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Blown Builds Muscle : CR question

by rte.sushil Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:20 pm

John: In several months of going to the Apex Health Club almost every day in the early-morning hours, I have seen almost no one using the weight-training equipment designed to help increase muscle mass. Almost everyone uses only aerobic exercise machines, which are designed to help people burn fat. The Blown company is best known for dietary supplement products aimed at people trying to gain muscle mass, so Blown's plan to advertise just outside of the entrance to Apex Health Club is ill-conceived.

Each of the following, if true, weakens John's argument EXCEPT


A. Most of Apex Health Club's members work in nearby buildings whose exercise rooms contain aerobic exercise machines of higher quality than those at the club.

B. Most members of Apex Health Club are aware that weight training is generally ineffective for individuals who have not consumed a pre-training meal 3 to 4 hours beforehand, while fat-burning exercise is most effective after eight or more hours of fasting.

c. Many members of Apex Health Club who do not train with weights share a household with people who are trying to increase muscle mass.

d. Customers of a nearby store that specializes in weight-training equipment must walk past the entrance of Apex Health Club to enter the store.

e. Blown has recently begun to produce fat-burning products aimed at aerobic exercisers.

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OA: A

I am not convinced with the answer explanation in : A
here it goes:
If higher-quality aerobic exercise machines are available elsewhere to most members, then one would expect to see a lower proportion of Apex members using aerobic equipment (and a correspondingly higher proportion using some other type of equipment, including weight-training equipment). If anything, then, this statement actually strengthens John's argument.



I understood that most people will work out in nearby buildings. but i dnt know whether they have weight lifting equipments or even if they have what quality of equipements they have.but it doesnt matter. In short , less members go to that club so the plan will be ineffective. Hence A

But" one would expect to see a lower proportion of Apex members using aerobic equipment (and a correspondingly higher proportion using some other type of equipment, including weight-training equipment)" says that low people will use aerobic equipment and many will use high quality equipment . I dnt understand how high proprotion? it can be of weight lifting or it may be possible that those rooms dnt have any weight lifting.
so explanation in A doesnt seem sound especially that bracketed portion.

Your comments.

Thanks!!
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Re: Blown Builds Muscle : CR question

by jlucero Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:13 am

But you are missing one of the biggest premises the argument makes:

"I have seen almost no one using the weight-training equipment designed to help increase muscle mass"

If (A) is true, then, yes, you might expect to find people using weight-training equipment. But if people prefer using the aerobic equipment and they have even better aerobic equipment where they work, maybe these people just aren't into weight-training.

John is saying that Blown's plan to advertise isn't good. Not because it's a better spot to advertise than at the workplace gym (maybe it is, maybe it isn't). But because it's just not a place where people are looking to gain weight.
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Re: Blown Builds Muscle : CR question

by AbhijitM752 Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:40 am

I did not select A and my reasoning goes as follows:

If it is true that the people coming to Apex health club have access to better aerobic equipment elsewhere, there is a probability that the people focus more on weight building equipment(may be for people coming after morning hours). If this is the case, then it makes sense that Blown has displayed its advert outside the entrance of the club. Then, it weakens John's argument!
In weaken or strengthen questions, the question stem says "Each of the following, IF TRUE...., so we are allowed to bring new information and we can always look at the stimulus as a suspect!
Please tell me where am I wrong. I was furious with myself when I got this one wrong!
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Re: Blown Builds Muscle : CR question

by Sage Pearce-Higgins Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:16 am

In weaken or strengthen questions, the question stem says "Each of the following, IF TRUE...., so we are allowed to bring new information and we can always look at the stimulus as a suspect!

That's right: we need to take an answer choice and imagine that it's true, and see how that effects the situation. However, it's important that we don't forget the information that we've already been told. In the case of A, we might expect people to use the weight machines if they have access to better aerobic machines elsewhere, but in reality they don't. We've already been told that 'I have seen almost no one using the weight-training equipment designed to help increase muscle mass'. This creates a puzzle: why are people using the aerobic machines in Apex when they have access to better machines elsewhere? However this puzzle is not the one that we're most interested in. John's argument is about the advertising by the company Blown.