Thursday, February 5, 2009

Muscles Speed and Lies or Fitness Boxing

Muscles, Speed and Lies: What the Sport Supplement Industry Does Not Want Athletes or Consumers to Know

Author: David Lightsey

In 2000, the Nutrition Business Journal reported that health-conscious consumers and athletes combined spent more than $5 billion in 2000 on various sport supplements that promised to enhance their health, physical development, or performance. But do these supplements really offer the benefits they claim in their advertising and on their packaging? And are they safe?

David Lightsey, the nutrition and food science advisor to an award-winning consumer advocacy Web page, maintains that the sports supplement industry regularly and knowingly makes false claims, and since it has yet to be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, consumers are unprotected from products that are unnecessary, may cause great harm, or even lead to death. Aware that much of the problem stems from a lack of information about general nutrition, dietary supplements, and beneficial lifestyle changes, Lightsey provides answers to such questions as:

* Do excessive protein supplements actually hinder performance and strength gains?
* Can over-the-counter supplements be more effective than steroids?
* Why are fat cells so easy to accumulate and so hard to diminish in size?
* Are antioxidants helpful or harmful?
* Which dietary changes have the most effect on physical development and training?
* How much body fat can be safely lost in one week?

In Muscles, Lies, and Speed, Lightsey helps educators, consumers, coaches, athletes, and parents navigate through all of the hype about supplements, and he offers advice on alternative dietary changes that can yield much healthier and longer-lasting results than the latest "miracle" pill.

Doody Review Services

Reviewer:Mark E. Lavallee, MD, CSCS, FACSM(Memorial Sports Medicine Institute)
Description:This book will enlighten readers about the often murky world of the sports supplement industry. Readers will be surprised at the steps which the $16 billion dollar supplement industry takes to sell their products, involving everything from misrepresenting research, the addition of banned substances, inaccurate marketing, incorrect product labeling, and lobbying congress for protective legislation to outright lying to consumers and athletes.
Purpose:The author's purpose is three-fold: first, to expose the sport supplement industry's history of lies, deceit, and greed, similar to Ralph Nader's campaign that exposed the safety concerns of the Corvair; second, to educate athlete-consumers on the real science behind vitamins, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants, and other supplements; and, finally, to give athlete-consumers some practical applications and ways to apply the information to their lives.
Audience:This book is essential reading for the interested athlete or coach. Particularly, it should be required reading for those studying in the field of clinical sports science (undergrads, grad students), allied health professionals (ATCs, personal trainers, dieticians), and primary care sports medicine physicians.
Features:This well researched book starts by exposing the sports supplement industry for what the author sees it is: big business, and not necessarily concerned about health, safety, truth, or honesty. The book then tackles in systematic fashion the complex myths and realities about vitamins, minerals, antioxidants,protein, and carbohydrates. The author pulls it all together in the end, making his recommendations. The list of resources, references, and index are quite extensive and well done.
Assessment:This well written book keeps readers' attention while discussing very eloquently the science of nutrition and the myths revolving around the supplement industry. The author accomplishes the difficult task of addressing two different groups with this book: the athlete and the more educated sports science/sports medicine student. This book parallels Faust's Gold : Inside the East German Doping Machine by Steven Ungerleider (St. Martin's Press, 2001) which exposed the doping issues associated with East German athletes in the 1970s and 1980s.

Read also MCTS or Crashing the Gate

Fitness Boxing

Author: Andreas Riem

The move&box training involves perfect physical harmony, suppleness, movement accuracy, coordination, intensive breathing for optimal oxygen uptake and quick reactions - in short: it is all about personal well-being, one of the most important tasks of a leisure sport.

All the moves and exercises are borrowed from boxing training. Elements from other sports like kickboxing, karate or even aerobics can easily be incorporated into the training so that it can be adapted within a class to any performance level or expectation. The class structure strictly follows sports-pedagogical guidelines and includes warm-up training, muscle stretching, technique and partner training as well as a relaxing cooldown.

Boxing is a sport that has always been treated with respect due to its component of athleticism. That is why a chapter is dedicated to the history of boxing up to the present day. The sport of boxing has a frequently misunderstood public image though, often represented as one-sided and only performance-related, this is why an explanation of its principal technical features is provided. The main body of the book features exercise guidelines for boxercise, which can be performed both by groups and by individuals.

About the Author:
Andreas Riem is a several-times German Kickboxing Champion, third place European Aero Kickboxing Champion and is a proven coach of competitive, leisure and fitness athletes

Table of Contents:
Recommendations$dBy the President of the Westphalian Amateur Boxing Association     8$dBy the President of WAKO Germany (World Association of Kickboxing Organizations)     9
Introductory Section     10
Welcome: to move&box     10
Fitness and Boxing: Feel good about life     14
Boxing for Fitness: Medical background     19
Complex Training Goal: Fundamental building blocks     25
Mini Boxing Academy: A general introduction     29
Main Section move&box     41
Training Groups and Facilities     41
Warm-up: Exercises     44
Jumping Rope: Introduction, exercises     46
Technique: Training, execution     48
Partner Training: Presentation of exercises     51
Cardio Training: Exercises     53
Cool Down: Cool down and relaxation exercises     56
Reflection: Understanding and awareness     58
All About Fitness Boxing     59
Choice of Music: Setting the mood     59
Sample Class Format: move&box course     62
Sandbags etc.: All types of training equipment     66
Home Training: Selected exercises     75
Fitness Boxing in Gyms: A modern workout for differing requirements     87
Boxing: A classical sport     91
Boxing: An established combat sport     96
Boxing: A sport for all     101
Appendix     104
Index     104
Authors' Profiles     108
Credits     109

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