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The Rat And The Mars Bar

There's some bizarre experiments carried out in the name of research. Being a bit of a nutritional geek, I often receive updates from published articled and recently one caught my eye. Not because of the ground breaking information it delivered ( pretty much ministry of the fcuking obvious if you ask me!) But because of the side story that accompanied it. A researcher removed part of a rats brain (a section of the hypothalamus) that controlled the desire to consume food and fluids. As expected, the rats didn't bother eating or drinking and died of starvation and dehydration. ( No

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What Dollard, Dobb & Co Taught Me

When I was in college, I studied quite a few different subjects. Of course there was the standard Physical Education A Level you'd expect someone interested in sport and fitness to take. But alongside that, I studied sociology, psychology and also philosophy I loved social sciences, particularly psychology and the theory behind human behaviour. 'Why we think the things we do.' 'Do the things we do.' 'Or don't' on many occasions, 'Even when we know deep down we should!' I remember discussing the theory behind people that became aggressive because of frustration. It's actually called 'The Frustration/Aggression Hypothesis' and was proposed way back in 1930's by Dollard, Doob, Miller, Mower, and Sears. It goes some way to explain why some people get angry and confrontational when they are denied success

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Sand Storm: Beginners Guide To Training With Sandbags

Sandbags. Something that most people associate with flooding, particularly here in the UK. However, more and more people are using sandbags as an alternative to traditional dumbbells and barbells for a great full body functional workout. Throwing around a moderately weighted sandbag is about as old school as it gets and is a great way to hit all the muscles you'd typically train with cable stations and the aforementioned free weights, plus others that you wouldn't usually hit. Despite its recent resurgence in popularity, sandbags have been around as a training tool for hundreds of years, especially wrestlers and combat

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Hang Tough: Perfect Your Pull Ups

Pull ups & chin ups are 2 great bodyweight exercises that can be performed almost anywhere, with minimal equipment. Hitting a variety of muscles including the traps, lats, biceps and delts, pull ups & chin ups should be incorporated in to any strength & muscle building programme. In fact, there is no better exercise for building strength in the upper body. There are significant differences between the two exercises and this guide will illustrate not only the differences between the chin up & pull up, but also how to perform them correctly, even if at the moment you can't even

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