The Good Stuff: Volume 1

 

 

The best fitness stuff I’ve seen recently ūüôā

Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger? by David Epstein

This is an incredibly interesting talk that brings up some impressive and thought-provoking points. Although our training and physical preparation methods have obviously advanced with time, are we absolutely sure that what we’re currently doing is working as well as we think it is? You might feel a little bit differently about it after watching the video.

 

David Epstein’s Ted Talk Makes Me Wonder If We’re On The Right Track by Jim Kielbaso

Staying on the same topic, here’s a really good response to the video above from Jim Kielbaso.

How Deep Down the Rabbit Hole Do We Really Need to Go? by Tony Gentilcore

Here’s a tweet from Tony that sums up the entire article:

“I like PRI. I use PRI. But man, I really wish some trainers and coaches would tone it down a notch and just get people strong.”

A nice reminder from Tony. Don’t get carried away trying to use EVERY tool you have available, because most people are going to be fine with the basics. Push, pull, squat, hinge and carry stuff and you will improve. If you consistently get stronger at doing these things you may find that some of your “weaknesses” or “imbalances” tend to clear up over time. However, if 6-12 months of consistent¬†training go by and you’re still noticing some problems it might be time to dig a little deeper in the toolbox (for example, using PRI – postural restoration institute – based methods and exercises to improve hip range of motion capacity). Just remember that you can make a lot of positive changes to connective tissue by simply¬†strengthening¬†particular joints and the surrounding structures.

Technique Nazis Will Hate This Post by Dean Somerset

I really enjoyed this post from Dean because it stressed the importance of¬†context¬†in training and exercise selection. We must remember that there is no such thing as “bad” movement because there are an infinite amount of capacities for movement. If you are trying to perform things that are outside of your capacity for movement, then yes that is probably a “bad” position¬†for you. If you encounter an untrained position under load or at high velocities, there is probably¬†a greater chance that you’ll get injured in that position.¬†However, if you were train that unexplored capacity through safe and logical exercise progressions, you may gain the¬†capacity to safely put your body in such positions.

What’s Obvious, Important, And How Is It Connected? by Pat Davidson

This is my favorite of the bunch. A quick summary here isn’t even necessary, just read it!

 

And here’s a couple of random training videos from that past month or so!

A heavy clean, some back squats and a little barbell complex.

 

Power clean + hang clean, a 5RM back squat against chains, and some higher rep benching.

One of my favorite new warm-up/mobility exercises: Band Overhead Squat!

 

I hope you enjoyed the material!

 

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