Here is this week’s good reads.
Sorry I missed them last week. I have been very busy lately so I will cut straight to the chase here.
For those of you who are always doing three sets of ten reps day in day out this is the perfect article for you. It gives great guidelines on what physiological systems each rep range works on (hypertrophy, endurance or strength) as well as how to apply it to your workouts based on your level of fitness and mentality on training.
Quit going into the gym mindlessly with no plan and no idea of what your training program effects are on your body. Put some thought into it, and you will see big differences faster.
With the computer era in full effect many of us forget how to use our shoulders. No matter who you are, or how many pounds you can lift, your shoulder stabilizers and rotator cuff will always need some extra activation work. Check out this great exercise by Eric Cressey, it is a great movement that will strengthen both the scapular stabilizers and the rotator cuff. This is a big bang for your buck exercise as it will help the muscles needed for posture as well as help the little muscles surrounding the shoulder to help perfect your technique while exercising.
This is a great read for anybody who has any pain with a particular exercise or for the person who jumped into an exercise that was probably too much for them and has horrible technique.
Ben talks about how to modify exercises if they are painful, if you don’t have the equipment, if you are trying to progress or regress, and if you are deloading.
By learning how to modify exercises you can exercise any time any where and do it successfully. This is a great tool in any person’s bag the exercises no matter what their dedication or fitness goals really are.
This has to be one of the most entertaining articles I have read in a while. It is all about deadlifts. If you don’t deadlift, read it anyway. You will want to after that. If you already deadlift, read it. You will want to deadlift immediately. It has humor, and science all into one.
It made me spontaneously go for my one rep max on deadlift. And I got a new PR. If that is not a good enough reason to read it, then JUST READ IT!