Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 8/29/14

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It’s hard to believe that two weeks from today I’ll be in London walking the streets taking in the sights and sounds and (hopefully) not coming across as an annoying American tourist.

I’ll be getting in early Thursday morning after an overnight flight and I’m sure I’ll be knackered to the gills, but hoping to not get in a barney with a bloke on the tube over seeing a man about a dog.

That would be all to cock.

^^^^ LOLs.

See what I just did there?  I’m familiarizing myself with some British slang. I have no idea what I just said, but it sounds harmless enough. I’m pretty sure I just asked someone “where’s the bathroom,” but by all accounts I could just have just easily said something along the lines of “your breath smells like fart and onions.”

I’m still learning.

Anyways, I’ll be in London for mine and Dean Somerset’s Excellent Workshop High-Five, and as a gentle reminder there are still a handful of spots open for out little shindig near Washington, DC the weekend of October 18th.

For a full itinerary and details on accommodations and price click the link below.

CLICK ME (<—- That Tickles)

Hope you see you there!

And on that note I wanted to wish everyone an amazing weekend.  Here’s this week’s stuff to check out.

Finding Balance – Michael Mullin, ATC, LAT, PTA, PRC

Nowadays it seems like you can’t walk more than ten feet before a trainer or coach starts blabbing off about asymmetries, apical expansion, rib position, and zones of apposition.

In short, breathing (and how much we suck at it) is all the rage and more and more fitness professionals are jumping on the PRI (Postural Restoration Institute) train.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a good thing.  We’re big fans of PRI at the facility. Several our of staff members have attended some of the PRI modules and we’ve also had a handful of PRI practitioners and instructors come in to speak on the topic (including the author of the article linked to above).

We use it and know it works.

That said, it’s amazing how many people sing its praises, incorporate into their programs, and yet have no idea what it actually is, or does, or how to explain it to their athletes and clients.

Even worse are those trainers who buy into it so much that they start playing faux practitioner and forego their main responsibility: having people train and lift weights. It’s a sentiment I touched on HERE.

Nonetheless, I felt this was a fantastic article summarizing PRI’s general philosophy and approach to attaining “balance.”

Seven Laws of  Building Athletic Muscle – Eric Bach

Having an athletic looking body and actually being, you know, athletic is a tough feat to accomplish. In this article Eric breaks down the “Laws” that will help you get there.

Best Friends – Jason Lengstorf

This isn’t a fitness related article, but I loved it nonetheless.

Curiously, I just Google imaged the term “best friends” – just because – and low and behold 99.99% of the images were of women or had a “feminine” connotation. Dudes can have best friends, too.

And there’s nothing to be ashamed of for that.


And if that last article was too “girly” for you, here’s T-Nation’s list of their 22 best article on everything and anything on the DEADLIFT.

Not for nothing, between myself and Eric (Cressey) we wrote seven of the 22 articles listed. Holla!!!

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Comments for This Entry

  • Jeni Harvey

    You're going to be in London? I hope you have a great time. It's your blog and its non sexist and motivating approach that first inspired me to start lifting heavy weights and I'm now completely hooked. I feel more confident and capable than ever before, and aesthetically I'm starting to see changes that I really love. So you're like my internet lifting hero. However, I think perhaps the English slang could do with some work... No one has actually used the term "barney" (translation: a bit of an altercation) in about one hundred years ;-) May I suggest the more current, "I haven't a Scooby" (translation: I don't know/haven't a clue) instead? Much more functional and you'll be riding the tube like a native in no time ;-)

    August 29, 2014 at 8:53 am | Reply to this comment

    • Barath

      But be careful, Tony. "I haven't a Scrabby" means you have no qualms letting a dude have his way with you.

      August 29, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Reply to this comment

    • TonyGentilcore

      I can't wait! It will actually be my first time in Europe, so it's going to be amazing for sure. I really appreciate the kind words and am honored that I was one of the people who helped encourage you to start lifting weights. It's always a great feeling knowing that I'm helping people. So, thank you!

      August 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Eric Bach

    Thanks for the share Tony! Great work on the deadlift articles

    August 29, 2014 at 9:30 am | Reply to this comment

  • Michael J Mullin

    Thanks for the read and posting the article Tony. Always enjoy your posts and links and great to be on the same page as these other bright minds. Look out London! Cheers. . . Michael Mullin

    August 29, 2014 at 2:45 pm | Reply to this comment

    • TonyGentilcore

      Anytime Michael. If anything I take joy in showcasing YOU to the world. I love forwarded top-notch info to others and hope people take the time to read what you have to say. It's gold!

      August 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Reply to this comment

  • A Londoner

    I don't even know where to start with your slang, Tony...

    September 1, 2014 at 6:55 am | Reply to this comment

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