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Best Content of the Week

When I got my first personal training job, I was fortunate to have coworkers who felt comfortable opening up about their personal experience with eating disorders and body dysmorphia. But I know this isn't necessarily common. I think more often, trainers are embarrassed, assume no one can relate, and struggle alone.

In this week's podcast, I appreciate the honest and open conversation between Mike Matthews and Joelle Samantha, who struggled with a lesser-known kind of disordered eating: orthorexia, an unhealthy focus on healthy eating. I think you'll learn a lot from it about what orthorexia is, how it develops, and what to do about it.

— Esther Avant

Best Article

Putting on a Show vs Just Coaching -- Tony Gentilcore, tonygentilcore.com 

If you've every felt like you have to "put on a show" or prescribe crazy new exercises to impress clients, you must read this week's best article. Tony Gentilcore uses his experience training actress Rosamund Pike to highlight that people need coaching, not circus tricks.

— Shane McLean


Best Video

NEAT Is Underrated ... Is 10K Steps a Day a Solid Goal? -- Astrid Naranjo & James Krieger


In this 40-minute video, Astrid Naranjo and James Krieger cover a multitude of topics, including insulin and obesity, protein-to-carb ratios, body composition, and (as the title promised) NEAT, or non-exercise activity thermogenesis.  If you're just interested in NEAT, jump ahead to the last 10 minutes. But I'd recommend listening to the whole thing.

— Esther Avant


Best Social Media Post

Posted by Luke Tulloch on June 10, 2021

So you want to build some muscle. You're eating plenty of protein, strength-training, and getting adequate sleep. You're hitting all the marks—but are you missing something? According to Luke Tulloch, you could be—if you're overlooking this one thing. Read his post to find out what it is. 

— Christina Abbey

Best Podcast

Overcoming Orthorexia -- Mike Matthews with guest Joelle Samantha, Muscle For Life

Joelle Samantha shares insights from her personal experience with orthorexia—an unhealthy focus on eating in a healthy way. She discusses the connective tissue between orthorexic tendencies, control, and perfectionism. Listening will shed light on how a simple desire to lose some weight can spiral into overly strict eating patterns, as well as how to break free from the shackles of orthorexic behaviors.

— Mike Howard

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