Welcome to Fitness Scholar




Are you frustrated with all of the misinformation and pseudoscience that has become prevalent in the fitness industry?  Wish there was an easier way to separate fact from nonsense?


Fitness Scholar is here to help.  Fitness Scholar is a resource created by Zach Cooper that is designed to expose the many myths that have become commonplace in the field of fitness and take a hard look at the real evidence.


News articles are designed to inform readers of the latest studies and developments in the fitness world, while Featured Articles will examine the preponderance of evidence on a topic.


For those who have grown tired of hearing conflicting information or corporate-sponsored health recommendations and are simply looking for the unbiased, evidence-based facts, Fitness Scholar may be the answer that you have been seeking.

Featured Articles

For decades, mainstream nutritional dogma has preached the importance of following a low-fat diet.  Today, many consider it to be common sense that saturated fat is “artery-clogging” and will lead to cardiovascular disease if consumed in excess.  The theory is so prevalent that few who people who believe in it have ever bothered to investigate [...]


When most people suffer from knee pain, they tend to assume that the problem is with the knee joint.  As a result, all of their focus is directed towards corrective exercises that address the knee.  Ironically, however, more often than not, the knee is not the cause of the problem.   According to the “Joint-By-Joint [...]
How rapidly you consume your meals has a dramatic effect on how much you eat.  For those who are struggling to lose weight, increasing the amount of time it takes to eat a meal may be helpful in reducing calories and hunger.   The main hormone responsible for feeling full is leptin.  Unfortunately, there is [...]
Many people are aware that the number of calories that is burned during exercise is frustratingly low.  Luckily, in addition to burning some calories, exercise can dramatically contribute to weight loss by decreasing one’s levels of hunger.   During exercise, your body produces a compound called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).  It has been known for [...]


About Zach Cooper

Zach Cooper is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who has committed his life towards helping others improve their health.  When he isn’t baking waffles or practicing headspins, he spends his time reading fitness research and sharing it with the many intellectual readers who frequent this site.


Zach Cooper has worked with a diverse array of clients, ranging from complete beginners to professional athletes in the NFL, NHL, MLB, and Olympics.  He specializes in the psychology of weight loss and behavior modification.


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