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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 »
Misalignment. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise One of the key concepts that I’ve tried to use in my application of Brazilian Jiujitsu is the idea of misalignment.  If you’ve ever partaken in an organized sport of any kin ... Read on »
More on Focus. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Focus isn’t just for buckling down on those last, most difficult repetitions of a set.  Focus is necessary for achieving your fitness goals as well. I’ll often ge ... Read on »
More on Vytorin and Cancer. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Lou points me to this article, which inspires me to beat up on statins a little more. Earlier this year, the ENHANCE study pointed to a greater chance of cardiovascular d ... Read on »
Muscles Contract From Both Ends. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Try this experiment: Grab a piece of rope, hold one end with both hands, and pull. What happened?  A whole lotta nothing.  Why?  Because you can only transfer force throu ... Read on »
My Philosophy, Simplified. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise The problem. The cure: Can you condense your health and fitness philosophy into 3 sentences or less?  Post it to comments. Read on »
Neurological Efficiency and Recruitment. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise In the previous post, I alluded to the terms neurological efficiency and neurological recruitment.  These terms sound similar but are quite different, not in the least in th ... Read on »
October Surprise. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Apologies for the way things look around here.  My webmaster is kicking around some new design ideas and the layout may suffer slightly in the interim.  Posts and articles s ... Read on »
Odds and Ends. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise First off, I’d like to apologize for my spotty postings as of late.  Post-summer is usually a busy season for personal training but I’ve found the demand this year to be (li ... Read on »
On Efficiency and Effectiveness. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Phyllis asks: …but why do my shoulders keep popping up? If I know what the proper form is supposed to be, then why do I keep doing the same thing wrong? It’s not like ... Read on »
Perfect Practice Makes Perfect. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise A client of mine (name withheld*) related to me an interesting anecdote with regards to guitar playing: I read or heard somewhere that if you practice a piece but allow ... 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 »
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 »
Priorities - Part 1: Exercise. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise This whole fitness and nutrition thing can be tough.  The newsstand at your local Barnes and Noble carries no less than 10 different magazines, all purporting to offer The P ... Read on »
Priorities: Part 2, or Nutrition in 5 Easy Questions. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise In Part 1 of this mini-series, I proposed that creating an algorithm can help you minimize confusion and help you to wade through the muck of needlessly complex training sys ... 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 »
Progress…Is Really Boring. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise An awful lot of money is spent on promoting the whiz-bang, glamorous image of being fit, strong, and healthy.  What you don’t see promoted is the diligence required to get t ... Read on »
Purpose, Revisited. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise If you go to Rai Rai Ken, you’re there for the ramen.  If you’ve got a hankering for pork buns, Momofuku is the place to be.  If you’re in the mood for one particular stando ... Read on »
Random Things To Remember. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise If your weights aren’t getting heavier, then you’re not getting any stronger, your bones aren’t getting any denser, and your muscles aren’t growing. Every missed workout ... Read on »
Reading Between the Lines. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Last week I posted on the JUPITER study and the media hoopla surrounding it. Well, looks like they’re not done yet: Eat Your Statins. “ Eat Your Statins? “  For hea ... Read on »