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…
Interesting New Research
- The 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:
- Check out this new study, published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, looking at the role that both the hip and shoulder blade stabilizer muscles play in pitching performance. :
- 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 While some would argue that the term “core” is outdated and not the best way to look at trunk stability, not many people would argue the importance of having strength in the proximal muscles.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):
- A few of our favorite sports science infographics from the month of June, courtesy of YLM Sports Science:
- 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.
- Part 1- How the Old Fitness World Died: And the New Era of Moving Heroically:
- Part 2- The Ultimate Guide to Superhuman Movement:
- Part 3- How to Move Like a Hero: The Daily Practice:
- Part 4- Should You Take Rest Days? The Power of Periodizing and No Structure:
- There’s much controversy as to whether or not kinesiology tape works. Some swear by it, others look at it as nothing more than placebo. Athlete and physiotherapist Paul Coker dispels 4 popular myths about kinesiology tape:
- Drink more water? How many times have we told or been told these words? But is it really that simple? Evolve Nutritional Therapy founder Alex McMahon breaks down why just drinking more water might not be the best advise:
- Last month we featured MovNat founder Erwan Le Corre and some of his recent articles. This month, Le Corre gave us an awesome 4-week starter program to get us going on our movement journey. Definitely worth checking out and giving a try:
- 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:
- Placebo… To many people this is a dirty word that’s associated with trickeries and quackery. For others however, placebo is an invaluable tool that can be used to increase performance, decrease recovery times, and enhance our overall experience. Whichever camp you fall into, check out Craig Marker‘s article on the research behind the placebo effect:
- 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.
- Athlete’s get hurt more often when they are fatigued. Athletes usually train rehab and injury prevention when they’re rested. We see a problem with that…
- So you decided to stop holding stretches forever. Now what? Establish a mobility practice to decrease injuries and increase performance:
- 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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