Clinical Testosterone

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Iron for Back Pain

In this article Dr. Jonathan Sullivan discusses the benefits of lifting against the scourge of back pain. In his personal experience he has had less back pain since he started lifting heavy in his 50s than when he didn’t train in his 30s and 40s.

I Take Iron For Back Pain

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Aging, Resistance Training and Metabolic Syndrome

Dr. Sullivan gives an hour lecture with some Q&A for the remainder of the video. I apologize for the audio quality, but there are subtitles. Aging is something that everyone does, some better than others. How well we age is determined by what we do in our youth, much like retirement. Unlike retirement though, if you are at the age of retirement and start training now, you will see the benefits in a very short period of time. This video begins with some basic definitions including what he has coined the Sick Aging Phenotype and then proceeds through a wealth of information and studies. Dr. Sullivan relates aging to a type of competition and I am inclined to agree. Aging takes everyone out. The question is will you anguish for years depending on others to move you; taking several pills to counter the side effect of those as you waste away…or will you be independent and capable of enjoying life?

Modern Aging Syndrome



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It’s Time to Start Training

Do you have training plans for next year, or are you planning to exercise? Training implies that you are working toward a goal. Exercising is often confused with training, but is less effective.The best time to start training is as soon as you know you have a goal or want to make a change. Holidays are over now it time to get to work.

Why You Should Make Strength Training Your New Years Resolution

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Dr. Petrizzo on Injuries: The Finale

The third part of Dr. Petrizzo’s lecture from the Starting Strength Coaches Conference begins with the knee, because you know, squats will destroy your knees.


Dr. Petrizzo on Injuries pt 3



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Sleep, It’s Important

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Category : Recovery , Science

Here is a Ted Talk by Dr. Kirk Parsley regarding sleep. Having seen a different presentation in person, his story went like this: Dr. Parsley was a Navy SEAL, went to medical school and came back to the teams as a physician. He was given a federally funded facility for sports injuries and the number one complaint he received from Seals was the inability to sleep. His patients were taking four times the recommended dose of Ambien and only getting a few hours of sleep nightly. From that point he began to look at sleep in a new way. The talk doesn’t get into that but I think it’s a nice background


The video is about 17 minutes and gives some great reasons for getting more sleep. Sleep helps you get strong, lose fat and enjoy life. Sleep more, from 7.5 to 9 hours a night. Do this in total darkness, not even the light from your clock; to the point that you can wave your hand in front of your face and not be able to see it. When you get in bed it should be to do either of two things: sleep or sex. This would mean no television or reading in bed, train yourself to go to sleep when you get in bed.

Dr. Parsley Ted Talk

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Dr. John Petrizzo On Injuries

This is an awesome presentation that helps define injuries so everyone is talking about the same thing. The studies and statistics present a picture of how safe weight lifting really is, despite the conventional wisdom that weight lifting will destroy your joints and thus your life. Also he takes time to specifically identify information regarding the lack of negative effect on growth plate cartilage in young lifters. Basically, quality coaching reduces the risk of injury when trying and if you already have something going on a good coach can help you train with out hurting you. It’s very cool that stuff like this is included as part of the continuing education of a Starting Strength Coach. This is part 1.


Dr. Petrizzo Weightlifting Injury Presentation pt 1

Dr. Petrizzo Weightlifting Injury Presentation pt 2

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Mayo Clinic Blurb Strength training: Get stronger, leaner, healthier

Strength training: Get stronger, leaner, healthier

The Mayo Clinic gives some very good reasons why you should train for strength. The programming recommendations are less than optimal for gaining the most strength quickly, but it is at the very least good to see the organization moving in the direction of strength for all ages.

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Nerd Fitness: Staci

Meet Staci

Staci has made quite a fitness odyssey, beginning at age 25 weighing 170 lbs, a year later at 117 lbs, and the following year weighed 140 lbs, but deadlifting 315 lbs (2 1/4 times her body weight). The article is quite thorough not only telling the story but gives an example of her diet and discusses tracking her progress to ensure she was getting results she wanted. My favorite part is her ditching the scale and realizing weight (meaning mass) doesn’t mean all that much if your body composition is where you want it. The article also does a good job of showing the evolution of Staci in an aesthetic sense, there are comparative pictures throughout.


Staci Before and After