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Single Progression. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Single progression is the gradual addition of weights over time.  Yep – that’s about as sexy as it gets.  In a single progression model, you select a fixed number of ... Read on »
Programs Vs. Workouts. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise If you’re like most people, when it comes to exercise, you use the terms “program” and “workout” interchangeably.  But they are completely different things. Indiv ... Read on »
Powerlifting training, in one line. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise “Spend most of your time on squats; spend pretty much your balance of time on bench presses. Every now and then see what you can do on the deadlift.”  – Bradley J. ... Read on »
Avandia Linked To Heart Attacks. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise From CNN.com. It should surprise no one in the health or medical field that the diabetes drug Avandia is linked to an increased risk of heart attacks (at least, n ... Read on »
A Quick Note. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Hey all - Due to some interesting changes in my personal life, I’ve let my blogging responsibilities lapse somewhat.  My sincerest apologies.  I do look to rectif ... Read on »
Forget “Used To.” by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Every so often I’ll get in a client who was a jock of some sort in a former life.  Either they played ball in high school or college, or they had some experience on a pr ... Read on »
The True Role of PT for Rehab. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise I recently sustained injuries to both my shoulders, probably as a result of overuse and chronic trauma (apparently, throwing someone on top of you instead of over you ... Read on »
Strength, Skill; Skill, Strength? by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise One prominent  and controversial question in strength training circles: Is training strength and demonstrating strength the same thing or different things?  In other ... Read on »
Max Learns About Fatty Liver. And Fructose. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Last night my foster son picked my brain regarding diabetes (his birth father is a Type 2 diabetic). While the entire car-ride conversation was ripe fodder for a blo ... Read on »
The Larger Picture of Weight Gain. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Chris points us to an interesting study involving circadian rhythm and weight gain (to be fair, Melissa sent it to me first, but she doesn’t have a blog).  In the study, noc ... Read on »
Mechanistic vs Meta-Exercise. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise The surest way to lose focus during an exercise is to judge yourself on that exercise.   Instead, get “ mechanistic.”  Focus on what you can actually do, as opposed to your ... Read on »
The Time Magazine Article. Does Exercise Really Help You Lose Weight or Not? by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise It’s probably old news to you by now, but Time Magazine recently ran an article that ruffled the feathers of most of my fitness industry brethren. Of course, wit ... Read on »
The Problem With Bodypart Mentality. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise One good thing about the rise in popularity of bodybuilding in the 60s and 70s was that it got people interested in lifting weights. One bad thing (” One bad thing?”, the ... Read on »
Learning To Care, or, Avoiding the Suck. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise A fellow trainer (name withheld) asks me how I can be so nice to my clients all the time, even when it’s clear they aren’t even trying. The answer’s simple:  To them, the ... Read on »
You Are N=1. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Most people believe that operating an SUV with the windows open is more fuel efficient than running it with the A/C cranked.  But if you run tests and gather actual data, yo ... Read on »
Glut 4 Redux. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise The problem with being a know-it-all is that other people assume (not surprisingly) that you know it all.  Then, when a particularly bright (and well-researched) client says ... Read on »
Post Workout Nutrition - Milk and Cereal? by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Every once in awhile (ok, well; often) a client will pass along a news story that’s so far off the mark that it makes me go Super Saiyan.  Here’s the latest one: Cereal a ... Read on »
A Quick Thought About Genetics and Exercise. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Joanne asks me: What about (insert famous athlete’s name here)’s training program?  It got him/her to such success; shouldn’t we emulate it? The short answer is no ... Read on »
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Do you know what the trouble is with looking solely at performance as a method of gauging results?  It’s easy to underestimate the beneficial impact of change. Imagine, f ... Read on »
Getting Fit Fast and Crunches. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Gretchen Reynolds recently had a couple of interesting stories in the NY Times: Can You Get Fit in Six Minutes a Week? Is Your Ab Workout Hurting Your Back? Re: Get ... Read on »