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If you've got clients who've been training for more than a hot second, you've likely had to find ways to work around a client injury. And if you've been training yourself for any length of time, it's quite likely you've been in need of a few good work arounds for yourself, too.

Barring cases of serious injury, it is still possible to continue to work out while nursing a tweaked knee, a sensitive lower back, a bum shoulder, or a wonky elbow. This week, Travis Pollen and Eric Bach team up to bring you a detailed set of replacement ideas for all the troublesome areas you or your clients might have, complete with detailed anatomical explanations as to why a specific exercise might provoke pain in a joint and why a different exercise will feel better.

General Health

A Corrective Exercise Specialist's Guide To Training Clients Through Pain And Injury -- Will Levy, thePTDC

5 Signs Your Client Might Have an Eating Disorder -- Samantha Skelly, thePTDC

6 Ways to Sprint Like a Champ -- Simen Rise Aaslund, T-Nation

5 Reasons to NOT Train Like an Athlete -- Tony Bonvechio

When Motivation Lies and How to Fix It -- Jonny Watson, Propane Fitness

Strength Training

A Larger Muscle is a Stronger Muscle Due to Increased Strength and Leverage -- Andrew Vigotsky, BretContreras.com

2 Squat Cues that Pretty Much Work for Everyone -- Tony Gentilcore

Is Direct Core Work Necessary in a Heavy Lifting Program? -- Tara Senic

5 Ways to Press Through the Pain -- John Rusin, T-Nation

10 Ways to Make Your Workouts More "Fun" -- Andrew Heming


Is the Thermic Effect of Food Higher if You're Lean? -- Fredrik Tonstad VÃ¥rvik, BretContreras.com

Weekly Meal Prep: Mastered. Here's How to Have Healthy Food Ready When You Need It -- John Berardi

Weight-Gaining Tips from a Pro -- Matt Mills, Lift Big Eat Big

Your Diet Isn't The Problem - You Are: How Human Nature Causes Smart Nutrition To Fail -- Amy Dix, JMax Fitness

Is an Ultra Low-Fat Diet Healthy? The Surprising Truth -- Hrefna Palsdottir, Authority Nutrition


Bodybuilding vs. Powerlifting Deadlift -- Rob King, T-Nation

Tip: To Build Big Delts, Train Multiple Angles -- Christian Thibaudeau, T-Nation

The Evolution Of The Biceps Workout -- Adam Bornstein

Dangerous Fitness Traps That Make You Better -- Bryan Krahn

8 Things You Must Know About Building Muscle -- Ryan Wood

Fat Loss

Calories Don't Count at Christmas -- Steve Hall

How to Avoid Holiday Fat Gain Without Counting Calories -- Jason Helmes

Why MyFitnessPal is Ruining Your Fat Loss -- Mike Samuels

Why Fad Diets Work In The Short-Term, But Fail Miserably In The Long-Term -- Peter Fitschen, Healthy Living Heavy Lifting