As if you weren’t already busy enough, here are 45 good reads for the week!
1. For those of you who missed my interview with Cedric Unholz, this is my best yet (I know I say that every time but I really mean that). Great questions from Cedric. Some controversial topics in here…
2. In this article Bryan Chung discusses a study comparing the effects of rest periods on hypertrophy. Rest periods had no effect on hypertrophy!
3. In this article Robbie Bourke discusses practical considerations in preventing valgus collapse.
4. In this article Eric Cressey offers a hypothesis as to why pitching speed is inconsistent amongst younger and faster pitchers.
5. In this article Carson Boddicker discusses the importance of plyometrics and drop jumps in speed and jumping performance. This is a great read.
6. In this blog Jason Ferruggia talks about maturing and the importance of finding a like-minded partner. This was a very heart-felt blog and I commend Jason for writing it.
7. In this blog Patrick Ward writes about the importance of straying from the schedule when an athlete needs a recovery day.
8. In this blog Jeff Cubos asks an important question, “Does quality of movement matter?” I say hell yeah! Strength coaches know this more than anyone in the world.
9. This Men’s Health article contains everything you need to know about your penis (junk, package, cock and balls, whatever you like to call it). Seriously, it’s 8 pages long.
10. In this blog Mike Young emphasizes keeping things general in the general prep phase.
11. This guy is an absolute animal! His name is Ben Rice. I’d prefer he use slightly less weight and go a little higher but who am I to judge?
12. In this blog Charlie Weingroff discusses the benefits of the slideboard.
13. In this blog Charlie Weingroff shows a rarely used exercise called the tall kneeling flexion/extension with step which he learned from Gray Cook.
14. In this blog Danny McLarty talks about the coaches who have influenced him the most. It’s all about the new breed baby!!!
15. In this interview Smitty references the movie Colors and applies it to strength training.
16. In this blog Patrick Ward discusses the lumbar flexion and MMA athlete debate.
17. In this blog Mike Davis discusses functional training and what it means.
18. In this blog Mike Nelson links two recent Arnold videos for motivational purposes. Three words: Arnold Fucking Rules!
19. In this article Eric Cressey offers advice for want-to-be strength coaches and personal trainers.
20. In this blog Carl Valle acknowledges that Arizona trainers are bigger, better, and badder than our East Coast counterparts and the “Four Phoenix Phantoms” could probably whoop over a dozen East Coast trainers without half trying. It’s sure great to be recognized. I guess it’s just something in the water out here. Maybe I embellished slightly…
21. In this blog Kevin Neeld discusses injury prevention as it relates to training stress and competition stress.
22. In this blog Carson Boddicker discusses the length of stability holds.
23. In this blog JCD discusses hypertrophy training and includes links to various hypertrophy-related systems.
24. In this blog Mark Young provides another great discussion about science.
25. This is an awesome article on SB Coaches College that lists programming questions that every good strength coach should consider (the list is from the late Verkhoshansky).
26. This is an AWESOME blog by Mike Robertson on sleeping. This is a must-read. He pretty much summed up my thoughts on sleeping. It’s not your typical boring sleep article; there’s some good stuff in there. Read it!
27. This is a Men’s Health article that shows a really cool circuit created by Joe Dowdell. I really like the circuits Joe creates and I appreciate that Adam Bornstein travels all around the country visiting good gyms and filming videos. Check it out it’s good stuff!
28. In this article Chase Karnes gives us a no-gym-warrior-workout.
29. Here is the latest Fitcast Interview with Jim “Smitty” Smith.
30. Holy shit!!! This is a high-powered interview with Juan Carlos Santana. I must confess, I can relate to some of the stuff that pisses JC off.
31. Here is a cool newsletter from Franz Snideman with a video that demonstrates pull up power and how to focus on end-range contraction for improved total range strength and stamina.
32. In this blog Howard Gray talks about “how strong is strong enough?”
33. In this blog Mike Young reminds us about the common denominators of good training.
34. In this blog Mike Reinhold has a shitload of experts chiming in offering students career advice. Some of these cats have some serious credentials behind their names!
36. In this blog Patrick Ward advises to not stay in one place too long when looking for answers.
37. In this blog Carson Boddicker answers some questions about breathing patterns.
38. In this blog Mike Young discusses the problem with developing endurance with speed/power athletes. This is one of the biggest problems I see as well. Great, quick read. Check it out.
39. Here is a great interview with Jason Ferruggia by Craig Ballantyne. Jason knows his stuff when it comes to getting athletes strong.
40. Alli McKee is fitness, hear her roar!
41. In this blog Eric Cressey demonstrates why he’s “The Man.” He gets a client far along his journey to postural restoration in a single session.
42. In this blog John Izzo talks about different types of pain during exercise and why it’s sometimes important to push through pain.
43. In this blog Mike Young discusses training density in program design.
44. Here’s part XI of Dave Tate’s “So You Think You Can Bench” series:
45. In this blog Leigh Peele promises her readers that she created the perfect diet which will allow you to lose 10 lbs of fat in 10 days. (okay maybe I’m kidding, she dispels this b.s.)