Stuff To Read While You’re Pretending To Work: 8/28/15

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I can’t believe we’re only a handful of days away until it’s September. SEPTEMBER! The good news is that Fall is my favorite time of year here in Boston…the leaves changing color, the crisp air, it officially becoming “I can wear sweat pants anywhere at any time (even at the dinner table) and no one cares” season.

It’s glorious.

The downside is that many of us here in New England (especially Boston) still have last winter fresh in our minds and we’re still cowering in the corner in the fetal position. Over six-feet of snow in a 30 day span (110+ inches overall) will give anyone nightmares.

We still have several more weeks of amazing weather, though. No point in playing Johnny Raincloud too soon.

Lets get to this week’s list:

MASS – Dr. Pat Davidson

Anyone who knows Pat or is familiar with his work knows how much of a “psycho” he is. And I mean that as a compliment.

Pat’s a former assistant professor at Springfield College and is currently the Director of Training Methodology and Continuing Education at Peak Performance in NYC. He’s also one of the smartest guys I’ve ever met, and if there’s anyone who literally eats, drinks, and sleeps strength and conditioning it’s him. He’s read everything, and tried it. Twice.

Pat’s a savage (<– again, a compliment) and someone who’s only interested in bringing out the “savage” in everyone he trains and works with.

MASS speaks for itself. The name alone should give you an indication on what it’s designed to do. But in case you’re not picking up the vibe it’s a 16-week muscle building treatise, and it’s brutal.

Admittedly I haven’t taken myself through it personally (yet), but I know of several coaches who have and no one has finished. They all got bigger and put on significant size, but all tapped out after 8-12 weeks.

Like I said, Pat’s a savage. Are you willing to give it a go?

Butter In Your Coffee and Other Cons: Stories From a Fitness Insider – Dick Talens

This was an excellent article by Dick on some of the more “shady” areas and personas in the fitness industry. Well worth the read.

Cardio Revisited – Tanner Baze (via Roman Fitness Systems)

In some ways the health & fitness industry mirrors that of the fashion industry: trends come and go. Although, lets be honest: who the heck knows where skinny jeans came from and why they’re so popular?

Not long ago, if you were a meathead, doing any form of “cardio” was taboo. Even if you thought about putting on a pair of jogging shoes you’d lose your gainz.

As of late, however, it’s making a bit of a comeback. This article helps explain why it can help (and actually improve) your gainz.

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