Beth Skwarecki
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Beth is Lifehacker's Senior Health Editor. She has written about health and science for over a decade, including two books: Outbreak! and Genetics 101. Her Wilks score is 302.
1/16/20
10:53 PM
5

This is timely. There’s a lot of diet talk where I work. My co-workers are either talking about some diet or wanting to diet or how much they’ve gained our lose over the month, year(s) and it all seems so awkward to me. When I was younger I used to lurk on pro-ana livejournals and read about the trial, tribulations, Read more

1/9/20
9:52 AM
1

I have my workouts set up in Google Sheets. A different tab for each day of the week. The dates are at the top of each row, and the exercises populate the left most column. The top row and left column are frozen.  And, since I have the Sheets app on my phone, which is with me at all times, I just enter my weights and Read more

1/8/20
4:38 PM
1

I prefer to log my workout in my google calendar since i already use that to organize my time. I like being able to see and edit it from my phone or any other thing connected to the internet.

as for details I usually just log my RPE(with notes on how it felt, IE: still feeling burnt from last session, light workout day) Read more

1/7/20
1:50 PM
6

I would say approach people rarely and always ask before giving advice. “Would you like help with that?” or “Have you used that before? I can help you figure it out if you like,” goes a long way toward you not looking like a know-it-all jerk and it gives the person a chance to politely say no and get rid of you. Read more

1/7/20
11:27 AM
4

In my many years of gymgoing, I don’t think I’ve ever offered unsolicited advice to anyone unless there was serious pending danger — for example, watching someone unload heavy weights unevenly from a bar (I have actually seen a bar do an end-over-end “trebuchet” out of a relatively narrow rack. Other than that, just Read more

1/7/20
11:12 AM
2

The worst people in the gym in January are not the Resolutionists, they’re just people who are choosing a bad time to make their life a little bit better and to get healthier. That is commendable. It is not the lifters who have been lifting for years and don’t need to prove themselves to anyone, they know who they are Read more

12/18/19
9:58 AM
2

So what advantage do you have due to low insulin levels? Studies have shown essentially no metabolic advantage so no, you are not putting less fat on the body when eating the same but just compressing it into a shorter time window. Yes, there are some health advantages to fasting but it requires fasting in longer Read more

12/18/19
9:56 AM
5

It’s amazing how people have made so much money out of the skip breakfast diet

12/18/19
8:13 AM
2

Dr Sebi is a quack and he is kinda big in the black community because people believe he somehow cured AIDS and was killed by the US government ( even though he was an elderly man) for having the cure. I have had arguments with people who claim this is true. But I point out to them that if he had a cure for AIDS and Read more

12/13/19
10:00 AM
2

It depends a lot on who made the belt. I have a double prong 13mm from Lifting Large(not sure if it’s still made, it’s around 6 years old now) and I can remove it with one hand. One of my friends has a double prong belt that’ll give a claustrophobic person a panic attack, you can’t get out of it without the help of Read more

12/13/19
9:56 AM
1

For lifting shoes without a raised heel, wrestling shoes are are great. The Sabo deadlift shoes are very similar to 30-40 dollar Matflex shoes, but the Sabo has an added strap. 

12/12/19
1:10 PM
3

If you squat and deadlift with your prong-belt on the same setting, get a lever belt. If you have to do your belt one hole looser so you’re comfortable in your starting deadlift position (this is common from what I see), you’ll probably end up changing the lever setting between each set of lifts and it’s not worth it Read more

12/12/19
10:40 AM
2

I bought a pioneer double prong and I regret it every time I use it, though the belt is fantastic otherwise. Wish I would have gone with the “Pioneer Cut” like Beth did.

12/10/19
4:39 PM
80

Truly amazing how entertained certain people are by endless, minute variations on “I identify as an attack helicopter.” Read more