When it comes time to start tackling, we have to teach kids the proper way to tackle. But only when they are physically able to perform many of the other fundamental football, and movement, skills.
Before a kid progresses to tackle he should have to display proficiency in a variety of movement skills, prerequisites if you will, for tackling. Teaching kids to tackle before they are physically ready to handle it is like teaching a kid calculus before they know how to multiply.
There are steps that can be taken to improve youth football beyond the simplistic step of teaching Heads Up Tackling.
Alex Rodriguez’s is no longer an everyday, productive, Major League Baseball player, and the suspension has nothing to do with it. ARod’s injuries and surgeries have made him a shell of the player he used to be. You should have seen that last year.
The suspension has distracted from this reality.
Over the past three seasons ARod’s power has diminished – even on the PEDs – and last year he limped through 44 games and hit home runs at a third of the rate he did at his peak, and half the rate of his career average. His batting average was .244, by far the lowest average of his career.
But his biggest problem is that his movement skills have deteriorated to the point where they are broken. He is broken.
Watch the highlight package on ESPN and you see a guy laboring to run; a lumbering, painful looking, effort-ful gait. Last season watching him try to get around on a fastball, the struggle was evident. In the field he was far from the fluid, graceful ARod who at one point was worth the money he was making.
Regardless of the reasons for these broken mechanics, this poor movement led to ARod breaking down after 44 games in 2013. The telltale pulled muscle caused by the daily grind made worse by poor mechanics and bad hips, that leads to bigger problems.
The seemingly minor issues are the result of poor mechanics and lead to the inevitable major problems. And old guy playing with surgically repaired hips – even on his PED regimen – cannot play Major League Baseball everyday. That is precisely what you saw last year.
If ARod wasn’t suspended, what do you think you were going to get this year? For their $28 million in 2013 the Yankees got 38 hits. He hasn’t hit 30 home runs since 2010. At 38-years old with bad hips and (maybe) no drugs the Yankees weren’t going to get a productive, everyday player. They were going to get Andy Stankiewic.
Ryan Braun is a young fraud, so there’s at least some chance that off the drugs he won’t be a total embarrassment. With ARod, no such luck.
So when you hear someone say ARod will be back in 2015 – if they can keep a straight face – you should ask, “Be back where?” And when he says that next year he’s starting a new chapter in his life, it’s called “Retirement.”
The vast majority of the coverage continues to focus on the legal aspect of the “ARod Suspension,” which is not only boring and repetitive, but has zero relevance with regard to baseball and the rest of the sports world.
The PEDs used by Alex Rodriguez are the real story here, as the use of these drugs has ramifications that go beyond just baseball. As this story unfolds, the drugs – what they do for all athletes and what they might do for the rest of us – will become the star of this story.
One of the popular arguments used by defenders of re-disgraced Yankee Alex Rodriguez is that he’s never failed a drug test. The problem with that line of reasoning is that there are no drug tests in place at this time, used by any organization, that would catch an athlete who is using these potent performance enhancing drugs.
Furthermore, this new-generation of PEDs – IGF-1 and peptides like GHRP-6 – allows athletes to use smaller doses of the drugs that they can get popped for while improving their effectiveness. Fast-acting testosterone can be taken in micro-doses is effective and, if used properly, undetectable.
Quick note regarding testosterone. A drug test is failed when the ratio between testosterone and epitestosterone is above 4:1. When the body produces testosterone it produces an equal amount of epitestosterone, and so us healthy folk walk around with a 1:1 ratio.
So this means that baseball players, and most athletes, can dope to the point where they have 4 times the amount of testosterone as us mortals and still not fail a drug test. If you beleive there are athletes who compete without using PEDs, these honest fellas are outgunned by the cheaters four fold in the testosterone department.
Just like the person who makes 4 times the salary of the average guy, the “legal” testosterone doper has quite an advantage over the clean guy.
Now that everyone is familiar with HGH to the point of probably being sick of hearing about it, and with leagues talking about testing for it, the elites have moved on to the next, new thing in PEDs. It took “only” 20-years for the rest of the world to find out about HGH, for the eiltes HGH is passe.
IGF-1 and the peptides like GHRP-6 have been in the legitimate research literature and on body building forums for a while. Get used to hearing about them. I don’t want to turn this into a science paper, so at this point I will say A) they work B) they will not be found in a drug test.
The most interesting PED is the peptide GHRP-6. This peptide stimulates the pituitary gland to produce HGH, which sets off that powerful chain of performance-enhancing events that athletes crave. No more injecting synthetic HGH, which means the drug tests that are looking for metabolites of this artificial hormone will not find any because the increase in HGH is the person’s own HGH. Get it?
No doubt plenty of locker room chemists and strip mall “doctors” have been whipping up all kinds of drug cocktails that feature these powerful, undetectable compounds, and conducting Dr. Frankenstein-like experiments on their willing, human guinea pigs in the quest to find the most powerful and effective mix that cannot be detected.
And you can be just as sure there are athletes out there who have been using these PED cocktails, and I’ll bet we have seen some of them compete and win. Olympics, NFL, NBA, NCAA? We all watched Major League Baseball players play the game while using substances most people didn’t know existed. We all saw ARod playing while using GHRP-6.
Do you think baseball players are the only athletes using IGF-1 and GHRP-6?
The legal issues are unimportant to the bigger issue at hand; we are in an era where drug testing is futile and PEDs have changed the world of sports.
While the vast majority of press coverage surrounding the “ARod Suspension Circus” has focused on the legal wrangling, I’ve been more interested in the details of the drug regimen Anthony Bosch apparently gave to the re-disgraced Alex Rodriguez.
From the brief glimpse of the specifics of the regimen they showed on “60 Minutes” I have a few thoughts that, if nothing else, provide food for thought. Oh, and one thing first. Bosch isn’t some wizard or mastermind. He gave ARod a drug regimen that can be found in plenty of places on the Internet and in weight rooms everywhere.
Ask any of the guys on the list of former Bosch clients who have gotten pinched thanks to failed drug tests if they think Bosch is some kind of mad genius.
So on to the drugs.
GHRP-6 alone – the peptide Bosch mentioned in the “60-Minutes” interview – should be enough to improve the performance and body composition of any elite athlete in their prime, especially a baseball player. This peptide stimulates the pituitary gland to produce HGH, which increases IGF-1 and sets off the whole chain of events that is responsible for growth and recovery. GHRP-6 has an amazing reputation for healing joints and connective tissue injuries, as well.
The fact that Bosch apparently had ARod on Testosterone, HGH, IGF-1 and some of the other usual suspects, as well as the GHRP-6, seems like overkill. On the other hand, it gives credence to the position that ARod has been a habitual, career-long user and that he needs all of these substances because his system has been “turned off” – so to speak – by this long-term use.
Long-term steroid users disrupt the neuroendocrine system and they lose the ability to produce many of these hormones – in the short-term, and in some cases for a period of several months – and they have to kick start their system by using other drugs.
An elite athlete, who has become dependent on these PEDs, would not be able to compete when they are off the drug regimen and during this period where they cannot produce the necessary hormones.
Someone who has never abused the old school steroids for a long period of time, and is a product of the modern PEDs – like GHRP-6, HGH, IGF-1, etc – most likely wouldn’t need to use all of these other drugs. Especially a baseball player.
The fact that ARod was using a Testosterone supplement, on top of all these other substances, is telling. It’s not a reach to think he could not function, could never play, unless he was on this kind of PED regimen.
Or, like I said earlier, Bosch could be guilty of overkill. Barry Bonds’ trainer Greg Anderson did the same thing, which contributed to Bonds’ downfall.
Regardless, given his situation and the evolution of the drug testing ARod needed to go into the fringe to get what he needed.
A study published in the November edition of the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research revealed some interesting conclusions with regard to CrossFit training, most of which are not great news.
Despite the positive spin used in the headline, “CrossFit-Based High-Intensity Power Training Improves Maximal Aerobic Fitness and Body Composition,” the evidence presented in this study does not provide a ringing endorsement for the CrossFit craze. The words used by the authors of the study illustrate why this research isn’t really a good thing for the CrossFit nation.
Before getting into the details of the study this needs to be cleared up; the term “high intensity” has been misused by those who promote the HIIT-style of training. These programs are more accurately, “Low Intensity Power Training,” or “High Volume Power Training,” as the high number of total repetitions performed per set and/or per workout disqualify these workouts from properly being considered “high intensity.”
Actually, depending on the workout, a more accurate name for many of these workouts might be, “Explosive Endurance.”
By rule, as repetitions increase (aka “Volume”), intensity must decrease. In these HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) programs, “high intensity” is mis-used to express a level of difficulty, in lay terms.
Also, the term “power,” used in the traditional engineering sense, has no real value when applied to human movement. That’s another discussion for another time…
So back to the research.
In the Discussion, section of the paper,”CrossFit-Based High-Intensity Power Training Improves Maximal Aerobic Fitness and Body Composition,”the authors bring up some problematic issues for CrossFit.
The authors write, “Despite a deliberate periodizaton and supervision of our CrossFit-based training programs by certified professionals, a notable percentage of our subjects (16%) did not complete the training program and return for follow up testing,” due to injury. They add, “There are emerging reports of increased rates of musculoskeletal and metabolic injury in these programs. This may call into question the risk-benefit ratio for such extreme training programs, as the relatively small aerobic fitness and body composition improvements observed among individuals who are already considered to be ‘above average’ and ‘well-above average’ may not be worth the risk of injury and lost training time.”
Worth repeating is the phrase, “May not be worth the risk of injury and lost training time.”
The authors go on to state that HIPT can be beneficial for people of all fitness levels, which contradicts their statement regarding the “relatively small” improvements offered by these CrossFit-style programs and the associated high risk of injury.
The authors point out, “HIIT has previously been shown to improve body composition and Vo2 max in healthy adults, this is the first investigation showing that similar benefits can be obtained using a CrossFit-based HIPT (High Intensity Power Training) program.” So what this means is that CrossFit style training is not really any different than other methods of what is considered to be “high-intensity” programs.
Furthermore this study, that was conducted at Ohio State University, did not include a group performing a traditional HIIT program, or any group performing any other kind of exercise, which seriously minimizes the relatively minor positive information that is contained in this research. Without a control group or a point of comparison to other exercise programs, the improvements reported in this study are at least highly questionable and possibly meaningless.
Comparing CrossFit with a traditional, lower risk exercise program performed per the Tabata Interval program, or a program that included Olympic-style lifts and basic gymnastic and calisthenics moves, would have provided a valid point of comparison for the purposes of this research.
In the Conclusion section of the study the authors write, “Given that our subjects were following a Paleolithic diet, we cannot relate all of the observed weight loss to the HIPT training. However, HIPT and Paleolithic diet in combination could be used to promote positive changes in body composition.” Worth noting is that traditional HIIT training, as well as Circuit Training and other forms of safer and established training methods in conjunction with the “Paleo” diet also “could” help people lose weight.
The authors posit that their findings bode well for athletes who are looking to improve their fitness level, while cutting down on time spent training; this statement ignores their own findings.
Out of the original 54 participants, 9 subjects did not complete the program, “citing overuse or injury,” despite the fact that these participants were highly supervised by qualified personnel. Imagine how this injury problem could mushroom without this level of instruction and supervision.
This data is extremely damning. In this study, with a group that is about the same size as many lacrosse or football teams, 16% of the participants went down with an injury directly related to the training activity. An injury rate of 16% from training is catastrophic for any team of athletes, especially one that already has to contend with the rigors of a physical contact or collision sport.
These findings, along with the problems with the design of the study, should not be spun as a positive for the CrossFit crowd. Despite the title of the study, there is little here to support the use of CrossFit, especially for athletes.
So, I have coached an entire season of youth football, watched well over a hundred hours of youth and high school football film, watched countless other hours of live football, and watched hundreds of hours of televised football, AND have yet to see an example of the NFL’s Heads Up Tackling Technique anyplace.
I have not seen one tackle, performed by any player at any level, that can be considered representative of this “safe” way to tackle. I have not seen one game play example of this Unicorn-like tackling technique on SportsCenter, the NFL Network, Fox Sports Network, CBS Sports Network or NBC Sports Network.
I haven’t seen Mike Mayock, Jon Gruden, Phil Simms, Chris Collinsworth or any other Mavens of the Telestrator breakdown this perfect, Heads Up Tackle in any telecast so far this season.
I haven’t seen a football player buzz their feet, spread their wings, come to balance or execute any of these other staples of the Heads Up Tackling technique. Not once.
What I have seen is players launching themselves head first into piles of players without regard for which colored jersey they pile-drove themselves into. I have seen kids and adults leading with their heads, lowering their heads, head butting, and hitting with and getting hit on their heads with equal abandon. At the higher levels, penalty flags are thrown. Not so much in the land where Heads Up Tackling is supposedly taught and enforced with the best interests of our kids at hand.
This is a long winded way of re-saying that the NFL’s Heads Up Tackling Program will not work because humans do not learn to perform “large” – or complex – and spontaneous skills by having them broken down into small, individual sections. There is science that proves this.
You can’t teach complex skills in these small pieces and expect a person to then put them all together in the heat of competition. We aren’t wired that way. When we think, we stink.
Have you heard of, “The Yips,” where a golfer misses a short – Gimmie – putt? Or heard stories of where a catcher can’t throw the ball back to the pitcher? This is when the thought process infringes on the body’s abilty to perform.
However, as a graduate of the Heads Up program, I can give you a more common sense reason why the Heads Up program won’t work. In the entirety of the NFL’s Heads Up teaching materials there is not one real world, game play example of the tackling technique that the NFL is teaching. Not one “game film” example from any level, from youth on up through the NFL, of this Unicorn-like tackling technique.
Let’s be real; there is no safe way to tackle. Better or worse, yes. Safer, nyet.
I have a buddy of mine who I’ve coached with for 15 years who is also a cop. And he always tells the kids, “There’s no nice way to put handcuffs on someone, and there’s no nice way to tackle.”
And here in lies the NFL’s problem. Football is not a nice sport, but the NFL wants every kid to play. Another problem is football is an exclusive sport, not an inclusive sport. Football is for a select few. Like the Navy Seals and Marines, Ivy League schools, concert pianists, and neurosergeons. Every kid can’t go to Harvard, every kid can’t play football.
I coach every day. From youth level up through Division 1. Boys, girls, men, women. There is a huge difference between the athletes who play football and the athletes who don’t. All things being equal, the kid who plays football and basketball has an edge over the kid who plays just basketball.
The truth about football – the emmis – is that a lot of it sucks. Practice can be tedious and painful and all kinds of uncomfortable. The glory of playing the game win or lose, is unparalleled in sport. But not every kid has what it takes to be a part of it. That’s not a popular message in our society in 2013.
The NFL has made some mistakes and miscalculations, but their biggest mistake is selling this idea that the game is for everyone. Flag football might be, tackle football isn’t. Flag is Checkers, Tackle is Chess.
Despite the hype and hyperbole surrounding Human Growth Hormone, steroids, and other Performance Enhancing Drugs, the weight room – and other conditioning methods – has caused more damage to baseball players than damage from all the PEDs combined.
And in the aftermath of Matt Harvey’s catastrophic elbow injury, the New York Mets should get rid of every piece of weight lifting equipment in their training facilities – from the Major League level right on down to their Rookie League team – and start from scratch. Every Major League Baseball team should follow suit.
The injury suffered by Harvey, Steven Strasburg and other young pitchers is a sign of the failure of a system of player development where athletes are over-stressed 12-months of the year thanks to the irrational belief that an athlete can never do too much. The problem is that there is ample evidence, in multiple sports, that there is such a thing as doing too much, and yet players are still working themselves into injuries with the blessing and sanction of teams and coaches.
Steroids didn’t ruin Barry Bonds’s body; his Neanderthal personal trainer and his ridiculous training program did. Without the foolish workout regimen Bonds would have hit 800 home runs and would not have missed well over 250 games over the last 9 years of his career.
Throwing and hitting a baseball are among the most complex movements in all of sport, and the pitching motion is even more sophisticated, requiring complete synchronization of, and balance between, all body parts. Pitching is also one of the most fragile of athletic movements, where the slightest flaw in a Pitcher’s delivery can have a wide-range of negative performance, and physical, implications. Look-up Dizzy Dean’s broken toe.
Pitchers produce a tremendous amount of force, and need to do so quickly, and when there is a flaw in their delivery this force is distributed unevenly and as a result certain body parts are over-stressed. Think of it like the Chinese Water Torture; a tiny affect repeated over a period of time can produce a massive effect.
In Matt Harvey’s case the massive effect is the torn elbow ligament.
The response to this argument will be that Matt Harvey had sound mechanics, as opposed to Steven Strasburg, and had been on a pitch count an innings limit, as well.
For any Pitcher who lifts weights, pitch counts and innings limits are ineffective and will only postpone the inevitable. These arbitrary non-measures give comfort to those who employ them, but looking at the evidence, provide little else. Especially in the face of the damage being caused by the modern day conditioning methods.
Weight lifting has resulted in an imbalanced athlete, an unbalanced baseball player. Treating the body as a collection of parts that can be strengthened individually in an attempt to improve the performance of a synchronous movement that requires natural balance and harmony is a mammoth contradiction.
Some of the discussion surrounding the Harvey injury has focused on, as the option to surgery, performing exercises to strengthen the structure surrounding the partially torn elbow ligament. Again, this idea displays a lack of understanding with regard to how the body works.
Throwing and pitching are movements that cannot be replicated, or improved, by lifting weights. The modern baseball player is out of balance thanks to the weight room, and the effects of this imbalance are seen in the injuries of the obliques and in the pitching and throwing arms and shoulders. Throw less and workout more is a failing proposition.
The Mets are not solely to blame for Harvey’s plight, as at all stops along the way mistakes were made. However, now is the time for the Mets, and the other Major League teams, to make major changes to the system or else the next time a player suffers this type of injury they will be to blame.
First, ARod’s suspension might be a moot point, at least with regard to his playing the game. If you watch him play, he clearly cannot run, swing, or move properly fielding his position.
As I’m writing this the Yankees have announced they are sitting ARod today. Hmm…
Since ARod bulked up from his Seattle and Texas days, his running has been particularly laborious. Without getting too involved in the minutia, his added bulk and possibly whatever workouts he did, negatively affected the way he runs, which in turn put stress on his system. This stress manifested itself in the hip injuries.
As a matter of fact, IMHO, if ARod had continued to play shortstop in his bulked up state, we would have broken down sooner.
His first night back against the White Sox he had to go from first to third and when he rounded second it looked like he was going to hit the grass in short left field because he could not turn his hips while running at full speed. I don’t think this will improve the more he plays, it may not be as bad as it is, but it won’t get to the point where he can run properly. And like I said, he hasn’t run well in years anyway, so there’s little reason to expect this will get better.
In the field, his lateral movement is diminished, and he admitted he was concerned with his this aspect of his game in a few of the interviews I have heard him give. There’s little reason to expect this to improve, either.
His swing is out of sync, and watching in slow motion you can see that he cannot get his right hip around as he gets the bat through the zone, and his back hip lags. Again, another indication of the problem with his hips. His three strikeouts last night are an indication of things to come, as the Tigers seem to recognize his inability to get his hips around quickly enough to swing properly and were keeping everything in on him. He was striking out a lot in his rehab games, so this might be his, “New Normal.”
If this keeps up, the suspension might not even matter, aside from the obvious issue regarding his salary. Part of the reason ARod is playing is because he knows that if missed the rest of this season and all of next, and never tries to play, he’d be done.
One final note. Look at what ARod has done in his mid-to-late 30s and compare it to Bonds. Bonds was just hitting his stride with the PEDs at 35, while ARod was already in his downfall. If you subscribe to the idea that ARod has used PEDs during his entire career, his physical breakdown and power number and overall drop-off support this.
From age 33-37 (this year at 0) ARod hit 94 HRs, during those years Bonds hit 239, and went on to hit another 149 from age 38-42. Sammy Sosa hit 139 over the last 4 years of his career and had a similar drop off to ARod at pretty much the same ages.
These numbers tell you a lot of things, most obviously that Bonds was a better hitter on drugs than ARod is/was.
Worse news for ARod and the Yankees is that ARod’s drop-off is terminal.
So let him fight his suspension, but his performance on the field will be the reason Alex Rodriguez is going to be off of the field in the very near future.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s personal trainer serves as a great example of why celebrity fitness gurus should be ignored. Despite recognizing how ignorant most members of the general public are when it comes to fitness, it is still amazing that this kind of pap gets play in the media, and that many folks actually give credence to what Paltrow’s trainer says.
Almost every statement attributed to this personal trainer, Tracy Anderson, is infused with bad information. Or more accurately, no information. Here’s the first example. “While running and cycling may burn calories, they do not design feminine muscles or get rid of an imbalance that may masquerade as a ‘problem area’—even on women who are genetically thin.”
This statement is total nonsense. “Design feminine muscles?” “Get rid of an imbalance?” Wow. You would think that this is as bad as it gets. But it’s not, there’s more.
Ms. Anderson claims, “Performing repetitive movements in fitness (such as running) creates a distinctive imbalance in the muscular structure and causes the large muscles in the legs to charge up.” Know-nothing says what? Large muscles “charge up?” Aren’t all movements repetitive? How about walking? Watch the video clip of Ms. Anderson’s routine and you will see all kinds of repetitive movements.
Check out the article at this link.
This article claims Anderson has “remodeled half of Hollywood,” and has worked with both men and women, although she won’t name the men. They are probably embarrassed to be associated with the baloney. And of course we know that Hollywood types and trainers would never rely on plastic surgery or drugs to help them remodel their bodies. Right?
Here’s one last heaping pile of fitness crap courtesy of this “guru.” “While bulkier muscle looks OK on women in their 20s and 30s, it doesn’t age well. The sooner you build a long, lean, and feminine arm, the more sustainable the results will be – and with no sacrifice in strength.”
It is a shame that a women would regurgitate this garbage to other women, being that women are the targets of misinformation and the misplaced and misguided emphasis on body image and being thin over being healthy. Do yourself a huge favor and ignore anything recommended by Tracy Anderson and Gwyneth Paltrow.