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April 30, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Public Forum VS Anonymity

The issue isn't whether the poster think he is credible or not, it is whether the reader of the post think he is credible. An anonymous poster raises questions of credibility but that doesn't mean the post should automatically be totally discounted. A series of posts by an individual helps judge credibility; likewise, a new anonymous poster with strong views should signal caution.
April 30, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: P413 revisited

A senior bat with a 1 year warranty sounds very promising if the performance is reasonable whatever that means. Ed, have you personally tried that bat and if so what are your thoughts?
Does it come only in balanced form and does it swing light or heavy? Is production in the US?
I think answers to these questions would be helpful to all. Thank you.
April 26, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The First 20 Minutes-Surprising Science Reveals Exercise Better Train Smarter Live Longer

Those who follow this site know I always try to find the science behind what we do to see if it makes sense. I just finished the above book by Gretchen Reynolds and heartily recommend it. It busts many myths and is very thought provoking.
The following is a review found on Amazon which explains a lot of what is in the book. The book can be bought very cheaply now:

Very good book. The style is a little wordy for me. Similar to 'The Power of Yoga', I'd have preferred to have more bullet points and less history of scientific discoveries. Therefore, I summarized the key points myself:

1) Inactivity is the greatest public health threat of this century. A great deal of the physical effects that we once thought were caused by aging are actually the results of inactivity.

2) Although 'Health' and 'Fitness' are often automatically joined together, they are different things. 'Health' is a slippery term, often defined by its absence (it's 'unhealthy' to have high LDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, a wide waist or actuall illnesses, from cold to cancer).
Physical 'Fitness' refers to cardiovascular or cardiorrespiratory fitness(includes measures of lung function). It is a measure of how efficiently you transport oxygen to laboring muscles to maintain movement. A fit person has a robust heart, strong lungs and sturdy muscles. But it doesn't mean he is 'healthy' (he can still have high cholesterol or ulcers).

3) How little activity can people get away with? The best available science indicates that, in order to improve your health, you should walk or work out lightly for 150 minutes a week. You can split them almost any way you want. 30 minutes a day can be split in 3 walks of 10' each. Other option is to do 75 weekly minutes of more vigorous aerobic exercise plus weight training twice a week.

4) Almost all of the mortality reductions are due to the first 20 minutes of exercise, which drops your risk of premature death by 20%. (If you triple that minimum level, you drop your risk of premature rate further, but only by another 4%). However, this is true if you're looking for health benefits, but not if your objective is fitness.

5) If your objective is to improve fitness and performance, you must overload the muscoloskeletal and cardiovascular systems, i.e.: you will have to push your body somewhat, increasing the intensity or frequency of your usual workouts. Aerobic exercise (endurance) is the wellspring of fitness and may be the single most important determinant of how long you live.

6) Exercise has been endurance-centric for quite some time, but now there is evidence strength training is also important. It changes the dynamics of aging by combating loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) and building bone, which we start losing at middle age. Squats are considered by some scientists the single best exercise. And Yoga (or Pilates and its variations) have been shown to prompt muscular remodeling almost as readily as working with weight machines does.

7) The benefits of exercise appear to be curvilinear: they rise precipitously when you first start exercising, level off as you do more and, at some point, drop if you overdo things (although when the break point occurs differs by person). And then you may develop injuries and need to stop for a while. But the good news is that reductions in exercise don't have to strip you of your hard-won health and fitness gains as long as you don't stop completely (once a week seems to be enough until you can get back on track).

8) Sitting adversely affects the health of even the well-exercised. Even if you exercise one hour a day, it does not counteract the ill effects of sitting for the rest of the day. It's important to break up the long hours of sitting, even if it's for a two-minute stroll. This was probably the most shocking discovery for me, who felt very virtuous by exercising every morning before my one hour drive to work followed by 8 hours sitting on a chair!

9) Exercise by itself is pretty useless for weight loss since, as a species, we're astonishingly efficient at compensating for the loss of calories. It was discovered that, for example, people relying on exercising to burn out calories sometimes, without deliberate intent, begin moving less during the rest of the day. The body, and especially in the case of women, also has hormonal mechanisms to maintain body fat, such as recalibrating the appetite and increasing the desire to eat after exercise, as well as affecting the rate at which the body burns fuel (acylated ghrelin, leptin and insulin are the key hormones intervening in the process).

10) However, although exercise doesn't aid much in weight loss, it is helpful in weight control or maintenance in the long term (even brisk walking). Exercise not also helps to reduce weight regain but to keep visceral or abdominal fats in check. (They contribute to metabolic problems, diabetes and heart disease).

11) If you want to lose weight: work out before breakfast and include eggs in your breakfast. Emerging evidence also suggests that, unlike bouts of moderate-vigorous exercise, low-intensity ambulation, standing, etc. may contribute to daily energy expenditure without triggering the caloric compensation effect. Just get rid of your chair!

12) Exercise helps to get better brainpower, pushing the onset of dementia by several years. It has a prophylactic effect against the buildup of anger and helps handle stress. It speeds the brain's production of serotonin alleviating anxiety and depression. And it has great influence on kids' brains, improving test scores and IQ.
People who have been active in their twenties, no matter what their activity levels are now, have longer telomeres, a reliable marker of younger cell age. (Telomeres are the minuscule protective caps at the end of the DNA strands, often compared to the tips of shoelaces and serving the same purpose: to prevent fraying and tattering).

Those points summarize my key takeaways from the book. It's also interesting that the author questions some myths, such as the need for stretching and warming up, the benefits of massage (she says it actually impairs the removal of lactic acid) or immersing in ice to ease muscle soreness. There is no correlation at all between wearing the proper running shoes and avoiding injury. You don't need special food or drinks: real food is fine and chocolate milk is the best post workout drink. Vitamins not only are not helpful, but they may undercut the exercise's benefits (since they prevent the induction of molecular regulators of insulin sensitivity and endogenous antioxidant defense - the body 'decided' it wasn't needed). The best remedy for muscle cramps is pickle juice!
And, finally, avoid over drinking: you don't need to stay ahead of your thirst. If you're thirsty, drink. If not, you're sufficiently hydrated. Hyponatremia (water intoxication) is what causes deaths at marathons, not dehydration.
Note From HJ: She also explains the benefits of interval training.
April 18, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Public Forum VS Anonymity

OH
Navy, IMO you did nothing wrong and people questioning your credibility did nothing wrong.
It is important that we share opinions on equipment, how else can we help others to make the right choice and avoid the wrong choice. Likewise, some have a commercial interest so their posts should be scrutinized to be sure they are not just pushing a product for gain. I think this site served many well by pointing out the dead Mikens which probably pushed Miken to do the right thing for many even with an "unwarranted"
bat.
April 16, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Combat Twilight bat users

Sometimes for no apparent reason good bats go on sale. Perhaps your bigger point is that if money is an issue (I assume it is for most) don't buy a new untested bat and wait until it has been around a bit before jumping in. Of course, that
doesn't always works. The red Miken was bad for awhile after they changed the testing regime and Miken made some bad bats before correcting it.
April 15, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Ultra 2 piece Maxload. She gone

Lefy, I am very sorry you interpreted my post as
taking a shot at you. I didn't intend that and apologize if it came off that way. My purpose was not to address your situation but to restate the general rules for breaking in a new senior bat.
I posted this because I often see guys bringing a new bat to practice with temperature in the 50's and telling the hardest hitter on the team to break it in. My purpose was to inform the rec players (of whom I am one) and guys new to slowpitch about 1 generally accepted method to break in a new bat. Again, I am sorry if you thought I was taking demeaning or discrediting you.
April 14, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Ultra 2 piece Maxload. She gone

Lefty, sorry to hear your story. However, it reminded me of a post from Tri18 on 8/7/12 on how to break in senior bats. I know we all want to see what our new bats can do right away, but perhaps Alan's advice might have helped your bat last.
In any event, this was Alan's post verbatim:

Hey guys,
Since bats are hitting the field and I have received a lot of communication I would like to go over suggested break in for the Ambush (or any senior bat)...

Use 44 cor 375 balls.

Round 1. Take 25 swings at app. 50% swing effort rotating the bat slightly in between each swing
Round 2. Take 25 swings at app. 75% swing effort rotating the bat slightly in between each swing.
Round 3. Take 25 swings starting around 75% swing effort gradually increasing in swing intensity until your last 15 swings are at game swing speed.

By doing this you will increase both the bats life and potential for higher performance down the road. It is not recommended for ANY senior bat to use balls other than this unless it is the new .52 ball. Doing so will dramatically DECREASE the life expectancy of the bat. Try and not to use wet balls during practice bp sessions and continually rotate your bat each time you swing it. Best of luck to all of you and feel free to contact me about any senior bat.
Alan tricoach18@att.net 561-718-7504
Team Ambush
Team 1 Sports

April 9, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Travel Discounts

Explain what kind of travel you do and someone may have some good advice. The best thing about AARP is the Chase AARP credit card. It costs nothing and rebates 3% on travel related items.
The rebate can be used online to pay back the credit card so there is no BS with the rebate. You can get the rebate for any travel not just AARP sponsored stuff. Some travel agents also rebate part of their commission particularly if you are not a PIA and just tell them what to book.
April 4, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: COMBAT BANKRUPTCY

Totally agree with 4x4. lewis, do you realize your post is a political statement and just encourages more off the topic statements? I will not take your bait.
April 4, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Miken 2 piece End Load (supermax)

You can't. Get out of the thread immediately after you post and double posting shouldn't be an issue.
April 3, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: COMBAT BANKRUPTCY

It is political since it states 1 side of the story. I will email you directly.
April 1, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing your Hips for Maximum Rotational Power. "Swing Makeover Episode #6"

I apologize for my bad manners in not thanking you earlier. I previously read Ted Williams' book
and was reminded by your post that he uses the term axe swing. I looked again at your videos and they make more sense to me now. I believe you are advocating a more level swing. Thanks again and do you ever do clinics in the Cleveland Akron area?
March 25, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing your Hips for Maximum Rotational Power. "Swing Makeover Episode #6"

Watched the video. Question: why do all the pros use the same style, i.e. they leave go of the bat with their top right hand and the swing ends with the bat in the left hand generally touching or almost touching the ground deep behind the hitter?
March 25, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tired of breaking bats

Wayne, our league is in the process of writing rules to ban altered bats. Please explain about the new end caps because we were about to ok replacement of end caps but weren't aware or "special" end caps. Thank you.
March 24, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Blood Clot ALERT!!

Tater, I read both articles. Usually the superficial is benign and easily treated. Yours must have been high up where there is more danger of throwing a clot and it going to a bad dangerous place. The saphenous vein itself can be removed with no problem and is often used for bypass.
taits, since you mentioned stretching to prevent the "pop," be advised as discussed on earlier threads, static stretching increases the risk of a "pop" and weakens muscles if done before an activity. Dynamic stretching is now universally recommended for warmup and jogging before activity is good warmup. Static stretching is fine after the activity but not before.
March 24, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Blood Clot ALERT!!

Taits is so right about health being everything.
Last week a healthy- appearing neighbor died at 60, just never woke up. Clots are known to form after periods of inactivity like long plane rides
or long periods of sitting. It almost killed Nixon and killed an MSNBC correspondent early in the Iraq war who had been immobile in a tank for
many hours. My wife and I before a recent long flight, purchased medical grade compression socks
(over the calf). We both felt our legs seemed much better after that flight compared to how they felt after other similar flights. Compression socks for clots also ties in with a thread I started about socks in which tri18 strongly recommended them for both games and recovery. Perhaps as seniors this makes more sense for a number of reasons. I know I have found compression shorts and shirts to be effective and will now use the socks. They also sell calf sleeves which might make sense for some too.



March 24, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Blood Clot ALERT!!

Tater, did you get a formal diagnosis of DVT?
March 22, 2013
HJ
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Socks

Thank you Alan; this is precisely the info I was looking for. I have already switched to very tight UA tops, and Bike 7625 commpression shorts.
I will check out the Zensahs on your site and other sites. I consistently find no good reason not to use compression wear. Restated I find no downside and think there is mucho upside. Thanks again.
March 22, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tired of breaking bats

It is very hard to draw conclusions about bats because each of us is in his own sphere of information. W/o a centralized accumulator of lots of info (which won't happen) you just don't have a big enough sample to draw many conclusions.
There are also many rec players who don't don't generate the power that tournament players do and thus they are satisfied w/ durability. I see many red maxloads used by numerous players on a team last for years. Additionally comparisons of numbers of hits can be misleading for another reason. Macenko rarely broke bats. Not because of bat speed, but because he was so good and consistent that he hit the ball below center and not head on. Below center hits create a wing effect and the ball travels farther and bats last longer. Fast bat speed generators who hit the ball head on destroy bats. Comparisons are tough and I do believe greed plays a major part in the companies' decisions on durability. It is the weak hitters who fuel low durability bats and you big hitters suffer the consequences.Hopefully, Monsta and/or GSC and/or the new promised one from Tatoo, will really perform and be durable.
March 21, 2013
HJ
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Catcher's verbal interference

Ad hominum attacks and barbs hijack threads distract interest and are just wrong. Please stop it. Maybe start a thread "Tim and Swing" and use that one for this stuff and keep it out of substantive threads.
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