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Best Fitness Articles — February 7, 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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Injuries are an unfortunate occurrence whether they take place during training or day to day activities, and can impact heavily on ability to train. Many use injuries, especially to the lower back, as an excuse not to train at all, however there are intelligent solutions to train around and/or through lower back pain to strengthen without causing further damage.

Dr. John Rusin offers a step by step guide to assess your own pain and how you can modify movements in order to rehabilitate and make progress in lower body training, thus nullifying any arguments that training with lower back pain should be completely avoided.


General Health

Minimum Effective Dose: The Key To Seeing More Results In Less Time — Molly Galbraith, Girls Gone Strong

5 Unconventional Ways Trainers Can Generate More Wealth — Jonathan Goodman, thePTDC

Closing The Gap Between You And Your Goals — Andrew Heming

Some Things Are More Important Than Form — Harold Gibbons

7 Ways To Cure The Workout Hangover — Paul Carter, T-Nation


Strength Training

The Hip Hinge: From Zero to Hero (Part 1) — Chad Rodgers

Top 3 Female Push-Up Mistakes — Nancy Newell,

Strong Starts In The Mind: The Benefits Of Active Imagery For Lifters — Luke Mitchell, Strengtheory

Troubleshooting The Back Squat — Yasha Kahn, Juggernaut Training Systems

4 Exercise Types To Strengthen Your Core Muscles And Burn More Calories — James Harris



How To Make Your Own Successful Meal Plan — Steve Hall

Why and How to Skip Breakfast (and Get Ripped Doing It) — Brandon Epstein, Roman Fitness Systems

Flexible Dieting: Is It Right For You? — Matt Dustin, Bach Performance

Sweet Potatoes vs. Potatoes: Which are Really Healthier? [Infographic] — Brian St. Pierre, Precision Nutrition



What Is The Ideal Rest Interval For Muscle Growth? Implications From Our Recent Study — Brad Schoenfeld

Back Training For Maximal Muscle Growth  — Ian Padron,

Forced Growth: A New Way To Build Muscle — Christian Thibaudeau, T-Nation

Single-Leg RDL Exercise: How To Get More Glute Recruitment — Nick Tumminello

Tip: Do Straight-Arm Pulldowns For Lats — Christian Thibaudeau, T-Nation


Fat Loss

The 10 (Almost) Requirements For Permanent Fat Loss — Jason Helmes

How Much Cardio Is “Too Much?” — Eat More 2 Weigh Less

How Eating More Slowly Can Help You Lose Weight — Franziska Spritzler, Authority Nutrition

6 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Lower Your Calorie Target — Amy Dix

“Constrained Energy Expenditures” And Not Outrunning Our Forks — Yoni Freedhoff

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.