Stuff Worth Checking Out

I got some good feedback last week on my “Stuff Worth Checking Out” post, so I guess I will continue it at least for awhile. This actually helps me out too because it gives some semblance of order to my randomness while still giving me the leeway to mix it up. So without further adieu, here is some more, uh…stuff worth checking out (I really need to come up with a better title).

1. Articles. Here are 15 good reads from the past week. I want to be clear that I don’t necessarily agree with everything in each one of these articles, but I think they are all worth reading.

What is Functional Training by Nick Tumminello

12 Ways to be a Better Trainer or Strength Coach by Jason Ferrugia

A Few Random Thoughts by Bret Contreras

The Truth About How to Become a ‘Big Name’ Trainer or Coach by Robert Dos Remdios

55 Gifts You Will Beg People to Get You by Leigh Peele

Your Holiday Wishlist by Zach Nicolay

Contraindicated Exercises by Mike Young

Camaraderie: The Most Important Part of a Successful Training Facility by Eric Cressey

Not Like We Didn’t Know This by Vern Gambetta

Hypertonic vs. Tight Muscles by Patrick Ward

How to Be An Awesome Coach by Brendon Rearick

How to Increase Your Bench With These Seven Bodyweight Movements by Travis Stoetzel

Take your Flintstones by Michael Keck

Articles from Membership Sites

Let’s Analyze RUNNING by Alwyn Cosgrove from

Home is Where the Health Is by Brett Klika from

2. Audio Interviews. Those of you that have followed my blog for awhile know that I am a huge fan of podcasts and audio interviews. I think it’s a great way to learn because you can do it while you drive, so essentially it isn’t taking any extra time since you’d be in the car anyway. Unfortunately, I drive quite a bit, so I go through them pretty quickly and I’m always looking for more. Well, I found another good source this week on Josh Henkin’s blog. Josh has a bunch of great interviews interspersed throughout his blog with some really cool coaches, some of whom I had heard of before and some of whom I hadn’t. I love hearing new people, so this is awesome. I suggest you browse around and download some of the interviews for yourself. Check it out here.

3. Tabata Airdyne Intervals. The tabata protocol is a lot more than just 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for 8 rounds. The real key to the tabata is the intensity. In the original study performed by Izumi Tabata, subjects worked at 170% of their VO2 max, which in layman’s terms means they went balls to the wall. There are very few exercises where it’s even possible to reach that level of intensity in 20 seconds. The Airdyne bike just happens to be one of them. It seems simple and unassuming, but start riding and you quickly realize it’s a real bear, making it perfect for the tabata protocol. Give it a shot, or better yet, save yourself the trouble and watch me suffer through it. Good times.

Click here for the abstract of the original Tabata study

4. Huge Sales. You don’t have to elbow your way through throngs of people and stand in endless lines to reap the benefits of the post-Thanksgiving Day sales. You can save just as much money, if not more, by shopping online from the comfort of your own living room. If you are looking for any fitness-related stuff (nudge nudge, wink wink to anyone looking to get me a present), I suggest you give Elitefts and Perform Better a look because they are both having massive sales that include free shipping. Anyone that ordered fitness stuff before knows that skipping can be a killer, so this is huge.

5. Movies. Here are a few movies I checked out this week.

127 Hours. This is a great story, but not a great movie. I really can’t talk about the plot without giving it away, so I will just recommend that you read the book instead, which is awesome. It’s called Between a Rock and a Hard Place. If you are still curious about the movie, you can watch the trailer here.

Next Three Days. Now this one was pretty good. Based on the trailer, and the fact that is stars Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson, I had high hopes. It did not disappoint…sort of. My biggest criticsm is that while Liam Neeson was a big part of the trailer, he was only in the actual movie for about five minutes. I love that guy, especially in Taken (seriously awesome), so that was a bit of a bummer. Still, Russell Crowe did a good job as usual and I was entertained. Definitely worth watching. Here’s the trailer.

6. Sofia Vergara. It’s always good to end on a high note. You’re welcome.

That’ll do it for this time.