Editorial Guidelines

Last updated March 19, 2019

Few topics are more serious than strength, fitness, and nutrition because it so closely impacts our health and wellbeing.

But that’s precisely why we created the Outlive mission. We want to help people take control of their health by making the body of research on fitness and nutrition easier to understand, accessible, and actionable.

However, this industry of health, fitness, and nutrition is ever-evolving. We aim to regularly keep up with the most recent research, but in scientific fields, sometimes new research will overturn positions once considered fundamental. Because of this, sometimes we’ll need to issue corrections and updates as the body of evidence changes. To avoid this issue as much as possible, we also prefer to report on the body of research that is more time-tested and solid and more likely to help our readers, rather than the single latest study that is controversial to the body of research.

Our aim at Outlive is not to provide you with our own opinions, but rather to let the research do the talking. When research or other types of evidence isn’t available, we may have our own expert thoughts and opinions but will be stated as such.

How we rank evidence

We aim to support the words on our site with applicable, peer-reviewed, sources.

Regarding how we rank evidence, our hierarchy is based on the EBM Pyramid from the Trustees of Dartmouth College and Yale University.

Evidence Based Pyramid Hierarchy

 

We may link to out to other websites to help our readers further understand the topic. We try our best to link directly to the study in an archived database, such as on the U.S. National Institutes of Health Pubmed resource.

Quality Standards

Every article our readers can see has several people working on it to make sure it is correct, easy to understand, and helpful.

Over time, we may update articles with the most recent studies or updated content and positions. When we do this, we will update the article with the most recent date.

Writers & Sources of Evidence-Based Positions

Our articles are written by people of varying expertise.

Marco Walker-Ng has a Honours Bachelor in Health Sciences (B. HSc) from the University of Ottawa. He is also a certified strength and conditioning coach that is continually improving his education through seminars and courses.

Jared Polowick has a Honours Bachelor in Design (B. Des) from York University. It is an interdisciplinary program including the core study of the discipline of design, information design, and also applying design to research, engineering, technology, health, and the sciences.

Michelle Polowick, the illustrator on the team, also has a Honours Bachelor in Design (B. Des) from York University, and a Bachelor of Education (B. Ed) from OISE University of Toronto

Much of the research we use to support our articles come from industry-respected research reviews. These research reviews are produced by credentialed researchers with a deep understanding of the scientific method, the body of research, and proper application.

Some research reviews that we use as sources for our positions:

  • Monthly Applications in Strength Sport (MASS)
    • Co-written by Eric Helms, Ph.D. in strength and conditioning from Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, M.S. in exercise science, a second Master's in sports nutrition, B.S. in fitness and wellness. Dr. Helms regularly publishes peer-reviewed articles in exercise science and nutrition journals.
    • Co-written by Greg Nuckols, currently enrolled in the exercise science M.A. program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S. in exercise and sports science.
    • Co-written by Michael Zourdos, Ph.D. in exercise physiology, M.S. in applied health physiology, and B.S. in exercise science. Dr. Zourdos is also an assistant professor in exercise science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) with a specialization in strength and conditioning and skeletal muscle physiology, and the director of the FAU Muscle Physiology Research Laboratory.
  • Weightology Research Review
    • James Krieger holds a master's degree in Nutrition from the University of Florida and a second Master's degree in Exercise Science from Washington State University. He has published research in scientific journals, including the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of Applied Physiology.
  • Examine.com
    • Kamal Patel is the director of Examine.com and holds two master’s degrees from the Johns Hopkins University, in business and in public health, and is on hiatus from a PhD in Nutrition.
    • Gregory Lopez is the editor in chief and holds a master’s degree in molecular biophysics from the Johns Hopkins University, and his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
    • Bill Willis, also an editor, holds a PhD in Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and PhD in Biomedical Science at Ohio State University.

On top of reading research reviews, we read and follow the experts in the field such as:

  • Dr. Brad Schoenfeld, who got his masters degree in kinesiology/exercise science from the University of Texas and his PhD at Rocky Mountain University. He also holds the CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA certifications.
  • Dr. Bret Contreras, PhD in Sports Science from AUT University, and his master’s degree from Arizona State University
  • Dr. Stuart Phillips, Professor in Kinesiology at McMaster University
  • Dr. Stuart McGill, Professor Emeritus of University of Waterloo

With all that said, we are not providing medical advice.

Medical Disclaimer

The content on Outlive is for informational purposes only, and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Using of the information on this site is always and solely at your own risk.

On top of that medical disclaimer, it’s just a good idea to get in-person professional help. Our articles and programming are written to be accurate, but they also do not know your own personal history, complications, medications, past injuries, wellbeing, or a host of other factors. Always talk to your medical professional.

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