2013: Articles in Review

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It seems everyone who has a blog or website is taking this week to run their annual “Year in Review” extravaganza, and I figured I’d take the opportunity to hop on that train as well.

2013 was a banner year for TG.com.  It seems I was a writing ninja penning 190+ posts alone on this site, which is a lot more than I thought I did.

All I told I think I had roughly 87 references to Star Wars, 56 to Matt Damon, 35 to how much I despise Tracy Anderson, and probably around 18 references to “poop,” because I’m immature like that.

In any case, people seem to stick around day in and day out and I couldn’t be more appreciative.

The following articles were the most popular of 2013 based off of web traffic.

Oh, before we get started I just wanted to let everyone know that Rick Kaselj, as part of celebrating Boxing Day (the Canadian version of, well, I have no idea), is placing the entire Muscle Imbalances Revealed anthology at a 60% discount from now (Dec. 26th) through this Sunday (Dec. 30th).

Giving full disclosure:  I contributed to two of the installments – Muscles Imbalances Revealed Upper Body and Spinal Health and Core Training – so admittedly I’m a little biased.  But for realz: they’re pretty amazing.

With the likes of other really smart people like Mike Robertson, Dean Somerset, Dr, Jeff Cubos, Bill Hartman, to name a few, you really can’t go wrong.

For more information you CAN GO HERE (<—Click Me).

But What Do You Do For Cardio – People are often flummoxed that I don’t really go out of my way to include a lot (if any) “traditional” cardio in my own programs nor that of my athletes. So…..what do I do for cardio?

Squat Technique: How to Set Up Properly – With any lift, everything starts with a good set-up.  If your set-up is piss poor, you can bet that your entire set is going to be piss poor.  In this video blog I break down the squat.

Deadbugs: The What, Why, and How – For a universally un-sexy topic (I mean, come on, really?  Deadbugs?)….this ended up being a very popular post.

Cutting CrossFit and Break – You can argue that there’s no more of a polarizing topic in the fitness industry than CrossFit.  A lot of people go out of their way to talk down about it – and rightfully so in some aspects – but in this post I discuss the positives.

4 (Not So Obvious) Reasons You’re Not Seeing Results in the Gym – Many people waste time in the gym.  Here are some not so obvious reasons why.

My Take On the “Knees Out” Debate – CrossFit again! Here I break down what I feel is the silliest debate out there. Seriously people might as well argue over whether or not potatoes should be considered “Paleo” or not.  Oh wait…….

Man of Steel: What It Takes to Look Like Superman – It happens every time a superhero movie comes out.  An actor gets all yoked up and people want to find out what the secret is.  Working your ass off – that’s the secret.

Who Says You Can’t Get After It at 80 – I always laugh when people use the excuse of “age” being a factor as to why they can’t train or workout.  It’s BS.  Plain and simple.

5 Reasons Your Shoulder is Jacked Up and Not JackedPart One, Part Two - If there’s one thing we know at Cressey Performance it’s shoulders.  Well that and deadlifts.  And steak tips.

Should You Use Scale Weight as a Measure of Success - Answer….no!

A Discussion:  Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss – There’s a huge discrepancy between the two, and in this post I try to elucidate what he latter should take precedence over the former (most of the time).

  • Barath

    Thanks for providing us with quality content, Tony. Yours is one of the few blogs that I check out regularly and I always come away learning something.

    I’d like to share something profound here (training-wise) now that the year is winding down. This year, I learned what is possibly the best HIIT methodology for cardio. Irrefutably the best. And the best part? It came naturally to me – I wasn’t even thinking about it. In fact, I didn’t even want it. But if he had actually seen me do the workout, Izumi Tabata would’ve had a boner. Here’s how the thing went down: you see, I was walking to work without a care in the world. The birds were chirping and the sky was blue when suddenly from inside a house I saw this giant cloud of dust fast approaching me. Being naturally inquisitive, I stopped a second to investigate. And the faint image of a beast from behind the cloud slowly appeared. About one more second later (amounting to a total of 2 seconds of active rest), I saw the Rottweiler slam into the fence baring its sizeable fangs, and the iron links looked in danger of giving out. Thus started the intensity part: running across a four lane road and oncoming cars on to the other side screaming like a little girl. I estimate I covered roughly 50 m in about 0.2 seconds, turning a deaf ear to all the honking. I lost anywhere between 3-5 lbs instantly. Admittedly, most of it was in the form of an instant discharge of pee and poop, but I was able to retain the gainz.

    Feel free to steal the idea. I wish everyone here a very happy 2014.

    • TonyGentilcore

      hahahahaa. Barath you crack me up! Thanks for all your continued support my man….really appreciate it.

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