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.
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
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
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.