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Good Reads for the Week

Well I thought it was going to come down to around 25 articles this week but there ended up being more. I whittled it down a bit but I have a hard time doing so as I like to hear different perspectives and I like to post a variety of articles. Anyway props to my friend Mark Young. He went out of his way to provide us with some great free material. Here you go!!!

Bret Contreras Articles

1. Big Arms with Tony Gentilcore and Brad Schoenfeld on T-Nation.

Article of the Week

1. Wow! Is Fat Loss all About the Calories and Nothing Else? This Article has Created Quite a Stir in the Fitness Industry. See Below for Several Responses to the Article. My Thoughts? If you want to lose weight, drop your calories. Don’t focus on cardio, focus on not eating so much. If you want to look your best, eat relatively healthy and do resistance training. Strength gives your body muscular shape!

New Blogs

1. Paul Graham

2. Ana Tocco

New Products

1. Timothy Ferris – The Four Hour Body (I’d like to hear some people’s feedback on this one. I admire Timothy Ferris but I’m just not sure about this book. Sure there are tricks but strength and good physiques take time!)

Podcasts

1. Great Podcast with Patrick Ward on Stop Chasing Pain Podcast

Events

1. The Two Wise-Old Owls of Strength Training: Mike Boyle & Dan John – MBSC Winter Seminar – Feb 5, 2011

Great Deal of the Week

1. Mark Young Offers Free Interviews With Stuart McGill, Thomas Myers, Nick Tumminello, Jim Smith, Mike Robertson, Martin Berkhan, Leigh Peele, Jimmy Smith, Brendan Fox, John Paul Catanzaro, Scott Abel, and more! This is Huge. Seriously, I bet it took Mark dozens of hours to arrange, record, and post these interviews; and they’re yours for free if you sign up for his newsletter. Thanks Mark!!!

Blast From the Past

1. This one is from May but I never read it. Just got around to reading it and it’s a great program for hypertrophy. It’s a Wannabebig article from Daniel Roberts titled Hypertrophy-Clustered Training (HCT-12).

Good Reads

1. Awesome Article by Jim Kielbaso on “How to Become a Strength Coach.” If you’re an up and comer in this field, check it out. Jim’s website keeps impressing me more and more!

2. Tim Henriques on Bilateral vs. Unilateral Training

3. Joel Jamieson gives us part III of a three part series on explosive power development. This is great!

4. Great Blog from Kevin Carr on Battle Rope Variations! Innovative Stuff Right Here!

5. How to Write a Good Blog by Brendon Rearick, Part I and Part II

6. Cool blogpost by JRod – Shows some new hockey commercials that portray hockey players engaging in strength training and then offers commentary on them.

7. Four Ways to Ease Sore Hamstrings by Core Performance

8. Happiness is a Skill by Coach Nick Horton

9. Speed Kills by Anthony Morando

10. Minimalism Part III by Jason Ferruggia (this one is on nutrition)

11. Alex Moroko – 17 Reasons Why Bodyweight Training Rocks!

12. Ben Bruno Interviews Jen Comas

13. Excellent Dr. Clay Hyght Article – 9 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Bodybuilding

14. John Romaniello Interviews Valerie Waters

15. Should You Run Barefoot? by Core Performance

16. Ben Bruno – Single Leg Slideboard Leg Curls

17. Random Thoughts by Ben Bruno – I’m a Big Fan of Ben’s Blog!!!

18. Random Stuff by Mark Young

19. Three Types of Clients and How to Coach Them by John Berardi

20. Awesome Read by Jeremy Frisch on Kids and Conditioning

21. Conquering Chin Ups by Mike Robertson

22. Carl Valle on Bad Combinations and Clashing

23. Five Tips for Building a Sexy Make Body by John Romaniello

24. Mike T. Nelson on the Twinkie Diet

25. Nick Tumminello Shows How to Hit the Biceps and Triceps with the TRX

26. Great Read by Joe Bonyai on Training Athletes With Spinal Disorders

27. Muscular Adaptations to Training by Chris Beardsley

28. Great Read by Dave Rak on Vertical Jump Training on Coach Kevin Carr’s Site

29. Patrick Ward on the Female Triad

30. Minimalism Part IV by Jason Ferruggia.

31. Great Read by Joe Dowdell in Stack Magazine – Is MMA Training Appropriate for Other Sports?

32. Top Ten Poliquin Articles by Chris Beardsley

33. Five Lifting Problems Solved by Mike Scialabba on Wannabebig

34. Tom Venuto on the Twinkie Diet

35. John Izzo on Weak Glutes

36. Box Squats by Clint Darden on Elitefts

37. Six Tips for Building a Sexy Female Body by John Romaniello

38. Motivational Blog by Alli McKee

39. Neghar Fonooni talks about her Program. She runs a tight ship, but she delivers!

40. Dealing with Hip Internal Rotation part I by Rick Kaselj on Mark Young’s site

41. Step by Step Bench Pressing by Mike Robertson

42. PJ Striet on the Twinkie Diet – this one is great!!! I really like PJ.

43. Core Performance – Rolling Plank

44. Programming by Chad Pierce on Elitefts

45. Hidden Shoulder Killers by Lee Boyce

46. Interview with Jay Cutler

Research

1. Eccentric Training for Strength & Hypertrophy

2. The Fall of the Hormone Theory

3. Switching Up Exercises

4. Low Reps vs. High Reps

5. HIP STABILITY: MECHANICAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF INDIVIDUAL MUSCLES – This is sweet! Shows the contribution of individual muscles to hip stability in the neutral and flexed positions in the sagittal and frontal planes

6. The Effects of Thoracic Manipulation on Posteroanterior Spinal Stiffness

7. Prognosis for patients with chronic low back pain: inception cohort study

8. Rehabilitation of the Stability Function of Psoas Major

9. This One is 15 Years Old but is a Great Read on Sprinting Musculature Implications

10. The Effects of Consuming Frequent, Higher Protein Meals on Appetite and Satiety During Weight Loss in Overweight/Obese Men

11. Complex Integrative Morphological and Mechanical Contributions to ACL Injury Risk

Good Reads for the Week

I didn’t have time to post last week so this is actually “good reads for the fortnight.” Lots of great stuff out lately. Amazing podcasts, great articles, videos, and blogposts. Keep up the great work fitness community!

Bret Contreras Articles

1. The Hypertrophy Specialist – This is an interview I did with Brad Schoenfeld on T-Nation on hypertrophy training.

2. Here’s Part I of a S & C Coaches Roundtable that I did with Jim Kielbaso on his Ultimate Strength& Conditioning site. This was a great roundtable! The best part is that it included expertise from actual strength coaches (not just posers like me). For the entire article, you can sign up for a free 7-day trial on the site and access the entire roundtable by clicking here. There’s a lot of great information on this site for strength coaches. I’ve spoken to Jim on the phone and find him to be extremely intelligent and well-versed. I highly recommend that you check out this site.

3. This is a guest-blog I did for Tony Gentilcore – I might have gone a bit overboard :) I just don’t like when people dis on certain exercises, especially the mighty squat! Here’s part I and here is part II.

4. Here’s a free PDF of a Men’s Health article that I (along with many other great coaches) was featured in. Check out the single leg hip thrust on page 154 and mention of my name on page 155. This is the first time my name has appeared in Men’s Health so I’m pretty excited about it.

New Blogs

Bryan Krahn

Article of the Week

1. Smitty – Hamstring Training. Smitty re-engineers the glute ham developer to give the exercise constant tension on the hammies. If you don’t realize how great of an idea this is then you are a silly jackass! Smitty just made a great exercise much better, which requires innovation. Seriously, I’ve been doing both variations all week long and there is just no comparison. The constant tension glute ham raise rocks! Manufacturers take notes.

Honorable Mentions

1. Frontal Plane Instability by Jeff Cubos – Jeff does a great job of discussing research behind Valgus Collapse, and describes the trends employed over the years. I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic lately and have some of the same thoughts as Jeff.

2. Martin Berkhan Throws Down Some Serious Knowledge in this Myth-Busting Article

3. Goldilocks Variables by Mike Young. This is a Great Read!

4. Nick Tumminello shows the Push-Back Push-Up Exercise

5. Free Video by Mike Robertson on Single Leg Training

6. Awesome Craig Liebenson article – Can Speed be Trained?

Video of the Week

1. Chinese Gymnastics – Simply Amazing!

Podcasts

1. StrengthCoach Podcast With Dr. Mark Cheng

2. Fitcast: JFassBiceps.com – Fitcast is Always Fun and Informative!!! Sometimes I feel like Kevin, Jonathan, and Leigh are my siblings, and that Kevin, Leigh, and I just don’t have the heart to tell Jon that he was adopted and isn’t our real brother.

3. Stop Chasing Pain Podcast with Dewey Nielsen

4. More Fitcast – Great stuff as usual!

5. Awesome Strength Coach Podcast with Ben Shear and Jeff Banaszak!

6. Stop Chasing Pain with Eric Cressey

7. Superhuman Radio with Joe Dowdell

8. Superhuman Radio with Brooks Kubik (author of one of my favorite strength training books of all time – Dinosaur Training)

9. Superhuman Radio with Mike Mahler

10. Yet another Fitcast – this one with Nick Tumminello. This is a Great Listen! Nick, Kev, JFass, and Leigh kick around some serious knowledge on this one

11. Superhuman Radio – Peter Rouse on the Core

12. In the Trenches Fitness with Lee Taft

Events

1. World Massage Conference Nov. 15

2. NSCA Southwest Regional Clinic (Patrick “P-Dub” Ward is presenting on Stress)

3. Pavel Tsatsouline KB Workshop in La Jolla Jan. 11

4. NSCA Coaches Conference in Dallas Jan. 7-8

5. Juan Carlos Santana Webinar Nov. 17 on Metabolic Training

6. Accelerated Strength Seminar Nov. 13 in New Hampshire

More Good Reads/Views

1. The Paleo Diet – Fad, Religion, or Solution by Leigh Peele

2. Weighted Carries by Craig Weller (Wannabebig Article)

3. One of the greatest quotes I’ve ever seen in fitness by Vern Gambetta…took the words right out of my mouth

4. Six concussion myths by Men’s Health

5. Lee Taft on What We’ll Look Like in 40 Years

6. Carl Valle offers training templates through his Valencia Project

7. Types of Muscle Contractions by Rob Orr

8. Awesome Gray Cook video on Chapter 2 of his new book Movement

9. Great Lyle McDonald article on Hypertrophy (Categories of Weight Training part III)

10. Breathe Better by Core Performance

11. Good article on Cholesterol by Jonny Bowden

12. Vern Gambetta on Highlight Play Syndrome

13. Nia Shanks wants some videos of beautiful badasses (women training hard). Send in some clips if you’ve got the juevos!

14. Core Performance Exercise of the Day – Knee Hug to Forward Lunge – Elbow to Instep

15. Chris Beardsley on Anaerobic Respiration (Energy Systems Part II)

16. Mark Young Learns 24 Things in 34 Years (he’s actually serious…in thirty-four years my friend Mark Young has only learned 24 things…he’s kinda dumb!

17. Great Article/Slideshow by Core Performance – 7 Foods to Stop Freaking Out About

18. Nick Winkleman: Train Movements, Not Muscles

19. Chris Beardsley – Book Review – Scrawny to Brawny

20. Hilarious as usual Tony Gentilcore blogpost on Deadlifting

21. Dewey Nielsen Showing the Sandbell Single Leg Squat

22. I stumbled upon this Youtube video with Bas Ruten. Years ago my friend lent me the actual Lethal Street Fighting DVD that Bas made and it was amazing. I freakin’ love Bas!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3K-mrlYG7Y&feature=player_embedded

23. Recent Mike Reinhold Newsletter. Sign up Mike always puts out great stuff!

24. Bodybuilder Cedric McMillan trains his chest

25. Seven Steps to Youth Programming by Brian Grasso on Eric Cressey’s Site

26. Carl Valle on Heavy Sleds

27. Mike Reinold gives us a new stretch for the Pec Minor

28. Cressey Performance gets a new mascot – Tank!

29. Rear-Foot Elevated “Speed Skater” Squats by Ben Bruno

30. Be Strong and Be Real by Aaron Schwenzfeier

31. The Right Way, The Wrong Way, and The Best Way by John Izzo

32. Plank with Arm Lift by Core Performance

33. Top Ten Lyle McDonald Articles by Chris Beardsley

34. Six Muscle Building Exercises

35. Random Thoughts by Leigh Peele

36. TRX Lower Body Challenge
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdgBgsI14A4&feature=player_embedded#!

37. Vern Gambetta on Quick Fixes and Crash Programs

38. Great Links from Chris Beardsley

39. Burpees with Push Up by Core Performance

40. Aaron Schwenzfeier on Pogo-Hops

41. Metabolic Overcompensation by Mike Roussell

42. Great Read by Tracy Fober on the Shoulder

43. Mike Mahler on Why We Make Mistakes

44. JCD on Counting Calories

45. How to Stop Procrastinating by Leigh Peele

46. Don’t Forget to Breathe by Peter Baker

47. Jeff Cubos on Yoga

48. Spilling the “Beans” by Marco Sanchez

49. How Kevin Carr Increased His Vert

50. Rethinking Core Training by Jason Shea

51. Dan John imparting wisdom in a T-Nation article

52. Greatest “Fail” ever….I put fail in quotations because this is a “Win” in my book.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk8KWmWePRs&feature=player_embedded

53. Best Abs Workout from Men’s Health (cool little video with Joe Dowdell and Adam Bornstein)

54. Perfect Butt Workout? Sorry Zuzana, I think you’re beautiful, sincere, and you have a sexy accent, but The Glute Guy rates this butt workout a 6. I like that you’re using sandbags but I could create a much better workout with just bodyweight and sandbags. It’s still fun watching you train!

55. Free Functional Movement Screen (FMS) PDF

56. Strong and Balanced Arms by Charles Poliquin

57. Charlie Weingroff gives a Joint-by-Joint Quiz

58. Eric Cressey shows a Bulgarian Split Squat from a Deficit

59. Eric Cressey talks about the Importance of Manual Therapy for the Adductors

60. This is Pretty Damn Impressive – Cressey is the Man When it Comes to Baseball. Check out this Library of Baseball-Exclusive Info.

61. Five Things Mike Reinhold wished he’d Done Earlier in his Career Part I and Part II

62. Charlie Weingroff discusses pain in the Shoulder Mobility Screen

63. Ben Bruno Provides 18 Great Youtube videos for your Viewing Pleasure

64. Charlie Weingroff discusses the FMS to Valgus Collapse

65. Charlie Weingroff discusses Snapping Hip Scenario

66. Arnold Secrets to Success Part I and II

67. This is cool, Leigh Peele renovates her workout room into a dance room. I hear that John Fass is currently doing the same thing to his bedroom.

68. Random stuff with Kevin Carr

69. Eric Moss on Combining Kettlebell Exercises

70. Great read by Bryan Krahn on the Essential Six

71. Brendon Rearick with a Motivational Video – this one’s with Al Pacino from Any Given Sunday. I love this Speech!

72. Common Sense is not too Common by Dewey Nielsen

73. Is it Safe to Heat Food in Plastic?

74. USA Today article shows bootcamps and strength training as top fitness trends

75. Ben Bruno – Weighted Feet Elevated One Arm Inverted Rows

76. Charlie Weingroff – It’s the Victim that Complains (shin splints, etc.)

77. Great Tony Gentilcore article on how to not be a sucky trainer

78. Brad Pilon on Intermittent Fasting on Jason Ferruggia’s Site

79. Mike Robertson on Developing Your Foundation

80. Great Read by Tony Gentilcore on Whether or Not you Should Wear Orthotics

81. Cool Video of Guys Working Out at a Gym in Congo, Africa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y20ZlWrHO4A&feature=player_embedded#!

82. Two Great Videos By Joel Jamieson on Explosive Power. Here’s Video One and here is Video Two.

83. Bryan Krahn on Bulking

84. Ben Bruno – Reverse Lunges from a Deficit

85. Bryan Krahn on Sleep (guest blog for Tony Gentilcore)

86. Coach Kevin Carr workout of the week

87. Eric Cressey on Unstable Ankles and High-Tops

88. Exercising in the Heat may improve Performance in cool and hot conditions (Science Daily)

89. Cool Feldenkrais Video – This looks strikingly similar to a lot of stuff the PT’s advocate these days.

90. Five Minute Shoulder Mobility Warm up by Diesel Crew

91. Great Article by Leigh Peele on How to Hire a Personal Trainer

92. Matt Perryman on Whether or Not we Should be “Keeping it Real”

93. Some Strong Ass Glutes!

94. Do “Power Balance Bracelets” Work? Hell No Says Chris Stankovich. Also Check out this Pubmed Abstract. And this Jeff Cubos Blog.

95. Random Thoughts by Justin Levine

96. Bunny Ears
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSjGjzLapgA&feature=player_embedded

97. Random Thoughts by Ben Bruno

98. Valerie Waters Interviews Joe Dowdell

99. What Limits Performance?

100. Charlie Weingroff reviews the book “Movement”

101. Charlie Weingroff on TMJ

102. Marcin Dolega

103. How to Develop Killer Speed by Dean Somerset

104. Motivational Story from Ben Bruno

105. Random Thoughts from Eric Cressey
106. How to Improve Your Push Up by Mike Robertson

107. The No Excuses Guide to Getting Things Done by Roger Law

108. Christmas Give-Aways from Mark Young

109. Awesome Blog by My Main-Man Keats Snideman on Training the Master’s Sprinter. I Love When Coaches Put Up Videos of Their Clients’ Workouts. Shows They’re the Real-Deal.

110. Great Blog by Jason Ferruggia on Minimalism

111. Ten Things to Work on by Jeremy Frisch – Great Read

112. PDF of ACSM’s Current Comments on Explosive Exercise

113. Seven Single Leg Squat Variations by Ben Bruno on Diesel Crew Site

114. Dewey Nielsen Shows the Sandbell Bodysaw

115. Vern Gambetta Throws Down Some Knowledge

116. Five Ways to Promote Behavior Changes in Your Clients by Kevin Carr

117. Great Wannabebig Article by Mark Young on Unilateral Hip Dominant Exercise (this is Part 2…Part I was on Unilateral Knee Dominant Exercise)

118. Great Tip from Mike Boyle on Converting VHS Tapes

119. Good Shoulder Workout Tips from Adam Bornstein

120. Metabolic Flexibility by Mike T. Nelson

121. A Monstrous Back by John Meadows (TNation)

122. Twenty Things Gary Arndt Has Learned From His Travels on Timothy Ferris’ Site (this is a good read!)

123. PJ Striet gives a “Kitchen Sink” Template

124. Great Short Blog by Aaron Schwenzfeier on “Coaching Assumptions”

125. Dr. John Berardi Interview: Food and Mood

126. Carl Valle Provides a Good Tip on How to Make Camera Stabilizers

127. Chris Beardsley on Skeletal Adaptations to Training (this is a great series by Chris)

128. Martin Rooney Travels the World to Show Us Cool Training Tips – This One’s on Explosive Kettlebell Slams

129. Carl Valle on Corrective Interventions

130. Peter Baker discusses Biofeedback Training

131. Mladen Jovanovic on Sport Form

132. Hilarious Video – Massage Therapist for Models

133. Hamstrings, Suboccipitals, and Running Speed by Carson Boddicker

134. Great Vern Gambetta blog on Growing and Learning

135. Amazing Article by Jim Wendler on 5/3/1

136. Tim Eagerton posts a Video on the Front Squat

137. Dean Somerset Interviews Tony Gentilcore

138. Tom Venuto on the See-Food, Reach-Food Diet

139. JRod Heavy TRX Row

140. Awesome Video of Kevin Neeld on the Skating Treadmill

141. Men’s Health – Is Your Office Chair Killing You?

142. Badass Exercise – The One Arm Floor Press with Martin Rooney (from Denmark)

143. Educainment from Mike Scott

144. Top Ten Diesel Crew Articles by Chris Beardsley

145. Sweet Spot in Sprinting by Carl Valle

146. Fundamental Disconnect by Vern Gambetta

147. Random Thoughts by Kevin Neeld

148. Guy Hornsby – the Sport-Scientist Relationship

149. Sean Skahan on the TRX Lateral Line

150. Great blog by Kevin Larrabee on Bodyweight Exercises that will Humble You

151. Workout Stuff from Ben Bruno

152. Survival of the Sexiest by Eric Moss

153. Is Adrenal Fatigue Fake?

154. Mediterranean Diet Great for Cholesterol

155. Stuff to Read by Tony Gentilcore

156. Awesome Eric Cressey Blog About Finding Your Niche

157. Charlie Weingroff Addresses Sports Hernia Rehab

158. Chinese Lifters at the 2008 Arnold
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_jxTc2ITA8&feature=player_embedded#!

159. The 25-Rep Rule by Sean Hyson

160. Mark Young on the Psoas

161. Medball Rotational Throws by Stack Magazine

162. Consequences of Adult Inactivity by John Izzo

163. Great Links from Chris Beardsley

164. A Day with Tom Myers by Mike Reinhold

165. Trail Leg Development by Carl Valle

166. Can We Starve Cancer? Great Vid on Robbie Bourke’s Site

167. Stretch Out with Mark Reifkind

168. Anatomy Trains Introduction

169. Rock Solid Abs by Men’s Health

170. Athlete-Centered Training by Vern Gambetta

171. Six Exercise Machines to Avoid by Men’s Health

172. Master the Overhead Squat by Core Performance

173. Half Truths and Lies by Vern Gambetta

174. Master the Kettlebell Swing by Men’s Health

175. Motor Learning and Practice Part I and II by Mike Scott

176. Educainment by Mike Scott

177. Carl Valle on Medballs

178. Zach Even-Esh Gives an Arnold Video

179. Trainers Who Actually Train People by John Izzo

180. Mike Reinold on Soft-Tissue Adhesions

181. The Hard Work vs. Talent Revelation in Training by Martin Rooney

182. The Power of Influence with Zach Even-Esh

183. Lee Boyce on Quick Fixes for Problem Muscles

184. The Texas Method with Mark Rippetoe

185. Are Some Calories More Fattening than Others?

186. PJ Striet on Tabata and HIIT

187. Tighter Glutes by Bill Hartmann in Men’s Health

188. PJ Striet on the Airdyne

189. Good Read from Mike Scott on Rest

190. Vern Gambetta on the Yin and Yang of Training

191. MSNBC – Marathon Runners – Avoid Hitting a Wall

192. Great Tony Gentilcore Blog on Bulking

193. Ben Bruno – Vids for Your Viewing Pleasure – These are Great!

194. Minimalism Part II by Jason Ferruggia – I always love Jason’s stuff

195. Shoulder-Savers/Alternative Movements by JCD

196. Citadel Track & Field Strength Training

197. TC Luoma – Nutsack-Rated Nutrition (hilarious)

198. Build Muscle & Lose Fat Simultaneously by Kelly Baggett

199. Interview with Patrick Ward on Swimming Science

200. Postural Analysis and Program Design by Dana Cavalea

201. Olympic Lifting Considerations by Trey Potter

202. Chaotic Sled Dragging by Smitty

203. Jim Kielbaso Combine Training (Great Vid!!!)

204. Great Read on StrengthCoach.com (pay site) on Trying Something before Formulating an Opinion

205. Heavy Deadlifting!

206. Random Thoughts by Ben Bruno

207. Are You Too Committed by Tony Gentilcore

208. Random Stuff by Kevin Carr

209. The Momentum of Perspective by Gray Cook

210. Good Q & A on Mike Scott’s Site

211. Joe Dowdell Trains Vitor Shaolin

212. Awesome Motivational Video on Mike T. Nelson’s Site. Definitely Worth Watching!

213. Reasons to Go Deep by Ben Bruno

214. How Amanda Latona Gets her Heavenly Glutes

Research

1. Cool New Study on Exercise-Induced Increases in hGH and Testosterone and Their Impact on Hypertrophy

2. Why it’s Okay to Take Fish Oil with Protein Shake

3. Dr. Ralph Carpinelli Challenges the ACSM Position-Stand on Resistance Training

4. What’s New in Orthopaedic Research? I don’t understand most of this but it looks very intriguing!

5. Anabolic Edge by Dr. Jose Antonio

6. Squat vs. Box Squat

7. Thirty-Thousand Year-Old Evidence of Plant Food Processing

8. Response to Weight Training is Very Genetic. Click Here and Here.

9. Influence of Exercise Order on Maximum Strength and Muscle Volume in Nonlinear Periodized Resistance Training

Good Reads for the Week

These blogposts have become increasingly difficult lately as I’ve been super-busy. I picked up a couple more personal training clients, have gained a bunch of new online clients, my Graduate Biomechanics Course is picking up steam, and I’m still trying to write articles, read an occasional journal article, and lift weights 4-6 times per week. And I’ve been slammed working on something else…which I’ll keep as a surprise for now, but I’ll update you in a few weeks (it’s not a product or anything like that). I’m in desperate need of a vacation! Here are the Good Reads for the Week:

Bret Contreras Articles

1. Cure for Cowardly Calves – T-Nation Article

2. How Weight Training Saved My Life – I didn’t mean to sound so shallow in this article, I was trying to be as honest as possible. I started lifting weights because I hated being picked on and I wanted more chicks to like me. Take women off of the planet and I’d probably quit eating healthy, quit shaving, my outfits would cease to match, I’d start training MMA all day long, and I’d get up to 285 lbs with a huge bulk belly (but a strong squat and bench press).

3. Coach Keats Snideman tries to teach the Glute Guy how to do Swings and Get Ups. I really suck at these but Keats was able to get me much better in just ten minutes of instruction. My friend Keats rocks!

4. Men’s Health November (this month’s) Issue – (no link here it’s in the actual magazine) page 154-155 – I recommended single leg hip thrusts (which I believe are the best bodyweight hip dominant exercise in existence).

Article of the Week

1. Choosing the Path Less Traveled by Bill Starr – One Word: AMEN! Bill is a strength & conditioning legend (he wrote Only The Strongest Shall Survive) and this was a passionate article – definitely worth reading.

Blast From the Past

1. Correcting Posture: Myth or Reality – This was actually written in 2006. I read it around a year ago and was recently asked about it by a colleague. It will make you think.

WTF? Moment of the Week

1. Fat Dudes Last Longer in Bed than Lean Dudes. It Seems that Estradial can be a Good Thing

New Blogs/Websites

1. Coach Kevin Carr (Kevin is a S&C up-and-comer!)

2. Coach Jeremy Frisch (not sure if Jeremy plans on maintaining the site but he’s a smart guy and has a lot of strength training experience)

3. Sean Hyson (Men’s Fitness)

4. Brad Schoenfeld – This blog isn’t new but I just learned of Brad via two of his badass NSCA journal articles – one on hypertrophy which was the absolute best I’d ever read on the topic, and another on the squat, which was the best review I’ve ever read on the topic as well. I checked out his blog and it’s really good if you’re interested in bodybuilding. Brad is a freakishly smart dude, and he’s very rare in that he’s an accomplished competitor, trainer, and researcher!

5. Joe Dowdell (trainer of athletes, celebrities, and the Gods above) – Joe is very smart (and one of the rare trainers who has a superior understanding of Biomechanics) so I expect good things when he starts blogging regularly. There’s a non-flash, I-pad version of the site coming soon.

6. Ergo-Log (I just stumbled upon this site and it’s awesome!)

New Products

1. The Truth About Quickness by Kelly Baggett

Upcoming Events

1. The 3rd Annual Performance Conference at Sacred Heart University on December 11th

2. Starting Strength Seminar on November 12-14 in Cleveland, OH

Podcasts

1. Fitcast – Karabee, Jon “International Man of Mystery” Fass, and Cassfass

2. Nick Tumminello on “Stop Chasing Pain Podcast” on Fascia – This is a Great Listen!

3. StrengthCoach Podcast with Kevlar on Body by Boyle Online Training Program

4. Awesome Interview with Mike Boyle on BlogTalk Radio

5. Glial Cells with Dr. R. Douglas Fields (they make up 85% of the cells in the Nervous System)

Good Reads

1. Awesome two-part guest blog by Kelly Baggett on Eric Cressey’s site on Speed, Quickness, and Explosiveness. Click here for Part One, and click here for Part Two

2. Tony Gentilcore provides you with “Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work.”

3. GREAT read by Nick Tumminello on disc pressure measurements on exercise selection (this is a must read)

4. Mike T. Nelson – 8 Random Things

5. Charlie Weingroff on Structural Supinators

6. Great read by Charlie Weingroff on the feet

7. NSCA article on the role of the core during tennis swings

8. Heavy resistance or high reps for six-pack abs?

9. General, special, and specific core exercises for baseball players

10. Charlie Weingroff on whole-body-vibration causing stingers

11. Tony Gentilcore on trainers who dis heavy things

12. Muscular man boobs scare Planet Fitness Worker

13. Franz Snideman breaking down the swing part III (this is an amazing 3-part series…probably the best I’ve seen on the swing)

14. Random Thoughts by Matt Johnson

15. Random Thoughts by Mike Robertson

16. Charlie Weingroff on vertical tibia specifics

17. Brandon Alleman rants about some things that piss him off

18. Franz Snideman on lessons learned from Pavel Tsatsouline’s seminar (sounds like it was a great seminar!)

19. Holy crap this is a great read by Alwyn Cosgrove – a tale of two people

20. Weighted slideboard bodysaw

21. Great video of Coach Todd Wright and some of the exercises he employs

22. Real life Friday workouts from Jaime Rodriguez

23. Workouts for the week by Ben Bruno

24. Master the overhead squat with Core Performance

25. Seven ab exercises that actually work by Steven Morris

26. The genius dumbbell workout by Men’s Health

27. Five clients that drive you crazy by John Izzo

28. Ricochet push up by Nick Tumminello

29. One minute muscle-builders by Nick Tumminello on Wannabebig

30. My Single Leg Experiment by Ben Bruno on StrengthCoach.com

31. Implementing the FMS in a Team Setting by Bruce Kelly on StrengthCoach.com

32. Five Obstacles for Dominant Speed and Quickness by Kelly Baggett

33. More on insulin by James Krieger – this article series is unbelievable

34. How Do You Recover by Kevin Carr on Elitefts

35. Five Simple tips for Better Squatting by Ben Bruno – this is a great read! I love reading Ben’s stuff…he is a thinking man who formulates his own opinions.

36. Excellent Chad Waterbury article on Bigger Arms

37. A great read by Eric Cressey on parents who say, “Make My Kid Run Faster”

38. This is a great video!!! Celebrities getting strong! Good to see C-Dub (Chad Waterbury) talking shop.

39. Eric Moss on “The Situation” and alcohol-infused vodka

40. Although speckled with “Broscience,” this was one of my favorite articles of the week to read simply because the author injected some good humor. It’s a T-Nation article called “The Best Damn Cardio Article Period.”

41. Another Great T-Nation article by Mike Roussell – Does Your Fat Math Add Up?

42. How do you Measure Success as a Strength Coach by Brijesh Patel

43. Overtraining and Overreaching by Lyle McDonald, Part I

44. Overtraining and Overreaching by Lyle McDonald Part II

45. How is Your Restoration Program Going by Mike Mahler

46. Four Random Exercises by Mike T. Nelson including Pendlay Rows, Kettlebell Presses, Suitcase Deadlifts, and Round-Back Deadlifts

47. Awesome read by P.J. Striet on Exercise and Calorie Burning. This one will Surprise You! It’s a Must-Read

48. Sculpt Rock-Hard Abs in Five Easy Steps by Adam Bornstein

49. Giggling and Powerlifting by Ginger Vieira

50. One Arm Hang Snatch to Split by Core Performance

51. Great Links by Chris Beardsley

52. Business Books for the Fitness Professional by Carson Boddicker

53. Rachel Cosgrove on Butt Shaping – 1-Leg SLDL and Valslide Lunge

54. Rotary Medball Throw by Core Performance

55. The Training Log by Vern Gambetta

56. Great Interview with Jeremy Frisch by Patrick Ward on Iso-Extremes and Eccentric Quasi-Isometrics

57. Top Ten Kelly Baggett Articles by Chris Beardsley

58. Post-Workout Nutrition by John Berardi on Craig Ballantyne’s Site

59. Important Read: Back Surgery Can Backfire on Patients With Pain

60. Lee Taft Interview

61. John Izzo on Women and Weights

62. Cool video testimonial by Nick Chertock on Eric Cressey’s Show and Go Program

63. Slideboard Atomic Push Ups by Ben Bruno

64. Robbie Bourke on Supersets, Tri-sets, Quad-sets, Straight Sets, and Energy Systems

65. Tony Gentilcore on James Fell’s Scathing Article on Jillian Michaels. Click here to read James’ article.

66. Free PDF of the Anatomy Trains / Myofascial Meridians Overview

67. Birthday Thoughts by JRod

68. Ben Bruno’s Classification of Slideboard Lunges

69. Aaron Schwenzfeier on What He’s Been Up to Lately – Good Thoughts from a Real Coach

70. Zercher Squats with Zach Even-Esh

71. Dr. Perry Nickelston talks about the Joint by Joint Approach

72. Another awesome Cosgrove read – Reversal of Fortune

73. Eric Moss interviews Geoff Neupert

74. Jeff Cubos on Jump-Roping

75. Great Read – A Calorie is not a Calorie

76. Tony Gentilcore on the Biggest Mistakes You’re Making

77. Ben Bruno’s Random Thoughts

78. Do Marathons Hurt Your Knees?

79. Charlie Weingroff on Lateral Bounding as a Screen

80. Blueberries May Reduce the Risk of Diabetes

81. Videos of the Week by Ben Bruno

82. Probiotics May Ward Off the Common Cold

83. Lessons from Drew Brees by Adam Bornstein

84. Vern Gambetta on Winning and Losing

85. Skinny is out, Strong is in by HPC labs

86. Good Read by Charlie Weingroff – Toes Up or Down?

87. The FMS Website has been spruced-up

88. Educainment by Mike Scott

89. The Perfect Exercise by Alwyn Cosgrove

90. Cool Cadaver Pic on Dr. Perry Nickelson’s Facebook Page

91. The Best Way to Gain Muscle is to Lose Fat on Jason Ferruggia’s Site

92. Body Positions Affecting the Spine by Carson Boddicker

93. Monster Garage Gym Footage http://www.criticalbench.com/strength/training-sessions-monster-garage-gym.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpyJkvPNUQI&feature=player_embedded#!

94. Insulin – the Final Chapter by James Krieger

95. 5 Keys to Adopting a New Training Program by Core Performance

96. Craig Pfisterer With Some Heavy Hip Thrusts! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZewOCtppN8A

97. John Romaniello Interviews Brad Pilon, the Bearded Guru of Fasting

98. More Ben Bruno vids of the Week. This video is hilarious!

99. Zach Even-Esh 10 Bodyweight Exercises to Make You a Beast

100. Lack of Sleep Can Make You Fat

101. John Izzo on When People Don’t Know What You Do

102. Howard Gray on the Relationship Between the Sports Scientist and the Coach

103. Mladen Jovanovic on the Function of Muscles

104. Holy Crap this is an Inspiring Video. I AM CHAMPION!

105. Six Reasons to Use Sandbags by Josh Henkin

106. Glute Training with Fit Lizzio

107. Randomness by Jeff Cubos

108. Why You Should Ditch Diet Soda

109. Preparing for Max Attempts by Smitty

110. Changing Nutrition Habits by John Berardi

111. 5 Things You Need to Hear by Leigh Peele

112. Usage of Subjective Indicators of Monitoring and Programming of Training by Mladen Jovanovic

113. Herschel Walker Breaks Fitness Rules!

114. Kevin Larrabee on What it Takes to Be Successful in the Fitness Industry

115. Charles Poliquin on the Woman’s Barbell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwhPGVRkGu8

116. Aaron Schwenzfeier on Kendrick Farriss’ Clean & Jerk

117. Knee Extension by Mike Robertson

118. Kelly Baggett on Quickness and Becoming a Better Athlete

119. Double Kettlebell Slideboard Reverse Lunges by Ben Bruno

120. Single Leg Rotational Lift by Core Performance

121. Mike Mahler’s Strength Fitness Tips

122. Dan John – The More You Lift, The Worse You Look (T-Nation Article)

123. Motor Learning and Practice by Mike Scott

124. PJ Striet – Single Leg Band Hip Extension

125. This Year from Gear to Raw – Elitefts

126. Jay Cutler Photoshoot – Back & Bi’s

127. Low Back Pain – Quadratus Lumborum

128. What to Eat and When to Eat it by John Romaniello

129. Review of Crossfit/USAW Open by Nick Horton

130. NY Times on Rolfing

131. Improve Your Posture With Duct Tape?

132. Monday Moment of Zen with Nick Horton

133. The Five Stages of a Healthy Diet by Core Performance

134. Best Jobs in America – Physical Therapists #4 Best Job? Interesting.

135. Collecting Numbers by Vern Gambetta

136. Randy Pausch – The Last Lecture Reprised by Zach Even-Esh

137. The Rotator Cuff by John Pallof – Excellent Read!

138. The Six Greatest Ab Exercises by Men’s Health

139. Should You Drink Milk for Body Recomposition?

140. Leangains vs. The 40 Year Crisis

141. Let this be Your Guide by Vern Gambetta

142. Six Easy Ways to Switch it Up by Core Performance

143. Ten Things People do Wrong in the Gym

144. Jay Cutler talks Shop

145. WTF is Overtraining Syndrome by Nick Grantham

146. The Genius Dumbbell Workout by Men’s Health

147. Ian King Rant

148. Great Article on Diesel Crew Website by Chris Kelly on “Powering Up Your Plank”

149. Friday Fun from the Platform by Tracy Fober

150. Clean Eating is Dead! Nail in the Coffin by JCD Fitness

151. Seven Steps to Programming for Athletes
152. When Getting Better Isn’t: The Endless Improvement Trap by Shawn Phillips

153. Another Ian King Rant

154. Eleven Myths of Warrior Training by Martin Rooney

155. Are You Really a Hargainer? Elitefts Article

156. Sticking Point Tips by Marc Bartley (Elitefts Article)

157. Strongman Implements (Elitefts Article)

Good Reads for the Week

Is it me or is the strength-training industry getting more badass? Here are a bunch of good reads from the past couple of weeks. There is so much good stuff in here it could turn Pee Wee Herman into Ronnie Coleman overnight! Here are 127 links for which you’d better be grateful – I spent 7 hours on this blog tonight!

Bret Contreras Articles

1. Bret Contreras – Leg Press vs. Squat: The Final Chapter

2. Bret Contreras – Best Three Exercises for the Three Powerlifts

3. Quick Four-Question Interview With Bret Contreras on Hank Ebeling’s Site

Article of the Week

4. Tony Gentilcore – Excelling at the Big Lifts

New Blogs

6. Patrick Arnold just started up his own blog. You may know him as the Father of Prohormones and the Creator of “The Clear.” Anabolic steroids aren’t my thing but I don’t judge.

7. Mladen Jovanovic just started up his own blog. This guy is crazy smart and is an excellent resource to the strength and conditioning profession. He may in fact be one of the smartest guys in the biz. I definitely recommend that you read his stuff!

8. You Gotta Love a Guy Who Calls Himself Peter “Fucking” Baker and has a Blog Entitled “Death Metal and Deadlifting.” If you enjoy profanity like me, then check out this site. This guy’s as ruthless as they come!

Great Reads/Views for the Week

9. Charlie Weingroff on the T4TG Vertical Core Seminar

10. Spicy Chicas! I found this pic and thought my readers would like it.

11. Mr. Olympia highlight reel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7al92nmkSys&feature=player_embedded

12. Core Performance Stability Ball Leg Curl – two legs up, one leg down

13. Three New Methods for Size and Strength by Jimmy Smith

14. Mike T. Nelson on pain and how to fix it

15. Charlie Weingroff on the Core Pendulum Theory

16. Mike T. Nelson with an awesome story on Monkeys and Bananas

17. Unconventional Shoulder Workout by Nick Tumminello

18. Mike Scott on Ab Training

19. The Arnold Sports Festival is coming up soon!

20. Ideas for Band Training in Physical Education Classes

21. Interview With Kelly Baggett on Eric Cressey’s Site (I’m a Huge Fan of Kelly)

22. Carson Boddicker provides some links to audio podcasts for your listening pleasure

23. Ben Bruno busts out 30 pistol squats in this blog

24. Smitty speaks from the heart about haters in this vid

25. Top Ten Mike Robertson Articles by Chris Beardsley

26. Function by Craig Liebenson

27. Guest Blog by Arizona Diamondback’s Nathan Shaw on Matt Johnson’s Blog

28. Rest Periods by Joe Hashey

29. Eric Moss on Toning Your Muscles (Do the Opposite)

30. Leigh Peele Repeats Herself

31. Ben Bruno on Dealing With Injuries (This is a Great Read)

32. Great Random Tips by Nia Shanks

33. I don’t even know who this person is or where their facility is, but I freakin’ love watching video compilations like these. It makes me feel good to know that out there in the world people are training hard.

34. Freakin’ Hilarious Post by Tony Gentilcore – Exercises You Should Do – This One is for the Hips

35. Grip Training by Kevlar (Kevin Larabee)

36. Chris Beardsley on Macronutrient Digestion

37. Jamie Eason – Aye Caramba!

38. Pavel Tsatsouline Seminar at Franz Snideman’s Place in LaJolla, California this Saturday

39. It’s Not the Tools, it’s the Process! by Jeff Cubos

40. Quick and Healthy Burger by Keats Snideman

41. Mike Tyson Knockouts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uUtK52HE20

42. Planning Strength Training Part I, II, and III by Mladen Jovanovic

43. Charlie Weingroff with an Excellent Analogy – Slingshots!

44. Roger Law on Calorie Counting, Digital Food Scales, Nuts, and More

45. Wednesday Randomness by Eric Cressey

46. What the Heck is Periodization Anyway by Mladen Jovanovic

47. Skill acquisition

48. Great Links by Chris Beardsley

49. Awesome Read by Charlie Weingroff on the Vertical Tibia

50. Patrick Ward on Assessments – Proactive or Reactive

51. Mark Young – Stuff You May Have Missed

52. Mike Robertson – Coaching Cues Comment Contest

53. StrengthCoach.com Article (Paysite) – Gray Cook on Corrective Exercises in the Warm-up

54. Another StrengthCoach.com Article – Damn Detours by Gray Cook

55. StrengthCoach Podcast with Tim Skwiat

56. StrengthCoach.com Article – Mike Boyle on Improving Foot Speed and Agility

57. StrengthCoach Podcast with Kevin Larrabee

58. Robbie Bourke interviews Mladen Jovanovic

59. Roger Law – Today was a Good Day

60. How to be an awesome coach by Brendon Rearick

61. Great recap of Patrick Ward’s Meeting with Joe Kenn

62. Mike Reinhold on Risk Factors Associated with Loss of ROM Following ACL Reconstruction

63. Mike Arone on the 3 P’s

64. 6 Steps from Leigh Peele

65. Why McDonalds Food doesn’t Decay

66. Jason Ferruggia – Injury Update and Resisting Being Average

67. Carson Boddicker on Runner’s Hernia Considerations

68. Ben Bruno Interviews Harry Selkow

69. Stuart McGill is now Working with this Poor Walrus who Herniated his Discs After this Cruel Trainer Put Him Through a Lousy Workout and Jacked Him Up Real Good :)

70. Why Does Spicy Food Taste Hot?

71. Great Wannabebig Article on DC Training

72. John Izzo on Trainer Prerequisites to Respect

73. Bas Rutten

74. Tony Gentilcore – Exercises You Should be Doing

75. Nutritional Tips from Tony Gentilcore

76. Top Ten Nick Tumminello Articles by Chris Beardsley

77. Nia Shanks on Training for Strength, not Just Fat Loss

78. John Paul Catanzaro Dispelling Core Myths

79. Six Lies About Food Busted!

80. Michael Boykin – Lessons from the Field

81. Mike Robertson on Being Realistic with Program Design

82. Hannibal for King!

83. Franz Snideman Breaking Down the Swing Part II

84. Metabolic Training Gone Bad by PJ Striet

85. Are We Afraid of Cardio? by Patrick Ward

86. Don’t Follow Weird Celebrity Trends and Diets

87. Upper-Crossed Postural Syndrome by Mike Scott

88. Lost in Translation by Patrick Ward

89. Great Read by Mark Young on The Lack of Power of Exercise on Weight Loss

90. Eat-Stop-Eat Expanded Edition Review by Martin Berkhan

91. No One Conditions Alone by Kevin Neeld – this is really cool!

92. Kevin Larrabee makes three healthy changes

93. Farmer’s Handle Rows by Ben Bruno

94. JRod Exercise of the Week

95. Jeff Cubos on the Short Foot

96. What’s New by Vern Gambetta

97. Top Five Exercise Journals

98. Bryan Chung on Pomegranate Juice

99. The Truth About the Spartan 300 Workout by Eric Moss

100. Fast Conditioning With Kettlebells and Chains by Diesel Crew

101. Football Conditioning the Right Way with Joe DeFranco

102. Barbell Hang Clean by Core Performance

103. Five Ways to Stay Motivated by Mike Robertson

104. How to Look Better than 90% of Dudes by PJ Striet

105. Excellent Blog by Patrick Ward on Hamstrings and Soft-Tissue Treatment

106. Window of Adaptation Concept by Vern Gambetta

107. Straight Leg Bridge by Core Performance

108. Stuff to Read by Tony Gentilcore

109. Brian Cushing 64 inch Hurdle Jump

110. Spinal Stupidity by Mike Robertson

111. It All Depends on the Context by Mladen Jovanovic

112. Great Keats Snideman blog on Assessment and Self-Massage for the Hip Flexors!

113. Why am I so Tired?

114. Three Common Dieting Mistakes by Ben Bruno

115. Redirecting Plyometric Progressions by Joe Bonyai – I love Joe’s videos!!!

116. Elitefts – the Dead Bench

117. Robbie Bourke – Weekend with Leon Chaitow

118. Mr. Olympia Highlight Reel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7al92nmkSys&feature=player_embedded

119. I Love this quote – “70’s Big.” They Sure Looked Huge Back Then!

120. Index of Articles Referenced in Alan Aragon’s Research Review Service

121. Two New Vids by Ben Bruno

122. Are you a Lateral Movement Weakling?

123. Resist Injury by Carson Boddicker

124. Categories of Weight Training by Lyle McDonald Part I and Part II

125. RPE vs. RPE? by Mladen Jovanovic

126. Eight Innovation Secrets by Steve Jobs