Last week was my first full week back at school. Looks to be an exciting, busy, and informative semester ahead. I am going to make a better effort to try and tie what I am learning in class to health and fitness topics. I figure if i need to blog and study I can kill two birds with one stone that way.

So thats something to look forward to, but fair warning the nerd factor maybe high in some of these posts.

My goal is to try and get three posts a week throughout the semester, one being the stuff to read for the week, one discussing the study of the week, and the last one being my anything goes post.

Okay now time to get on to what you actually visited this site for, killer information from dudes way smarter than me.

The Real Biggest Losers? The Show's Audience by Dr. Freedhoff

By far my favorite read from the past week. This was a well written letter by Dr. Freedhoff to the American Pediatrics Association regarding their latest endorsement of the show biggest loser. Dr. Freedhoff makes excellent points backed by many years of experience fighting obesity on all fronts. If you are a fan of the show I mean no disrespect. But I think it is important for us to think critically of this show. Although it is great entertainment at times and produces incredible weight-loss, is it the healthiest intervention in regards to physical, psychological, and spiritual health. I believe there is a better way.

Olympic Lifting: 6 Clean and Jerk Technique Mistakes by Wil Fleming

I felt this post was appropriate to sure because of the recent interest that has been generated by Crossfit around the Olympic lifts. Typically these lifts in my opinion should be reserved for competitive athletes and weightlifters. I think when applied to general population persons the risk to reward analysis just isn't favorable enough to include them into a program. Often general population persons come with time constraints and we can get similar training effects from other modalities. But if you are someone who is trying to incorporate olympic lifting into your program I highly recommend taking 15mins to read this post. I would also recommend you become highly skilled at each movement before you ever attempt to begin loading the movement with high intensities.

Practical Training Tips from Research in 2012 by Chris Beardsley

If you like recommendations that have empirical basis then you will love this post. Chris Beardsley does an amazing job presenting applicable training tips that have been proven effective through research. Some you may like, some you may not, but I will guarantee you take one away that will influence your training.