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Random Friday Thoughts: 10/31/08

Written on October 31, 2008 at 8:30 am, by Eric Cressey

It’s Halloween, and as you’re reading this, I’m down in Georgia for baseball stuff. Because I’m actually writing this on Tuesday night, it’s hard to get in the mood and be spooky, but I’ll do my best.

1. I’ll be doing a LOT of baseball seminars over the next few months: November 8-9 (NY), December 14-16 (TX), January 30 (MA), and February 14 (MA). For more information, check out my schedule page.

2. I actually think the Fat Tax is a good idea. While we’re at it, can we institute an a**hole tax for guys who curl in the squat rack? My girlfriend was lifting at a gym down in Southern CT this week, and she told me a guy took up a squat rack all morning to do three curl variations – and then proceeded to set up two bars in the rack to do dips. The good news for him, though, is that the Horse’s A** trophy he receives partially offsets the tax.

3. When dealing with athletes post-ACL reconstruction, it’s obviously important to get range-of-motion back quickly. However, the direction of that ROM can actually tell you quite a bit about what is going on. When someone is struggling to get knee extension, the problems are usually do to scarring. Flexion problems, on the other hand, are usually related to graft tensioning issues. In other words, when there is loss of flexion, it is usually surgical. When there is loss of extension, it is usually rehabilitative. When there is a loss of both flexion and extension, the problem is – you guessed it – Richard Simmons.

Yes, he’s spooked, spooky, and stupid. I don’t want your trick or your treat, Richard; I just want you to put some pants on and get a haircut.

4. Scientists recently confirmed a virgin birth in a shark. Apparently, the baby shark (called a pup, for reasons I can’t explain) carried no male genetic material. Immediately upon its birth, the shark started bitching about how it didn’t want to get too bulky.

Scientists fear for the pup’s survival, as it refuses to swim fast enough to catch its prey because it doesn’t want to get out of the “fat burning zone.”

5. I went into quite a bit of detail on why I dislike the term “shoulder impingement” in my newsletter this week. Check it out HERE.

Just five this week, as I’ve got lots to do. Have a great weekend!

  • Tyler

    Come on now, I pioneered the tax the fat policy years ago… And then realized it would never fly, so the plan was to jack up taxes for everyone and then give huge tax breaks to people that exercise and stay healthy… unfortunately it still hasn’t been implemented.

  • Arvid D’armond

    Dave Tate recommended the squat rack dips in one of his articles. I don’t think I’d try giving him one of those trophies. It might end up in a very uncomfortable place.

  • Trent

    I would love it if you would post your thoughts on knee sleeves. I’ve been hearing a lot about them lately and I have trouble with one knee (don’t we all).

    I wear braces or anything now because I don’t want to be dependant on them.

    Should we use them? If so, who, what, when, where, and why?


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