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Best Fitness Articles — March 13, 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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It’s easy to get caught up in the minutiae of training technique and nutrition strategies; some of us could argue for hours over squatting to parallel versus ATG, deadlifting sumo versus conventional, or eating clean versus flexible dieting. Like most things in fitness, though, as in life, the ultimate answer to these questions isn’t a simple yes or no, black or white.

One of those not-so-simple questions is whether it is better to sit back in the squat or to sit down in the squat. This week, Greg Nuckols tackles the topic, reviewing the variables for each technique, including performance variables and muscle activation, and coming to a very familiar conclusion about which squat technique is better. Like most things in fitness, his answer is really, “it depends.”

General Health

Why Most People Struggle To Reach Their Goals — Nate Green

So You’re Not an Entrepeneur (But You Want to Be) — Bedros Keuilian

So You Want to Become a Personal Trainer? — Mark Fisher, The PTDC

Warm-Up – Is It Really Worth It? — Miguel Aragoncillo

Why Foam Rolling Doesn’t Do What You Think It Does — John Rusin

Strength Training

13 Ways to Improve Your Deadlift, Fast! — Tony Gentilcore, T-Nation

PSD Sets- A Variation to the Killer 747 Sets — Mike Volkmar,

The Role of Low-Bar Squats in ACL Reconstruction Rehab — Michael Mash,

Technique Tuesday: Pin Presses for a Stronger Bench Press — Tony Bonvechio

How to Do Your First Pullup: A Step By Step Guide — Ryan Wood


The Case For Clean Eating — Tanner Baze

Are Detox Diets Good for You? How a 3-Day Juice Cleanse Landed This Dietitian in the ER — Ryan Andrews, Precision Nutrition

What No One Tells You About Vitamin D — Eric Bach

[Cheat Sheet] How to Answer the Most Common Nutrition Questions Like a Boss — John Berardi

Is Rice Healthy For Me? Does White vs Brown Rice Matter? — Steve Kamb


How Classical Bodies Are Made: The Return of The Golden Era Physiques, With a Modern Twist — Louie Guarino, Burn the Fat Blog

How Much Rest To Build Lean Mass? — Dr. Mike T. Nelson, Eat to Perform

Tip: Use the Ladder Method — Chad Waterbury, T-Nation

Fat Loss

What To Do When Weight Loss Stalls (Plateau Advice) — Mike Vacanti

9 Tips To Take You From “Lean” To “Shredded” — Jason Helmes

Fat Loss is OK — Erika Hurst

Dieter’s Guide to the Weekend (Part 2) — Jonny Watson, Propane Fitness

How To Track Macros When Eating Out — Garett Hayden

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.