Good Reads – 7/31/12

by Steve Troutman on July 31, 2012

I’ve recently started following some of John Romaniello’s writing.  He has a great way of explaining things.  Recently he wrote a piece for Livestrong titled The Weight Loss Mistake You’re Making (Over & Over Again).  Here’ s a line that really stands out to me… it rings so true.  “…most people suffer from an extreme inability to fail on a small scale.When they screw-up, that’s it for them–they have screwed up permanently, and so they keep going.”  We’re so emotionally wrapped up in the dieting mindset that logic and rationality generally goes out the window.  Granted, there are a lot of bad diets out there.  But let’s face it, people fail diets more than diets fail people.  John explains one such way he terms the Monday Mindset.  I’m pretty sure it’ll seem familiar to a lot of you!

Matt Perryman wrote this article, titled Intensity & Training to Failure (Muscle Gain), back in March.  I think it’s a good read if for no other reason, because it reminds folks why it’s important to maintain an open mind about training.  Science does not have all the answers.  It points in certain directions, but we’re not, nor will we ever likely be, at a point where science tells us to do ABC for XYX amount of work in order to see optimal results.  Case in point, the mantra for muscle growth has always been to ‘go heavy or go home’ in most circles.  But what if you were to work very hard with lighter loads?  Sure, volume would be much higher since you can do many more reps with lighter loads to a point where you’re approaching failure.  But what would the results be?  That’s what Matt discusses in this article as he highlights some of Stu Phillips research.  At a bare bones minimum, this sort of article reminds us why ‘the answer’ usually lies in moderation and balance.

JC Deen is very creative.  Which is why I hired him to build this very website.  Before reading this article, I had never even heard of an infographic.  I’m old fashioned.  What’s neat is the infographic provides the novice strength trainer with pretty much everything they should know in what amounts to a churched up story book.  Novices notoriously stir far to much mud up as they search for the Right Way to train.  All the murkiness blurs the importance of the tried and true basics, which is unfortunate since they’re what’s going to provide the most mileage toward the novice’s goals.  Props to JC and Jordon for finding creative ways to deliver important messages in the exercise community.

Sohee Lee is a newcomer to my RSS feed.  She recently wrote a great article titled Intermittent Fasting: Is It For You? What I liked about it was the objectivity she used when discussed IF.  There’s a lot of hype about IF.  That’s the way things go with any novel concept in the fitness arena.  While it can work very well for a certain type of person, it can be flat out disastrous for another type of person. We need these sorts of articles to keep people grounded and thinking objectively.

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