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A Basic Model of Recovery. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise A client of mine recently had a sit-down with her doctor; seems the doctor was alarmed at her recent hypertension (high blood pressure) and elevated heart rate and wanted to ... Read on »
A Little Monday Morning Levity. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Sometimes, it’s hard to truly get your point across. Thinking for yourself = being your own best counsel.  Question freely, everyone! Read on »
A Neat-O Jedi Mind Trick (Goalsetting). by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise (Thanks to Ankur for sharing this interesting Jedi Mind Trick with me). Take 2 sheets of paper.  Label the first thusly: My Top 5 Fitness Goals (July 2009) 1. 2. ... Read on »
A New Year Beckons! by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Happy New Year to everyone!  It’s around this time that 2 types of articles/posts begin to spring up: articles gushing with misguided overenthusiasm about setting New Year’s ... 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 »
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 »
A Small Observation (or Two). by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Your body is not 100% efficient.  At doing anything. This implies: Not all of the energy you apply to an exercise will be used in moving the weights.  This is why tech ... Read on »
An Apology, an Explanation, and an Observation. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise I’d like to apologize to the readers of this blog for my inactivity as of late.  Several interesting changes have occurred in my life recently, two of which are notable enou ... 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 »
Better Than Nothing. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Often, when asked why they don’t exercise, people will tell you, “Well, I walk everyday.  Hey, it’s better than nothing, right?”  Or to justify not eating as well as they sh ... Read on »
Compounding. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise I had an interesting exchange with a client earlier today.  Actually, “exchange” is too polite a term; let’s call it what it was - a full-on argument.  The fundamental disag ... Read on »
Core Training, Performance, and Training Time (a Rant of Sorts). by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Picked this up from Conditioning Research (thanks Chris): Optimizing performance by improving core stability and core strength. Allow me to summarize the study for you ... Read on »
Crazy As a Fox. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise With all the information nowadays on how cardio is not only an inefficient method of burning fat but potentially harmful to your health, you’d have to be crazy to be a jogge ... Read on »
Creating a Frame For Shoulder Stability. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise One of the most important concepts you need to pin down when working with weights is the concept of “plugging up all the leaks.” This refers to what most trainers would call ... Read on »
Creating a Program Part 2: Exercises. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise As I wrote about in the previous installment, most of the training programs I write for clients are function-based, as opposed to bodypart/muscle group based. I outlined th ... Read on »
David and Goliath: What Determines Strength? by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Teri asks: I have larger hip muscles than Joanne.  So why is it that she can lift more than I can in lower body exercises? It may surprise you to discover that the ... Read on »
Deconstructing “The Pump” - What’s The Science Behind Muscle Pumps? by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Ah, the muscle pump - in the annals of bodybuilding, is anything more sacred?  For the uninitiated, the pump is that sensation of muscle fullness after performing a lot of w ... Read on »
Do Fewer Things Better. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise It never ceases to amaze me how quickly trainees want to do new exercises, particularly when they haven’t mastered the basics.  I suppose it’s endemic to our culture of “mor ... Read on »
Do You Enjoy Exercise? by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Do you enjoy exercise?  Are you one of those people who can’t stand the thought of jamming all of your workout clothes into a bag and shlepping over to the gym?  Do you balk ... Read on »
Do You Know What Today Is? by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise No, I’m not referring to April Fool’s (although it is April Fool’s Day).  April 1st is generally the unofficial first “Sleeves Day” - the first day warm enough to wear short ... Read on »