Attention readers, I just wanted to give you all a quick update. I don’t think I’ve ever been this busy in my entire life. My blog takes up a ton of time, especially the Good Reads for the Week posts, as does coming up with a few good topics each week. I’m working on several different articles right now for various websites and publications. I just got asked to write a bonus section for a top strength coach’s eBook. I’m conducting a comprehensive literature review for the book that I’m currently working on, which could actually take years if I let it (it’s actually overwhelming how much good stuff I found in the past couple months). I picked up a couple of new regular clients and a few new online clients (it’s crazy…I’m actually turning clients away). I started taking a grad-level Biomechanics course (which I absolutely love as I’m a math-guy to the bone). When I was buying my book for the course, I decided to purchase two extra textbooks which I’m slowly working my way through. I still lift weights 5-6 days per week and am gaining strength due to a badass new strength program I created (which is surprising to me since my sleep hasn’t been that great). And, I’m applying to one of the best PhD programs in the world right now.
So I ask that you please be lenient if I fall back a bit on my blogging or fail to reply to a comment. With regular email, text messaging, Facebook emails, Twitter direct messages, Youtube messages, private messages on forums, and blog comments, I find myself spending a lot of time trying to answer everyone’s questions. I do my best to keep up but sometimes I fall behind. I promise you one thing: the new knowledge I’m gaining can only equate to better blogs, articles, and products in the future.
Year in Review
Last year at this time, nobody in the strength & conditioning profession knew who Bret Contreras was. I was a closet-forum lurker, an anonymous reader, and a behind-the-scenes trainer. I decided to take a risk and close up my studio to see if people would like to hear what I had to say as a writer. It was just around a year ago today when I got my first article published on StrengthCoach.Com. Soon after I got my popular Dispelling the Glute Myth article published on TMuscle.Com. Although 18 years of lifting weights, 12 years of personal training, and thousands of hours reading and being in the trenches preceded my first article, in exactly one year I’ve delivered 30 articles, 13 blog interviews, 3 audio interviews, 1 guest blog, and 89 blogposts to my fans. That’s 135 different “things.” In the process, I accumulated 2,047 Facebook friends, 379 Twitter followers, and 690 Youtube channel subscribers. My blog readership has reached an all-time high as well, reaching almost 50,000 views for the month of August (and it’s only Aug 22 right now…there are 9 more days left in the month). Needless to say, I’ve been a busy little bee.
The bodybuilding crowd and the sport-specific training crowd have both taken a liking to my work. I’ve helped popularize new exercises (hip thrusts, barbell glute bridges, single leg hip thrusts, pendulum donkey kicks, pendulum quadruped hip extensions, band hip rotations, band seated abductions), spread new terminology (load vectors – anteroposterior, axial, lateromedial, torsional), and helped trainers and lifters better understand glute training (6 categories of hip extension exercise based on load vectors and knee action). Finally, I’ve made a ton of new friends in the form of personal trainers, strength coaches, editors, and even a couple of researchers.
So all-in-all I’m very proud of the last year. I guess you could say that 2009-2010 was my break-out year. I still have many goals that are unfulfilled. In the future, I promise to continue to bust my ass in order to give you top-notch information. If all goes well, I’m going to really step it up this year and up the ante in order to take my learning to the next level. Thank you very much to all my readers for giving me more purpose in life.