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Best Articles From Last Week

I know it has been a long time since I have posted a best articles of the week post, but this series is back!  Down below are my summaries of a few articles that I found interesting and useful throughout the week (with there links below it) that I think will make for some good reading.

Hip-Thrust-Form

In today’s society, there is a great change happening in the fitness media.  The trend is not to be “model thin” anymore, but has become strong is sexy.  Along with this change, every woman wants a nicely toned derriere that would be worthy of Sir Mix A Lot “Booty Got Back” theme song. And fellas, don’t forget that woman don’t like men who have what my co-worker calls a “guillotine ass,” which is in reference to a guy with glutes so flat it looks like a guillotine had chopped it off (chopping hand gesture inserted here).   So how does one achieve this derriere especially when we live in a society that spends most of its time sitting on it?

At last, a solution! Glute Guy, Bret Contreras, has found the solution in this article. Bret uses EMG to test the differences between the squat and hip thrust to see how one could hypertrophy the glutes, so they too could land on the cover of paper magazine.

Squats vs Hip Thrusts – Bret Contreras

Running to First Base

In the strength and conditioning community running has gathered a bad rep.  If an athlete were to run, they would end up becoming small and weak, therefore, not to live happily ever after.  And in many ways this is true if that strength coach or personal trainer does not know what they are doing.  The bottom line becomes, any athlete and active person can benefit from aerobic training regardless of the goal.  The amount and intensity is all dependent on that person’s sport/lifestyle.  Read further to see why Mike Robertson, a renowned personal trainer and strength coach, recommends that aerobic training become better understood by fitness professionals as well as better utilized to help your client achieve the best results possible.

Real Talk About Aerobic Training for Athletes – Mike Roberston

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I really like this article, and it does not just apply to active women.  Every person could benefit by understanding and knowing these three nutrition myths and how that can be holding you back from reaching your goals.  I especially think number three is important.  We hear that one a lot, and live and die by it, but we don’t always understand the implications of how this affects the physiology of the body.  Also, if you do cut calories, it should be cycled in and out, just as one would do in the exercise programs.  Meaning that if you were to cut calories to lose weight, it should be done in 2-4 week intervals, and then you should go back to consuming more calories.  This will serve to keep you from slowing your metabolism, losing lean muscle mass, and disrupting your hormonal balances.


This Weeks Good Reads 06/08/12

 This week has been exhausting thus far.  My morning schedule changed up slightly and has thrown off my day to day routines.  I haven’t been sleeping well, my workouts feel shitty and I am so very tired.  Usually it takes me a week or two to adjust to changes in my work schedule.

And because of this, I can’t tell if my max training program is not going as well as I would have hoped due to lack of sleep, or just simplybecause I am working way too close to my 1 RM.  It is probably a combination of the two.  Hopefully next week I can get my body on track, and will be making some changes to my exercise program in regards to mytraining volume and intensity.

Here are this weeks good reads:

This is a piece by Mike Boyle, in which he talks about how we only have one body.  With this body we have responsibilities to keep it running on all cylinders.  We do not get another body, and if we have to replace any parts they never work quite the same.  We can’t all be as bad ass as the six million dollar man.  This is a “to the point” reminder to take care of your body, health-wise and performance-wise, this way you can live a long, happy life.

ONLY ONE BODY – MIKE BOYLE

These are some great bullets to what you can do to help lose weight.  The little things count, and you will see so in the piece.  It ranges from everything from setting goals to why you should be eating more cayenne peppers.

71 TIPS TO LOSE FAT – DR. MOHR

For those of us who get really busy and want to maintain strength and not too sure how this article is perfect for you.  It talks about how much harder it is for us to reach our goals, yet so much easier to stay at those levels.  Using his eight steps, it really becomes a no brainer on how to keep strength up during the times of your life where things get out of control.

8 STRATEGIES FOR EASILY MAINTAINING STRENGTH – ERIC CRESSEY

Even though this article says training for men, it is applicable to everyone for any goal.  The title says men because it is an article posted on T-Nation which is predominately a testosterone filled website. It is still a worth while read for all as there are still valuable lessons to be learned here.  This is all about how to set priorities, cut down your training time, but still be effective at getting results and being effective in the gym.  This goes hand in hand with Cressey’s article above.  After reading these, there are no more excuses to not be in the gym.  And to be rather straight forward about it, now you’re just being plan lazy.

EFFECTIVE TRAINING FOR BUSY MEN – JIM WENDLER

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This Weeks Good Reads 06/02/12

Last weekend I went with my girlfriend to see the avengers, and let me say… It was awesome.  A comic book movie done right.  Had all the pieces of the puzzle; humor, fighting, good character entrances and the Hulk stealing the show. 

Also in recent news, heavy front squats followed by heavy R-DL’s is a recipe for disaster for the hamstrings and glutes.  Holy can’t extend my legs Batman.

Without further adieu, here are this weeks good reads.

This blog post by Jason digs into the mindset that many of us take into the gym and everyday life.  How many people focus too much on the little details in life, and the negative outcomes that may occur in a given situation.  Also, he talks about how we should try to keep a positive mindset not just through life but within our training as well. And how these stresses effect your hormonal levels like cortisol and testosterone and how it affects your body.

HOW TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE AND YOUR TRAINING PROGRAM  – JASON FERRUGGIA

This brief article mentions two new studies done that are changing our minds on how we view both foam rolling and proper breathing techniques with our training.  He did a great job summarizing the two, and I don’t want to be a spoiler, so check it out.

THINK FOAM ROLLING AND BREATHING TRAINING DON’T WORK, THINK AGAIN – BRET CONTRERAS

I really like what Adam Bornstein did with this post.  He lays out just the truth and facts about the ten things a fitness magazine would never tell you.  Do you wonder why?  Because these things do not sell.  The things I talk about in my blog and the things I put in my good reads don’t sell in the mainstream because they are not the easy way out.  These things do not tell people what they want to hear, but tell them they must work to achieve the fitness goals, or any goals they desire.

Please take the time and read this one, a lot of valuable lessons to be learned.

THE TOP 10 THINGS FITNESS MAGAZINES WON’T TELL YOU – ADAM BORNSTEIN

This was a great question asked and answered by a STEVO.  And this is why I love questions and comments in blogs, because it leads to good stuff like this.  The reason I like this post is because he went further then just saying why situps and spinal flexion is bad for you.  He also tells you why!  And even better, he does tell you that in certain cases, spinal flexion and situps are even favorable.  If you are still not convinced about situps not giving you a six-pack and that they destroy your back, check this Q&A out and read for yourself.

Q&A WHAT’S WRONG WITH SITUPS – STEVO

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