Things to Read to Get You Over the Hump 10/31

Here are a few good reads from the last week to get you through the week…

10 Ways to Sustain a Training Effect in Your Strength and Conditioning Programs by Eric Cressey

Really interesting read by Eric Cressey. A lot of people have great success with their programs when they first start out but then tend to fall into a rut. Here are a handful of ways to keep things interesting and fun while continuing to make progress.

Stomping on the Olympic Lifts by Charlie Weingroff

Very interesting blog by Charlie, one of the smartest people I have ever met, hands down. The stomp was all I knew until this summer when a couple extremely smart interns at MBSC, Eric Schmitt and Glenn McElfresh, opened my eyes to a new and correct way to perform the olympic lifts. Charlie does a great job explaining how he coaches the lifts and as usual I tend to agree with him.

Goblet Bulgarian Split Squats by Tony Gentilcore

Without a doubt the Bulgarian split squat, or rear foot elevated split squat as I would typically call it, is one of my favorite exercises for anyone. If you aren’t familiar with the exercise take a quick look at this and educate yourself.

4 Ways to Progress the Skater Squat by Ben Bruno

Love me some Skater Squats but I feel they are very overlooked in many strength programs. If you are someone who likes to deadlift, whether it is straight bar, sumo, or trap bar, these could be a great change of pace or could be a perfect exercise during a deload week.

Shifting Paradigm – Strength/Power/Speed by Adam Rees

A very long article but a really good article. A lot of good ideas that have come from Coaches like Mike Boyle, Eric Cressey, Dan John, Mike Robertson, and Charlie Weingroff. Lots of great little tidbits in there as well.

What Do You Make by Mike Boyle

Awesome post. No matter what field you are in, as long as you love what you do you shouldn’t be worrying about money. Great advice for anyone and everyone.

Strong, Sexy, Smart by John Romaniello

For any females out there, here are a handful of other female fitness enthusiasts with some motivating words for other females out there. If you have any interest in fitness and you’re a female or train females, take a read.

20 Almost Laws of Strength Training by Bret Contreras

A lot to ponder here. Some stuff that you may think is essential and some stuff you may not think is essential, either way it makes you think.

The Wisdom of Wooden

John Wooden, who was one of the best coaches of all time, was known for the way he treated his players and the words he chose to motivate his players. To this day he is still known for some of the best quotes of all time, whether you are a coach or not. Here are 15 of my favorite quotes, though there are many, many more…

  • Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
  • It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
  • It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
  • Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
  • Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you their.
  • Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
  • You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
  • If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over.
  • Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
  • Never mistake activity for achievement.
  • Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.
  • The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no ones watching.
  • Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
  • Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
  • Listen if you want to be heard.

Thing to Read to Get You Over the Hump 10/24

Here are a few good reads to get you through the work week…

Regression to Perfection by Marco Sanchez

This was short but I thought the overall idea was right on. Some great thoughts on essentially doing the right thing for your clients or athletes. Regressing them is the right thing to do and you as a coach are on staff to do the right thing for them. Do the right thing for those athletes!

Sissy Exercises That Aren’t by Ben Bruno

Ben Bruno strikes again! Another good read from Ben with a few great exercises that anyone can benefit from, whether a personal training client or an athlete. I could make an argument for having all four of these movements in your current program.

Don’t Forget About the Coaching by Kevin Carr

This was from a little while ago but I didn’t get a chance to share it. An absolutely awesome article about actually coaching athletes, something that seems to have been lost with all the internet gurus these days.

Advice for Aspiring Grad Students and Strength Coaches by Bret Contreras

Looking to get a master’s degree and/or being a strength coach at the college level…look no further! Tons of quality info that anyone looking to take the next step in their career.

Floor Press by Mike Robertson

I love the floor press and you should too. Any question you have ever hard regarding the exercise is answered in this HUGE blog by Mike Robertson. I dont know how long it took Mike to write this but it was well worth the effort.

The Power of Coach by Martin Rooney

Another great article on coaching – read it!

15 Things We Can Do Better

  1. Be a little bit nicer.
  2. Change your attitude. The world isn’t against you.
  3. Do something for someone else every single day.
  4. Continue to learn. It’s amazing how many people haven’t picked up anything but a magazine to read since they graduated from high school or college.
  5. Set a goal. Reach the goal. Rinse and repeat.
  6. Stop making excuses and looking for the easy way out.
  7. Listen more. There’s a reason why you have two ears and one mouth. Use them accordingly.
  8. Work harder, work smarter. Not many people work as hard as they want to make it out to be. And whether you work hard or not, many people aren’t nearly as productive as they would like to be.
  9. Move – it’s what the body was meant to do.
  10. Spend less time online and more time with people.
  11. Stop doing things just because it’s the way you’ve always done them.
  12. Spend less, save more. You probably don’t need all the crap you buy anyway.
  13. Don’t be afraid to do something new. Change isn’t a bad thing. Getting out of your comfort zone isn’t a bad thing.
  14. Take better care of yourself. The body you have is the only one you’ll ever have.
  15. Smile.

Thing to Read to Get You Over the Hump 10/17

Here are a few good reads to get you through the day…

Training for Veteran Lifters by Jim Wendler

Great article by a strong ass man in Jim Wendler about how to train and train hard while you start to get a little older and older. Some good little tidbits in there anyone can learn from.

The Superset Survival Guide by Eric Cressey

A great and HUGE article by Eric Cressey that any and all coaches need to read. A ton of great stuff in there, I don’t even know where to begin, just read it!

Exercises You Should be Doing by Tony Gentilcore

I love push ups  and could make an argument for having them in anyones routine. There are endless ways to continue to make them more challenging and adding more and more weight. Take a look at this if you want a few push up knowledge bombs.

Tough or Reasonable by Dan John

Read anything that Dan John writes, end of story!

 Hip Mobility by Mike Robertson

Chances are you have terrible hip mobility, most do. Watch this quick video and fix those issues.