I don't usually write articles that are "rah-rah" or inspirational. While I definitely want to inspire you, that's typically not my bag to write the "rah-rah" type stuff. My thing is more about teaching ideas, concepts, or methods that you can walk away with and apply.
Well, this article is a little different.
With the release of my recent book The Edge of Strength I outlined my entire approach to training and optimizing human potential through decades of experiences. I've made mistakes, but I've also learned a lot and continue to learn every day.
It was the legendary George Hackenschmidt who simply stated that “a man cannot derive real enjoyment from life unless he possesses a powerful and healthy physical constitution." I believe this to be true and this is why I wrote my book.
Here's my 4th annual post summarizing the top 5 fitness books of the year.
If you're a regular reader, you know how much value I place on reading great books to improve the quality of your life - in any subject, not just fitness.
There were some great books this year, without a doubt.
While I read a lot of books each year, I can't read everything, so I'm sure there were some other outstanding books that are probably deserving to be mentioned here, as well.
The list criteria has evolved a bit through the years, so here's what I based things on this year:
Is the overhead press bad for the shoulders? That's a common question and often a very debated one.
Should you avoid this exercise?
And, what are the benefits versus the risk?
I’ll give you my perspective, as both a strength athlete and former PT (physical therapist). I'll tell you why I love this exercise, but it may not be right for you.
I’ll talk about pressing in the context of using a barbell, which can be viewed as the most demanding on the shoulders.
Mobility is such a common buzzword in the fitness industry today, but what exactly is it?
Before you read ahead, think about this - how do you define mobility?
And, how do you define good movement?
In this article, I'll provide some simple background information about movement and mobility so that you have a better understanding and can assess your own movement and mobility.
I remember not too long ago interviewing Dan John for the podcast.
In the interview, he mentioned that he had a coach to help him with his training.
I was shocked that even Dan John had a coach, but quickly realized how right he was.
You see, we all need a coach, no matter what level we're at.
We all need a coach to get to the next level - assuming you want to actually get to the next level and I'm sure you do.
Here's 7 reasons why we all need a coach.
Let me be honest with you, I’m a book nut.
No - I'm a book NUT.
If you’re a regular reader or you listener to the podcast, you already know that.
Books are just one of my passions though, just like training is my passion.
I hope you enjoy reading, as much as I do because reading is one of the easiest things you can do to improve the quality of your life.
1) A complete and comprehensive overview of the benefits of kettlebell training2) An understanding of the limitations to kettlebells - are they a "one-stop-shop" for everything?3) What you need to know about the 2 main styles of kettlebell training4) Specific steps for how to get started - and advice to elevate your training to the next level5) The key exercises to focus on - whether you're beginner or advanced6) Key resources for learning and advancing with kettlebells
WHAT THIS GUIDE REPRESENTS
This guide represents the definitive guide to kettlebell training available online today.