Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work

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1. 10 Signs You Need a New Trainer – John Berardi

Much like John, I have the luxury of training at my own gym. Every so often, however, I’ll venture out to a commercial gym to train with my girlfriend on the weekends. It’s a nice change of pace, no doubt; and correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure nothing says “I love you” more than pounding some protein shakes, giving each other a high five, and heading to the gym to crush some heavy deadlifts. Jesus, I should write romantic comedies. I’d make a killing.

Be that as it may, I always like to see how how long it takes before I have a sudden urge to jump into a ball pit of dirty syringes from all the stupid things I see people doing. For the record, the over/under is roughly five minutes.

It may surprise you when I say that I’m not even referring to the regular patrons who are training. Sure, I see a lot of stupid things they’re doing – but lets be honest, they don’t know any better. Rather, I’m referring to all the asinine things I see the trainers doing with their clients!

That said, in the article above, John discusses his top 10 signs you need to fire your trainer. Ironically, he didn’t include what would have been MY #1 reason: Your Trainer’s Name is Tracy Anderson.

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh snap. Yes, sir, count it!

2. The Mighty Barbell – Bret Contreras

Pigging back on yesterday’s blog post, here, Bret hits the nail on the head and explains why the barbell is KING. The first sentence says it all:

The barbell is and always will be the most effective training tool for total fitness.

3. Mistakes Coaches and Trainers Make 3-29 – Mike Robertson

I know when I first started coaching, I fell prey to the “over-coaching” bug as well. Another fantastic post by Mike.

On that note, have a wonderful weekend everyone! I’ll see you on the other side when I’m out of my chocolate bunny induced insulin coma.

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