Best of April 2015
We’ve compiled a list of some of the “best of” new research, articles, and videos that we found on the internet over the past month. By no means is this list exhaustive, just some of the things that we came across that we liked over the last month.
Quotes of the Day
Below are our top 5 favorite “Quotes of the Day” that we posted in April…
Interesting New Research
- A new software program is being used to look at mechanical stress in the spine and how it relates to pain and pathology. The simulation and analysis could revolutionize the way we image, diagnose, and determine the appropriate treatments for back pain:
- Check out this new study, published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, looking at how the mobility of various joints relates to throwing velocity. We get so concerned with gaining mobility these days, but having mobility everywhere may not be such a good thing:
- Another study looking at the effects of exercise order on performance. Particularly, the authors looked at what happens when we perform high-intensity aerobic exercise before strength training:
- Many of us practice, or have at least tried, some form of hot yoga. Besides all of the benefits of regular yoga, having a hot yoga practice can be great for detoxification and training the body to adapt to extreme conditions. But is all of that heat safe? An ACE Fit research team decided to find out:
- Since you follow us on social media (If you don’t, you seriously need to reassess the way that you’re approaching life), you’ve probably seen some of those awesome exercise science infographics that we post. We love them so much that we wanted to take a moment to recognize the man behind them. His name is Yann Le Meur and he’s a sports scientist at the French Institute of Sport. His site, YLM Sports Science, is the go-to place on the internet to get quick and easy to read updates on the latest sports and exercise research. We strongly recommend that you bookmark the site and check it often. Below are a few of our favorite recent research infographics:
- As we collectively become more sedentary and less connected to nature, there’s a counter movement taking place. People are trying to get back to the human roots of movement. Gyms are being transformed into playgrounds and functional strength is becoming the gold standard in fitness. One of the leaders in this revolution is Erwan Le Corre. His brand MovNat is all about getting out into the wild and learning to move as humans used to. From climbing to carrying to crawling to balancing, pretty much every aspect of movement is tested and improved through MovNat. This month there were some great articles on movement from MovNat certified trainers, as well as Le Corre himself. Click on the pic of Erwan above to check out his site.
- An awesome look at how the environment that we train in affects the results that we get. From MovNat founder Erwan Le Corre:
- In order to really test functional balance we need to get off the ground. For some people, however, the fear of heights can hold them back. MovNat trainer and practitioner Robert Hansfield has the solution:
- Movement junkie, and MovNat certified trainer, Chandler Stevens looks at tapping into the power of the brain to become a great functional mover:
- Everyone has told someone, or been told by someone, to use “good form”, but what exactly does that mean? Jarlo Ilano, from GMB Fitness, gives us one of the best explanations that we’ve seen and explains how and why to use “good form” in your movement practice:
- The biggest fear for most athletes is suffering a major injury and not being able to compete. But it’s inevitible that if you play a sport longing enough you will suffer a major injury. How then do you deal with it? We oftentimes look at rehabbing an injury as a physical thing only and don’t acknowledge the psychology behind it. Daniel Gallan and Dr. Charlie Weingroff look at exactly that in this awesome article:
- Besides being NFL receivers, what do Antonio Brown, Nate Burleson, Calvin Johnson, and Brandin Cooks all have in common? They know how to vary up their workouts to increase performance and decrease injury. Maddy Lucier, from Stack, breaks down why NFL receivers are adding Pilates to their workouts:
- There are few people in the strength and conditioning community as good as Tony Gentilicore at explaining complex ideas for all to understand. As the co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance, he works with some of the best athletes around. Besides that, he can be found on all of the top fitness and S&C sites, spreading knowledge and enlightening folks. We love his stuff and suggest that you check out his site (if you click on his pic, it’ll zoom you over there). Below are a couple of his posts from April that we particularly enjoyed.
- We live in a flexion-rich world, rampant with upper/lower cross syndrome and Hunchback of Notre Dame-style people. Because of this, we demonize any little bit of spinal flexion, but is it always the enemy?
- Many people are stuck spinning their wheels in the mud when it comes to making fitness gains. Here’s a novel approach to take to ensure that you’re making progress and reaching your goals:
- Ultimate Athleticism creator Max Shank gives us great analogy for how to approach our exercise programs:
- Why when we’re stressed do we turn into ravenous beasts in search of carbs? The Result Cult founder Mike Ritter has the answer, and what to do about it:
- The squat is one of the oldest exercises in human history. Bodybuilding.com breaks down the history of it in this awesome article:
- April is known for the beginning of spring, the Easter holiday, and the international holiday for cannabis users. As our country is beginning to look at this plant with new eyes, so is the fitness community. Below are a couple of articles looking at cannabis use for athletes:
- Athlete, and human guinea pig, Ben Greenfield looks both at the science and some empirical evidence when it comes to THC as a possible performance-enhancer: http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2015/04/the-effect-of-weed-on-exercise/
- Dr. Jade Teta gives an in-depth look at what the current research shows about lifting and using cannabis:
- Movement and healthy-lifestyle guru Kellen Milad breaks down why we should be climbing trees, and how to get started with it:
- “The Strength Doc” Dr. John Rusin teams up with T Nation to give us a good look at what causes “Lifter’s Shoulder” and how to fix it:
New from Higher Performance Network
Below we have links to some of the information that we put out there during the month of April. If you like any of the articles please comment or share them with your network. We truly appreciate all of the support and positive energy that we’ve received in our first couple of months online!
- Anyone who’s ever undertaken a self-improvement project or tried to attain a tough goal knows how difficult it can be. We are complex biological computers who often times revert back to our programmed patterns of behavior/thought. In order to break this patterning and attain those goals, we need a strategy. One of the easiest strategies is to manipulate the way you look at your journey/goals.
- We came across a quote from Edith Wharton that really resonated and made us think. This blog post looks into those thoughts and why Wharton’s quote may be the exact message that we need in today’s society:
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