Does the following story sound vaguely familiar to any of you? You wake up and look in the mirror. You are delighted to find that your physique is looking very good. Your see that your body is leaning out nicely and your muscles are shaping up well. You put your workout attire on and pleasantly discover that the clothes are fitting you very well – snug in all the right places and loose where it matters. You hit the gym and kick some serious butt, setting strength records in multiple exercises. A couple of gym members pay you compliments, informing you that you are looking fantastic. Everything is going great, and your day is off to an excellent start. Then, you step on the scale, and all of your glee comes to a screeching halt. You’ve gained a few pounds, and knowing this absolutely ruins your day.
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.
Glute Imbalances are much more common than most people assume. For example, I’m currently training twelve different clients; ten women and two men. Out of these twelve lifters, four possess glute imbalances in varying degrees (all of them are women). Two of them seem to have gotten worse through my training, indicating that I wasn’t paying close enough attention to symmetrical movement as the months progressed. Glute imbalances rear their ugly heads most often during the squat exercise. When maxing out or repping out to failure, the hips will start shifting toward the stronger side (away from the weaker side). This is undesirable from both functional and aesthetics standpoints, so you want to nip it in the bud as quickly as possible.
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.