Best of August 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 and liked in August 2015.
Quotes of the Day
Below are our top 5 favorite “Quotes of the Day” that we posted in August…
Interesting New Research
- Yet another study showing hindered muscle adaptation and recovery when taking ice baths after workouts:
- Check out this new study looking at different sleep hygiene practices for elite athletes to ensure that they get the most out of their recovery time:
- Does how you foam roll affect subsequent physical performances? A new study in the August edition of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research showed that foam rolling technique might make a difference:
- A few of our favorite sports science infographics from the month of August, courtesy of YLM Sports Science:
- Mental fatigue can have a big impact on physical performance:
- Although we are big fans of heart rate variability testing as an objective tool, it cannot be used solely, or in place of our subjective feelings and conscious understanding of how the body is doing:
- Bullshitters beware… The curtain is being lifted and you don’t want to be caught with your pants down. For far too long the fitness and health industries have been run by the best marketers, who at the end of the day, don’t care about you or me except for getting the money out of our pockets. These people are willing to use all sorts of ridiculous claims, doctored photos, and every other underhanded trick to convince you that their products are scientifically-proven to turn you from, well you, into Hercules himself. We, at HPN, enjoy nothing more than watching the curtain being pulled down, and these shenanigans being exposed. For this reason, we’re featuring Fitocracy co-founder Dick Talens and his brilliant curtain-pulling article from this month. It’s a long article, but 100% worth reading the whole thing:
- It’s not normal to feel tired all day and to not be able to sleep well at night. It’s also not normal to have short bursts of energy throughout the day followed by crashes. Most of these problems are related to cortisol dysfunction and blood sugar dysregulation. Nutritional scientist and strength and conditioning coach Ben House breaks it down for us:
- We’re huge fans of generalization and becoming great overall movers, unless you’re getting paid millions of dollars to be good at one thing, then just do that. But if you’re not that person, then there’s no reason to pigeonhole your movement. This awesome article from Cody Sunkel and Freestyle Connection looks at movement freedom, what it means, and how to start working towards it:
- It seems like it wouldn’t be a Best of the Month without some awesome content from Dr. John Rusin. He’s been dropping some serious knowledge lately, and this month was no different. Check these articles out:
- Awesome article on the 4 most common lifting injuries and how to correct them:
- One of the best articles that we’ve read on looking at the pivotal role that the glutes play in staying pain-free and performing at our best…
- In the highest level of sport, oxygen manipulation during training/rest has been used for a long time. But does it actually do anything? Are the possible rewards greater than the risks? Dr. Johnathan Edwards looked into some of the science behind it and what you can do if you want to apply these ideas to your own training:
New from Higher Performance Network
This month we looked at one of the best new books out there at putting it all together. It’s a must-read for anybody who’s interested in stress, health, and fitness…
- You probably just read our rant (and hopefully the article we highlighted) on the ridiculous nature of selling products in the health/fitness industry. Well part of the answer to fixing any problem is providing an alternative. This month we came across some truth in the fitness world. Rarely does a book come along that blends the latest in scientific understanding with common sense and with real-world applicability. We looked at a book that does it quite well…
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