Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 4/15/16

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FINALLY…I weekend of no travel.

Not that I’m complaining. I actually like to travel and enjoy the opportunities I get to visit various cities and towns, meet new people, and catch up with old friends/colleagues.

It’s just, you know, sometimes you feel like you’ve been run over by a Mack truck.

So I’m really looking forward to a weekend home with my wife and enjoying the beautiful weather we’re expecting to have in Boston.

After that, though, it’s game on:

PHILADELPHIA – Sunday, April 24th @ War Horse Barbell

KANSAS CITY – April 29-30th, The Fitness Summit

In addition to Dean Somerset and I taking our Complete Shoulder & Hip Training Workshop to both PRAGUE (Czech Republic) and OSLO (Norway) in May.

It’s going to be a whirlwind to say the least for the next several weeks, but, again, nothing t0 complain about.

I mean, I’m going to freakin Europe!

Without further ado, lets get to this week’s list.

Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg

I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Duhigg’s first book, The Power of Habit, so it wasn’t a hard sell for me to swipe this book off the bookshelf when I saw it a few weeks ago.

We all know someone in our lives who can seemingly juggle responsibilities of work and home life, yet still have time to coach three different youth teams, read poetry to orphans, and still workout 5x per week.

It’s nuts. How do they have the time to do it?

Read the book….;o)

10 Random Thoughts on Fitness Industry Success – Eric Cressey

Eric first spoke on the Perform Better Tour when he was 25.


Another fun fact about Eric: when he and I lived together, while I’d be in the living room watching Lord of the Rings for the 47th time, he’d be in his room writing Maximal Strength.

The man had unparalleled work ethic even then.

This was an awesome read by Eric, and something I hope the bulk of fitness pros reading take the time to read themselves.

Deadlifts: Which Type is Best For You? – Mike Robertson

I posted a video on my IG account a few weeks ago of a woman I had just started working with – literally, it was her first session with me – and I was able to get her to deadlift from the floor without any pain for the first time in years.

I had her perform a modified sumo-stance deadlift.

She crushed it. It looked good, it was pain-free, and I was able to show her SUCCESS on day #1. Win-win-win.

Of course, several coaches chimed in questioning my coaching abilities because I didn’t have her perform a conventional deadlift. Apparently they deemed me an inferior coach because of it.

It’s the internet. It’s to be expected.

Anyways, this is why I LOVED this article by Mike. Not everyone HAS to deadlift conventionally, and not everyone HAS to deadlift from the floor.

At the end of the day: any competent coach will understand that the BEST approach is one that’s best suited for the individual, and not to stoke his or her’s ego.

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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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