Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 3/2/12

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It’s big day today.  Actually, scratch that.  Today is epic.  I know that word gets tossed around a lot on the internet, but if there’s ever a day that deserves to be labeled as such, today is it.

My lovely girlfriend, Lisa, is defending her dissertation today, and as of roughly 1 PM, barring any catastrophe like an asteroid slamming into Boston, I’ll officially be a trophy boyfriend she’ll officially receive her PhD.

It’s been an arduous and often aggravating roller coaster ride for her, but she’s worked her butt off, refrained from punching any holes in the walls (even though she wanted to), and well, I just couldn’t be more proud of her.

To celebrate we’re heading down to Florida, starting tomorrow, to spend a week doing nothing but chilling on the beach and taking around 103 naps. Of course, we’ll squeeze a few workouts in there, too.  But really, the objective is to relax, read, take a break from the grind, and to load up on some vitamin D.

So, with that, next week I’ll be MIA and taking a well deserved blogcation.  BUT, I’ll still have some content to put up while I’m away, cause I’m cool like that.

On that note, I’m out!

Strength and Conditioning Research – Bret Contreras & Chris Beardsley

I know it seems like an oxymoron given my profession but I HATE reading research.  I hate it even more than I hate the BOSU ball, or worse, Tracy Anderson. In fact, if given the choice between reading a research paper or jumping into a shark’s mouth, I’d pick the shark’s mouth any day of the week.

You can imagine the total number of fist pumps I did when my buddy Bret mentioned that he was going to be releasing a monthly, 50-page, publication reviewing the latest in research on strength and conditioning, biomechanics, physical therapy, physiology, and numerous other things that are equally as geektastic.

50 freaking pages!!!  Every month!!!  And, he does all the work for you!!!

The kicker?

He’s letting everyone try it out for $1 for the first month.  After that, the monthly price increases to $10, which is still a steal in my book.

Do really need me to convince you any further why this is probably a wise investment on your end?

Lift Big Eat Big:  Worst Celebrity Diets – Brandon Morrison

For those of you who like my writing style, you’ll definitely appreciate this post.  Here, Brandon goes to town on some of the more, shall we say……asinine, diets that celebrities have been known to follow and tout.  Cue face palm here.

Enamored with Exercises – Patrick Ward

This was a spot-on post by Patrick that I feel hits the nail on the head in every way. People tend to have ADD when it comes to exercise.  More specifically, though, many have ADD when it comes to choosing what exercises to perform.

In terms of program design, people will tack on more and more exercises, yet never OMIT anything!

As Patrick notes, usually, LESS IS MORE.

EQI Bootcamp – BJ Gaddour

As I mentioned yesterday, Eric Cressey, Mike Robertson, BJ Gaddour, and Dave Schmidtz will be releasing their Elite Training Mentorship next week, and as a way to give people more of an idea of what’s in store, they’re releasing some amazing FREE content leading up to the release.

Today, BJ is up and he’s sharing an outstanding video on how he goes about structuring effective bootcamp style workouts. To the chagrin of some, bootcamp training isn’t JUST about making people tired – any joker with a whistle and a clipboard can do that. Contrarily, it’s also about taking the time to coach your clients and to learn how to design effective programs that won’t cause them to shit a spleen.

Okay, I’m done.  See you in a week!

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Comments for This Entry

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to Lisa! I can't imagine how much time she put into that, and hopefully she finds a career where she can get the most out of her time and efforts. Enjoy your vaycay!!

    March 2, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply to this comment

  • Dave Thomas

    Wow - couldn't be more excited about Contreras' undertaking.  I never have to time to read the abstract research as much as I want and this just became monthly coffee table reading.  Already subscribed, thanks for sharing, Tony!

    March 2, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply to this comment

  • Will B

    TONY!  Having recently completed my CSCS, I have to say that your blog and youtube channel, t-nation, and my sensei's at Bodyscapes outweigh any of the material learned from the book by about 100 to 1.  Seriously, I am so grateful for the community fostered around here.  Thanks again, congrats to your girl, and have fun in FL!

    March 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply to this comment

    • Nick

      Congrats! This is awesome to read because I am totally "uneducated" but when I step foot in a gym, thanks to the fertile pages such as this and Diesel Crew, T nation etc, I really feel competent and capable. So yeah, thanks to you guys that share so much wisdom and knowledge.

      March 2, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Reply to this comment

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