Some Good Reads To Check Out

I read as much as I can.  I try to fit in a minimum of an hour a day reading books, blogs, and research on any topic related to fitness, nutrition, or health in general.

Over time this adds up to a ridiculous amount of material, and sometimes it’s difficult to absorb all the information or find ways to put it to practical use.

However, sometimes an article or short passage really stands out from the rest.  It may be the content in particular, the brilliant use of words, the simplicity of the explanations, or just the overall message being communicated.

These are some excellent pieces that come to mind on the subject.  Take a look at them and see for yourself!


Fake It Till You Make It: Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be by Tony Gentilcore

I loved everything about this post from Tony, and it has very little to do with strength or conditioning.  The message is simple:  Don’t be a fake, arrogant, or misleading liar!  This applies to much more than those involved in the fitness industry.  Be humble about your abilities and strengths.  Be honest about your mistakes and weaknesses.  Most of all, be real with every single person you encounter and good things will happen.


Learn Only 1 Lesson in 2013 by Nate Miyaki

I remember reading this one back in January and recently decided to reread it.  Turns out it’s just as inspiring and motivational the second time around.  The lesson?  Find out what you’re fighting for.  It’s absolutely imperative to your work ethic and the factor that’s going to keep driving you in the direction of your goals.  Nate uses the movie Cinderella Man as the perfect example to illustrate this point, and it’s just brilliant.


Why You Need More Strength by Chad Waterbury

The first sentence says it all:  “In order to be powerful, you must be strong.”  It sets the tone for the entire article, and I think Chad does an amazingly thorough job explaining.  Although it’s aimed more for power athletes and those who train power athletes, there’s a lot of good information and insight to be gained here.  Whether you compete in sports or not, take some time to understand the viewpoints here because they will certainly supplement your training efforts.


Evidence Based Practice In Strength and Conditioning by Jim Kielbaso

A great read that describes how we should go about selecting and evaluating different pieces of evidence.  What counts as evidence?  How much evidence is necessary to accept a certain training style?  This is always going to be an important topic because figuring out what’s purposeful, effective, and safe is obviously a big deal for trainers and coaches.  Pay attention to the three categories Jim uses to divide up all of the “things” that exist in the S&C field.  Really good stuff.








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