Must Read Monday 7/2/12

I’m posting this on a Sunday (sigh) because I am booked up until the Fourth of July with appointments before barbeques and celebrations take over the country. Here are some great reads for fitness buffs, coaches, and trainers to grow the almighty brain bank.

21 Exercises for Injury Free Mass by Bret Contreras

I must admit, the first time I read this article I wasn’t a big fan. However, with the number of clients I have climbing rapidly I have noticed many common injury sites. As strength coach if you can’t keep athletes and clients healthy then you cannot keep you business. With that being said this list gives many good exercises to include if you have some at risk and/or beat up clients.

The Big Rocks by Dean Somerset

Assessments are among the most important, if not the most important thing you can do for a client. Having assessments and knowing what to look for goes a look way in correcting faulty movement patterns and preventing injury. Dean gives a great overview of what he does and how he assesses clients. Also, he has a link for a reduced price in Post-Rehab Essentials, another great resource for trainers and coaches.

How to Learn Functional Anatomy by Tony Gentilcore

Knowing your functional anatomy is critical to every aspect of training. Knowing biological markers and how the body operates at all levels gives you a deeper understanding of exercise and bodily function.  If you don’t know how the body works how can you fix its function and improve its appearance? You can’t!

Interview by Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University by Alan Aragon

Alan always has great, research driven information to share with his readers. This article is no different as Alan answers questions regarding dieting, mass gain, good vs. bad foods, and major nutritional mistakes most people make.

Bulgarian Split Squat-How to do (and not to do) the RFESS by Nick Tumminello

Bulgarian split squats are great exercise that is often performed incorrectly. Nick covers some common errors and includes a great video on how to properly perform the Bulgarian Split Squat.

Supreme Stability Training by Mike Robertson

Stability and mobility are both huge topics in the fitness industry today.  Mobility is often performed through self myofasical release, massage, yoga, Pilates etc. etc. While mobility at certain joints is imperative, it doesn’t serve much good if stability is not also present. Mike nails how another awesomely informative article, a must read!

About Eric Bach Performance

Eric Bach is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Precision Nutrition Level 1 (PN1) with a degree in Kinesiology Concentrated in Human Performance and Emphasizing Sports Performance from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. A former collegiate Strength Coach Eric now resides in Denver, Colorado. Eric coaches clients at Forza Fitness and Performance Center and trains everyone from weekend warriors and post rehabilitation patients to professional athletes. Eric developed his passion for fitness through a competitive sports career which included competitive Olympic lifting, Football, Track and Field, and Powerlifting. Eric is a self proclaimed fitness nerd who enjoys reading, eating, deadlifting, and living a healthy and fullfilling life while helping others dominant their lives in and out of the gym. Eric can be contacted at for all consultations and questions

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