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The hard and fast rules of lifting form are there for obvious reasons -- protecting ourselves from injury and ensuring proper muscle activation ought to be underlying all of our training goals, whether we're shooting for hypertrophy, strength, or fat loss.

It's useful, however, to question the rules in order to develop our understanding of how the musculoskeletal system works, and this week, Zach Long has been bold enough to question the role of knee valgus in elite weight lifting. While he's careful to note that knee valgus is not a desirable movement in the overwhelming majority of trainees, Zach considers whether the presence of knee valgus in elite athletes might serve a purpose or have a logical explanation at maximal loads. His questions, while perhaps not applicable to the movement patterns we see in everyday clients, are helpful nonetheless as we strive to better understand the human body and its movement patterns.

General Health

Selling Weight Loss Shakes Doesn't Make You a "Coach" -- James Fell

How To Deal With Fit Shamers and Saboteurs -- Scott Tousignant

How and When to Raise Your Prices -- Bedros Keuilian

3 Ways to Move Better and Lift Harder -- Mike Sheridan, T-Nation

4 Things to Do AFTER Lifting to Boost Gains -- John Rusin, T-Nation

Strength Training

How to Properly Program For a Client With Shin Splints -- Daryl Stubbs, thePTDC

3 Reasons You Can't Lock Out Your Deadlift -- Joe Schillero, Elitefts

Bottoms-Up Training: Fix Your Shoulders and Pressing Technique Today -- Joel Seedman, Elitefts

Rack Pulls: Helping or Hindering? -- Brandon Morrison

3 Intangibles You Need for Powerlifting Success -- Tony Bonvechio


5 More Scientific Reasons Athletes Should Eat Carbs -- Travis Hansen, TonyGentilcore.com

Where Science Meets Supplements -- Scott Gavura, Science-based Medicine

The 6 Keys To A Successful Diet Plan -- Adam Ali

3 Nutrition Lies Exposed -- Brad Dieter, Science Driven Nutrition

Dispelling the Dumbest Protein Myths -- Jamie Hale, T-Nation


Powerful (Yet Healthy) Boulder Shoulder Training -- Scott H. Mendelson , Elitefts

The Definitive Guide: Eating for Muscle Mass -- Steve Hall

Tip: Turn Up the Volume -- Brad Schoenfeld, T-Nation

Perfect Supersets For Strength, Muscle & Spinal Health -- John Rusin

Trainers Need to Stop Saying You'll Build "Long, Lean" Muscles -- Molly Ritterback, Greatist

Fat Loss

Why More Cardio Is Not The Answer -- Jen Comas, Girls Gone Strong

18 Unique Ways to Lose the First 10 Pounds. Shape Your Environment and Your Body Will Follow -- Ryan Andrews, Precision Nutrition

Why You Need to Be Doing Hurricane Sprints -- John Fawkes, Roman Fitness Systems

The Most-Likely Solution To Your Fat Loss Problem -- Jason Helmes

The Best Diet for Weight Loss -- Dr. Spencer Nadolsky