"Moderate evidence indicates that kettlebell training may be safe and effective for increasing certain functional strength and power measures and may show positive results with postural control in young, healthy populations," says a recent review of the literature in Physical Therapy Reviews (Girard. 2014) and does sound positively optimistic, but by far not as euphoric as some kettlebell warriors on the Internet.
The "more is better" mentality that is so characteristic of our lives in the Western world of affluence is, in my opinion, the most important obstacle trainees all around the world meet on their way to increased muscle strength, size and performance. Against that background it's a pity that the results of a recent study from the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the Queen’s University relate to sprint training, only. So, after having a look at Jason G. E. Zelt, I will briefly take a look at similar evidence from the more popular field of "working out to look good naked" and to be as strong as Superman.
If you are always looking to improve the way you feel, look and perform, if you are someone who is not afraid to admit that looking good naked is important to him or her, and if you are someone who is not willing to be fooled time and again by unwarranted promises on product labels and in shiny advertisement leaflets, there are three things you should know about the scientific evidence that is often misquoted or -interpreted in e-books, write-ups, articles, adverts and blog posts.
In the past weeks I have received a couple of questions which revolved around the notion of diet and exercise induced metabolic shutdown. Although I'd hope that I did answer all your questions more or less to your personal satisfaction, I hope that taking the publication of two very recent papers as an incentive to write a whole article about this complex topic will spare me future lengthy elaborations on what exactly happens, when an obese, overweight or lean person reduces his body weight.