Good Reads – 12/16/11

by Steve Troutman on December 16, 2011

We’re inundated with technical articles dealing with the intricacies of diet and exercise.  This leads to a lot of people missing the big picture… missing the fundamentals that truly do drive the most mileage in terms of success.  That’s why I really liked Alan Aragon’s responses to Anoop Balachandran’s (who operates www.exercisebiology.com) questions during an interview.  They were full of the simple truths that many people need reminding of.  Check it out.

Matt Perryman is the one fitness writer who continually improves.  I swear, I’ve been reading him for what feels like a decade on various forums, articles, and blogs and it becomes clearer and clearer that he’s not afraid to revise his thinking.  He’s not hung up on being Right.  He’s just concerned with helping people learn to think better.  And he’s real good at it.  His recent article titled Knowing Stuff: How to Learn a New Subject proves my point perfectly.

It’s no secret that I believe most of today’s dieters have truly awful relationships with food.  It seems to me that many people, especially women, have borderline eating disorders.  I think we need to start focusing on this over what exercise program is best, what foods are good and which are bad, etc.  Nia Shanks recently posted a blog titled Food Struggles and Victories.  In it, a number of women shared their experiences with overcoming unhealthy relationships with food.  Definitely worth a read.

Borge Fagerli doesn’t get enough exposure in my opinion – he has some fantastic ideas about training and he doesn’t sling bullshit.  Check out his recent article titled Taking a Big Dump.  He spits all kinds of common sense across many facets of training and diet.

I couldn’t be happier.  It’s rare I meet someone impressive in the fitness community on a local level, but I did just that recently when I came across Shon Gross, a physical therapist in Colmar, PA.  This guy knows his stuff, no joke.  Shon has really been cranking out great material for his new website.  Most recently he wrote an article titled Video Tutorial-Scapular Depression with Shoulder Extension.  I figured I’d share it since a large majority of my clientele has poor thoracic extensibility and scapular dyskinesia.

Joel Jamieson recently wrote an excellent article about the big picture of injury prevention.  I think a lot of people skip articles like these since they’re currently healthy and believe, misguidedly, that they’ll never get hurt from their training.  But in today’s fitness culture where more and harder is always better, I think a lot of lessons are learned the hard way.  Training and the application of stress needs to be individualized, timed properly, and dosed appropriately.  This article is a must read as far as I’m concerned.  Check it out!

Lastly, but certainly not least, my boy JC spits some truth about Turning Your Fitness Struggles Into Strengths.  JC’s always good for putting things into realistic terms.

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