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V.23 No.34 | 8/21/2014
Get in touch with your body and clean your floors!
photo courtesy of Keshet

Stage Whispers

Cuckoo for Gaga

Learn a liquid-limbed dance language at Keshet and get fired up for the 5th Latin Dance Festival this weekend.
V.22 No.26 | 6/27/2013


Time to Sit Up and Review Your Exercise Regimen?

¡Viva la Science!

By Lisa Barrow [ Tue Jun 25 2013 3:35 PM ]

Maybe you've heard this a jillion times: Core strengthening is vital if you want to avoid injury. But is it true? A new study doesn't conclusively say one way or the other, but it sure casts some doubt on the incredibly common assertion.

In the study, released in the journal Physical Therapy, 1,100 soldiers aged 18 to 35 were divided into two groups. One group used a core stabilization exercise program that lacked sit-ups, while the other used a traditional exercise program that included bent-knee sit-ups. The point was to compare how the two programs affected the rate of musculoskeletal injury.

Why the focus on sit-ups?

Despite longstanding tradition and the widespread popularity of sit-ups, it has been postulated that this exercise results in increased lumbar spine loading, potentially increasing the risks of injury and low back pain (LBP). Specifically, sit-ups produce large shear and compressive forces on intervertebral disks and across the lumbar spine. Increased muscle activation anteriorly results in both initial hyperextension and subsequent hyperflexion of the lumbar spine, contributing to large compressive forces during sit-ups.

Sit-ups have long been an important yardstick by which the US Army measures physical health. But if they're causing injuries, or failing to prevent injuries that core strengthening could prevent, that might need to change.

The results, though, didn't show any massive difference in injuries between the two groups. “There were no differences in the percentages of soldiers with musculoskeletal injuries. There also were no differences in the numbers of days of work restriction for musculoskeletal injuries overall or specific to the upper extremity.”

It’s worth nothing that the results for the two groups weren't identical. Soldiers who completed the traditional exercise program did have more days of work restriction than the other group if their injury was to the low back.

As much as we all like studies that conclusively prove broad truths, the reality is that what we “know” tends to advance in teensy increments. This study is one thread in a much larger tapestry. What it tells us, though, is that sit-ups might not be the bogeyman and core strengthening might not be quite the miracle each has been portrayed as—as usual, more studies are needed.


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V.21 No.8 |


The Daily Word in D3 demolition, thrash metal and glass burrito

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Feb 23 2012 10:20 AM ]
The Daily Word

City Council approves a plan to carve up District 3 (Downtown, Barelas, UNM area) and ax Benton's seat.

APD officer ends up in the hospital after chewing on a glass burrito.

St. Michael's in Santa Fe to conduct random student drug tests.

Outrage over Quran burning spreads in Afghanistan. At least 10 Afghans and two American soldiers have died.

Midair helicopter smash kills seven marines during training.

9-year-old girl dies after running for three hours as punishment for stealing a candy bar, according to an Alabama sheriff's office.

UN may prosecute Syrian officials of crimes against humanity.

FDA questions inhalable caffeine.

Maybe you don't need eight hours of sleep.

Serious hipster cruise. Like on a ship.

Startups looking to skim carbon dioxide from the atmo. Bill Gates thinks it's a good idea, says his money.

Virginia politicians second-guess mandatory pre-abortion vaginal probing.

Analysts predict soaring national debt under all GOP contenders' tax plans—except for Ron Paul's.

Thrash metal endorsements for 2012: Megadeth dude supports Santorum.

V.21 No.6 |


The Daily Word in heavy baby, Icelandic incest and yoga

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Feb 9 2012 10:31 AM ]
The Daily Word

Belen police chief: "It always raises a red flag for us when we see a sex offender trying to get into the girls bathroom."

Some APD officers make more than the mayor.

Have you seen this missing girl?

JFK mistress speaks out in book form.

15.5 pound baby born in China.

Mickey D's minty green Shamrock Shake goes nationwide.

The ancestor to all animals.

R.I.P. Florence Green, the last WWI

Can porn be copyrighted?

A website in Iceland helps residents avoid accidental incest.

Maps of stereotypes.

Some yoga is dangerous, but it's mostly awesome, says some guy in his new book.

V.21 No.2 | 1/12/2012


The Daily Word in danger on Lead, Kanye West inspiration and scotch in a can

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Jan 5 2012 10:50 AM ]
The Daily Word

APD shoots and kills suspected burglar at St. Pius High.

Casey Anthony releases first installment of her video diary.

5-year-old boy falls into open manhole in the Lead construction zone, family says, and swallows sewage.

The final tally of U.S. casualties in the Iraq War: 4,486.

Mom wraps up real-live sergeant as Christmas present.

Songs Michele Bachmann should have resigned to.

iPhone app will pay you to work out.

Robert Frank chosen to be UNM’s president.

Inspirational Tweets from Kanye West.

Best sub-headline of the year thus far: At the Iowa caucuses, the corpse of the Republican Party was wandering around Des Moines, hungry for brains.

Drunk woman rubs her butt on a $30 million abstract painting.

Facebook makes in-person conversations redundant.

Scientists distort light for the Pentagon to create time holes.

Code Red Velvet,” a song about the cupcake that threatened national security.

Romney wants Big Bird to run on advertisements.

Vegan bodybuilders.

Satellite discovers a buried city in Egypt.

Scotch in a can.

V.20 No.14 | 4/7/2011

Aural Fixation

Maximum Burn

A sonic exercise aid

By Jessica Cassyle Carr
Music is a workout motivator second only to the thought of looking svelte and fabulous in swimwear. To help you get pumped, Music Editor Jessica Cassyle Carr shares a mix of her old dance party favorites that doesn't involve the shudder-inducing sonic foolishness often found on other workout mixage. Enjoy.
V.20 No.2 | 1/13/2011
Wellness champion Whitny Doyle
Eric Williams


This Week's Feature: The Learning Issue—expert advice on money, health, and your brain.

Happy New Year. Here's a guide to attaining health, wealth and happiness in 2011. And you don't have to pay three installments of $29.95 to read it.

Experts share their best advice for more money, good health and a bigger brain.

V.19 No.34 | 8/26/2010

Hail, Velocipede!

Trail-a-Week: Kirtland

Mission not accomplished

By Betty Sprocket

There's a U.S. Air Force Base in the middle of Seoul, South Korea. If the myths of the American expatriate community are to be believed, they've got a Taco Bell in there. After three or four months of nothing but gim, bap and gimbap, I’ve witnessed otherwise-reasonable American civilians so thirsty for Fire Sauce they start to plan insurrections and armed raids. While I was in Seoul, my craving for Enchiritos never reached such a fever pitch, but I finally understood that urge to overthrow the government this morning when I went to ride my bike out by Kirtland Air Force Base.

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V.19 No.33 | 8/19/2010
Betty Sprocket

Hail, Velocipede!

Trail-a-Week: Paseo de las Montañas

By Betty Sprocket

Jeez, you guys, I’m runnin’ out of trails. For this, my penultimate week on the bike path beat, I had to search the map and my soul to find one I haven’t already written about. I couldn't remember ever having been on Paseo de las Montañas, and I couldn't exactly figure out why. The map showed it intersecting Tramway just south of Candelaria, a stretch of road I've traversed too many times to count. How could it be that I'd repeatedly ridden past an inviting bike-only turnoff without ever even noticing it? The answer is that there is no inviting bike-only turnoff. I made a couple of increasingly bewildered circuits on Tramway's western shoulder before giving up and hauling my bike through the grass until I found the trail.

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V.19 No.32 | 8/12/2010

Hail, Velocipede!

Trail-a-Week: Paseo del Volcan

By Betty Sprocket

"Dammit, Sprocket," panted my buddy Drew as I mushed him down Rio Bravo like a sled dog. "Why do I always get more than I bargained for when I hang out with you?" Our leisurely Saturday ride on the Paseo del Bosque turned into a militaristic crusade after a conversation with another cyclist at a rest stop about our mutual loathing for backtracking. "If you don't want to turn around here," he advised us, "go down Rio Bravo. You can get all the way out to Paseo del Volcan. It's great out there."

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V.19 No.31 | 8/5/2010
The autoless portion of the Tramway trail near Candelaria
Betty Sprocket

Hail, Velocipede!

Trail-a-Week: Tramway

By Betty Sprocket

"Gross," quoth my boyfriend when I told him I'd be riding and writing on Tramway Boulevard this week. "That road is home to the most aggro asshole cyclists in the whole city. I'll never understand why they insist on riding on the shoulder when a dedicated bike path is just 50 feet away."

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V.19 No.30 | 7/29/2010
Betty Sprocket

Hail, Velocipede!

Trail-a-Week: Paseo del Bosque (North Half)

By Betty Sprocket

Mmm, how about those gravid gray rain clouds lately? August, our wettest month, is nigh. When that musty creosote tang is in the air, a low sun shining under the numinous pillar of a classic anvil-shaped thunderhead, I always feel inspired to buy a blank canvas and demonstrate my searing love for the desert monsoon season by painting an extremely trite watercolor landscape. Alas, nothing that springs from the brush of Sprocket will ever be worthy of even the shittiest Old Town gallery, so I choose to express myself through the medium of bike rides.

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V.19 No.29 | 7/22/2010
Betty Sprocket

Hail, Velocipede!

Trail-a-Week: Foothills Open Space

By Betty Sprocket

Dudes, I'm serious when I say "skinny tires." The velocipede between my legs is a single-speed street bike, so when someone suggested I get off the asphalt, I was like, ew. But then I was all, hmm. I've never been mountain biking ever. Why? It’s scary. I'm not x-treem enough. I could fall into a cholla or succumb to derailleur angst. And dirt and granite just tend to clash with my cute spandex threads.

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V.19 No.28 | 7/15/2010

Hail, Velocipede!

Trail-a-Week: Bear Canyon Arroyo

By Betty Sprocket

"May 7, 1990. Dear diary, today we (me Dad Li'l Bro) went on a huge huge bike ride 14 miles it was so so fun. We went on one of those bridges across the highway. When we were done we went to this place called ‘20 Carrots’ and got a milkshake! PS All the waitresses wear earrings in their nose. Hoop and diamond."

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V.19 No.27 | 7/8/2010

Hail, Velocipede!

Trail-a-Week: Paseo del Bosque (South Half)

By Betty Sprocket

Ah, Grandaddy Paseo del Bosque, that 16-mile behemoth that stretches all the way from Alameda in the north to Rio Bravo in the south. The best, most perfectly car-free artery in the entire city. The trail so epic that we're only going to talk about half of it this week.

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