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Best Fitness Articles — January 24, 2016

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


There’s always so much talk about dieting in the fitness world, that we rarely think about what happens when that diet ends. Many will argue that it technically shouldn’t.

‘Dieting’ obviously depends on context; for what? For a bodybuilding competition it will be necessary to be strict in order to gain optimal results, whereas general population fat loss tends to be more effective in the long-term when it is more flexible, and moderation is key.

Of course the time after stepping on stage is very relevant, however there are also ‘real life’ scenarios in which this tactic can be employed to great effect.  In this week’s top pick, Mike Vacanti gives a detailed breakdown of reverse dieting, explaining exactly what it is, and who and when it’s applicable.


General Health

How To Succeed At Early Morning Training — Jonny Watson, JMax Fitness

My Favorite Thing About Owning A Gym — Pete Dupuis

Free Market Economics And The Fitness Industry Evolution — Dean Somerset

Fit Pros Should Waste More Time On Facebook — Jonathan Goodman,

Home Gym Basics: What You Need To Kick-Ass In the Comfort of Your Own Home or Studio — Tony Gentilcore


Strength Training

How A Masters World Champion Improved His Total By 40 kg In 3 Months — Mike Tuchscherer, Strength Theory

Strength Starts Here: Breath, Control, Express Badassery — Chris Abbott,

Master The Push-Up (Part 2) — Trish DaCosta

5 Cutting-Edge Core Training Progressions — Greg Dea, Breaking Muscle

The 5 Best One-Arm Exercises — Eric Bach



The Clean Eating Delusion — Steven Novella, Science-Based Medicine

The Best Protein Sources For Building Muscle And Getting Lean — Garrett Hayden

Sucralose (Splenda): Good Or Bad? — Hrefna Palsdottir, Authority Nutrition

Macronutrient Options: Setting Yourself Up For Success — Jason Helmes

Protein: Are You Having Too Much? — Ollie Matthews



Training Volume: The Driver Of Muscle Gain — Phil Heather

How To Master The Art Of “Old School” Muscle Building — Adam Bornstein

The Mysteries Of Water Retention & How They’re Stopping You Getting Bigger & Stronger — Steve Hall

8 Superior Alternatives To 8 Popular “Lady Exercises” — Andrew Heming

Ladies, 6 Reasons NOT To Compete — John Romano, T-Nation


Fat Loss

8 Rules For Fat Loss Training — Andrew Heming, T-Nation

11 Ways To Stop Cravings For Unhealthy Foods And Sugar — Adda Bjarnadottir, Authoriy Nutrition

30 Day Challenges And Rapid Fat Loss are Good — Spencer Nadolsky

Cardio For Fat Loss — Joe Neill

Improve Your On-The-Go Nutrition For Faster Fat Loss — Ryan Wood

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.