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Considerations in Athletic Performance Enhancement Training: Overhead Weight Room Exercises

Today’s article is a guest blog by Rob Panariello. HERE is an interview with Rob from 3 years ago in case you’d like to learn more about his background.
Robert A. Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS
Professional Physical Therapy
Professional Athletic Performance Center
New York, New York

Overhead weight room exercises such as presses and jerks have gained increasing popularity in recent years. When appropriately prescribed and programed, the performances of these overhead exercises are of great benefit to athletes of various sports of participation. This dialog will provide the reader with some considerations when prescribing overhead weight room exercises.

Why perform overhead weight training exercises?

The daily activities of life as well as the requirements of athletic performance, necessitate the ability to repetitively perform overhead effectively. A painter, an electrician, a construction worker, a basketball, volleyball, tennis, track and field or throwing athlete, are examples of individuals who are required to perform overhead optimally and repeatedly over time.

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Saturated Fat: Good or Bad?

By Eirik Garnas
www.OrganicFitness.com

Official health authorities have for decades claimed that a high saturated fat intake is linked to heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and surges in blood cholesterol levels, and even those people who pay little attention to nutrition have therefore usually learned sometime during their life that butter and fatty meats are something that should be avoided if you want to live a long and healthy life. However, since the advice to reduce fat intake was first included in the official dietary guidelines in the U.S. and other industrialized countries, some experts have argued that there really isn’t enough evidence in support of the diet-heart hypothesis – which states that an imbalance of dietary cholesterol and fats, and high serum cholesterol, are the primary causes of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. In the last couple of years, more and more studies have indicated that the villification of saturated fat is unfounded, and many paleo (+dairy) and low-carb dieters have therefore completely dismissed the conventional wisdom and started consuming plenty of coconut oil, bacon, cheese, cream, and GHEE. But where does the answer lie? Should we trust the official dietary recommendations, or should we abandon the the notion that saturated fats are bad for you?

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A Squat Devotee No More

Howdy y’all, my name is Hailey Harber. Before I begin this whole shebang, I have to give some credit where it’s due; were it not for my parents, I more than likely wouldn’t give a rat’s behind regarding anything related to fitness or health. I can’t deny that they have done me a tremendous service by bringing me up in a household that not only implemented healthy eating but stressed getting sufficient physical activity. In fact, I can’t remember one time in my short 21 years where I didn’t have some form of abs. Now, that might sound like a dream come true to most of you ladies, and being lean is wonderful, but I eventually became a bit fed up with my masculine body and yearned to have a fuller, more feminine figure (while still being able to keep my small waist). Sure, I had nice abs, but I was seriously lacking in the trunk aspect. My  petite, lean body was accompanied by an even smaller rear end, and I decided that enough was enough. Now, as an avid researcher, I took to the internet to learn how I could achieve this so called ‘plump’ derierre, and the journey that ensued as a result was really quite something.

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Genetics of the 21st Century: Microbes Affect Disease Susceptibility, Body Weight, and Ability to Build Muscle

By Eirik Garnas
www.OrganicFitness.com

“We are survival machines – robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. This is a truth which still fills me with astonishment.” ― Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene

We’ve all heard it… People complaining about bad genetics being the reason they can’t lose weight, build muscle, or get rid of their chronic health problems. When neither diet nor exercise seems to bring any results, it’s easy to start blaming something that is out of our control, and since we know that genes determine our predisposition to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other disorders with a genetic component, mum and dad quickly end up getting the blame. But, while we’ve known for a long time that the human DNA we inherit from our parents shape our physiology and health, we’re now starting to understand that the microbial genes in our body could be even more important than the 23 pairs of human chromosomes in terms of determining our susceptibility to disease. We’re also learning that the microbial ecosystems in our body impact the hormonal and inflammatory mileu, and thereby our ability to lose weight and build muscle and strength.

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