Winter Illness, Medication, and Athletic Enhancement Performance Training

Today’s article is a guest post from Rob Panariello, a regular contributor to my blog. I found this article to be very interesting. I hope you do too!

Robert A. Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS
Professional Physical Therapy
Professional Athletic Performance Center
New York, New York

As the winter season approaches, so does the emergence of various illnesses (i.e. upper and lower respiratory infections) and other conditions that are associated with both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. When faced with this type of ailment, the individual will usually seek the care of their physician who may elect to prescribe an antibiotic as the treatment of care. An increasingly popular prescribed remedy is the Fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics which includes the medications Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and Levofloxacin (Levaquin).  It appears the preference for these prescribed quinolones stems from their excellent gastrointestinal absorption, superior tissue penetration and broad spectrum activity.

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Poll Results: You Love the Hip Thrust!

Poll Results

Last Friday I posted another poll HERE. Below are the results. Sorry that the data is tiny and difficult to read, but there’s a video below as well.

In summary, I have a bit more male readers than female readers, most of my readers are just lifters looking to get results, followed by personal trainers. My readers are primarily concerned with their physique/aesthetics, followed by strength. More of my readers fall into the 10+ years of training category than any other category, indicating that my readers are very experienced. My readers tend to train 3 or 4 times per week and prefer full body training followed by lower/upper splits.

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If You Could Only Do One Lift…

I can’t think of a question that comes up more in Strength & Conditioning interviews than, “If you could only do one lift, what would it be?” Most of my colleagues absolutely loathe this question, believing it to be absurd since nobody is ever in a position where they can only do one exercise for the rest of their lives. I, however, happen to love these types of questions. Taking the time to ponder this question helps coaches ponder the efficacy (capacity or power to produce a desired effect) and efficiency (the ratio of the output to the input of any system) of an exercise (or combination of exercises if more than one exercise is allowed).

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How to Kick Ass Like Meg!


Kellie Davis

I’m very excited to post this guest blog from Kellie Davis where she interviews her client Meg about her recent success. You’re gonna love this. Congratulations Meg, you rock!

When you initially contacted me, what were your goals and how quickly did you feel you could reach them?

Initially, I contacted you for the sole reason of competing in a figure competition. I had put it in my mind at my last birthday (December) that I wanted to accomplish this before my next birthday. I had given contest prep a stab before on my own and knew I needed some help. Foolishly, I figured I could get a coach, do a 12-week prep, and be on my merry way with a competition 3 months later. Ha! (Looking back on that now as I write this I’m laughing at my initial timeline) My only exposure to contest prep was the oh so notorious plan of eating at a calorie deficit for 12 weeks, doing an hour of cardio at the crack of dawn everyday followed by intense weight training sessions 5 days a week. I just assumed this was the norm so that is why I initially thought I could get lean and mean and build beautiful muscle with the snap of a finger.

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