Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 7/5/12
Hope everyone (here in the States) enjoyed the 4th! Mine was pretty uneventful all told, and was actually the first time in the six years I’ve lived here, that I actually spent it in Boston – in years past, I’ve always gone up to Maine to enjoy the fresh air and EC’s grandma’s carrot cake.
This year, though, Lisa and I elected to stay in the city and went and bought a new air conditioner instead – cause we’re romantic like that – and then went to go see the movie Ted, which was freakin hilarious!!!!!
Go see it. Now.
30 Years, 30 Health & Fitness Tips – Jon-Erik Kawamoto
Jon-Erik and I have been stalking one another on the internet for the past year or so (the guy is literally EVERYWHERE now: Men’s Fitness, T-Nation, Oxygen, lurking outside your kitchen window) and I finally had the pleasure of meeting him in person a few weeks ago at the PTDC seminar up in Toronto.
I’ve had my fair share of instantaneous man-crushes in my day – Matt Damon, The Rock, to name a few – and Jon-Erik ranks right up there. He’s one of the most humble guys you’ll ever meet, and he’s just someone who’s passionate about this industry and just “gets it.” He’s already blowing up, but I expect even bigger things for him in the near future.
Do yourself a favor and book mark his website. You won’t be sorry.
And, for those interested, I did a similar piece back when I turned 34 titled 34 Years, 34 Favorite Things. It’s the exact same things as Jon-Erik’s post, except with four more years of asskickery (and hair loss) added in.
The Surprising Science of Motivation – Daniel Pink
This is an older TED talk that I came across recently, but the title says it all: despite what we’ve always been told, it’s surprisingly surprising what actually motivates us to succeed.
While many are quick to point to incentive based programs as the impetus that really motivates us to meet certain deadlines or attain high quotas, Dan Pink – author of the phenomenal book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – flips it around and states that such things do nothing but IMPEDE progress and dulls our minds and creativity.
Pretty fascinating stuff if you ask me:
Have I Convinced You to Strength Train Yet? – Monika Volkmar
One of – if not THE reason – why I like to do this weekly “stuff you should read” series is that it allows me the opportunity to relay quality content from other health and fitness professionals that otherwise wouldn’t get too much exposure.
Granted, I link to a lot of articles from other really smart people that are way more of a bigger deal than myself, but I also like to “pay it forward” and help bring some lesser known personalities to the forefront as well.
Monika’s a dancer and she trains a lot of dancers. Unlike many dance coaches, however, she actually understands that strength training can be an important fail safe to not only improve their performance, but prevent their bodies from breaking down at a break neck pace.
While the post is geared towards dancers and may turn people off from reading it, I’d encourage you to read anyways for the message alone.