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The Front Squat: some benefits, and notes on execution

In my previous article on the Squat I argued that the squat is the number one, most effective exercise in existence, all things considered. However, for various reasons lots of people cannot do the normal barbell back squat, so other variations of the squat need to be...

Power and strength, strength and power

I’m getting crotchety in my old age. I continue to be amazed and disappointed by what people are NOT learning in so-called certification courses. It’s amazing to me that you come out of these courses understanding little if anything useful about the concepts of...

Understanding the Metabolic Compensation System

How “The Anti-Catabolic Phase” of Short-Term Weight-Loss Misleads You By now you should all understand the limitations of the calories-counting faulty metabolic mathematics when it comes to long-term control. But there are still more elements of the biology of...

“A calorie is a calorie” — Um… NOT.

One thing that's remained true about the fitness and diet industry for the past four decades is this: it loves its math and  formulas. For decades the calories in/calories mathematical “balance” equation has ruled. But real science has been calling that into question...