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
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.
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.
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
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
Awesome Craig Liebenson article – Can Speed be Trained?
Video of the Week
Chinese Gymnastics – Simply Amazing!
StrengthCoach Podcast With Dr. Mark Cheng
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.
Stop Chasing Pain Podcast with Dewey Nielsen
More Fitcast – Great stuff as usual!
Awesome Strength Coach Podcast with Ben Shear and Jeff Banaszak!
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
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
In the Trenches Fitness with Lee Taft
World Massage Conference Nov. 15
2. NSCA Southwest Regional Clinic (Patrick “P-Dub” Ward is presenting on Stress)
Pavel Tsatsouline KB Workshop in La Jolla Jan. 11
4. NSCA Coaches Conference in Dallas Jan. 7-8
Juan Carlos Santana Webinar Nov. 17 on Metabolic Training
Accelerated Strength Seminar Nov. 13 in New Hampshire
More Good Reads/Views
1. The Paleo Diet – Fad, Religion, or Solution by Leigh Peele
Weighted Carries by Craig Weller (Wannabebig Article)
One of the greatest quotes I’ve ever seen in fitness by Vern Gambetta…took the words right out of my mouth
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
Types of Muscle Contractions by Rob Orr
8. Awesome Gray Cook video on Chapter 2 of his new book Movement
Great Lyle McDonald article on Hypertrophy (Categories of Weight Training part III)
Breathe Better by Core Performance
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!
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!
Great Article/Slideshow by Core Performance – 7 Foods to Stop Freaking Out About
18. Nick Winkleman: Train Movements, Not Muscles
Chris Beardsley – Book Review – Scrawny to Brawny
20. Hilarious as usual Tony Gentilcore blogpost on Deadlifting
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!
Recent Mike Reinhold Newsletter. Sign up Mike always puts out great stuff!
Bodybuilder Cedric McMillan trains his chest
Seven Steps to Youth Programming by Brian Grasso on Eric Cressey’s Site
26. Carl Valle on Heavy Sleds
Mike Reinold gives us a new stretch for the Pec Minor
Cressey Performance gets a new mascot – Tank!
29. Rear-Foot Elevated “Speed Skater” Squats by Ben Bruno
Be Strong and Be Real by Aaron Schwenzfeier
The Right Way, The Wrong Way, and The Best Way by John Izzo
Plank with Arm Lift by Core Performance
Top Ten Lyle McDonald Articles by Chris Beardsley
Six Muscle Building Exercises
35. Random Thoughts by Leigh Peele
36. TRX Lower Body Challenge
Vern Gambetta on Quick Fixes and Crash Programs
38. Great Links from Chris Beardsley
Burpees with Push Up by Core Performance
Aaron Schwenzfeier on Pogo-Hops
Metabolic Overcompensation by Mike Roussell
Great Read by Tracy Fober on the Shoulder
Mike Mahler on Why We Make Mistakes
44. JCD on Counting Calories
How to Stop Procrastinating by Leigh Peele
Don’t Forget to Breathe by Peter Baker
Jeff Cubos on Yoga
Spilling the “Beans” by Marco Sanchez
How Kevin Carr Increased His Vert
50. Rethinking Core Training by Jason Shea
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.
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
Strong and Balanced Arms by Charles Poliquin
Charlie Weingroff gives a Joint-by-Joint Quiz
Eric Cressey shows a Bulgarian Split Squat from a Deficit
Eric Cressey talks about the Importance of Manual Therapy for the Adductors
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
Charlie Weingroff discusses pain in the Shoulder Mobility Screen
Ben Bruno Provides 18 Great Youtube videos for your Viewing Pleasure
Charlie Weingroff discusses the FMS to Valgus Collapse
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.
Random stuff with Kevin Carr
Eric Moss on Combining Kettlebell Exercises
70. Great read by Bryan Krahn on the Essential Six
Brendon Rearick with a Motivational Video – this one’s with Al Pacino from Any Given Sunday. I love this Speech!
Common Sense is not too Common by Dewey Nielsen
Is it Safe to Heat Food in Plastic?
USA Today article shows bootcamps and strength training as top fitness trends
75. Ben Bruno – Weighted Feet Elevated One Arm Inverted Rows
Charlie Weingroff – It’s the Victim that Complains (shin splints, etc.)
Great Tony Gentilcore article on how to not be a sucky trainer
Brad Pilon on Intermittent Fasting on Jason Ferruggia’s Site
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
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
Bryan Krahn on Sleep (guest blog for Tony Gentilcore)
Coach Kevin Carr workout of the week
Eric Cressey on Unstable Ankles and High-Tops
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.
Five Minute Shoulder Mobility Warm up by Diesel Crew
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.
Random Thoughts by Justin Levine
96. Bunny Ears
Random Thoughts by Ben Bruno
Valerie Waters Interviews Joe Dowdell
99. What Limits Performance?
Charlie Weingroff reviews the book “Movement”
Charlie Weingroff on TMJ
102. Marcin Dolega
103. How to Develop Killer Speed by Dean Somerset
Motivational Story from Ben Bruno
Random Thoughts from Eric Cressey
106. How to Improve Your Push Up by Mike Robertson
The No Excuses Guide to Getting Things Done by Roger Law
108. Christmas Give-Aways from Mark Young
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.
Great Blog by Jason Ferruggia on Minimalism
Ten Things to Work on by Jeremy Frisch – Great Read
112. PDF of ACSM’s Current Comments on Explosive Exercise
Seven Single Leg Squat Variations by Ben Bruno on Diesel Crew Site
Dewey Nielsen Shows the Sandbell Bodysaw
Vern Gambetta Throws Down Some Knowledge
Five Ways to Promote Behavior Changes in Your Clients by Kevin Carr
Great Wannabebig Article by Mark Young on Unilateral Hip Dominant Exercise (this is Part 2…Part I was on Unilateral Knee Dominant Exercise)
Great Tip from Mike Boyle on Converting VHS Tapes
Good Shoulder Workout Tips from Adam Bornstein
120. Metabolic Flexibility by Mike T. Nelson
A Monstrous Back by John Meadows (TNation)
Twenty Things Gary Arndt Has Learned From His Travels on Timothy Ferris’ Site (this is a good read!)
PJ Striet gives a “Kitchen Sink” Template
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
Peter Baker discusses Biofeedback Training
Mladen Jovanovic on Sport Form
132. Hilarious Video – Massage Therapist for Models
Hamstrings, Suboccipitals, and Running Speed by Carson Boddicker
134. Great Vern Gambetta blog on Growing and Learning
Amazing Article by Jim Wendler on 5/3/1
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
Men’s Health – Is Your Office Chair Killing You?
142. Badass Exercise – The One Arm Floor Press with Martin Rooney (from Denmark)
Educainment from Mike Scott
Top Ten Diesel Crew Articles by Chris Beardsley
145. Sweet Spot in Sprinting by Carl Valle
Fundamental Disconnect by Vern Gambetta
Random Thoughts by Kevin Neeld
Guy Hornsby – the Sport-Scientist Relationship
149. Sean Skahan on the TRX Lateral Line
Great blog by Kevin Larrabee on Bodyweight Exercises that will Humble You
Workout Stuff from Ben Bruno
Survival of the Sexiest by Eric Moss
Is Adrenal Fatigue Fake?
Mediterranean Diet Great for Cholesterol
Stuff to Read by Tony Gentilcore
Awesome Eric Cressey Blog About Finding Your Niche
Charlie Weingroff Addresses Sports Hernia Rehab
158. Chinese Lifters at the 2008 Arnold
The 25-Rep Rule by Sean Hyson
Mark Young on the Psoas
Medball Rotational Throws by Stack Magazine
Consequences of Adult Inactivity by John Izzo
163. Great Links from Chris Beardsley
A Day with Tom Myers by Mike Reinhold
165. Trail Leg Development by Carl Valle
Can We Starve Cancer? Great Vid on Robbie Bourke’s Site
Stretch Out with Mark Reifkind
168. Anatomy Trains Introduction
Rock Solid Abs by Men’s Health
170. Athlete-Centered Training by Vern Gambetta
Six Exercise Machines to Avoid by Men’s Health
Master the Overhead Squat by Core Performance
173. Half Truths and Lies by Vern Gambetta
Master the Kettlebell Swing by Men’s Health
175. Motor Learning and Practice
Part I and II by Mike Scott
Educainment by Mike Scott
177. Carl Valle on Medballs
178. Zach Even-Esh Gives an Arnold Video
Trainers Who Actually Train People by John Izzo
Mike Reinold on Soft-Tissue Adhesions
The Hard Work vs. Talent Revelation in Training by Martin Rooney
The Power of Influence with Zach Even-Esh
Lee Boyce on Quick Fixes for Problem Muscles
The Texas Method with Mark Rippetoe
Are Some Calories More Fattening than Others?
PJ Striet on Tabata and HIIT
Tighter Glutes by Bill Hartmann in Men’s Health
PJ Striet on the Airdyne
Good Read from Mike Scott on Rest
Vern Gambetta on the Yin and Yang of Training
MSNBC – Marathon Runners – Avoid Hitting a Wall
Great Tony Gentilcore Blog on Bulking
Ben Bruno – Vids for Your Viewing Pleasure – These are Great!
Minimalism Part II by Jason Ferruggia – I always love Jason’s stuff
Shoulder-Savers/Alternative Movements by JCD
196. Citadel Track & Field Strength Training
TC Luoma – Nutsack-Rated Nutrition (hilarious)
Build Muscle & Lose Fat Simultaneously by Kelly Baggett
Interview with Patrick Ward on Swimming Science
Postural Analysis and Program Design by Dana Cavalea
Olympic Lifting Considerations by Trey Potter
Chaotic Sled Dragging by Smitty
203. Jim Kielbaso Combine Training (Great Vid!!!)
Great Read on StrengthCoach.com (pay site) on Trying Something before Formulating an Opinion
205. Heavy Deadlifting!
Random Thoughts by Ben Bruno
Are You Too Committed by Tony Gentilcore
Random Stuff by Kevin Carr
The Momentum of Perspective by Gray Cook
Good Q & A on Mike Scott’s Site
Joe Dowdell Trains Vitor Shaolin
212. Awesome Motivational Video on Mike T. Nelson’s Site. Definitely Worth Watching!
Reasons to Go Deep by Ben Bruno
214. How Amanda Latona Gets her Heavenly Glutes
Cool New Study on Exercise-Induced Increases in hGH and Testosterone and Their Impact on Hypertrophy
Why it’s Okay to Take Fish Oil with Protein Shake
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!
Anabolic Edge by Dr. Jose Antonio
Squat vs. Box Squat
Thirty-Thousand Year-Old Evidence of Plant Food Processing
8. Response to Weight Training is Very Genetic. Click
Here and Here.
Influence of Exercise Order on Maximum Strength and Muscle Volume in Nonlinear Periodized Resistance Training