Best of February 2015
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best articles and videos that we found on the internet over the past month. Because this is the first “Best of the Month” post, we’ve included some content that was put out in January as well. By no means is this list exhaustive, just some of the things that we came across over the last month.
Quotes of the Day
Below are our top 5 favorite “Quotes of the Day” that we posted in February…
Interesting New Research
- Planning on running a 5k this year? This study found that listening to music while running improves performance.
- Meditation and mindfulness has tons of positive effects for the body, including preservation of DNA telomeres, leading to decreased disease.
- New research looking into the relation between omega 3s, vitamin D, and serotonin. Learn how they are related and what it means for brain health. From Dr. Rhonda Patrick and company.
- It’s commonly understood that getting the correct amount of sleep is incredibly important for health and performance. This recent study provides an interesting look into how circadian rhythm affects performance during different times of the day.
- Good Infographic summary of the research from YLM Sports Science: http://ow.ly/JTGxE
- Bodybuilders have long known that focusing on a muscle while training it leads to better results. Now there’s science that supports this.
- Great take on this research and what it means. From Russ Howe PTI: http://russhowepti.com/mind-muscle-connection/
- This series, by Mike Ritter, is one of the best that I’ve seen on the effects of stress and autonomic nervous system balance on health. I can’t recommend it enough.
- Part 1: http://robbwolf.com/2015/01/21/winning-the-olimbic-games-why-you-need-to-understand-allostatic-balance/
- Part 2: http://robbwolf.com/2015/01/28/are-you-on-team-sympathetic-or-team-parasympathetic/
- Part 3: http://robbwolf.com/2015/02/06/winning-the-olimbic-games-part-3-the-brains-effect-on-balance-and-allostasis/
- Part 4: http://robbwolf.com/2015/02/27/winning-the-olymbic-games-part-4-a-case-for-heart-rate-variability/
- If you don’t know about Max Shank you better find out because he’s changing the game. From calisthenics, to strength and power lifting, to functional movement, to Highland Games competitions, to gymnastics, this guy can do it all. Ultimate Athleticism is his credo, a simple approach to transforming anyone into a great athlete. Below are a couple of awesome recent articles from him.
- Simple, but profound, way of looking at training and athleticism: https://www.t-nation.com/training/total-athleticism-the-workout
- An interesting take on the lats/glutes as a complex known as “The Glats”: http://maxshank.com/the-glats/680
- Yoga is great for everyone, including elite athletes. Find out why yoga is so good for athletes (Hint: it’s not for the stretching) in this great article from international yoga trainer and “Mobility Maker” Dana Santas.
- I had been to Katy Bowman’s website a couple of times in the past, but I really got into her stuff after hearing her on the Joe Rogan Experience (https://vimeo.com/116839741). Her conversation with Joe about “casts” gave me a whole new way of looking at environment and its effects on the anatomy/physiology and functionality of the body. She’s a true revolutionary in movement and healthy living. Here are a couple good February posts from Katy.
- Onnit is a cutting-edge company devoted to providing the best possible products for self-optimization and total health. Check out Onnit Academy‘s recent article on bolstering the immune system.
- Very few people have a clear understanding of the relationship that we see between stress and adaptation and how to maximize your ability to get results from training. “The Educated Meathead” James Cerbie does a great job of explaining it!
- Strength and conditioning master Eric Cressey doesn’t need any introduction (not that anyone above does either). Here are a couple great February articles from him.
- Thoughts on speed, agility, and quickness training: http://www.ericcressey.com/7-thoughts-speed-agility-quickness-training
- Performing a great assessment makes any practitioner’s job way easier. Learn the principles of a great assessment here: http://www.ericcressey.com/10-important-notes-on-assessments
- Our modern understanding of the body is that it doesn’t function as a bunch of individual parts, but instead that those parts are all connected in both anatomy and function. Dr. Perry Nickelston does a fantastic job of addressing this idea as it relates to lower extremity pain.
- Don’t overthink your diet. Great article from Chris Shugart.
New from Higher Performance Network
Below I have the links to some of the information that we put out there during the month of February (and a couple from January). 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 we’ve received in our first month online!
- Simply imagining moving an immobilized limb can lead to 50% less strength loss/muscle atrophy. Decrease recovery time after an injury with this program: http://higherperformancenetwork.com/imagining-way-better-recovery/
- Learn how to strengthen your mental game and get into The Flow State more often by decreasing negative self-talk: http://higherperformancenetwork.com/mental-cross-training-different-approach-getting-zone/
- A disproportionate amount of injuries occur at the end of quarters/halves/periods because that’s when we’re tired and our form breaks down. Why then don’t we train injury prevention and rehab when we’re tired? The case for it: http://higherperformancenetwork.com/rehab-injury-prevention-fatigued-state/
- Traditional stretching has been shown to not be beneficial for increasing performance or decreasing injury. In some cases, it has been shown to actually decrease performance. Mobility is a better way of looking at training than flexibility. With increased mobility, there is an inherent need for increased stability. All of this and more was explored in our “epic” Trilogy of Mobility:
- Part I: The Death of Static Stretching: http://higherperformancenetwork.com/death-static-stretching/
- Part II: The Rise of Mobility: http://higherperformancenetwork.com/rise-of-mobility/
- Part III: Bringing Stability to the Region: http://higherperformancenetwork.com/tom-part-iii-bringing-stability-to-the-region/
- Learn why the future of fitness and athleticism is in the generalization of movement: http://higherperformancenetwork.com/learning-move-creatively/
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