Stuff To Read While You’re Pretending To Work: 8/26/16

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Hate to rush through this but I have a date. A deadlift date that is.

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I’m meeting up with two buddies of mine today – Dave Rak and Matthew Ibrahim – at BU to toss around some iron and possibly follow-suit with eating of the dead animal flesh.

Just a bunch of bros being bros.

We’re meeting up pretty early and I wanted to make sure to compile my list this week before heading out. See? My readers come first…..;o)

3 Reasons Why Runners Need To Lift Weights – Chris Cooper

Next time a friend, colleague, or family member who’s a runner says something like this:

“I don’t need to strength train because I run, my legs are plenty strong.”

Try not to be too obvious with your eye roll.

AND

Have him or her read this article.

The Diminishing Returns of Strength Training – Graham Ballachey

This is an older post I came across (written in 2014) which I felt was really interesting and brought up some valid points.

NO one – at least within my circles – would ever state that getting strong is a bad thing (or dangerous). To quote Bret Contreras:

“If you think lifting weights is dangerous, try being weak. Being weak is dangerous.”

However, there comes a point in every lifter’s journey where he or she must ascertain “how strong is strong enough?” At what point are the aches, pains, twinges, and incessant DOMS worth it?

Likewise, this is a tough nugget to crack with athletes. Many are drilled into thinking that stronger is always better. To a large degree, it is. However, part of the role as a strength coach is to sometimes pump the brakes and surmise that there’s little (if any) additional athletic benefit in taking someone’s deadlift from 450 to 500 lbs. Is the risk worth the reward?

Anyways, interesting read and nice parameters given for strength numbers for many to strive for – at least to start.

Why Am I So Fat? – Sara Benincasa

My inner feminist took over after reading this post, and I had to share. The double standard in our society with women and body image is a travesty, and this was a very entertaining read. As a quote-on-quote “writer” myself, I admired this very much. I mean, what’s not to admire with the well placed penis joke?

Reminder

Dean Somerset and I will be at Movement Minneapolis (you know, in Minneapolis, MN) the weekend of October 15-16th presenting our Complete Shoulder & Hip Workshop. It’ll be our LAST live event for this course in 2016 (and the foreseeable future).1

You can go HERE to sign-up and for more info.

ALSO

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  1. Who knows: a Backstreet Boys like reunion tour could be in the works circa 2018.

  • Great reads, thanks for sharing them! I like the discussion on how strong is strong enough. It’s a question that most of us lifters have to ask ourselves eventually!

  • Hi Tony. Thanks for the link! I’ve gotten a *little* stronger since I wrote that, but only a little bit. Great stuff here on your site.