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Placebo Sleep?

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A 2014 paper by Draganich & Erdal studied the effect of sleep on cognitive functioning in 164 undergraduate students – with an interesting twist. Participants were given a questionnaire in which they ranked how deeply they had slept the prior night on a scale of 1-10. Subjects received education about REM sleep and cognitive function, then were intentionally deceived by the experimenters to believe that measuring certain physiologic parameters would allow calculate how much time they spent in REM sleep the night before. Subjects were attached to various sophisticated-appearing monitors, and were allowed to watch their brainwave activity by EEG…

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The science of where YOUR pain comes from.

By | News, Recovery, Training | 2 Comments

Longtime followers will be well aware that chronic back pain is a widely prevalent, complex, and often disabling problem (see here, here, and here). A wide array of specialized interventions have been developed over the years, and many of these have taken hold in clinical practice without strong evidence for their effectiveness. This paper discusses recent data from trials on radiofrequency denervation as a treatment for selected patients with chronic back pain. The idea is to identify a suspected structural “nociceptive driver”, such as an arthritic facet joint or sacroiliac joint. This peripheral focus of noxious stimulus is often also…

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Training in the Dark

By | Recovery, Training | 14 Comments

By Jordan Feigenbaum “Just keep putting in the work. You’ll be fine. You’re strong. You’ve got this. Focus, Jordan.” This was just some of my internal dialogue on the 25th of September last year (2014). I had just gotten done with some squats, which felt terrible at the time. They were heavy, painful, exhausting, and just about every negative descriptor you can conjure up- I was feeling that.  Those feelings pretty much describe my training during much of that particular meet prep, but then something even more unusual happened. I remember laying down to do some pin bench presses and I…

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When Should You Do Conditioning?

By | Recovery, Training | 18 Comments

By Jordan Feigenbaum MS, CSCS, HFS, USAW Club Coach, Starting Strength Staff If you haven’t seen this article yet give it a read, as it should set the tone for this blog post. Just as an aside to those who disagree with this blog post or Mark’s article, save the ad hominem attacks and please present your analysis within the context of both anecdotal evidence and scientific evidence. If you’re going to use the latter, please make sure you read the entire study and look at the data before you make claims, as it will save everyone a lot of…

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Top 10 Mistakes People Following Starting Strength Make

By | Nutrition, Recovery, Training | 20 Comments

By Jordan Feigenbaum MD, MS, Starting Strength Staff 1) Not reading the book Seriously, most people who are doing “Starting Strength Novice Progression” have never even read the book. They got the “routine”, replete with rows in place of power cleans, of the Internet and are 100% unprepared for what this program requires. Further, because they have not read the book and thus, are lacking in understanding the rationale- the WHY- behind the program, they do a bunch of inappropriate things as seen in the other 9 items below. Bompa, Issurin, and Zatsiorisky all agree that explaining to an athlete…

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Booze and Barbells Part II

By | Nutrition, Recovery, Training | 2 Comments

By Jordan Feigenbaum MS, Starting Strength Staff, CSCS, HFS, USAW CC In case you missed part one of this three part series, click here. In today’s blog entry we’re going to talk about how alcohol affects skeletal muscle and the sex steroid, testosterone. Things can get pretty complicated in a hurry here, but what I aim to do is provide some basic science background for my readers as well as how a certain stressor, i.e. alcohol, can alter the internal milieu. I actually just used the words “internal milieu”, which describes the internal environment of the human body just so I…

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Booze and Barbells Part 1

By | Nutrition, Recovery, Training | 3 Comments

By Jordan Feigenbaum MS, CSCS, HFS, USAW CC, Starting Strength Staff One of the most common questions I get with regards to nutrition and/or training pertains to alcohol and how it effects potential performance, health, or aesthetic outcomes. I get asked this question so often that I’m dedicating an entire chapter of my book to the stuff. Instead of sharing part of the manuscript on here, I thought I’d post up a truncated version of my thoughts and findings on the subject, which will actually be broken up into three separate blog posts on this blog as well as my new…

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