A simple answer to a key powerlifting question: knee sleeves are superior to knee wraps

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The barbell back squat is arguably the single most important movement in any strength and conditioning program. That is, if your strength and conditioning programming does not include the barbell back squat in some capacity, you should reconsider your programming. While you can certainly build up your leg muscles and strength by doing leg presses, leg extensions, leg curls, and other squat variations, like the front squat or split squat, you will not confer all of the total-body benefits that come with back squatting through doing these exercises.

Unlike these other leg exercises, the barbell back squat enables you to…


Even though calling them out is warranted, it could get us into trouble

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As it stands, I have about 8 clients. I am happy with all of them. They are all willing to sign contracts that I issue them — or, if they issue a contract to me, these contracts are ethical in nature. Likewise, they all pay me on time and by my contract. In essence, in these business relationships, everything is kept extremely professional. I feel like I am treated like an equal — rather than an employee or subordinate — by each of my clients.

However, insofar as I remind myself about these facts, I need to reinforce my gratitude…


How self-sacrificing leaves you stifled, unambitious, resentful, and depressed.

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I derive genuine pleasure from helping others. There isn’t anything wrong with either such pleasure nor is there anything wrong with helping others in itself. However, altruism — which may be understood as the desire to help others but in a way that serves as the fundamental drive for a person’s actions — is self-defeating.

Firstly, why even bother talking about altruism? How many people are truly this self-sacrificing? Namely, how many people will go out of their way to the point where their self-interest becomes beside the point? The phenomenon, — measuring the numbers of such individuals — is…


How our society and culture incentivize immorality, and what can be done about it

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Introduction

Before beginning, for those interested, I have written a substantially abridged and editorialized version of this more academic essay for Newsweek. Opinion columns are important and I am beyond grateful to Newsweek and my other major outlets for the chance to express my views. However, opinion columns that are longer than 800 words tend not to get published, and therefore, they will necessarily lack the level of nuance required to sufficiently get one’s point across. …


Or Are Boomers to Blame?

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Millennials and laziness are intertwined terms. We are the generation, so it is said, that is entitled, politically correct, coddled, and unwilling to grow up. We’re those adult children who are afraid of growing up, mostly living at home with our parents, riddled with mental health problems, working less, and at mostly low-paying jobs. Millennials are a source of brash humor for baby boomers.

Perhaps much of this is true about millennials. There the assertion that millennials are generally more sheltered and entitled than previous generations is not totally inaccurate. But how much of that can be laid at…


How do we Know When We Have Knowledge?

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To have an adequate theory of knowledge, various problems require precise resolutions. For instance, “What justification does S have for holding that P is true?” and “what justification do I have for holding that P is true?” What is familiar to these questions is an attempt to get at the nature of justification, as epistemology assumes that knowledge involves some sort of justification. The traditional view of knowledge attempts to get at the core of justification by asserting that it is something that a person possesses, which they can detect from the…


What Contemporary Psychology can Learn From Kierkegaard

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You will be hard-pressed to find someone who has not experienced some form of trauma or tragedy in their lives. Whether it is directly experienced by oneself, or by a loved one, those who have not fallen prey to the worst that Being has to offer are in the minority.

Two Ways of Interpreting Trauma and the Domino Effect

Traumatic events are accompanied by our interpretations of them, and our interpretations are not always consistent with one another. Specifically, we tend to interpret our past wounds in two generic ways: one which despairs over the trauma, and another which uses trauma as a springboard for personal growth.

Let’s give…


Freedom is Attainable, But It Isn’t Simple

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What is freedom? Freedom is commonly thought of as akin to free will — free will, meaning, that we all have complete active control over our choices. For example, today, I woke up, brushed my teeth, and hit the gym — if we take the notion of free will at face value, brushing my teeth and hitting the gym are actions I could have chosen not to do. That is, in each of my actions, I always could have done otherwise. Perhaps I could have chosen instead to stay in bed and eat potato chips. …


Should you do High-Intensity-Interval-Training (HIIT)?

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We’re all busy. Yet, we are not busy enough to justify not exercising. You’d be surprised at how little time you need to spend exercising every day to reap all of the benefits of exercising. Maybe you don’t have time to go on a 2-hour run or lift weights for an hour. But, everyone has 20 minutes, and this article will teach you how to make the most out of your 20 minutes. “How?” you might ask: the answer is high-intensity-interval-training (HIIT) cardio.

What is HIIT?

HIIT stands for “high-intensity-interval-training.” The easiest way to understand HIIT is to think of it as intermittently…


How The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy is A Mirror-Image of Ancient China

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Star Wars — especially the prequel trilogy — is a science fiction soap opera with glaring components which are political. And these political matters are deeply intertwined with philosophy. Specifically, the way that agency, morality, and even epistemology appears in ancient Chinese philosophy. Legalism, Confucianism, Mohism, and Daoism are all to be found in Star Wars.

The Sith and the Jedi

The political matters surrounding the sequel trilogy are superficial and really not worth discussing — In my opinion, the only movie in the sequel trilogy worth discussing is The Force Awakens, but that’s a conversation for a different article. …

Daniel Lehewych

Philosophy MA Student @ The CUNY Graduate Center

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