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Best Content of the Week

I really recommend listening to all three parts of John Berardi's "I'm Calling BS" series. It's an incredibly interesting look at the surprisingly complex topic of criticism in science. The episodes explore when criticism is necessary and useful and also how, when done aggressively or antagonistically, it can be counterproductive.

I think you'll enjoy the guests and topics, and think a little more critically about the information you consume.

—Esther Avant

Best Article

Beyond full ROM: 3 Lessons About Stretch-Mediated Hypertrophy -- Menno Henselmans, mennohenselmans.com

I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for a great strength training article and this one doesn't disappoint. If you've never heard of stretch-mediated hypertrophy, it's an underrated way of building muscle where sarcomeres are stretched beyond a certain point, giving the stretched muscle greater hypertrophy potential. With a mix of science and real-world experience, Menno Henselmans explains why increased ROM is not all it's cracked up to be when it comes to muscle growth.

— Shane McLean


Best Video

You Are What You Consume -- Erica Suter and Shay Haddow


This week's video is a fascinating convo about how your lifestyle decisions—from what you consume on social media and the news, to the people you surround ourselves with, to the food you eat—impact how you feel, act, and perform. Remembering that we can control all these variables is comforting in a time when a lot of other things feel out of our control.

— Esther Avant


Best Social Media Post

Posted by Carrie Lee Fitness on May 27, 2021

Intermittent fasting: It's everywhere right now. In this week's best social media post, Carrie Lee breaks down the different types of IF, how it works, who it's best for, and when to avoid it. Pro tip: Follow her for her consistent creative and educational fitness content.

— Christina Abbey

Best Podcast

I'm Calling BS! - Part 1 (The Science Police) -- John Berardi with James Heathers, The Dr. John Berardi Show

This first installment of an epic three-part series is an eye-opener into the world of academia, studies, and application. This particular episode is a captivating talk with Dr. James Heathers, a researcher who—in his spare time!—audits questionable studies. He takes us through his methodology, process, and how he uncovers some missteps of researchers, whether honest mistakes or intentional fudging. (In particular, the work of Brian Wansink is called into question.) This episode—and the whole series—really makes you think at both the peer-review and general population level. After listening to this series, you'll be able to ask the right questions, and answer some of your clients' questions.

— Mike Howard

More Great Fitness Content 

You Need to Lift Shit to Fix Shit: Some Postpartum Considerations -- Tony Gentilcore, tonygentilcore.com

Mental Health Check In -- Shane McLean, Balance Guy Training 

How to Tell the Difference Between a Bad Fitness Coach and a Great Fitness Coach -- Steve Kamb, Nerd Fitness

Leg Drive During the Bench with Brent Carter -- Brent Carter

Navigating Pain and Injury in Yoga -- Nikki Naab-Levy with guest Monica Bright, Results Not Typical