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Best Fitness Articles — October 18, 2015

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

You wouldn’t ask a client who was new to bench pressing to attempt a one rep max. And you wouldn’t ask a client who was unconditioned to start running 6 miles a day.

When it comes to programming for our clients, we know that we have to meet clients where they are. If a client has never lifted weights, or if a client has been sedentary for years, we know we need to start slowly, build up strength and confidence, and then ramp up programming when that client is ready.

So why do we expect our clients to instantly go from nutritional zeros to clean-eating heroes?

This week, Nia Shanks uses the recent kerfuffle over the teacher who lost weight while eating nothing but food from McDonald’s to make the point that we need to stop expecting clients to transform their eating habits overnight. Instead, we need to work with them and meet them where they are — just as we would with their training.

Strength Training

Beginner’s Strength Made Easy – The Rule of 3-6 — Gregg Slater, Shredded by Science

Building a Better Grip — Jim Wendler

3 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Better At Lifting Heavy Things — Tony Gentilcore

3 Reasons Powerlifting Beginners Should Train More Frequently — Greg Robins,

Weight Training For Women – Everything You Wanted To Know — JC Deen


4 Mistakes Skinny Guys Make when Trying to Gain Weight — Tony Bonvechio

The Truth About Alkaline Diets — Peter Fitschen, T-Nation

Don’t Believe the Hype: Eating a Lot of Butter, Bacon and Other Fatty Foods Won’t Make You Healthy — Eirik Garnas

Is the Chipotle Macro Calculator Accurate? — Mike Vacanti

General Health

The Fuck Factory — Rog Law

How Much Continuing Fitness Education is Too Much? — Chris Matsui, the PTDC

Body Dysmorphia in the Fitness Industry — Sohee Walsh

Get New Personal Training Clients (Even as a New Trainer) —

My Body Has a Story — Neghar Fonooni, GGS


Partial Reps are the Cheat Meals of Your Training Program — Eric & Ryan Johnson, Roman Fitness Systems

A Matter Of Tension: Hacking the Mind Muscle Connection For Bigger, More Defined Muscles in 10 Minutes or Less — Eric Weinbrenner, JMax Fitness

4 Back Exercises You’re Screwing Up — Lee Boyce, T-Nation

Should You Train To Ultimate Failure? Part 2 — Tim Berzins

Bringing Up Your Lagging Muscle Groups — Your Orthopedic Health Depends on it! — Ian Padron,

Fat Loss

How To Develop The Abundance Mindset: Finding Your Freedom — Jason Helmes

The ‘Get Shredded’ Series – Part 1 (Food Selection) — Steve Hall

The Number 1 Do And Don’t In Your Nutrition — Kevin Mullins

Tip: Do Farmer’s Walks Like This to Get Ripped — Christian Thibaudeau, T-Nation

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.