Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work (and While I’m at the Perform Better Summit!)

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Hey peeps – I gotta keep this one short today because I’m heading down to Providence, RI for the Perform Better Summit.  I’m excited because I wasn’t able to attend last year, and on top of easily being one of the best weekends of learning on the planet, the Summit also serves as an awesome networking opportunity to meet up with colleagues, listen to some really smart people make me feel dumb, and to interact with a lot of people who read my stuff and go out of their way to introduce themselves.

Fingers crossed this is the year that Matt Damon shows up!…..;o)

That said, I’m going to be heading out the door shortly but I wanted to make sure I gave you all something to read to help pass the time today.

Have an awesome weekend!

Get Bigger and Stronger, and Even Banged Up – Ben Bruno

I’ve long been a fan of the saying, “you need to learn to make lemonade out of lemons.”  When you lift heavy things – for fun no less – you’re bound to get some aches and pains along the way.

This was an excellent article written by Ben showcasing some simple and effective strategies on 1) how to train smart and limit injuries, and 2) understanding that even if you have a setback (large or small) you can still find a way to train.

This has nothing to do with stuff to read, but the picture above was taken yesterday afternoon at the facility. It’s a brand new game…Instead of Where’s Waldo, we’re playing Where’s Tony Tebow-ing?

The Difference Between a Bad Trainer and Good Trainer – Bret Contreras

Bret hits the nail on head here.  The #1 pet peeve of mine when it comes to watching trainers, and the #1 thing which results in a trainer to lose all credibility in my book is how well he 0r she coaches their clients.

If their client is performing a rounded back deadlift and it looks like said client is going to shit their spine, and the trainer does nothing to fix it.


By contrast, those trainers who actually give a hoot, take pride in their work, know what good form looks like, and will take the necessary steps and precautions to hold themselves and their clients accountable, are generally the ones who do very well for themselves.

Why Your Glute Building Program Doesn’t Work – Mark Young

While it certainly can come down to exercise selection, there’s one key component that may be missing that Mark highlights here.

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Plus, get a copy of Tony’s Pick Things Up, a quick-tip guide to everything deadlift-related. See his butt? Yeah. It’s good. You should probably listen to him if you have any hope of getting a butt that good.

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