2013 in Pictures


Each year, I like to reflect on my accomplishments. I worked so damn hard in 2013 that I don’t know how I’ll match my performance in 2014. Here’s what I got done in 2013:

It was bitter-sweet, as some unfortunate incidents occurred:

  • My stepfather passed away unexpectedly due to cardiac arrest
  • My friend Dan passed away due to cancer

But my proudest accomplishments of the year by far are the following:

  • Got engaged to 1 beautiful woman, and
  • Visited Thailand and Hawaii with this beautiful woman

My beautiful fiancee Diana

Diana imitating Little Mermaid in Thailand (Maya Beach in Ko Phi Phi)

Diana relaxing on the hammock in Hawaii (North Shore, Oahu)

Beach in Hawaii (North Shore, Oahu)

Beach in Hawaii (North Shore, Oahu)

Hawaii (North Shore, Oahu)

Hawaii (Napali Coast, Kauai)

Hawaii (Hanalei)

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January Strength & Conditioning Research Questions


Hi fitness folks! Do you know the answer to the January S&C research review questions? If not, you ought to subscribe to our research review service. To subscribe, just click on the button below and follow the instructions…

Strength & Conditioning, Power and Hypertrophy
  1. How can the session Rating of Perceived Exertion System be used in Professional Rugby Union?
  2. Is an eccentrically-loaded deadlift 1RM greater than a conventional deadlift 1RM?
  3. How should we structure conditioning for basketball?
  4. How can we periodize training for Mixed Martial Arts?
  5. How should we perform strength and conditioning for sprint swimming?
  6. Does supervised training improve lean body mass more than self-directed training?
  7. Can kettlebell training improve aerobic fitness, strength and core endurance simultaneously?
  8. Is TRX training as effective as traditional resistance training?
  9. Is peak power greater during light or heavy supine medicine ball throws?
  10. Do free weight exercises allow greater work to be performed than machine exercises?
  11. Are 5-minute rest periods necessary between bench press sets with 3RM?
  12. Is there a correlation between flexibility and FMS score?
Biomechanics & Motor Control

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January Research Round-Up: The Glute Edition!


Every month, Chris and I write the monthly Strength and Conditioning Research review service. The January edition comes out in a day or two and the overall theme is the Glutes! What a great way for the Glute Guy to celebrate the start of 2014! And even though I am the world’s foremost expert in the glutes, I still asked Chris to write this preview so I could concentrate more on my work in the Glute Lab. That work means that I can bring you even more cutting-edge information about the glutes throughout 2014!

How much more active is the gluteus maximus during sprinting than during running?

The study: Activity and functions of the human gluteal muscles in walking, running, sprinting, and climbing, by Bartlett, Sumner, Ellis and Kram, in American Journal Of Physical Anthropology, 2013

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Most Popular Articles of 2013

Wow! It’s been a crazy year. Looking back on 2013, I’ve cranked out a lot of articles, and my blog has risen immensely in popularity. Here are the 25 most popular articles of the year:

5 Things You Should Do Everyday

I’ll start off with this one since it kicked the shit out of every other article I wrote this year. This blogpost went viral, receiving more visits and pageviews than any article I’ve ever written, and I’m not sure why. The content? The pictures? The references? A combination of all? At any rate, it was very well-received.

120 Tips on Strength Training for Women

Next up is the infamous post on female training. This article received more Facebook likes than any article I’ve ever written. It was a very polarizing article, and I paid the price for the poor style of wording. It doesn’t really provide tips; mostly observations. And it pissed off a multitude of ladies. My friend Jen Sinkler told me that I needed “sensitivity training” after she saw this article, and I couldn’t see it at the time. Having looked over the article today, I can’t believe I posted that. It was a learning experience, and I’m now a better writer because of it. If I could go back in time and rewrite it, I would. In fact, it would be quite easy to rewrite without offending anyone. But it is what it is!

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