How to Know if Research is Garbage or Gold

blog research stack I’ll bet you’ve read an article that quoted intriguing research. Maybe that research was exactly what you wanted to hear: “Group X lost 320% more belly fat than those that didn’t take the pill!”

Sure, you assumed it was too good to be true. But it was a published study, so that must count for something legit, right?

Learning how to identify whether a study is reputable or garbage is an essential part of the information-building process. If you assume any study that’s published is credible, you’ll surely be suckered into believing a product, exercise or workout is reputable when it’s really not.

Today I’m going to cover 8 different categories of research. So the next time you read a story or article where the author bases his position – or sales pitch – on published research, you’ll know whether or not it’s legit. Continue reading

The Testosterone and Exercise Connection

blog dr schroeder Testosterone is the king of all muscle-building hormones. No other performance hormone has received more press.

So it’s no surprise that athletes will do everything possible to maximize it – even if that means breaking laws or rules.

You’ve probably wondered if there’s anything that can be changed within your training program to produce a significant, natural boost of testosterone?

Last August I started the revered Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Southern California (USC) to further my education and knowledge base. One of the many advantages of being enrolled in the nation’s #1 ranked DPT program is the access I have to some of the smartest doctors and scientists on the planet.

E. Todd Schroeder, Ph.D., associate professor at USC is one of those guys. Dr. Schroeder heads much of USC’s research on muscle and exercise physiology, and one of his specialties is the effects that resistance training has on the almighty testosterone. Continue reading