Another article penned by a woman for women, de-bunking the myths that weight training will make you bulky and that lots of reps at low weights are the key for women. Other myths debunked, personal stories, and overcoming of fears revealed, as well.
Rob Panariello is a respected strength coach and physical therapist with decades of experience in the iron game, and a friend of Schafer's (Note to Schafer: it's been 5 months, UPDATE YOUR BLOG!!! Note #2: Yes, that IS me on the TRX in the big picture on the most recent update (8/22/11)). Rob writes an article about a very important topic. We know that increasing an athlete's maximum strength also increases every other important fitness parameter. But this only goes so far. Taking a college athlete from a 200 to a 375lb squat will have tremendous effects on every aspect of the kid's performance. Taking them from a 375 to a 450 squat will have positive effects, but not as extreme. But when does focusing on Max Strength become more time consuming and too sapping of recovery capacity to be worth focusing as much on? 450 to 500? 500 to 550? Obviously it depends on the athlete (gender, age, weight, sport, etc...) but Rob takes on this very important (and little studied) topic.
Paula Deen really is an idiot. And her actions belie her lack of integrity and the monetary motivations at the expense of the truth. This is a great article by Dean Somerset, calling Paula D out on her absolute BS.
|I suspect this is what Paula would respond,|
if she saw Dean's article.
I eagerly await the angry emails and texts from my Pilates-teaching friends about me posting this one. I don't necessarily agree with every last sentence in this article by Poliquin, but I do agree with a lot of the message. Something needs to be said. It's not Pilates, per se, that I have major issues with; it's the grandiose claims about its efficacy by whoever the Pilates marketing machine is. Pilates won't make your muscles longer and leaner. How do I know? Because nothing can. Your muscle length is determined by the relative length of muscle belly vs tendon, which is in turn determined 100% by genetics. Your muscles cannot get leaner. They are 100% lean. The perceived "lean" appearance is a function of your bodyfat levels - how much fat is covering the muscle, making it less visible.
As I've written about before, your appearance when fit is entirely a function of your genetics. Pilates (or Yoga, or Zumba, or whatever) isn't going to magically give you a dancer's body. Dancer's look that way mostly because they're genetically selected to look that way, along with their training. Doing similar training without the important 80% of the equation - the genetic profile to look a certain way - will not yield the same results.
Can Pilates help people? Sure. Is it all-encompassing fitness? No.