Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 9/11/14

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Well, if you’re reading this post you know I landed safely in the UK!!

I purposely didn’t program this post to go up automatically because 1) I’m superstitious and 2) due to my proclivity for superstition, I somehow convinced myself that if I pre-programmed this post to go up – due to travel – something bad would happen, because, you know, I’m logical like that.

In any case I made it (!!!), and I’m so stoked to be here and this is pretty much what I looked like when I stepped off the plane and went through customs at Heathrow:

By now, after this post goes live, I’m either aimlessly walking the streets of London doing my best impersonation of Austin Powers or asking around for directions to where they’re filming Star Wars.

Or on a quest for some Cadbury chocolate (per the request of Lisa).

Before Dean and I melt people’s brains with strength and conditioning knowledge this weekend, I have a day and a half to be a tourist here in London, so if anyone has any recommendations (that aren’t too “touristy”) I’d love to hear them and take any suggestions in the comments section below!

And now this week’s list of stuff to read…..

How Prolonged Sitting Impacts Your Body – Michael Mullin (via

In other news, water is wet; you need to breath oxygen in order to live; and Justin Bieber is a douche to the douchiest degree.

9 Ways to Use Mechanical Advantage Drop Sets For Strength – John Romaniello

Looking to add a little variety to your training repertoire? Or, maybe you’re looking to bring up a lagging or weak body part?  Try adding in some mechanical advantage drop sets!

Back Pain? Here Are the Best Positions for Sex – Dr. Stuart McGill

I don’t care if we’re talking about getting out of a chair, lifting weights, sex, or back friendly twerking moves, if Dr. McGill chimes in I’m going to listen.

You know you’re going to click.  Do it! Do it. Do it!  Pun totally intended.

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  • Eileen Campbell

    If you want chocolate, Harrods has amazing choices. Plus, you can wander Harrods which is a bizarre place.

    September 11, 2014 at 7:32 am | Reply to this comment

  • TomM

    Nando's Chicken. Not original to London (started in South Africa in 1987, 5 years before the chain made it to London) but unless you are in the Washington DC/Virginia/Maryland area, you can't get it in the US. Awesome sauce. Literally.

    September 11, 2014 at 7:43 am | Reply to this comment

  • QoB

    Given you're a bit of an anatomy nerd, the Wellcome Institute is a fun place. It's also right near Euston station so easy to get to. Also, you should try local beers - walk into any pub and point at something you don't recognise with the word 'ale' in it :)

    September 11, 2014 at 7:56 am | Reply to this comment

  • Ivy

    I'd consider the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons (Holburn or Temple stops on the Underground) for culture, cleverness, and a hint of gore. The Wellcome Trust as mentioned before usually has something good on as well, but it's a bit more popular. If the weather holds, it's worth admiring the gardening while passing through whichever major park is most convenient. And Sunday afternoon to early evening should see the north side of the Thames turn into a massive street festival as the Tour of Britain (pro cycle race) finishes. I'd also try black pudding with breakfast, remember that all cider is hard cider here, know that "quite" isn't British English for "very" -- it's more like "kind of" which leads to a lot of misunderstandings at the end of Anglo-American dates, not talk about my "pants", and don't drink from the hot tap. There, I think we're almost even for the extra kilos your blog advice has added to my deadlift :)

    September 11, 2014 at 9:20 am | Reply to this comment

  • Dan

    Camden market, and that entire region, is excellent to visit - full on hippie/indie/hipster area. InSpiral "cafe" there has lovely veggie food, following which you go get a piece of meat, of course, but still - nice grub =)

    September 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Reply to this comment

  • A

    If you're free tomorrow evening, and like classical music, you could go to a Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. It's a world famous venue and in a nice area of London. You just go and queue up at around 4pm for a £5 ticket (standing). 7.30-9pm concert

    September 11, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Tim

    British Museum (Great Court/Reading Room) then walk to Covent Garden from there. Do St Paul's, then cross bridge right opposite and then walk along by the river. Also great is to take river ferry from Westminster Pier to Tower of London as you can get a great commentary on the boat.

    September 11, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Reply to this comment

  • euan

    if you like Thai food look for Busaba Eathai -it's great food & cheap. There is one on Floral Street, Covent Garden or the original one at 106 Wardour Street, Soho. Across the road from the Wardour str restaurant is an awesome organic bakery/bar. As for museums/galleries I would recommend the British Museum and the Tate Gallery. Camden market is busiest Sat & Sundays. Great for people watching. Site seeing: A good walk is to start at The National Gallery in Trafalgar Sqr, then head down Whitehall which will take you past Downing Street, House Guards Parade towards the Houses of Parliament/Big Ben/Westminster Abbey then head over to Birdcage Walk through St James Park to Buckingham Palace. You can then walk back up The Mall to Trafalgar Sqr. In 1-2hrs you can see most of the famous landmarks in LDN.

    September 11, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Reply to this comment

  • AlisonPhillips

    I just realized that unlike everyone else I have no London suggestions, they seem to have captured most of the good stuff, but anywhere you can have "high tea time" is something you absolutely MUST experience... I'm actually posting to thank you about the sitting post. I had no idea, and they certainly never told me in my ergonomics classroom about the long term effects, and my job is mostly stationary. I'll be moving a LOT more now than usual.

    September 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm | Reply to this comment

  • TonyGentilcore

    WHOA! Thanks so much for all the recommendations everyone! As it stands now (Friday): my game plan is to hit up Tower Hill and tour the Tower of London and then hit up the Museum of Natural History/Science. This city is amazing.

    September 12, 2014 at 3:15 am | Reply to this comment

  • Shane Mclean

    Watched that Mcgill video. I don't know how him and the women kept a straight face. I didn't. :)

    September 14, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Glenn De Kler

    While I now may never be able to dissociate the idea of Stuart McGill and intercourse again, I bet you we'll see more guys learning a proper hip-hinge.

    September 17, 2014 at 11:58 am | Reply to this comment

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