Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 5/13/14

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Before I get into this week’s list of stuff to read, I wanted to reach out to all of my esteemed, intelligent, and radically good looking readers to ask them for a little feedback.

I plan on giving this website a “face-lift” in the near future with the help of my friends from Copter Labs, who built this site from scratch way back in 2010.

I have a few things that jump out at me:

1.  Make the site more compatible for those who log on through their iPad or iPhone.

2.  Upgrade some of the aesthetics like the font (I want to make the font larger), getting rid of some of the superfluous stuff on the home page like the link to Flickr and my YouTube page, as well changing the standard “bald-strength-coach-tough-guy-who-crosses-his-arms” picture that’s plastered on the front.

For all I know that scares more people away than welcomes them.

3.  And then there are some backend things like updating the NewsLetter software and including more links to LOLCats….;o)

I’m wondering, though:  is there anything YOU’D like to see change?  Anything I’m missing or need to improve on (Note:  calling me out on grammar mistakes doesn’t count!).

I’d really appreciate some feedback in the comments section below.

10 Health Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science – Various People Smarter Than Myself.

Does fat make you fat?

What about carbohydrates?

Just because something is “gluten-free” means it’s healthier, right?  Ahem, soda is gluten free.

I enjoyed this article, because for starters it includes one of my man-crushes, Dr. Spencer Nadolsky, but also because it debunks MANY of the most common myths out there (like the ones mentioned above).

 Ladies, What’s YOUR Goal? - Emily Socolinsky

For those who read this site regularly, Emily shouldn’t be a stranger.  I link to a lot of her work because I respect the hell out of her, and think she’s a powerful advocate for women and strength training.

This was a wonderful commentary on the batshit-craziness of some women and how they can be snarky, judgmental, a-holes, and otherwise act like they’re in Junior High School all over again.

My Butt is Doing What?  Squats and Butt Wink - Ann Wendel

 Very succinct and to-the-point article by Ann on something which is common in the weight-training community:  the butt wink!

Many people glide towards the idea that the hamstrings are the biggest culprit….which they are not!

Ann breaks down a handful of the most common reasons and how to address them

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  • Kara

    I know many posts are tagged with categories, which is great! But unless the post I’m currently reading has the tag I’m looking for, I find it difficult to get to a place where I can find all of the posts with a specific tag. Of course, it’s entirely possible that I’m missing a very obvious link somewhere! So, the only thing I can think of to improve your site, would be an obvious link to the archives by category/tag, and not just date or favorites. Hope that helps!

    • TonyGentilcore

      Helps a lot Kara. To be honest, I HATE SEO stuff. The tags I put in are more or less completely random and I don’t even know if I’m using the right ones.

      For a post on female traning I’m just as likely to use the tag “women training” as I am “why I love Teenage Mutant NInja Turtles.”

      Hopefully the updated site be be easier to navigate.

  • KP

    Tony, in all honesty, I don’t have a single complaint about your site. However, since you asked, it would be really nice to be able to click on a single link (e.g. Deadlift) and pull up a list of every article/blog/video that you have produced related to that specific exercise. Sometimes, when I’m searching your site, I find myself having to use the Ctrl+F command to search a page for keywords. Perhaps, there is a more efficient way to search your site that I don’t know about… Anyway, thanks for all that you do! Keep it up!

    • TonyGentilcore

      Helps a lot KP!!! I need to figure out a more “on point” system for figuring out the tagging system, I suck at it.