Archive for March, 2009

Do Black Americans Receive Equality in Health Care?

Monday, March 30th, 2009
Black Doctor
Black Doctor

Different studies have been focusing on how racism has affected the health industry in the United States all over the years.

Will this term, under President Barack Obama pose positive changes, given that he is the first black president?

We have to remember American history to examine the trends of racism and how it affected the health industry of the United States.

The United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget, define race as self-identification of a person or group of persons as a result of physical characteristics, geographic location and ancestry. Race has been used interchangeably with ethnicity, which refers to a larger categorization which includes the language, diet, religion and political factors.

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How to Squat with Bad Knees, to Fix Bad Knees, and to Avoid Bad Knees

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
SQUAT
SQUAT

At one point someone asked me a question about squatting with bad knees. I knew a little bit about it, but I wanted to get more professional opinions before I wrote a full response.

I have compiled the results here and would like you to also read the resources listed at the bottom of this post for more information.

Much of this information was comprised from articles written by Dr. Fred Hatfield (aka Dr. Squat) and from the training certification guide from the ISSA.

Squats are both difficult to defend and difficult to disparage. There are pros and cons to both sides. Let’s examine the facts.

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How to Get Bigger Biceps

Friday, March 20th, 2009
Your Questions
Your Questions

I get plenty of questions in various comments throughout the website, but I also get comments and questions via the Project Swole Contact Form.

Generally I address those questions through e-mail, but often I do not have the time to reply to each and every question personally.

From now on I want to take a more proactive approach to answering Your Health Questions by posting them separately in the blog. This way we can be sure that everyone benefits from the Q & A.

JD wrote:

“I know you don’t approve of an “arms” day, but I’ve always had more trouble adding mass and strength to my arms, as opposed to my torso.

I started including an arms day into my routine for the past 4 or 5 weeks in an effort to combat my naturally scrawny arms. I’ve seen definite progress with my triceps, but no matter what I do, I can’t seem to improve my biceps.

I do several relevant compound exercises during the rest of the week (chin-ups, bent-over barbell rows, close-grip cable rows, etc.), in addition to my arms workout.

Any thoughts or suggestions? FYI: I’m 6’0, 165 pounds. Thanks!”

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Lynx Performance Grips

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Deadlifts
Deadlifts

I lift heavy.

Well, heavy for me at least.

Sometimes my grip strength doesn’t always allow me to lift a maximal weight for certain exercises. Typically this might happen with an exercise where I try to use more than my max deadlift or if I’m hauling around 150 lb dumbbells.

In these circumstances, I have to employ one of the following third party tools to help me hold onto the bar.

Click each item to browse to the review:

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Your Powerlifting Links

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
Your Links
Your Links

I want to start a new feature on Project Swole called Your Links.

Basically it works like this: leave a comment with your favorite link of all time for the list’s theme.

Today’s theme is Powerlifting.

The best links of all I will surely Stumble, Digg, Mixx, and submit to Health Ranker and OnlyWire.

Here’s my link of the day: Powerlifting Articles at Westside Barbell

Louie Simmons and the Westside Barbell guys write some seriously good training articles for powerlifters and strength athletes. Read them all.

An honorable mention is: Powerlifting Articles at Elite Fitness

Dave Tate runs Elite Fitness and he is a disciple of Louie Simmons, but is also an expert in his own right. Read all these articles too.

Now it’s your turn. But don’t submit links to non-powerlifting pages because I won’t approve those comments. =)

How to Train With Sandbags for Fat Loss

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
Josh Henkin

Josh Henkin is owner of Sandbag Fitness Systems, and the creator of the Ultimate Sandbag. Josh is a graduate of Arizona State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science/Physical Education.

Josh is an NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist, certified club coach with USA weightlifting, and certified Russian kettlebell instructor and a certified corrective high performance exercise kinesiologist. Coach Henkin is well known nationally as an expert in fitness and sports performance training and has been invited to appear at national conferences and write for numerous fitness magazines.

How to Lose Fat by Training With Sandbags

Fat loss, two words that you can say anywhere and you will get people’s attention. Getting leaner, more sculpted, or however you want to classify it is always a goal. I don’t care if you are speaking about professional athletes, housewives, or weekend warriors. Heck, even little kids know what a six-pack is!

The real question is how do you achieve these goals in a world that is crazier than ever?

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Is Fresh Food Healthier Than Canned Food?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
Your Questions
Your Questions

I get plenty of questions in various comments throughout the website, but I also get comments and questions via the Project Swole Contact Form.

Generally I address those questions through e-mail, but often I do not have the time to reply to each and every question personally.

From now on I want to take a more proactive approach to answering Your Health Questions by posting them separately in the blog. This way we can be sure that everyone benefits from the Q & A.

Rav wrote:

“I have a question regarding canned beans. Is it there any difference in the nutrient content between canned beans and soaking the beans yourself and cooking them?”

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Zero Calorie Sobe Lifewater

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Water is so good for you that you should be drinking at least 64 ounces a day. But try as we may, sometimes water gets boring and the 64 ounces don’t always make it down the hatch.

Sobe Lizard

Some of us turn to diet soda, some turn to coffee, while others turn to Crystal Lite or other 0 calorie drink mixes.

Relative to living a healthy lifestyle, those products are good in some ways and bad in some ways. Diet soda and Crystal Lite have nasty sweeteners and dyes. Coffee has caffeine and turns your teeth brown.

The point is to find a tasty 0 calorie beverage with added vitamins and minerals that not only tastes good but also has additional benefits. If you are interested you should read my review below.

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What Kind of Product Reviews do You Want to See on Project Swole?

Saturday, March 7th, 2009
Thumbs Up
Thumbs Up!

I have received many inquiries lately about reviewing products on Project Swole.

I have turned a couple products down because I have no interest in them, such as all natural Viagra alternatives, which I just don’t need.

Many other products I have said yes to and will be reviewing them in the coming weeks.

Here is an example of some of the products I have tried:

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The Truth About Fasting to Lose Weight

Friday, March 6th, 2009
Update: I wrote this article with regards to fasting for 24 hours or longer. I did not intend to address intermittent fasting with this post. Since I wrote this, I have learned about intermittent fasting and fully support it as a fat loss strategy. I still don’t support fasting for more than 24 hours though. 1/4/2011
Fasting
Fasting

What is fasting?

Fasting is when you don’t eat anything at all for a prolonged period of time. I’m betting you have heard of “breakfast”? This is a meal that essentially breaks your overnight fast.

Is it healthy to fast overnight?

Your overnight fast isn’t that bad. Some hardcore individuals do set an alarm clock to wake up 4 hours into their sleep cycle in order to swill down a protein shake. I have actually done this before, except that I planned it out as follows:

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