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I Can’t Perform This Exercise. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise One of my young wards has an algebra final today that he has been dreading for the better part of the last two weeks.  The obvious reason: He’s “not so good in math.”  Now, ... Read on »
The Restaurant Analogy. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Often I’m asked why I disagree that fat loss is “merely a game of calories in vs. calories out ” and maintain that it’s a function of hormonal tone.  Gary Taubes makes an in ... 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Ignore The Voice. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise I woke up today desperately wishing I hadn’t.  I’m sure you know the feeling - everything hurts, and it feels like it takes all the strength in the world to walk those 5 ... 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 »
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 »
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 »
Don’t Meta-exercise. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Yesterday a client asked me if I listened to my iPod during my workouts, to which I responded, “Never.”  Incredulous, she asked how I managed to block out external distracti ... 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 »
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 »
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 »
Don’t Change Everything… by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise …when you change up your program.  There’s a simple reason for this:  The most common reason for changing a routine is lack of results. As an example, say you stop losing ... Read on »
Make It An Event. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Body transformation is a long-term proposition.  But in those in-between moments when you’re eating and exercising properly and it looks like nothing is happening, it can be ... Read on »
They Just Don’t Get It. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Either you hate the new Watchmen movie or you love it.  Some people won’t be able to get past the violence.  Some will be turned off by the full-frontal nudity and the laugh ... 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 »
Election Day and Farmers. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Ever wonder why Election Day is in November?  It turns out that in 1845 (the year the official date was set) most Americans were farmers.  November happens to fall right in ... Read on »
The Latest NEJM Study. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Today’s New England Journal of Medicine had a special surprise for anyone interested in diet composition and weight loss.  By now, you’ve undoubtedly read or heard one of th ... Read on »