Best of March 2015
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best 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 March…
Interesting New Research
- If you’ve been following us over the last couple of months, I’m sure you know our stance on static stretching (for those of you who are new to us, we aren’t fans of it). This new study, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, gives us more support for getting rid of static stretching. It also gives us some alternatives for pre-exercise warm-up:
- We now know that fatigue can not only be peripheral (muscles), but also central (brain). Why then don’t we focus any of our recovery on the central aspects of fatigue? In one of the most extensive reviews of the literature that we’ve seen in some time, Ben Rattray and his team from the University of Canberra give us some good direction on the issue:
- I f you’re reading this, chances are pretty high that you understand the importance of exercise for living a long and healthy life. Nonetheless, it’s good to see some research to back it. “Generation 100”, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, is the first randomized clinical trial looking at the preventative effects of morbidity and premature death:
- It’s established that active recovery or a “warm-down” following exercise is beneficial for improving recovery times and reducing soreness, but what about performing active recovery during breaks in training? A new study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research looked at exactly that:
- Interesting new research that shows the differences in the effects of positive self talk vs. neutral self-talk on overall performance.
- Great Infographic summary of the research from YLM Sports Science: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JRAPEGlbVKs/VQMs-FdW0OI/AAAAAAAAA6g/2aM6KzPzUC8/s1600/Motivational%2Btalk.png
- Although not related to performance in any way, this new study is incredibly interesting and worth mentioning. Scientists from the University of Cambridge recently found that human beings have actually acquired genetic material from the micro-organisms in the surrounding environment. This changes the way that we look at evolutionary genetics and our interactions with our environment:
- As one of the leading fitness writers and trainers, Jen Sinkler seems to always be coming out with great new content. With an incredibly wide variety of fitness knowledge and training, Sinkler does a great job of seeing the big picture of things as well as understanding that one size doesn’t fit all in when it comes to strength and fitness. She just released the second installment in her Lift Weights Faster series this month which is definitely worth checking out. Here are a few awesome articles that she wrote over the last month.
- An interview with two expert trainers (Alex Viada & Julia Ladewski) about the importance of conditioning for powerlifters: http://www.ericcressey.com/conditioning-for-powerlifters-get-strong
- Taking a look at hypermobility and how to create stability in the hypermobile person, with S&C master Eric Cressey: https://www.jensinkler.com/cressey-joint-hypermobility/
- A great look at what “type 3 diabetes” is and why it may be the next health epidemic facing us. From nutrition and movement expert Kevin Cann:
- Calisthenics uber-beast Al Kavadlo gives us the Top 10 Bodyweight Exercises, and some ways to work up to achieving them:
- Check out Breaking Muscle‘s Top 10 Fitness Blogs of 2015:
- Onnit is a cutting-edge company devoted to providing the best possible products for self-optimization and total health. Check out a couple of Onnit Academy‘s recent articles from March.
- The front lever is a basic, but difficult, bodyweight movement. Lionel Martin helps us out with some precursor exercises for it: https://www.onnit.com/academy/best-exercise-for-the-full-lever-exercise/
- Doug Fioranelli gives us 10 helpful tips for traveling down the road to mastery: https://www.onnit.com/academy/10-paths-along-road-to-mastery/
- Physiotherapist, and Move Better Naked founder Cassie Dionne gives us an awesome analogy for muscular imbalance:
- “The Glute Guy” Bret Contreras recognizes some Higher Performers with his compilation of 20 Incredible Feats of Strength:
- Founded by manual therapist and movement teacher Brooke Thomas, the podcast and blog at Liberated Body are definitely worth checking out. You won’t be disappointed. They just finished their first season of podcasting and have some brilliant insights looking back over what they learned.
- A couple of big concepts from season one: http://www.liberatedbody.com/season-one-changed/
- Top 20 moments from season one (Part I): http://www.liberatedbody.com/favorite-moments-part-one/
- Top 20 moments from season one (Part II): http://www.liberatedbody.com/favorite-moments-part-2/
- Golf S&C gurus Jennifer Fleischer and Ben Langdown look at how lower cross syndrome may be ruining your game and what you can do about it:
New from Higher Performance Network
Below We have links to some of the information that we put out there during the month of March. 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!
- Inflammation has become public enemy #1 in medicine over the last decade. We address why this is the case, and how to reduce chronic inflammation and promote health. We also looked at how inflammation can actually benefit us and why it’s now being used as an incredible ally for repairing damaged tissues in the body:
- 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:
- We concluded our “epic” Trilogy of Mobility with a look at stability training and the yin-yang relationship between mobility and stability:
- We review the brilliant documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi and tell you why if you haven’t seen it yet you need to:
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