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Hi Fitness Friends, here are some quick updates for you.

First Study for PhD Has Been Submitted

I just submitted the first study for my PhD two days ago. It always takes several months to get accepted, so I have to be patient. I’m very excited for you guys to see this research so hopefully it gets accepted (and gets accepted quickly).

NSCA Personal Trainer Conference

Last weekend I was in Washington D.C. presenting on glute training for the NSCA Personal Trainer Conference. I had a great time and met some enthusiastic and talented personal trainers. I also got to hang out with my friends Brad Schoenfeld, Alan Aragon, Nick Tumminello, Tony Gentilcore, Dean Somerset, Chad Waterbury, James Krieger, and Jason Silvernail, which was a blast.

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

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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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Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy – Now in 4 Languages With More to Come!

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Hi Fitness Friends! Just wanted to post a quick blog to mention that my Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy book has now been translated into German (can’t find the book via the link for German site), Spanish, and Russian. I’ve heard that it will soon be translated in Korean, Czech, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, French, Simplified Chinese, and Portuguese!

I am VERY proud of this book, so if you are a foreign publishing company and are interested in publishing a translated version of the book, please contact Drew at: drewt@hkusa.com

And if you don’t yet have the English version, you can pick it up on Amazon HERE for less than $15. If you want to see a sample of the book, click HERE. Every lifter, personal trainer, strength coach, physical therapist, and athlete should possess a mastery of bodyweight strength training – it’s the foundation of resistance training.

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Updates: Thesis, FAQ Tab, and 605 lb Deadlift PR

Hi fitness friends, just wanted to provide a few updates:

PhD

I have less than one year to finish my PhD, so I’ve been cranking on research/data collection. I realized that very few sports scientists focus their strength & conditioning research on women, so I decided to hone in on females for my studies. Here are some things that I’ll be looking at with my thesis:

1. Gluteus Maximus EMG Review: what does the literature currently have to say about gluteus maximus activation associated with rehab, functional, and resistance training exercise? What are the gaps in the literature?

2. Gluteus Maximus MVIC Position: the gold standard in the research for maximum voluntary isometric contractions is the prone bent leg hip extension against manual resistance applied to the distal thigh. Does just standing and contracting the gluteus maximus leads to greater, equal, or less upper and lower gluteus maximus activation? Hypothesis: standing will lead to greater upper glute activation, whereas the gold standard will lead to greater lower glute activation.

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