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Trends. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise For a while, fitness was all about health.  All the writings from the early days of Physical Culture pay tribute not just to the prodigious amounts John Grimek and Abbye Sto ... 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 »
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 »
The Mind of a Winner. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise If you’re like most people, you enjoyed a thrilling Superbowl game yesterday.  In the meantime, Federer lost to Nadal again. Of course, if you understand (sports) psychology ... Read on »
Vacation? by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Hey all, I apologize for the spotty postings as of late (insert lame excuse about the cyclical nature of the personal training business here) and unfortunately, it’s about t ... 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
It’s Always the Little Things. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Why care about where your elbows are on a press?  Or how wide your stance is on leg press?  Or whether or not you maintain a proper (neutral) arch in your spine when dead ... Read on »
V.P. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Good luck this weekend, although from what I’ve gleaned from your wife you don’t need it. Above: Not your competition (lucky for you). Read on »
Flipping The Switch. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise One thing that is intellectually easy for new clients to understand, yet difficult for them to execute: At some point, you’ve got to flip the switch and go for it. ... Read on »
In Case You Read This Blog… by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise …my sincere thanks for the (bunless) Five-Napkin Burger at Nice Matin yesterday.   And the conversation. 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 »
To Stabilize, or Not To Stabilize? by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise A reader from the UK recently commented on an admittedly tongue-in-cheek post I made on the usefulness (or not) of stability balls: I have to disagree with your point a ... Read on »
JUPITER is a Joke. by Eugene Thong Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise For those of you scratching your heads and saying, “What the heck is JUPITER?”, JUPITER is the latest study purporting to show cardiovascular benefit from taking statins.  I ... Read on »