Lists of 2010

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As many of you know from reading this blog on a regular basis, I don’t take myself too seriously. While I like to think I provide some quality content for the fitness minded folk out there, I also like to use this blog as a way to demonstrate that I’m not that much of a nerd where all I talk about are things like femoral acetabular impingement, high threshold motor units, why I hate leg curls, grass fed beef, and Star Wars.

Okay, I’m kind of a nerd. But the fact of the matter is, as much as this blog is about me discussing my thoughts and feelings on a plethora of different fitness related topics, it’s also a way for me to be, well………me. For instance, I loooooove talking about movies. Good movies. Crank 2 doesn’t count (yes, I’m talking to you Kevin Larrabee). It’s not uncommon for clients to walk into CP on any given day and start debating the ending of Inception with me. Likewise, I’ll often ask people if they’ve seen anything good recently; and if it involves Keanu Reeves to any degree, I’ll kick them out faster than they can say foam roller.

Another one of my passions are books. I’m a bit of an introvert at heart, and one of my favorite things to do – other than arm wrestle grizzly bears – is to head over to the local cafe on a Friday night, grab a comfy seat, and read. While some people like to re-energize by being around people and going places. I’m the polar opposite, and tend to re-charge by chilling out and just spending time listening to jazz and catching up on some reading.

Either way, the point I’m trying to make is that I’m pretty cool. And to show you just how cool I am, below are some random Top 3 lists from 2010. Some are fitness related, of course. While others are not. All the same, Keanu Reeves sucks.

Top 3 Products (Fitness Related)

Show and Go – Eric Cressey

It goes without saying that Eric has been a great mentor to me. Likewise, it’s safe to assume that since he and I co-founded CP together (along with Pete Dupuis), we share many of the same beliefs and thought processes with regards to how we feel people should be training. Show and Go, more or less, can be considered the Cliff Notes version of that.

Read more HERE.

Joint Friendly Strength Training – Nick Tumminello

Nick has that rare ability to think outside the box and come up with some really innovative ideas. In this dvd, he provides more of the same as he demonstrates hundreds of exercises that can be used to work around ANY injury. Whether it’s a bum knee, chronic low back pain, or a pesky shoulder, Nick covers it all.

Single Leg Solution – Mike Robertson

Nothing new here: Mike provides yet another outstanding product that goes into great detail on why single leg training is so important. Often deemed “too wimpy” by many trainees, and the one component missing from most programs I come across, I’d go so far as to say that single leg training will do more in terms of injury prevention and improving performance in the weight room than just about anything. Except heavy squats, of course. Everyone knows heavy squats can cure cancer.

Click HERE to read more.

Top 3 Products (Non-Fitness related)

Easy. Anything by Victoria Secret

Top 3 Books (Non-Fitness)

At any given moment, I’m reading anywhere from 2-4 books simultaneously:

– One Fiction

– One Non-Fiction (fitness or business stuff)

– One from Audible.com (I have a 35-40 minute commute – both ways – to work, so I’m usually listening to a book on my car while I drive).

– One that my girlfriend recommends that I pretend to read. Ohhhhhh, a book on how to interpret our feelings???? I can’t wait to dive into that one, babe! *grabs razor blade*

Anyways, here were some of my favorite from this past year.

Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior – Ori Brafman

I love reading books on social economics and human behavior. Too, I also like reading books explaining why we’re such idiots despite knowing better. This was a VERY interesting read, and I guarantee once you start, you won’t put it down.

Lone Survivor – Marcus Luttrell

If there’s any one book that ever made me feel like a raging pussy, this was it. This was an amazing story, and something that should be read by every American.

The Millenium Trilogy – Stieg Larsson

Like everyone else on the planet, I was sucked in by Lisbeth Salander. If I had to pick, the first book in the series – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – is my favorite. Moreover, if you ever get a chance to watch the original movie starring Noomi Rapace, you won’t be disappointed. As far as thrillers are concerned, I’d put this one right up there with Seven.

Honorable Mention: Why We Make Mistakes, In the Heart of the Sea, Earth

And, speaking of movies, here are my Top 3 Movies of the Year:

The Social Network

The Town

127 Hours

Honorable Mention: Inception, Kick-Ass, The Fighter, Scott Pilgram vs. The World, Winter’s Bone, Black Swan

Top 3 Song Played on My iPod

Made You Look – Nas

Shook Ones Pt II – Mobb Deep

Cochise – Audioslave

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