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Top Fitness Articles of the Week — May 11, 2014

by Dani and Kristen

From Jon: Each Sunday thePTDC publishes a list of the top articles from around the web in 5 different categories: bodybuilding, general health, fat loss, strength training, and nutrition.

Best fitness articles May 2014
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Our Choice for the Article of the Week

“Chronic back pain is frustrating. It’s poorly understand, often misdiagnosed, and over-prescribed.”
 And this is precisely why our clients’ back pain issues often land in our laps. It might sound daunting to think that we are responsible for helping our clients address these issues, but this week, Armi Legge gives us the tools we need to teach our clients how to deal with their back pain — even if the pain has been around for a while.



Muscle Building: 4 New Ways to Perform Your Sets — Nick Tumminello (Our choice for bodybuilding article of the week)

Bodybuilding, Why I Hate Your Guts — Skip Hill, Elitefts

Straight-Arm Strength Exercises that Get You Straight Strong — Aleks Salkin, Chronicles of Strength



General Health

A Muscular Career Marriage — Bryan Krahn (Our choice for general health article of the week)

Contraception for Athletes: Which Option is Right for You? — Amber Larsen, Breaking Muscle

A Physical Therapist’s Viewpoint on the Safety of CrossFit — Robert Camacho, Breaking Muscle

Scared To Go To The Gym? How To Build The Confidence It Takes To Be Consistent and Get Results — JC Deen, with Guests

Are You Mentally Tough? — Artemis Scantalides


Fat Loss

9 Counterintuitive Tips to Help You Stay Lean While Eating at Restaurants — Armi Legge (Our choice for fat loss article of the week)

How Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight Naturally — Kris Gunnars

How to Burn Stubborn Body Fat — Dr. Jade Teta, T-Nation



Strength Training

Technique Nazis Will Hate This Post — Dean Somerset (Our choice for strength training article of the week)

Partial vs. Full Reps… or Both? — Menno Henselmans,

My Butt Is Doing What? Squats and Butt Wink — Ann Wendel, Girls Gone Strong

The Problem with “Exercise Science” — Mark Rippetoe, T-Nation

The Bench Press: Get Your Chest Up! — Eirik Garnas




The Unexpected Flaw of the Paleo Diet Philosophy — Eirik Garnas, (Our choice for nutrition article of the week)

Coffee… upgraded? Is “Bulletproof Coffee” all it’s cracked up to be? — Brian St. Pierre, Precision Nutrition

5 Tips for Eating Huge — Brandon Lilly, JTS Strength

10 Proven Health Benefits of Eggs (No. 1 is My Favorite) — Kris Gunnars

Maple Syrup: Healthy or Unhealthy? — Kris Gunnars


About the Author
Dani and Kristen

Kristen Perillo is a personal trainer and fitness blogger. After spending years teaching high school, she now runs health & wellness programs for local physicians. She blogs at Following Fit and can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Dani Singer is a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist based in Baltimore, Maryland. As the owner and Fitness Director of Fit2Go Personal Training, his focus is on enhancing clients’ quality of life through in-home personalized fitness programs. Keep up with Dani and his team on Facebook and at for tips on bettering your life through fitness.