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The Top Article of the Week

Why You Should Do Cardio -- Dean Somerset, deansomerset.com

It wasn't long ago that cardio exercise was universally advocated by the fitness profession. Everyone from exercise scientists to coaches and trainers to casual enthusiasts believed steady-pace endurance training was essential for health, longevity, and weight control.

Things have changed, to put it mildly. Many fitness pros argue, reasonably, that the benefits of cardio training were overstated, while the benefits of strength training were undervalued. Some go even farther, saying endurance exercise is actually counterproductive for common health and fitness goals.

Dean Somerset pushes back against those extreme claims in this week's top article. As you dig in, ask yourself this question:

Has your own opinion about cardio training swung too far in either direction?

General Health

What Factors Influence Injury Risk in Powerlifters? -- Andrew Patton, Stronger by Science

Top 10 Assistance Exercises to Get Stronger and Remain Injury-Free -- Matt Mills, Elite FTS

Can You Deadlift with a Herniated Disc? -- Michael Mash, Barbell Rehab

Never Press “Pause” on Your Health and Fitness Again -- John Berardi, Krista Scott-Dixon, Julia Malacoff, Precision Nutrition

Up Down, Down Up Workout -- Shane McLean, balanceguytraining.com


Fat Loss

How to Recover from Extreme Dieting and Reach Your Goals for Good -- Paul Nobles, Eat To Perform

What the Heck Is a Calorie? -- Dani Singer, Fit2Go Personal Training

How Eating Water-Rich Foods Can Speed Up Fat Loss -- Rusty Moore, Visual Impact Fitness

The Secret to Staying Motivated -- Trey Potter, Apex Strength & Conditioning

Four Diets You Should Not Ever Use -- John Falkinder, Steam Train Fitness


Strength Training

The Four Mandatory Athletic Movements for Sports Performance Training -- Nick Tumminello, nicktumminello.com

What Is Stability Training? -- Josh Henkin, ericcressey.com

Eight Landmine Exercises for Size and Strength -- Jason Brown, T Nation

Build Shoulder Strength to Avoid Injury -- Michael Hulcher, Breaking Muscle

Five Pressing Exercises You May Not Have Tried -- Meghan Callaway, meghancallaway.com


Three Steps for Making Your Dream Fitness Business a Reality -- Avigayil Basser, the PTDC

The Introverted Personal Trainer's Guide to Better Networking -- Jason Leenaarts, jasonleenaarts.com

Hire the Right People -- Todd Hamer, Elite FTS

Learning From the Mamba Mentality -- Tyrel Detweiler, Elite FTS

Four Fitness Testing Must-Do's -- Eric Curry, Science for Sport