Top Articles of 2010

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In stealing a page from both Eric Cressey and Mike Reinold’s blogging book (hey, you think it’s easy to come up with content on a regular basis?), I decided to go through Google Analytics to check out which articles were the most popular from 2010. And the winners are…….

Best. Ad. Campaign. EVER – this one came completely out of no where. While in the end, I’m pretty sure the ad was fake, it certainly caused quite a stir with how many people responded. Fake or not, I thought it sent a great message.

Nice Work Hollywood – at 37, actress Gwyneth Paltrow was diagnosed with osteopenia (a precursor to osteoporosis). While I hope this was a lesson learned to herself as well as her waste of space trainer, Tracy Anderson, I doubt it. Hollywood, unfortunately, will continue to have a strangle hold as to what the “ideal” look for women should be.

Guest Post: You Just Got Served by Bret Contreras – it all started innocently enough; someone sent me an email linking to another local trainer who blogged that squats make the inner thighs flabby. To add flame to the fire, she also went on to say that any trainer who recommends squats to his or her clients was quote-on-quote “uninformed.” Riiiiggggghhhhhtttttt.

What Makes Muscle, Keeps Muscle – Sorry but there’s a reason why you still have that skinny-fat look. Pink dumbbells ain’t gonna cut it, girlfriend!

What You Should Do On Your Off Day – an off day doesn’t consist of heading to the gym and doing front squat tabatas (borderline masochistic if you ask me) or going to the track to run 400 m sprints. Instead, do this. Trust me, you’ll feel great, aid recovery, and I’m willing to bet you’ll see some drastic improvements in the weight room to boot. Remember, fatigue will always mask fitness. Heading to the gym everyday to beat yourself senseless – while admirable – isn’t necessarily the best approach.

Deadlifts Are One of the Worst Things For Your Spine – I had a lot of fun writing this one up. Mainly because I brought the smack down to an epic level (and I always love being right).

So yeah, there you have it, the top articles of 2010 based off of blog traffic. Here’s hoping that 2011 brings more of the same. Thanks for reading everybody!

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