Best Articles of 2016: Reader’s Picks

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2016 was another banner year for It was the 3rd year in a row the site reached more than 1-million “sessions” and almost 2-million page views.1

Granted, Google and Facebook do those kind of numbers every minute (if not every second), but it’s still surreal to me that my site was visited more than a million times this past year. I mean, I don’t think my mom pressed the refresh button that many times.


I am not an analytics guy. I don’t pay much attention to it to be honest. The only time I look at the numbers is during this time of year when I do the “Year in Review/Best Of” posts. It’s interesting: my traffic is pretty steady on a day-to-day basis, with obvious dips on the days I don’t post something (typically the weekends and Holidays). However, in looking at the data this morning the two highest traffic days this past year included posts that included a swear word in the title.

  • The “Real” vs. “BS” Hip Flexor Stretch
  • Becoming a Brick Shit House 201

This is good information for me. Basically, you can expect more swear words in titles in 2017. I don’t know, maybe something to the effect of:

  • Assessment: You Don’t Know Your Ass From Your Acetabulum
  • Shit People Do in the Gym That Make Me Want to Jump Into a Shark’s Mouth
  • Deadlifts? Dangerous? Motherfuckers Be Cra-Cra

** All are running titles of course and are subject to change.

Below are the top articles of 2016 according to which ones received the most traffic (you all obviously have impeccable taste).

Becoming a Brick Shit House 201

This was a 2-part interview I did with strength coach Pat Davidson. Pat’s a character, but I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. He’s one of the smartest guys I know and one of the more vocal coaches out there. I love it.

If you like rants and you like listening to people tell it how it is, then you’ll love this interview. You can also check out Part I HERE.

The “Real” vs. “BS” Hip Flexor Stretch

The title is self-explanatory.

This is one stretch I see people performing incorrectly all…the…time.

Striving to be More, Instead of Wanting to be Less: Why Strength Training is Perfect for Women

My humble contribution at helping to fight off the mainstream media’s incessant mission to program women into thinking strength training isn’t for them.

A Thoughtful Discussion on Low Back Sparing Strategies

As a fitness professional it’s inevitable you’re going to come across a client or athlete who’s dealing with low-back pain and shenanigans. This article provides some food for thought with regards to assessment and programming strategies for your consideration.

Check back tomorrow for MY picks for Best Articles of the Year.

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  1. 1.75 million views. Come on people, get your act together! You couldn’t muster up another 250K views? Pfffft, whatever.

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