Good Fitness Reads for the Week: (8/31/2014)

I hope you are enjoying your weekend! Time to catch up on some fitness reading.

This week’s edition will catch you up to speed with strength tips and articles by myself and others.



Strength tips

*There are two types of training mentalities people possess.

There are those who always want to push the limit, do one more set, extra reps and more weight.

Then there are those who consistently do too little and find themselves doing the opposite.

I would fall into the first category like many strength sport athletes, and while the former may seem like the better mentality, they both have their drawbacks.

Try to have people around you who can give you reasonable advice.

If you are always pushing the limit, pick a training partner or coach who will tell you when it’s time to back off.

On the other hand, if you need to do more work, pick someone who will motivate you to push yourself further than you thought possible!

The goal is the same, not to train too much, not to train too little, but to train optimally.


*A small leak can sink a great ship.

Rest and let your minor nagging injuries heal so they don’t become a major problem later.

Rest, recover and come back stronger!


*Absolutes are rarely true.

There isn’t only one way to successfully get strong, diet, warm up, improve athletic performance, etc.

There are many ways to be successful, be careful not to pigeonhole yourself into believing there is only ONE way to do something.

Be open-minded and consider your options when picking a training program, diet, or anything else.

Find the approach best fit for YOU, that will allow YOU to be most successful.


*Today’s sample lower body [squat emphasis] workout. This workout will focus on the squat, giving you a lot of practice to work on your technique. Pick weights you know you will hit. Bet $1000 that you will hit every rep of every set!

Warm up


1. Barbell Squat 3 X 5

2. Paused Squat (3 second) 2 X 5

3. Front or Goblet Squat X 10 – 12

4a. KB Reverse lunge 3 X 8/per side

4b. Paloff Press w/3 second Iso hold 3 X 10


*Train yourself like you would a client.

Many of us need to learn how to take our own advice for our own training. Too often coaches and lifters are guilty of taking unnecessary risks in their training that they would never allow their friends or clients take.

Be smart with your training. If you wouldn’t want your someone else doing it, you probably shouldn’t be doing it.


* “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.”


Articles by Adam

Emotional State of Lifting




  1. Random Thoughts on Sports Performance Training – Installment 5 via Eric Cressey
  2. What No One Ever Told You About Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) And What It Really Means via Tom Venuto
  3. How to Get Stronger via Tony Gentilcore
  4. Best Ways to Audit Your Program via Dan John
  5. What Are the Best Glute Exercises? via Bret Contreras
  6. How do rest periods affect strength gains? via Chris Beardsley
  7. Fitness Myths that NEED to Die: The Paleo Diet Edition via Jordan Syatt
  8. Warm-up via Mike Robertson
  9. 9 ways to deal with hunger on a diet via Lyle McDonald
  10. Can plyometrics improve power? via Chris Beardsley
  11. Neanderthal No More Part I via Eric Cressey and Mike Robertson
  12. Why Bodybuilders are More Jacked Than Powerlifters via Bret Contreras and Brad Schoenfeld
  13. Why the Box Squat is Overrated via Tony Gentilcore
  14. Myths of MMA Conditioning via Joel Jamieson
  15. 6 Steps to Fixing Your Clients’ Broken Diets via Mike Samuels
  16. Your Problem With Sugar is THE Problem With Sugar via Joy Victoria
  17. All about coffee: Is it good for us? Or a disease waiting to happen? via Brian St. Pierre
  18. All About Food Porn via Ryan Andrews
  19. Q&A: Speed Work – Robertson Training Systems via Mike Robertson
  20. Fitness Myths that NEED to Die: Spot Reduction via Jordan Syatt
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