Tom Cruise is kind of a lunatic in real life, but I don’t care. From 1983’s The Outsiders, to 1986’s Top Gun, to 1988’s Cocktail and Rain Man, to 1990’s Days of Thunder, to 1992’s Far and Away and A Few Good Men, to 1993’s The Firm, to 1996’s Mission: Impossible and Jerry Maguire, to 2003’s The Last Samurai, to 2004’s Collateral, to 2005’s War of the Worlds, to 2008’s Tropic Thunder, to 2010’s Knight and Day, to 2012’s Rock of Ages and Jack Reacher, to 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow, Mr. Cruise has consistently put out pure gold in terms of movie quality, and he’s been doing so for over 30 years. But I digress.
This week, I was named on three different lists:
It’s always great to be featured on these lists. To be honest, if I wasn’t listed on these, I’d be disappointed. I work my balls off to put out good info and positively influence the strength training community, so it’s good to be noticed. I did some investigating and saw that Google Trends shows that my popularity is currently at an all-time high. The Alexa ranking for my website outperforms every one-person strength and conditioning blog on the Internet and my website traffic is at an all-time high. I published 10 peer-reviewed articles in 2014, which is more than almost anyone on these lists (most people have no idea how much work goes into journal article publishing). My Facebook Fitness page now has over 54,000 followers (and they’re all legit). And the quality of my content has consistently risen. Chris and I publish the best research review on the Internet for new strength training, biomechanics, and physical therapy research – we sift through around 100 journals every month in order to positively influence the way personal trainers, strength coaches, and physical therapists conduct their business.
With 2014 winding down, I’d like to present to my readers the ten most popular articles of the year on my website. I’m also going to list 40 additional articles that are worth reading from 2014 (this way you have the top 50 articles). This has been a kickass year in terms of content. I’d like to offer a big thanks to all of my guest contributors and interviewees, and a huge thanks to all of the readers and fans who share my articles, send me before/after pics, and tag me on social media. Without you, the blog definitely wouldn’t be what it is today. I don’t know how I’ll top this in 2015 but of course I will try my best.
I intended on writing this first thing this morning, but I ended up sleeping in. Then I ate way too much Thanksgiving food and was out of commission for a few hours. But better late than never! Below are ten things that I’m thankful for this year.
1. Chris Beardsley
One thing I am extremely proud of is S&C Research Review. Without Chris, there is no research review. He also maintains the S&C Research Blog all by himself. In almost 3 years of monthly reviews, we’ve never been late or failed to deliver, and this is due to Chris’s high standard of excellence. It’s such a privilege to be working with highly competent individuals. Chris and I are educating hundreds of strength coaches, personal trainers, and physical therapists around the world and helping them elevate their methods and practices.