2011 Blog Awards

With 2011 coming to a close, I thought it’d be a good time to dole out the Ben Bruno Blog Awards. Sure this is just the first year and everything, but I anticipate by 2015 this will rival the Oscar’s, Grammy’s, Emmy’s, and all that other fun stuff. You just wait and see.

I’m about simplicity, so this is going to be pretty basic. I’ll give out 10 awards for websites/blogs, and 10 awards for videos. Today will be the blogs/websites that I like and frequent. These sites win a “Bruno.”

To get the full effect, you may want to dress up in your finest clothes and stand on a red carpet while you’re reading this.

1. Strengthcoach.com

I’ve written about Strengthcoach.com several times already so I won’t get into it again, but I’ll just say that if you aren’t a member yet, I think you’re seriously missing out. I’ve learned so much from this site, both from Mike Boyle himself and, just as importantly, the other awesome members: Patrick Ward, Joel Jamieson, Charlie Weingroff, Dave Tenney, Mark Young…the list just goes on and on.

I’m in the process of putting together an awesome “Christmas Special” article where I’ve polled a number of terrific strength and conditioning coaches asking the question: “what is one thing you’ve changed your mind about in the past year?” It’s being released in 5-6 segments, and so far, it’s shaping up to be pretty cool, so this would be a good week to take advantage of the $1 trial offer.

2. T-Nation

Most of you reading my site are probably already familiar with T-Nation, but if not, check it out. It’s free, and there’s an archives of articles dating back to 1998 that’s chalk full of awesome content from some of the best coaches in the industry. Even if you’re a frequent reader now, go back and check some of the older stuff—you’ll be glad you did. Plus, it’s free.

I’ve been a long-time reader of the site and it’s a huge honor to now be a regular contributor.

3. Eric Cressey

Eric is one of the smartest coaches I’ve ever met, and his blog reflects that. He’s also one of the most generous coaches I’ve met, and his blog reflects that as well. He continually pumps out top-notch information for free and I am always finding myself referring back to his posts to answer a lot of my questions. Eric does a great job blending equal parts knowledge, coaching experience, and lifting experience.

4. Bret Contreras

 Bret has an awesome site that combines his affinity for research with his coaching and lifting experience. He is incredibly bright and reads journals like a normal person reads the morning paper, but he has a good way of breaking down complex ideas in a simple manner, and more importantly, giving ways to put these ideas into practice in the gym.

He usually includes a few pictures of hot chicks in his posts as well, which doesn’t suck.

5. Mike Robertson

I like Mike’s blog because he covers a wide array of topics in a very comprehensive manner: training, corrective exercise, rehab, coaching, etc. You never know what you’re gonna get on daily basis, but you do know it’ll be high quality stuff.

6. Jason Ferruggia

Jason is a straight shooter that tells things like he sees it. I like that. I also really like Jason’s approach to training (we think similarly on a lot of things) and I find myself nodding a lot in agreement as I read. I like his training philosophy, and I like the way he presents his ideas.

7. Tony Gentilcore

Tony does a great job of blending good content with humor. When I sit down to read blogs, his is always one of the first I go to. His work really captures the idea of “fun reading.”

8. John Romaniello

John (or Roman as he is often called) is another fantastic writer. I mean that both in terms of the content and the actual writer. As a writer, I really pay attention to the stylistic aspects of writing and he has a style and tone that I really enjoy. He’s also quite witty, which is always appreciated and makes his message more interesting.

9. Charles Poliquin

This site is great because it is updated at least every day (sometimes multiple time) and always has some insightful and thought-provoking stuff. Charles is very up on recent research and he does a great job of sharing what he learns as well as showing how the research can be applied.He also pumps a lot of interesting articles regarding his training methods, which I’ve always learned a lot from.

10. Nia Shanks

Nia does a great job sharing the message that women can lift heavy weights without getting bulky and manly, which she conveys both through her writing and through her own training. I fully support the ideas she puts out there and hope to share them with more ladies in hopes that it starts to catch on more.

Ok, that’s all for today. It’s always hard to pick a finite number and you’d like to give out more, but it is what it is. What are your favorites? Hopefully mine is someone on your list (of course it is…right?).

Next time I’ll have my Video Awards. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the Good Reads I made this weekend. It got passed over in the hullabaloo of Christmas but there’s a bunch of good stuff there.