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Top Fitness Articles of the Week — October 5, 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.

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The Top Article of the Week

Sure, your clients might walk in and say they want a better body part A, a leaner body part B, or a more muscular body part C, but when it comes down to it, most of them want to be healthier and fitter. So why, then, are there still trainers who put their non-bodybuilder clients on stereotypical bodybuilding programs? It’s time, Anthony Dexmier argues, to stop this kind of overkill, focus on educating clients, and treat clients like what they are — “amazing” people, not bodybuilders.

Fat Loss

Extreme measures you don’t need to take to lose fat — Anthony Dexmier

Leptin and Leptin Resistance: Everything You Need to Know — Kris Gunnars

Highlighting the Health Halo (& How it Hinders your Weight Loss) — Mike MacDonald


General Health

Long, Lean Muscles: Oh, the Irony — Bret Contreras

The real reason Tracy, Jillian, Oz, Oprah, Selter, Mercola, Food Babe etc are winning the information game — Joy Victoria

HI. I’M MIKE, AND I’M A LONER. — Mike Samuels

Re-Tooling the Side Plank — Adam Gentry

Do You Need to be Strong to be a Strength Coach? — Jordan Syatt



Get Big Arms: A Case For Specialization — Tim Berzins, JMax Fitness

How to Isolate the Quads and Hams in a Garage Gym — Bret Contreras


Strength Training

THE MYTH OF PERFECT FORM — Greg Nuckols, JTS Strength

6 Ways to Keep Getting Stronger — Christian Thibaudeau, T-Nation

My Concern with Kettlebell Enthusiast Fitness Professionals — Nick Tumminello

Exercise Rest Periods for Workouts are the Middle Child of Exercise Programming — Forgotten and Neglected — Eric Bach, thePTDC




I’m a Nutrition Coach, but I Refuse to Tell You (Exactly) What to Eat — Jen Comas Keck

WTF Is the Alkaline Diet and Why Should I Care? — Hannah Newman,

Effects of Caffeine on Upper and Lower Body Strength — Doug Dupont, Breaking Muscle


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.