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Old 03-25-2004, 02:35 PM   #1
Scott Parker
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i have to write a short (about 10 pages) research paper, and can pick any topic i want, but for some reason i'm having troble picking one. it has to be written in argumentitive style, provide a general background on the subject with supportive data, and also include opposing points of view.

anyone have any suggestions? it would be nice to write about something exercise or nutrition related.

all suggestions are welcome!

thanks in advance!


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Old 03-25-2004, 02:45 PM   #2
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How about the viewpoint that anaerobic activity is a more effective way to lose weight than aerobic activity?Should be plenty of data and studies out there.
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Old 03-25-2004, 04:50 PM   #3
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I think Matt's suggestion is far more interesting than mine, but you could do high carb diets vs lower carb diets verses zero carb diets. There are library's of information on these subjects!
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Old 03-25-2004, 05:15 PM   #4
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Here's a variety of topics:
Coach's reference page from USAW
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Old 03-25-2004, 08:35 PM   #5
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You could always pick a specific type of lifting, or compare some different types of lifting. Compare the advantages/drawbacks of olympic lifting vs. bodybuilding vs. sport specific vs. crossfit style lifting. I bet you could find information on some combination of those topics. That'd be a report I'd like to read.
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Old 03-27-2004, 08:21 AM   #6
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I wrote a paper back in December for an independant study on economic development strategies for inner city area, wish I had your problem. Everyone's ideas sounded good, I might write a paper for fun.

I was thinking you could write a historical overview of how gyms have changed and maybe bring it around full circle to Crossfit HQ. The lack of gymnastics equipment and lifting platforms in todays gyms would be enough for at least six pages if you cover all the areas. Just don't wait till the last minute :happy:.
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:22 PM   #7
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I agree with the last two posts. Since Crossfit is your thing, why not write about it and let more people know about it? This is the first thing that popped into my head. Tell them about how great of a method it is, what improvements you have acheived doing it, describe the modalities it consists of, sport and general fitness advantages, etc. Include quatations from Coach and the jouranl. Compare it to bodybuilding and conventional fitness "wisdom". There is plenty of materialal here to work with. The most important thing is that you will let your teacher and fellow students know about the method and maybe convert a few people. Many people get into bodybuilding and conventional fitness because they don't know any better. Let some people know there are alternatives to training. Or you could get into specifics of fitness like aerobic vs. anaerobic, energy pathways in crossfit training vs. conventional training vs. sport specific trainig. I personally would stick to the general comparison of the crossfit method and the conventional type of training. If I go back to school, I will definitely write this kind of report. Good luck!
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Old 04-07-2004, 04:39 PM   #8
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The trend toward obesity is finally becoming a frontline issue in terms of personal health and wellbeing and national healthcosts. a major bone of contention is biological vs. environmental. Personally(this is based on 2 years of living in France; trips to Finland etc so stems from personal observation)I believe that it is environmental. Yes, we are all born with genetic tendencies that render some of us lean, some in between and some big folk. But I would have to say that morbid obesity is cultural and totally resolvable by merely accepting responsibility for what you put in your mouth and how much you move your body. Americans in general have a hard time accepting personal responsibility for their actions in this day and age. It shows in much of their behavior toward others and their willingness to sue at the drop of a hat. Just a thought. Dale. p.s. The fire dept. that I work for is private and owns an ambulance company that is actually ecstatic over the development of several ambulances specially equipped to transport the morbidly obese! These rigs are equipped with ramps and WINCHING SYSTEMS! A couple of thoughts on lawsuits; I used to be a smoker(3 packs a day). I KNEW it was bad for me, so one day i quit. Who woulda thought? Did I sue the cigarette companies because I engaged in stupid behavior? no. Now fast food is being sued for people being obese. PLEASE. Interesting to note that noone is suing car manufacturers due to the 40,000 plus deaths a year on the roadways. I would have to say this is due to the absolute stranglehold the combustion engine has on our economy. My apologies. sometimes I rant. But in the area i live in we have lost about 8 teens in the past 3 weeks to car accidents and by area i mean my little corner of town. I'm done. Good luck with your paper.
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