Chiropractic laser fat loss fact or fiction?

There is a very obvious increase in advertising for laser fat loss therapy…please do not get taken in by such wild claims. I know most people are searching for the easy way to achieve fat loss and body recomposition, they don’t exist.  Most of these systems require you to take a supplement (usually diuretic, anorectic and mild stimulant) and of course a diet and some form of exercise. The supplement, diet and exercise are the changes that do the work not the laser.

Please do not believe the wild claims. This is no different than aiming a laser pointer (650nm) at your body and expecting some results. The lasers typically used in these devices are typically in the 630nm to 680nm range.

The FDA cleared these devices because they were considered safe (read that as useless or non effective). They were provided a 510k clearance process, which simply is a process that if there is similar device currently marketed and the new gadget is very similar that device they will approve the new gadget. If the product is different then they will create a new category. There is no testing for its effectiveness. That is the problem with the FDA approval. This is the letter it can be found on the internet by searching for” zerona 510k letter”.

Please follow this link to the warnings the FDA sent to the Erchonia company

I also have had a very tough tough time finding any independent peer reviewed studies to support the claims or findings of the studies done by the companies who market these devices.

None of these devices are going to do anything for you, neither are the vibration platforms or other silly things they say you need to do. If they recommend diet and some form of activity this is the key to your change. They also may recommend a supplement which most likely is a diuretic, anorectic or a stimulant. Save your money and change your lifestyle.


Athletes and speed training what works?

There is rising popularity in speed camps and facilities that claim speed training with the use of agility drills for young athletes. Does this work? Not really, it may give the young athlete some sense of accomplishment after all it will make you breath hard and sweat and of course give you “quick feet”. Does this increase your speed…no. Young athletes typically need to increase their strength to increase speed. If there is lack of base strength/power then they lack the ability to produce force. Sprinting and changes of direction require the absorption and production of force. The lack of strength limits your ability to produce force especially quickly which is required for an increase in speed.  There are three components to increasing  speed 1) stride length, 2) stride frequency, 3) power transferred to the ground. The first component can be worked on with stretching, mobility and drills, however most young athletes run in a manner that is most efficient for their current structure. The drills would need to be very repetitive also depending on the sport may not be as effective due to the nature of the sporting event itself. The 3rd and simplest way to increase speed is to improve relative strength. Increasing strength and power is a relatively quick way to increase stride frequency and power transfer to the ground as well as absorbing the forces that are needed to maintain proper joint angles throughout the body when running. Most young athletes need to think about getting stronger to improve their speed.

Stop listening to the tv, radio and other media outlets for your health and fitness information.

You are being lied to everyday regarding your health and fitness. The infomercials selling you some program that is the greatest thing ever and guaranteed to make you lose weight. The supplement that is your answer to weight loss and health promising that it is some incredible breakthrough. Advertising all over the television and in magazines touting how all these grains are good for you or how this pill will help such and such or this program will be the one and even the medical community perpetuating myths that science has proven not true.

Wake up! Stop being so lazy. Most people buy into all this crap because they want the easy way to health and weight loss. THERE IS NO SHORTCUT! You must eat better, get some activity and not be so gullible. Don’t be afraid to sweat or feel some discomfort… may eventually take charge of your life and feel better,look better and be healthier.

It is time to get ready for next years football season!

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Training, dieting, weight loss and foolishness.

The new year always brings a renewed interest from people to get in shape. The funny thing is that most of this interest is to look for some short cut, magic pill, ridiculous tv fitness equipment, one of the many so called nutrition plans that all you are receiving is the right to pay for a mass marketing plan and so forth. THEY DO NOT EXIST! It amazes me that people just are so opposed to a little discipline and some work. Society has become very lazy, it really is sad. I can’t believe that individuals will pay jenny craig, nutri-systems, weight watchers or any of the other diet/prepaid food plan gimmicks. The food is really not nutritionally sound and you don’t learn to eat any healthier just eat small portions of poor food choices and chemically laden foods. You actually pay a premium for these terrible meals. I cannot understand why it is so hard to eat fresh meat of any kind, eggs, vegetables, nuts, limited fruits, healthy fats this includes some butter, coconut oil, olive oil, fish oil, walnut oil.  You can occasionally treat yourself to desert and such but this should be limited to once a week. I know only once a week…wow ,your really going to suffer.

If your more than 10lbs overweight you really do need to change your lifestyle not just diet for 3-8 weeks and then go back to what made you fat. This is what is typical of people. The roller coaster of gaining and losing weight.

Training: I cannot believe what people consider training, well I guess most people do not train they workout. I should say they waste a lot of time working out as most never get any better, but hey they get to say “I workout”.

I hear so many people say I do this or I do that for my workouts. I chuckle as they are very mislead about there so called workout and subsequent conditioning from said workout. I hear things like I do yoga or pilates. This is not a workout. I know people will get so upset over this but any of you who think you are in good condition from these types of activities..come and see me you will be surprised or upset at your lack of conditioning from these activities. I am not saying that they do not have a place in an overall plan. I think they are great for developing flexibility or mobility for some individuals but this is not going to condition you for real world activities. The fundamental principles of how your muscles / energy systems work  would demonstrate that you have not utilized a great deal of the muscle / energy system that one has available.  The cardio crowd, this is to include the spinners, runners and all the ridiculous classes that have been dreamed up to get you involved in some poorly designed or lacking cardio/aerobic/group activity class. Spinners notorious for poor posture, strength imbalances and overly tight muscles that lead to locomotion problems and back/neck/hip issues. Runners, the worst when it comes to flexibility, strength and muscular imbalances. The bullshit cardio classes that have so many things fundamentally wrong that I could go on forever. I will say that at least these individuals are doing something but there are much better ways to achieve fitness with balance then focusing on these limited use modalities.

The stuff that you see on tv is as foolish as it gets. Getting abs requires nothing that you see on these so called ab devices sold on tv. Most of these devices lead to lower back issues from too much abdominal work. If you want to shrink your waist then go out and actually do something that requires your whole body to move and eat smaller portions of healthy food. You need to get the large muscles of the body working so that you consume more energy.

I will add more to this post in the days to come.

Why do people pay for poor personal training?

The personal training industry gets worse and worse every year. I watch what these so called professionals do to their clients and wonder how or why.

1) How do they keep clients?

2) Where in the hell do they come up with some of these ridiculous exercises that are employed.

3) Learn how an exercise is performed before trying to wreck your client’s knee, back , shoulder, place any other body part in here you would like.

4) Pay attention to the clients form…but that would require you to shut up, get off phone, ignore your friends and learn what a proper squat, deadlift, row, bench or any other exercise is.

If you are a client of one these individuals then you may have experienced some of the following:

1) Speaking to the client the whole time they are exercising about trainers boyfriend/girlfriend, night out drinking, and so on.

2) Trainer on a cell phone when training a client?

3) Trainer talking to  buddies when training a client?

4) Trainer has you doing mostly cardio?

5) Trainer ignoring your exercise execution?

Add to the list or ask some questions.


So called strength and conditioning?

Strength and conditioning coaches who mislead athletes with programs that are based on the vertimax , plyometrics , jumping and med ball throws, agility drills etc. almost exclusively. This really is more conditioning than strength training. The vertimax, plyo’s and med ball throws all work to teach one to express power however they fall short on strength development when used alone and this is a key factor in production of power.  Agility drills are a waste of time. They may appear to have an effect however this is typical for beginners only.  Agility drill only make you better at the agility drill you are doing not your sport. Coaching running technique  is another scam.  Coaching track athletes in running technique is effective but coaching any athlete in another sport for example soccer, football, lacrosse to change their running technique is ridiculous. These sports change on the fly, there is no technique to change as it is constantly adapting to the given situation. Most athletes will move/run in a manner that is efficient for their current condition/body type.  If your training like this, then you should ask yourself. Are you getting your time and monies worth?

One always hears about how power is an expression of moving a given weight over a distance in a specific amount of time. Therefore if you practice with a light weight, body weight, elastic tubing(vertimax) and med ball throws you are increasing your power. Move the given object faster than a previous attempt and thus you would increase power. Most young athletes and their parents fall into this trap of believing this is the best way to increase power. Yes it is true that you would theoretically increase your power and it does to a limited extent. However, this falls short of maximum way to increase power, it also leaves the athlete lacking any real strength. The so called power developed this way falls short when facing heavier objects than what one is used to training with.

For example; if you learn to swing a wiffle ball bat as fast as you can and make contact with a wiffle ball it will go as far as the given weight and energy applied to it will allow. Take that same wiffle ball bat and try to hit a baseball with it and the bat will most likely fold in half. The wiffle ball bat lacks the strength or ability to absorb and transfer the force (weight) of the baseball. This is what happens when your so called power training is centered around SPARQ  or SAQ type programs.

The moving of light objects fast is one way to learn to express power however this is learned with a lack of strength development. The other way to learn to express power is to move heavy or maximal weight objects. The best way to improve power is to use maximal weights and plyometrics, jumping and weighted object throws. The focus needs to be on heavy weights/objects and plyos, with more emphasis on heavy or repeated efforts.

If you want to get faster get stronger!