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

Converse with any personal trainer or self-help guru and you will undoubtedly hear that willpower is an important factor in achieving success. Personal trainers are not alone in their beliefs; surveys have found that most Americans consider lack of willpower to be the number one cause of obesity (1). The reality is, however, that this [...]
Not a day goes by without some fad diet or exercise protocol appearing in your local newspaper, favorite magazine, or late-night television programming. Amazingly, regardless of how ridiculous this new gimmick may seem, it is only a matter of time before you encounter a friend, family member, or colleague that swears it has changed his [...]
For those who strive to achieve academic excellence, many feel bound by an unspoken law that suggests success will come only to those who attend renowned schools. In fact, this belief has become so prevalent that few have bothered to question the validity of this assumption. The reality, however, is that long-term happiness, potential employment [...]


One of the single most important factors that influence mood, focus, and stress is one’s ability to breathe properly. In a new study, forty participants were divided between a “breathing intervention group” and a control group.  In the breathing intervention group, participants were trained to properly breathe using the diaphragm.  After 8 weeks of practice, [...]
One major contributor to neck pain may be poor breathing. A new study examined 44 patients with neck pain and 31 subjects without pain.  Those with neck pain had impaired breathing habits compared to those who did not.  Additionally, those with neck pain exhibited less range of motion and weaker strength of the neck flexors [...]
Athletes with rotator cuff tendinopathy tend to display lower activation levels of the low trap and serratus anterior compared to the upper trap. A new study examined 43 volleyball players to determine if any muscle imbalances existed in those who exhibited rotator cuff tendinopathy in comparison to asymptomatic controls.  The researchers found that those who [...]


About Zach Cooper

Zach Cooper is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who has committed his life towards helping others improve their health.  Zach has worked with a diverse array of clients, ranging from complete beginners to professional athletes.  He specializes in the psychology of weight loss and lifestyle change.