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Best Content of the Week

What's better, a kettlebell or a dumbbell?

Now, you and I know this is as ridiculous as asking whether protein or carbs are "better." The obvious question lingers ... better for what? It's not a question you can answer in one word. So, make sure to check out this week's top pod with host Nikki-Naab-Levy and guest Isabelle Barter for a 46-minute conversation, complete with all the ifs, ands, and buts.

— Dani Singer

Best Article

6 Fears Every New Fit Biz Owner Faces -- Phil Learney, the PTDC

This article doesn't contain anything you don't already know. These are all legitimate fears of new fitness business owners. But what sets this article apart is the ability of the author to weave his personal story in. The reader responds to stories and it is easier to get the intended message across. Weaving your story in is a great way to get your reader to know, like, and trust you.

— Shane McLean


Best Video

How to Train Around Anatomical Limitations -- Austin Baraki and Jordan Feigenbaum, Barbell Medicine


The majority of clients we work with have "limitations." But are they really limitations? To what extent? Does that actually matter? To quote Dr. Feigenbaum, "If you can't do a particular exercise to your desired standard ... why does that standard exist? If it's an arbitrary constraint you're placing upon yourself due to a value system imparted on you from somebody else, I don't know that that holds much water." This whole video will help you think differently about limitations, whether perceived or real, and how to work with them to continue progressing.

— Esther Avant


Best Social Media Post

Posted by Annie Miller on June 30, 2021

Quality content is needed to build a social media following. Whether you're an Instagram newbie or an online pro, sometimes content curation can be overwhelming. Annie Miller is here to share some tips to make this job a bit easier.

— Christina Abbey

Best Podcast

Kettlebells vs. Barbells vs. Dumbbells: With Isabelle Barter -- Nikki Naab-Levy, Results Not Typical

This is a fascinating discussion that actually started with a minor disagreement between host and guest. The dialogue that ensues is highly informative. Barter discusses the mechanical differences between kettlebells, barbells, and dumbbells, which is best to start with for a beginner and what to invest in for in-home gyms. She also gets into what implement is best for strength, hypertrophy, and power.

— Mike Howard

More Great Fitness Content 

Things You Will Notice About Your Measurements and Weight Data as You Cut -- Andy Morgan, rippedbody.com

Deadlift Research Study -- Jacob Goodin with Rafael Escamilla, Juggernaut Training Systems

Arching Is Bad for Your Back -- Lee Boyce

Kettlebells, Catholicism, and Cornbread: With Pat Flynn -- Mark Zarate, Cool, Calm, & Chaotic