Miscellaneous Miscellany Monday

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It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done one of these, so lets get right to it.

1. I just realized last week that I posted my 500th blog. For those not in the know, I originally started this blog on The Boston Herald’s website when I first moved to Boston around four years ago. At first, I blogged maybe twice per week, but when I decided to go on my own (last year) I started to make a concerted effort to blog more frequently. As of today, the blog is more popular than ever, exceeding over 50,000 visitors last month alone! And, thanks to you, it’s still rising.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t take myself too seriously. I’ve always lived by the mantra that as much as people want to be informed, they want to be entertained as well. I try to combine the two the best I can, and all I can say is THANK YOU to everyone who has been a loyal reader and supports the blog. Here’s a picture of Blake Lively to show my appreciation

And for the ladies, here’s a pic of Ryan Reynolds being “abby.”

2. Gray Cook’s new book, Movement is totally rocking my world. How’s this for a knowledge bomb:

It’s common to see stabilization programs that attempt to train the stabilizers like primary movers by using concentric and eccentric movements. Unfortunately, this assumes that strengthening a stabilizer will cause it to stabilize more effectively. Common strengthening programs applied to muscles with a stabilization role will likely increase concentric strength but have little effect on timing and recruitment, which are the essence of stabilization.

Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure what Gray is trying to say is that those hip abductor/adductor machines (which train stabilizers as prime movers) that are so popular amongst women are about as useful as a poop flavored lollypop.

3. If you’re looking for some new healthy recipes to add to your arsenal in the kitchen, I’d HIGHLY suggest nutritionist and registered dietitian, Georgie Fear’s ebook Dig In. While most “healthy” cookbooks have recipes that taste like cancer dipped in explosive diarrhea, Georgie’s are absolutely delish.

NOTE: I make absolutely no money off the sale of this ebook. I try not to push too many things on my readers, and like to think that when I do, it’s only when I feel it would benefit a lot of people.

And, what’s more, Georgie actually practices what she preaches. While most registered dietitians are pushing the high carb/low fat nonsense on people, Georgie recognizes that people need to, you know, eat food. What’s more, she’s been featured on the Precision Nutrition website, which is kind of a big deal. Most impressive of all, she flips tires in her spare time. What’s not to love?

4. Movie recommendation of the week: Let the Right One In:

It’s a foreign film that I read about not too long ago, and I finally watched it over the weekend. It’s basically the same thing as Twilight, except it’s actually good and doesn’t have any of the cheesy dialogue that makes me want to jump off a cliff.

Sorry to cut this short, but I’m in charge of the staff in-service this morning and the troops just arrived. I’m torn between talking about how to program for someone coming off an ACL injury or discussing the difference between stiffness and shortness with regards to corrective exercise modalities. Yeah, you’re right, I’ll just stick with what I know best: Strategies for making people think you have a steel plate for a chest.

Alright fellas, shirts off!

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