Stuff To Read While You’re Pretending To Work: PPT, Arnold, and Fitness Writing

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Going to keep this one brief today.  Ben Bruno’s in the house and we’re about ten seconds away from getting our gunification on.

Yeah buddy!

Don’t Be Like Donald Duck – Bret Contreras

While this article may be a little high on the geek factor for some, for those interested in pelvic mechanics and the dichotomy between anterior pelvic tilt and posterior pelvic tilt (and who isn’t?), this one is right up your alley.

As someone who “suffers” from excessive APT myself, Bret hit the nail on the head with this one.

As he notes, while standard advice is to:

  1. Strengthen the rectus abdominis, external obliques, gluteals, and hamstrings.
  2. Stretch the psoas, iliacus, rectus femoris, tensor fascia latae, and erector spinae.

This advice is legit, but incomplete.

I guess you’re going to have to click on the article to find out why.  DO IT!

The Art and Business of Writing in Fitness – Kellie Davis

I receive a lot of emails from various trainers and coaches who in one way or another are looking to dive into fitness writing and end up asking advice on how they should go about becoming, well, writers.

I usually say something along the lines of “how do you get better at riding a bike, or deadlifting, or sucking at life?”

Answer: You ride a bike; you deadlift; you listen to Coldplay.

HAHA. Okay, I don’t really say that, but I do often recommend that they just try to get in the habit of writing every day, on any topic.

More to the point, I direct them towards people like Kellie who is someone I really respect as a writer (and trainer), and this article proves why.

Old School Muscle – Adam Bornstein

Awesome article written by Adam on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s site that I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute to (along with several other awesome fitness peeps). Um, yeah, I’m quoted in the same article as Arnold freakin Schwarzenegger.

How cool is that?


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  • Bret Contreras

    Thanks Tony the Tiger! Appreciate the shout-out :)

    July 27, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply to this comment

    • TonyGentilcore

      No worries my man. Loved it. I doing some PPT hip thrusts the other day in between sets of bench, and one of the interns walks up and says "so, you read Bret's article too, huh?" HAHA.

      July 30, 2012 at 7:26 am | Reply to this comment

  • Kellie Hart Davis

    Thanks for the feature, Tony. I appreciate the love. I actually thought about starting a series title Stuff to Read While You Pretend to Read Tony Gentilcore's Blog. Is  that catchy enough.:)  Just kidding! I love your stuff and always look forward to new posts. Can't wait to meet up in October. 

    July 28, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Monika Volkmar

    I've got some mad ant pelvic tilt myself, which has caused some brutal back problems. I began training smart, doing the standard things to fix it, which is all fine and dandy, yes... BUT the thing that really changed my game was really the awareness of the position I was in, and trying to consciously walk around in a more posterior tilt. Loved Bret's article. I'm a nerd and pelvic alignment gets me excited.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply to this comment

    • TonyGentilcore

      TOTALLY hit the nail on the head there Monika. I think what's helped me most the past few months is just being more cognizant of my pelvic positioning in general - whether I'm out on the floor coaching, or just walking around the city.

      July 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply to this comment

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