Random Thoughts on 9/21/2010

1. I read an article in the New York Times which talked about a new study that found exercise can make kids smarter. If you read it, many of the commenters point out the relative weaknesses of the study. There may be some truth to the idea that exercise makes you smarter, but I clearly remember a lot of smart kids who didn’t play sports at all. They were usually called nerds.

2. Brain researchers do say, however, that there are three things vital to retaining proper brain function and memory as we age. Social interaction, intellectual stimulation, and physical activity. Read my blog and use the information to work out. Find some training partners and you’ve covered all your bases.

3. Darelle Revis has a hamstring strain. Hamstrings injuries suck! They tend to linger for a long time and right when you think it is healed, you tweak it again. The hamstring has three functions while running:
– slowing down knee extension of the forward leg
– propelling you forward by extending your hip
– flexing the knee.
Consider that defensive backs have to backpedal, turn and sprint, and change directions at high speeds, it’s very hard to recover completely from a hamstring injury.

3. The new infomercial exercise fad is called the “Rhythm Rocker”. You sit in a chair and swivel. Yes, you too can look like a model by simply sitting on a seat and swinging to and fro. Think of the convenience! You get sculpted abs, chest and arms- and you don’t even have to get off your lazy ass. Watch!

4. I saw a rather silly exercise in, surprise, Shape magazine. The “master trainer tip” was to do a step-up, where you are stepping up onto a box that is about knee height. It’s a great exercise. However, the master trainer tells us to attach a pulley to your other ankle and swing that leg in at the top of the movement so that you “work” the inner thigh.

First off, you don’t need to “work” the inner thigh by itself. If you train correctly, it’ll be working plenty hard as it assists you in single leg movements and squatting. In addition, trying to coordinate the two movements with any type of weight that might actually cause a real training effect would be next to impossible to do with proper form. I suppose this is why you’re advised to use only 5-8 pound weights for high reps.

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