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.
We scan the net, but if you’d like to submit your article for consideration, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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, EricCressey.com
4 Mistakes Skinny Guys Make when Trying to Gain Weight — Tony Bonvechio
The Truth About Alkaline Diets — Peter Fitschen, T-Nation
Is the Chipotle Macro Calculator Accurate? — Mike Vacanti
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
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, DrJohnRusin.com
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