Good Reads For the Week: Christmas Edition

Posted on by Ben Bruno

Happy Christmas Eve everyone! I thought I’d put together a new list of good articles for you to read in case you have some extra time on your hands or just want a reason to dodge the hoopla.

Before I get to the list, I just found out yesterday about an awesome seminar happening in three weeks that I wanted to share with you. Dr. Stuart McGill will be speaking January 14-15 in Phoenix, Arizona about essentially everything imaginable related to the spine. Assuming my knee is ok to travel by then, I plan on going myself, and I can’t wait. Should be awesome. Even better is that there is a promotion going on where you can get $150 off the price of admission if you sing up by December 31st—so basically a week. The promo is on Strengthcoach.com , so if you’re a member, check it out. If you’re not a member, this might be a good time to join, as the savings you’ll get for the conference will pay for a year and a half on the site.

If you do decide to attend, let me know so we can try to meet up there.

Ok, now for the articles. Consider this my Christmas gift to y’all. Ho ho ho!

Here are some posts you may have missed during the week.

10 Exercises You’ve Never Tried Before

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 62

Looking For Good Books?- Make sure to read the comments on this one too as there are ton’s of good book recommendations in there as well.

And now for the best of the rest. Enjoy!

10 Exercises You’ve Never Tried Before by Yours Truly

The 6 Characteristics of a Good Dynamic Warmup by Eric Cressey

Strength Comes From Within by Emily Socolinsky

A Simple Way to Feel and Perform Better by Jason Ferruggia

Occupy Airdyne: Take Part in the Movement by Glen Harris

The Most Overlooked Continued Education Opportunity for Fitness Professionals by Eric Cressey

Mike Robertson interviews Zach Even Esh

The BOLD Study by Dr. Mike Roussell

Coaching Character: Life Beyond Strength Training by Anthony Donskov

Sean Hyson interviews John Meadows, Part 1

Sean Hyson interviews John Meadows, Part 2

Learn to Swing the RCK Way by Mark Reifkind

NHL Concussions: Have Our Players “Outgrown” the Sport? by Jeff Cubos

Lost Lifters by Bret Contreras

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2011 by Mike Robertson

24 Random Things I Learned in 2011 by Nate Green

Predicting Long Term Athletic Success by Kevin Neeld

Brian St. Pierre interviews Kevin Neeld

Lessons I Learned in 2011 by Jen Comas Keck

Metabolic Conditioning by Brad Schoenfeld

4 Lessons From Tim Tebow by Jason Ferruggia

Productivity: Part 1 by Tony Gentilcore

Productivity: Part 2 by Tony Gentilcore

The Truth About the Bench Press by Nick Tumminello

Interview With Richard Talens

How I Stopped Sucking At Pullups by Neghar Fonooni

Why Swings? by David Whitley

Power to the People by Zach Even Esh

Ode to Deadlifts by Nia Shanks

3 Fats For More Fat Loss by Mike Roussell

Fast frittata recipe from Neghar Fonooni

A Better Way To Do Chinups and Deadlifts by Adrian Bazemore and Dan Blewett

Jen Grasso shares her training log

A Simple Strategy For Healthy Eating by Adrienne Harvey

Loaded Barbell Rollouts by Chris Merritt

Just Win the Play by Alwyn Cosgrove

5 Reasons You Muff Your Clients Assessments by John Izzo

The Bottom-Up Squat by Geoff Girvitz

7 Reasons To Do a Powerlifting Meet by Mike Robertson

Half Pulls by Todd Bumgardner

More 3rd World Workouts by Craig Weller

Convincing Yourself You Can by Dean Somerset

Fitness Lessons From the Notebook by Harold Gibbons

Beast Mode Training by Anthony Mychal

Bodyweight Training For Powerful Hamstrings by Chris Smith

Recipe Idea from Jon Goodman

Women, the Gym, and Other Topics by Sarah Walls

Type 1 Motivation by Sarah Walls

I hope you enjoyed the list. Please remember to “like” it and pass it on.

Which article was your favorite? Let me know below.

Have a Merry Christmas!!!!

  • JamesDickieMD

    Ben, I read some of your articles on t-nation, then found your blog. Can you advise me on fixing a muscular asymmetry problem (possibly with single leg exercises? ) When I made my first bodybuilding gains at age 19, I had patellofemoral pain syndrome in my R knee. I squatted aggressively anyway, and developed a very strong Left quad and Right glute. Now, 24 years later, my R quad is very similar to my Left in size, but not in strength, and my Right glute is still noticeably overdeveloped compared to the Left, or rather, the left is underdeveloped. There also remains an asymmetry in my lower spinal erectors. I’m 6’2” and 220lbs, maybe 13% bodyfat. I’m 43 years old now, and in the best shape of my life. But I want to be better. I sent a similar message to your facebook, or you can email me at JamesDickieMD@gmail.com

    thanks, james