Here are some good reads and views from the past week or so. I read a lot of stuff and some people like the fact that they can just use my blog to direct them as to what to read for the week. I try to offer enough topics to satisfy a variety of people. Happy reading!
1. In this article, Patrick Ward reviews the NSCA National Conference.
2. In this article, Jason Pegg tells a story detailing the importance of trigger point therapy.
3. In this article, Dave Tate gives us more excellent free bench pressing advice.
4. In this article, Jamie Hale discusses the various hunger hormones.
5. On this link, you’ll find a really cool and rare Sprinting video from Bud Winter.
6. In this article, Eric Cressey talks about the importance of cueing. This article brought me back down memory lane as it reminded me of a time when I owned my own facility.
7. In this article, Jonathon Chaimberg stresses the importance of conditioning for MMA.
8. This article blows the lid off of the whole “certain sneakers prevent injuries” myth.
9. In this blog, Charlie Weingroff discusses the merits of high squatting.
10. In this absolutely hilarious article, Charles Poliquin calls a girl out and doesn’t allow her to make excuses for not having the time to work out.
11. This article talks about a lost exercise – the dumbbell pullover – an oldie but goodie. I still do pullovers from time to time and have found that nothing makes the long head of my triceps more sore. It also works the lats of course and some pec muscle as well.
12. In this blog, Aaron Schwenzfeier talks about “what matters.” This blog is very insightful.
13. In this blog, Lee Taft talks about functional training. A quote I love to repeat is “Functional Training is not what it looks like but what it produces.”
14. In this article the Diesel Crew reminds us of several excellent medicine ball drills.
15. In this article Mark Young discusses unilateral quad training.
16. In this article, ACE (The American Council on Exercise) dispels the myth that toning shoes will shape your butt and thighs. Hurrah for ACE in serving as the “mythbusters.” I don’t know what makes me more upset, that the unscrupulous shoe companies fabricate this bullshit or that women are so gullible that they believe it.
17. In this blog, Nick Tumminello provides an overwhelming case against upper traps in being the prime movers during shrugs. Great job Nick!
18. In this blog, Mike Robertson discusses his thoughts on the reverse hyper.
19. In this blog, Tony Gentilcore talks about why women should lift heavy things.
20. Here’s a video I just came across by Karsten Jensen. It’s not very often I say this, but “I never thought of that glute exercise variation!” Great job Karsten!!!
21. In this article you’ll learn that testosterone increases from watching a winning game by 42-44%, while watching a losing game only causes a 6-17% increase.
22. Who has time to create stuff like this? Funny stuff you find in the gym!
23. In this article Charles Poliquin tells us how he chooses a gym when he’s traveling.
24. In this article, Charles Poliqin discusses his thoughts on training for speed-skaters.
25. In this blog, Mike Young talks about planned rest and alludes to a phenomenon that I find very interesting known as Myosin Heavy Chain IIx Over-Shoot. Following a hard training cycle, detraining will result in increased type IIx fibers which could theoretically lead to increased speed and power. If you want more evidence for the phenomenon click here, here, and here.
26. In this blog, Matt Perryman talks about recovery. I love this quote: “This is the first step in recovery: don’t get too beat up in the first place.”
27. In this blog, Nia Shanks talks about High Intensive Training, not to be confused with High Intensity Training.
28. In this blog, Charles Poliquin talks about the value of split squats.
29. Here’s a video I recently came across. Just lay on the floor and do hip thrusts. You’ll use much more resistance and your glutes will receive a much more pronounced training effect. Oh well, it’s an interesting twist on the pull-through.
30. In this blog, Carson Boddicker interviews Mark Young.
31. In this blog, Dr. Perry Nickelston talks about overtraining.
32. In this blog, Mark Young discusses a study conducted on the FMS.
33. In this article, Mark Young addresses some misconceptions about interval training.
34. In this blog, Eric Cressey tells us why we shouldn’t have our pitchers swimming for conditioning, even though it’s a biomechanically similar pattern.
35. In this blog, Nia Shanks talks about hard work and busting your butt.
36. In this blog, John Izzo talks about dummying down info to your clients. I liked the idea of giving clients articles to read and homework. The “teacher” in me was very impressed.
37. In this blog, Mike Robertson discusses whether or not running is healthy.
38. In this blog, Vern Gambetta lists some dead ideas that won’t stay down.
39. In this article, Jason Ferruggia talks about hill sprints.
40. In this article, Bruce Wilhelm talks about deadlift training. I find that the old timers seemed to be more “in tune” with their bodies and really knew what worked for them than today’s “just take more steroids” lifters.
41. In this video Alwyn Cosgrove discusses metabolic training.
42. In this forum thread, the Soma Simple folks throw down some serious brain-power on the topic of pain, core stability, and therapy. Only really advanced therapist and bodyworker types will understand this stuff but I made my way through it. Kudos to Craig Lebenson for being so professional.
43. In this blog, Vern Gambetta discusses his thoughts on recovery.
44. In this article, Charlie Weingroff talks about congenital laxity.
45. In this article, Martin Rooney offers some seriously hardcore conditioning challenges!
46. In this hilarious classic from Elitefts, Dave tells us 27 reasons to be big.