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Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Best of the Month

Best of June 2015

Best of June 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 June…

Bruce Lee6


T.S. Eliot 1


Robert Schuller1


Calvin Coolidge1


Howard Thurman 1


Interesting New Research

  • Fructose_3D_ball-and-stick_modelThe truth about sugar, and particularly fructose (pictured above), is pretty well established at this point. But just in case you still think that eating/drinking fructose-rich foods is a good idea, here’s some pretty good research to help you to put that soda down:




  • Having a tight “core” is important for reducing micro trauma to the spine, increasing load-bearing ability, and enhancing distal muscle force production. While some would argue that the term “core” is outdated and not the best way to look at trunk stability, not many people would argue the importance of having strength in the proximal muscles. What then is the best way to create a tight “core”? Dr. Stuart McGill and Co. looked at whether isometric or dynamic core exercises were better for increasing core stiffness. The results might surprise you (click on the link above for some isometric core exercises from Redefining Strength):


Awesome Articles

Jonathan Mead

  • If you’re not following/reading/watching Jonathan Mead‘s stuff, you should probably start. He’s living what we would call “The New American Dream”. He gave up his corporate day job and began self-optimizing himself, creating his own journey, and then making a living off of helping others to do the same. His movement and bodywork backgrounds are both varied, which gives him a unique way of looking at things. His idea of Moving Heroically is all about finding functional, and transferable, strength within your own body. We love most of his ideas, but particularly the way he breaks down physical progression and the idea of choosing a desired skill or way of being, then tailoring your workouts to meet that. This month he posted some awesome articles that not only break down his own philosophy on physical practice, but also how to get started moving like a superhero! Check them out, you won’t be disappointed.






  • If you read our stuff at all you know that we’re all about seeing the big picture. For this reason, we always seem to be reading Dr. Perry Nickelston‘s stuff (click on the pic above to check out his site). He has a way of seeing and understanding the functional chains of the body like few others can. His article from this past month is the perfect example of it. Give it a read and find out why weakness in the deep neck muscles could be causing your tight hamstrings:



  • Anyone who’s worked out for any period of time understands what it feels like to work out and not get any results. It sucks. We oftentimes get caught in a stagnant workout routine and, not surprisingly, our gains become stagnant as well. Super-trainer Christian Thibaudeau explores this idea and gives us a few remedies:



  • Recently the phenomenon of looking down at a technological device all day long, and the resulting loss of cervical curve/increased neck dysfunction, has been given the name “Text Neck”. But what about the effect on the hands from holding that same device all day? This month, Fit For Real Life founder Kate Galliet wrote an awesome article looking at the issue of “Technology Hand” and how it’s ruining our upper body biomechanics:

New from Higher Performance Network

We must ask for your forgiveness. During the last few months, we totally failed at fulfilling our promise to all of you readers of posting original, unique, high-quality content on Higher Performance Network. We do however have some great stuff coming out during the month of July so don’t abandon us quite yet. To tide you over until then, below are a few of our favorite articles that we’ve posted so far this year.


Military Training- NO


Static Stretching

  • So you decided to stop holding stretches forever. Now what? Establish a mobility practice to decrease injuries and increase performance:


Microbiology- NO


  • Inflammation is public enemy #1 in today’s world. The prevailing medical view is that it’s the underlying cause of almost every major illness and disease process in the body. But that being said, inflammation is also integral to almost every healing process in the body. By understanding the balance of inflammation better, we can decrease healing times and increase overall health in the body:



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