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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    PowerBall

    I recently took part in a research study for one of my Excercise & Sports Science teachers to test the results of the powerball (They were testing this because the University of Texas basball team was considering using this to improve their players bb abilities) Anyways, i dont know if any of you have heard of this, but the powerball is literally a ball the size of tennis ball with a smaller ball inside of it. You insert a string inside of the smaller of the two balls, and when you yank it out, the inner ball begins to rotate, and you move your forearm opposite the rotation, causing resistance. It uses gyroscopic forearm resistance. I was in the control group of this experiment, so i kept on a 2 day a week standard free weight forearm training program. 3x10 set/reps etc. for each excercise. For the powerball, a time was issued for each set, so maybe 5 minutes streight per set (i dont know the exact time or # of sets since i was in the control) To me this seemed like this wouldnt be nearly as productive as high weight low rep free weight training? This seemed like the equivilant as someone doing 4000 crunches a day trying to get bigger abs (where they would have had better results doing smaller sets with higher weight) Does anyone have any experience with the powerball or it's results? As for the experiment, i dont think the results have been published yet... but when we took the grip test at the end of the experiment my left forearm gained a dramatic amount of stregth, whereas my right forearm stained close to the same (i am right handed) No clue why my right stayed the same lol. What do you guys think? Powerball or no powerball? You think its a reasonable substitute for conventional weights? Personally i feel that just handeling the weights during your normal routine gives you enough forearm work... but thats me.
    Last edited by ancom41; 03-17-2006 at 08:25 AM.

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    I just googled it, and they did publish the results. Here is the link, my proffesor was Dr. soukup (texas state university):

    http://aahperd.confex.com/aahperd/20...tract_6277.htm

    The results were inconclusive.. so my previous questions still stand. What do you guys think?
    Last edited by ancom41; 03-17-2006 at 08:25 AM.

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    It's a very peculiar kind of strength that doesn't have much carry over to anything else. It's highly coordination dependent, which is a reasonable explanation why your left arm gained "strength" while your right did not.

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    I love these studies whereby they try to reinvent the wheel. If you want to increase forearm strength, in relation to increasing bat speed, then swing a heavier baseball bat with strict attention to technique, and force your body to adapt.

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    well i think that was the point of doing a study before implimenting a full blown powerball workout for the players. That way they test to see if its even effective before they go changing any pre-prooven techniques.
    Last edited by ancom41; 03-17-2006 at 11:01 AM.

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