Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 9/27/11

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Note:  if nothing else, in case you skip the articles posted below (jerk), at least scroll down to the bottom because I need your help!

Seriously, do it.

Which Side Are You On? – Martin Rooney

If you’ve never had the opportunity to listen to Martin speek in person, then all I have to say is you’re missing out.  You’d be hard pressed to find anyone more charismatic, energenic, and downright passionate about his craft than Coach Rooney.  Similarily, his writing is just as powerful, and if you’re not going out of your way to read his blog, again, you’re missing out. 

Subtle hints aside, here Martin junxaposes a parable about a king and his sick followers with today’s society and how those of use who go out of our way to eat healthy and exercise are seemingly “sick” as well.  It’s a short read.  Read it!  I promise you’ll thank me later.

I Used the Words “Poo Poo” In An Article and You Didn’t! – Lee Boyce

While the title alone is enough to make you want to click on it, it definitely is a bit misleading and doesn’t do it any justice.  Written by my boy Lee Boyce, this article serves as a wake-up call to the wide array of people out there who are thinking about hiring a trainer or coach to help them attain their fitness goals – whether it’s to lose some fat, add a little muscle, or just get your general sexificaton on. 

Like any industry, the fitness industry isn’t devoid of its own quacks, frauds, and otherwise shady people.  Lee breaks it down and provides some sound advice on how to cut through the bullshit.

Ways To Make Yourself Sick – Adam Rees

**Interestingly, reading one page of Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis didn’t make the cut.  What the hell, Adam?

Adam is a successful trainer who lives in Iowa (bummer), who’s been an active supporter of my work for some time now.  He and I have conversed via email sporadically – talking shop and exchanging LOLs – and it’s only been recently that I’ve had the opportunity to finally peruse his blog.  It’s good.  It’s damn good!

The link above is just one example, of course; but if you’re looking for another blog to add to your “must read” list, than I’d highly recommend Adam’s.

And Lastly

A quick (HUGE) favor.  My cousin is the Director of Photography for Maxim (which, as we all know, is the coolest job outside of being a fighter pilot), and it wasn’t long ago where she sent me a quick email asking me my opinion on who I felt would make a better cover model:  Hope Solo or Yvonne Strahovski.  For visual learners, see below pictures respectively.

Hope Solo

Yvonne Strahovski

After a lot of contemplation – going through various algorithms and advance division – I went with Yvonne (which is weird, because I’m more of a brunette kind of guy, but whatever).  Anyways, I gave some feedback and didn’t think anything of it.  Low and behold, I was walking through a CVS the other day and happened to notice that this month’s issue of Maxim Magazine had none other than Yvonne on the cover.  What the what!?!?!??!!

Now, I’m not naive enough to believe that my input had any influence what-so-ever on who actually made the cover, but needless to say, you’re welcome America.

Long story short, I emailed my cousin and basically said, “well, if you’re taking more suggestions, what about so-and-so and what’s-her-face?”

She wrote back, “send me more……I need more names!”

With this information, I decided to take matters into my own hands and ask you, my loyal readers, readers who appreciate badonkadonks and hot chicks being hot, to help my cousin out and give her some suggestions.   

Again, we’re talking MAXIM FREAKING MAGAZINE HERE!!!!!!

Here’s the dealski, though:  She’s looking for suggestions on women who actually look like women!!!  As well, she’s looking for lesser known personalities – so you can save the Meghan Fox’s, Minka Kelly’s, and Angelina Jolie’s of the world.  Instead, lets show her that we can deliver and demonstrate that there are a whole host of actresses, models, athletes, etc that the world needs to see.  They still need to be recognizable and somewhat famous, of course (no porm stars, please); but maybe they’re less known or just on the brink of making a name for themselves.  As an example, my choice would be someone like actress Paula Patton (Precious, Mission Impossible IV, etc):

So, sound off peeps – this is your chance to really make a difference in the world. I smell a Nobel Prize in the midst.  Long live!!!  I want at least 50 names before the end of the day.



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  • Pete Johnson

    Yaris Sanchez

  • Andrew

    Caity Lotz

  • Scott

    Carol Grow

  • Garrison

    Nicole Wilkins

  • billy ray

    kate upton.

  • Jarrod

    Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

  • Now you've done it. After she gets done with dancing with the start, and she finds out you were the culprit, Hope is going to hunt you down! I know it! ha ha.

    Allison Stokke would be my vote.

  • Mason

    Evangeline Lilly

  • Chad

    Alex Morgan, aly michalka

    I know CrossFit is for crazy birds but those girls are hot! Miranda Oldroid mmmm

  • Matt

    Alex Morgan – easily in my top three of all time list.

  • Tony Gentilcore

    Keep em coming fellas (and ladies!)

  • Nick

    Desiree Elyda Villalobos

  • Brock

    Gina Carano (pretty sure she's been in it before, but nothing wrong with doing it again)

  • Mike A

    Leryn Franco

  • Barath

    Completely unrelated to the noble quest of giving you the name of a hottie, may I suggest you get a patent for the word “sexification”?

  • Jane

    Adam's blog post might have left a better impression if the comments' section didn't make it readily apparent he doesn't understand what 'copyright' means, but it did make it clear that all the healthy behaviors in the world can't stop the “sickness” of being an asshole.

    I understand you're not responsible for the contents of other people's blogs, but I did expect better quality control from you, Tony, on what you consider a “must read.”

  • Will Krasne
  • Peter

    Vida Guerra

  • Mark

    Poppy Montgomery

  • Peter Dupuis

    Anna Cressey

  • Tony Gentilcore

    @ Pete: ohhhh, good one…..;o). I'll throw in Anne Hathaway into the mix.

  • Missy Peregrym!

  • Will Levy

    I'll second Allison Stokke

  • Drew

    Astrid Berges-Frisbey, the babe mermaid from the last Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Kujo

    Shay Maria

    Deborah Ann Woll

  • Dave

    Camille Leblanc-bazinet or Annie Thorisdottir (Crossfit hotties)

  • You already said it but…..Paula Patton x 1,000,000 please!

  • Cameron

    2nd on Nicky Whelan.

    Also, Kyra Gracie of BJJ legends the Gracies.

  • DUDE… Natalia Velez = ABSURD!

  • Bomb digity my friend! Thanks dude. I appreciate that, I really do.

    Btw, I think I'd rather stab myself in the eye w/ one of those miniature, green toy soldiers than read, let alone purchase, a Traci Anderson book.

    If you're talkin US Soccer I'm sayin…..Alex Morgan (she got the sexy/cute goin on)

    And I'm not much of a blonde guy either, but for some reason I have a huge thing for…….Joey Duck

    The fact that she has an incredible posterior chain and crazy fast doesn't hurt either.

  • Andrew Z

    Kate Beckinsale

  • Alright, Maxim aside, just wanted to say thanks for the Rooney link. I had just written a post that included some of the societal/cultural food “norms” I've had to overcome that I'm sure many people face. I've had to de-program to learn how to eat right and eat for performance –

    I'm fortunate in that I've had excellent knowledgeable unrelenting help along the way.

  • Tom

    Susan Coffey

  • Tom

    Leigh Peele

  • Allison Stokke again.

    Also Maria Kirilenko.

  • Charlie

    Erin Cummings (Spartacus' wife)

  • ChrisNunz

    Amber Heard from The Playboy Club.

  • Andrea

    THANK YOU for all the suggestions….from the DIRECTOR of Photography at MAXIM (geez, get it right cuz!). Love hearing what lovely ladies you all like!

  • Frank

    Joanne Kelly

    Jamie Ray Newman

    Also, I do hope you're keeping that list for the blog yourself Mr G, Sir!

  • Darrel

    Irina Shayk

  • Matt Cleary

    Tony, I've got it.

    Emmanuelle Chriqui.

    She's incredible: