Author Archives: Bret

About Bret

I'm a blogger, author, personal trainer, CSCS, lifter, and PhD student. I love the field of strength and conditioning and teaching others about strength training and biomechanics. My blog is at www.BretContreras.Com.

Common Training Myths

Reverse Dieting

Below is a guest blog by my favorite young female fitness writer – Sohee Lee. She recently created a resource with Dr. Layne Norton called Reverse Dieting. I use the same methods with my clients that Sohee and Layne recommend and can vouch for their effectiveness. The product is on sale for two more days so make sure you check it out.

Common Training Myths
By Sohee Lee

1. You have to confuse your muscles.

If you’ve ever bought into the hype about muscles getting confused, pay attention.

Think about it. Do your pecs ever really say:

Hey, this is a new exercise. What’s going on? What’s this called – the decline pushup? Oh, okay, cool. Wasn’t quite sure what was going on for a second there.

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Good Reads


Hi Fitness Friends,

Here are links to some articles you might want to check out:

Force Vector Training

Some of my readers will recognize THIS article. I wrote it several years ago, but I decided to update and revamp for the NSCA so they could share it on their site.

Coregasm Survey Results

Dean Somerset and I posted a survey several months ago. HERE are the results which are quite intriguing.

Personal Training Quarterly

The latest PTQ issue is out, and it includes information on foot pronation solutions, budgeting for the PT, nutrition for the PT, HIIT, complex training, motivating clients, carbohydrates, and lunge variations. Click HERE to access PTQ 1.3 (must be an NSCA member).

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S&C Research Review – Bigger and Better!

Hi fitness friends!

I’m really proud of what Chris Beardsley and I have achieved in creating the monthly Strength & Conditioning Research Review (although I sometimes wish we’d chosen a shorter name for it). Maybe S&C Research Review would be better?

Even so, I’m frequently overwhelmed when S&C coaches approach me about this service at conferences. They always say how much they appreciate our work in summarizing the latest studies.

Our work saves them the time searching for relevant research for developing muscular strength, size and power, and it saves them (and their teams) money in pulling up the journal articles, which can be very expensive.

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The Year of the Booty: The 25 Best Booty Songs of All Time


Recently, Vogue magazine declared that “We’re Officially in the Era of the Big Booty,” Entertainment Weekly declared this summer, “The Summer of Butts,” the New York Times discussed buttocks appeal in an article titled, “For Posterior’s Sake,” and apparently “Vogue Has Just Discovered Big Butts.” With the release of Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea’s new song “Booty” (see video below, and try not to drool), I figured it was time to pay homage to booties.

It’s quite apparent that booties are in. But are booties a new obsession? In Meghan Trainor’s new song, “All About that Bass,” she announced that she is, “bringing booty back.” Songs and general attention to the booty are surely on the rise, but the booty has actually been popular for quite a while. Below are the 25 best booty songs of all time (in no particular order), and as you’ll see, there are songs from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, and 2010’s – all focusing on booty. Suffice to say, booties aren’t going anywhere – they’re here to stay!

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