Good Reads – 1/25/12

by Steve Troutman on January 25, 2012

I really loved this article from my boy JC.  I sound like a broken record, but people really need to do a better job at managing their expectations.  It seems as if most believe they’re some sort of machine that can handle any and everything.  A shortage of calories means I’ll lose fat?  Great, I’ll eat like a bird.  Oh, exercise will give me a hot body?  Fantastic… I’ll go in balls to the wall.  Each. And. Every. Day…. while still eating like a bird mind you.  And oh yeah, I’ll do sprints afterwords until I’m ready to pass out.  Sort of off topic to JC’s post, but the point he’s making, and the one I’m trying to make is that people need to realize that it’s not about going 100% each and every day.  Some times less is more.

Neghar Fonooni is no stranger to my Good Reads lists.  I think she’s pumping some of the most sensible information out to the female fitness community. She recently make a guest post on Mike Boyle’s blog that she titled, Nutrition Advice for Females.  I liked the article simply because it highlighted Neghar’s objectivity while also slaying some dogma that won’t die off about meal frequency.  Bottom line… all these different ways of eating or nothing more than methods – different plays using the same underlying principles.  It’s the principles that need to remain intact.  As for methods, there are hundreds… it’s just a matter of figuring out what works for you and your body at this point in time.

Borge Fagerli recently posted some of his ideas about the religion of low carbotology in addition to the cultural aspects of acceptable physiques… I think it’s worth a read.

I always enjoy reading Mike Robertson’s blog.  He pumps out a ton of practical stuff.  His most recent article dealt with knee pain, and since I’ve had 3 people contact me this week alone regarding knee pain, I figured it’d be worthwhile throwing this article in here.  I also suggest reading the older articles Mike posted at the beginning of this article.

I think Matt Perryman was targeting fitness professionals when he wrote A Systems View of Exercise but in reality, this is an important read for everyone involved.  Chalk it up to how we’re taught in school, the soundbite science we’re slammed with every which way in the media, the alarmists and crooks who cherry pick research in order to sell you something you don’t need, or whatever.  But across the board in the fitness industry, people are hung up on reductionism and Matt’s article does an excellent job at trying to shift that focus.  Or better yet, zoom that focus out a little bit so people stop missing the forest for the trees.

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