Hey Fitness Friends! Here’s an update including random things, good reads and views for the week, and feedback. Have a great week!
Inner Strength Trumps Outer Strength
My website is all about building physical strength. But there’s outer strength and also inner strength.
Over the past week and a half my best friend from college passed away, as did my stepdad of 25 years. It was one of the roughest weeks of my life.
Dan was diagnosed a couple of years ago with stage IV colon cancer that had metastasized to his liver. From that point on until the day he died, he was never negative or bitter. He stayed positive, happy, and strong all the way to the end. I attended Dan’s memorial service and spent the day with his family Saturday and was amazed at the inner strength and determination displayed by Dan’s wife Amanda.
John suffered a heart attack three years ago and managed to survive an extra three years thanks to good doctors and good heart medication. Unfortunately, an antibiotic recently interfered with his medication and threw his heart rhythm out of whack. I spent last week in the hospital watching my mother and step-sisters remaining strong under dire circumstances until John was taken off of life-support. It was truly inspirational to me.
Make sure in life that you spend time developing your inner strength, character, and support systems. It makes all the difference. All the physical strength in the world doesn’t mean a damn thing if you crumble at the first sign of misfortune.
Flattered Over Hip Thruster Launch
Last week I launched my invention The Hip Thruster and was blown away by the response to my blogpost. Over 1.1K Facebook likes and almost 25,000 pageviews in one day!
Thank you so much to everyone for the support! I am so lucky to have the backing of the fitness industry at large. This meant so much to me especially during such a difficult time in my life.
My Blog Continues to Rise in Popularity
Ever since learning about Alexa ranking, I’ve been checking in regularly. My blog is currently at 90,000 worldwide and 19,000 in the U.S.
Seeing this motivates me to work even harder. If I wasn’t limited on time, I could do even better as I have a long list of “yet-to-be-written articles” and “yet-to-be-filmed videos.” Thanks again for the support!
No Word from Miley
Unfortunately I never heard back from Miley after the blogpost I wrote. Still crossing my fingers as I know I could help her tremendously.
Last week I posted an interview with 2012 Ms. Olympia Nathalia Melo. She recently posted a before/after pic on her Facebook page showing her glute transformation over the past several years. I posted a similar picture of 2012 Ms. Figure Olympia Erin Stern HERE.
Ladies – if you visit my blog because you want a better butt, please know that booty-building is a marathon, not a sprint. Hard work and consistency pays off!
Good Reads and Vids
Chris Beardsley: Best Sports Science Blog on the Internet
I’ve been following Chris Beardsley long before I ever teamed up with him to do the research review service. He has the best sports science blog on the internet.
Click HERE to see all of his incredible articles on biomechanics, strength training, squats, deadlifts, sprinting, jumping, and more.
Fit Girl Problems
THIS was a great article by Kellie Davis on favorite jeans for developed booties. I had to laugh though, the picture she posted crashed the server as it resulted in so many clicks!
Tara’s Beautiful Hip Thrust
I wanted to show off Tara’s hip thrust. She’s on Month 9 of Get Glutes and has built an incredible hip thrust. Here she is doing pause rep hip thrusts with 225 lbs. She keeps great form throughout the entire set!
I’m not sure if I’ve ever posted a link to Ross Enamait’s site so I wanted to share it with you. Ross is a stand-up dude who is incredibly passionate about fitness. He’s shared a ton of inspirational videos and filmed many “do it yourself” videos for garage gym owners. Check it out!
Peak Performance in NYC
I don’t know why but I’ve received tons of questions lately regarding the best place to train in NYC. Please visit Peak Performance – it’s a top notch facility with top notch instructors. Co-owner Joe Dowdell makes sure that his trainers receive the best education possible and stay up to date with S&C research and practices.
HIIT or LISS
Click HERE to read the advice of 15 different top experts on the topic of high intensity interval training versus low intensity steady state cardio for fat loss training. Kudos to the Martinez bros for putting this together.
Bret, I want to thank you for all that you have done to make lives better! I am a huge fan and have been following your work for a couple of years (starting from your writing on T Nation), and I have a “hard ass” to prove it! Even though I have been lifting for 3 decades now…squatting, deadlifting, you name it…your methods have made all the difference. Thank you!!! – June
Until now, I always felt uncomfortable looking in the mirror to check my glute progress. Gains were small at best. But now when I look, I can’t believe this is my butt….and I’m only in my 6th week on the program! – Traci
Lately I’ve had three male friends ask what I’m doing for workouts and whether it would work for them. One of the trainers at my gym said, “You’ve changed something. It shows. Great job!” At a party I threw a week ago, a guy I see regularly said, “I don’t want to be creepy and don’t know how to say this, but you’re looking great. Kind of… jacked? Not to say you didn’t look good before! Just now it’s obvious that you workout a lot.” The awesome part was getting to tell him, “Actually, I’m working out less. Just smarter.” – Lucy
My arse looks sooooooo fab in my dress. I literally couldn’t believe that was MY booty. My dress is mermaid style, so it hugs in all the right places. LOVING my curves! Yay!! – Kristen
But my funniest one was a month or so ago when we were with some friends and my boyfriend randomly said “Baby! Your butt is really getting bigger!” to which I replied… “THANKS!!”. And our friends just looked really confused like “ok… what just happened there?” – Emily
But I have to say that the progress that I made just this month to my backside is impressive. And I have been lifting heavy now for 3 years, obviously my glutes were dormant. I love this program, goodbye split workouts and the extreme muscle soreness for days that I had before. – Orchide
What a fantastic week it’s been. I was a little skeptical of this style of training, not that I don’t trust the coaches….but I was just so used to doing upper/lower splits. For the last year I was spinning wheels hard with training and nutrition. Finally got sick of it and gave this a whirl. Don’t think I could ever go back to what I used to. The workouts are sustainable, I am not spending HOURS in the gym. I also don’t feel completely annihilated when I am finish but I feel like I worked hard. The best thing is…it only took about two days for this to make a difference in my pain levels and I am slowly getting my confidence back with my strength. Plus. I love belonging to this great community. Thank you for being so awesome! – Linzzz
Heya Bret, so, I have never had much in terms of a backside, but thanks to you I am getting myself a bootaaaayyy! – Philippa