Today I thought I would switch it up and provide my readers with some articles I have enjoyed over the past week. These articles are phenomenal resources and very entertaining.
5/3/1 and Athletes by Jim Wendler
As implied by the title, this article covers using the extremely successful 5/3/1 program as it pertains to athletes. Jim does a phenomenal job at focusing on the big picture and helping trainees get the most bang for their buck. Using the typical 5/3/1 template Jim goes over assistance work as it pertains to muscle mass, rehab, prehab/injury prevention, and overall training balance. This is a must read if you work with athletes.
The Perfect Warm Up by Tony Gentilcore
The warm up is an uber-important but often neglected aspect in many training programs. I had a two-part series about the benefits and ways to warm up here and here. Tony explains why he uses weighted carries (farmer carries, rack walks, etc.) in his extended warm up for additional core activation and hip stability. Using weighted carries, specifically crosswalks (cross-body carries) is a theme I have often included in my warm-ups with awesome results.
19 Tips for the Aspiring Fitness Writer by Jon-Erik Kawamoto
This is a great list of highly reputable fitness professionals collaborating to give the best advice to those who write in the fitness biz. I have seen many solid lists and tips before, but this may be my favorite. Def. a go-to resource!
Grill the Guru Part 1 by Bret Contreras
Bret comes out spitting fire in this article, which actually caught me off guard. Bret challenges Charles Polequin, noted guru and many claims he has made in the past. Bret uses research and data backed evidence to prove his points. This article is not only wildly entertaining, but shows you how to build your own BS detector and sift through the mounds of information in the industry today.
Body Building that Isn’t BS by Sean Hyson
Sean gives tips on applying actual science to some bodybuilding methodologies, rather than the popular trial and error method. Using these tips may seem small, but can do wonders for bringing up a lagging body part.
Armor Building by Dan John
Dan John explains the needs for building “armor” in athletes, specifically those in contact sports. John gives some bad-ass unconventional exercises that challenge athletes both physically and mentally in their workouts.
3 Steps for Hunger Control by Nia Shanks
Nia hates dieting and gives three quick and easy tips to help control your hunger when looking to drop some summer flab. The tips are simple, yet effective at control your hunger pangs.
Happy Memorial Day, Thanks to all of those who have served and continue to do so. Special Shout-out to my brother Dustin who is currently in basic training with the Navy, awesome work!