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Best Content of the Week
How I Fixed My Chronic Back Pain — Yusef Smith, Propane Fitness
Chronic back pain is something you’ll hear about from your neighbor, your mailman, your mother, your clients. You may have experienced it yourself. It’s not just depressingly common, it’s incredibly debilitating for some.
Worst of all, nobody really understands back pain. Doctors and therapists have pieces of the puzzle (unless we’re talking about the gurus who promise to balance your chakras), but too many practitioners are prisoners to their own confirmation bias. In their eyes, every patient’s back pain is caused by whatever the practitioner is trained to fix.
In this week’s top article, Yusef Smith tells how he, as a doctor, navigated the controversies to find the true cause of his own back pain, and to make it stop.
— Dani Singer
Can End-Range Training Prevent Injuries? — Jenni Rawlings and Travis Pollen, jennirawlingsblog.com
You may have read that closing the gap between your active and passive range of motion lowers your chance of injury. But that’s not always the case, as Jenni Rawlings and Travis Pollen explain in this detailed, well-researched article on mobility, yoga, and strength training.
— Shane McLean
Is Fasted Exercise Better for Fat Loss? — Layne Norton
You’ve likely been asked this question a time or two: “Will I burn more fat if I don’t eat before I work out?” The answer, as Layne Norton explains in this highly digestible primer on fasted vs. fed training, it really depends on what you mean by “more.”
— Esther Avant
Best Social Media Post
Posted by Aadam Ali on Thursday, June 25, 2020
Aadam Ali’s infographic breaks down the role insulin plays in the body, explaining why it’s not the reason we pack on body fat. You’ll want to bookmark this one, both for your own reference and to share with your clients.
— Christina Abbey
Toss a Coin to Your Trainer — John Berardi, Dean Guedo, and Andrew Coates, The Fitness Devil
Precision Nutrition cofounder John Berardi is as close as anyone we know to a living legend in the fitness industry. In this entertaining chat, he talks about writing for T Nation, launching a business in the early days of the internet, building a team of all-stars, and enjoying a sustainable career in fitness and nutrition.
— Mike Howard
More Great Fitness Content
[Podcast] The Great Weight Vest Experiment — James Krieger, Dean Guedo, and Jeb Stuart Johnston, Barbell Mesearch
[Video] The Best Core Work for Weightlifters and Powerlifters — Darren Barnes and Aaron Horschig, Squat University
[Article] Five Metrics You Should Focus on When You Return to the Gym — Kevin Mullins, kevinmullinsfitness.com
[Article] Simplifying Core Strength — Tom Morrison, tommorrison.uk
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