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Best Content of the Week

A client recently shared with me a NY Times article about languishing versus flourishing. Almost all the clients and coaches in our community could relate to the "languishing" signs. Burnout, the topic of this week's best article, can greatly contribute to those feelings. If you've been feeling "meh" about your job or life lately, take the burnout quiz in this week's article to see if you're at risk. If you are, start implementing the tips in that article, reach out for professional help, and take the steps you need to start flourishing.

— Esther Avant

Best Article

Are You Suffering from “Burnout”? Take This Quiz -- Krista Scott-Dixon and Julia Malacoff, Precision Nutrition

We trainers are notorious for burning the candle at both ends. We make ourselves available to clients at all hours—because we feel we must to earn a living. But doing this for too long can lead to burnout—do you know the signs? In this week's best article, the team at Precision Nutrition gives you a quiz to see if you suffer from it, and provides tips for work-life balance.

— Shane McLean


Best Video

Knee Pain When Running? How to Fix Runner's Knee, Shin Splints & Achilles Tendinitis -- Chris Hitchko, Show Up Fitness 

Too often, pain is handled in one of two extreme ways: pushing through it or avoiding it completely. It's up to us to help our clients do the things they love—pain-free. In this week's video, Chris Hitchko addresses how to fix common running-related pains like shin splits and Achilles tendinitis.

— Esther Avant


Best Social Media Post

Posted by Ben Carpenter on October 12, 2021

Food variety may cause you to eat more, as Ben Carpenter discusses in this week's best post. In his reel, Carpenter suggests that while individuals who are trying to limit their calories may benefit by limiting food variety, this strategy can also be applied the other way around—by, say, increasing vegetable intake. Check out his post for the full explanation.

— Christina Abbey

Best Podcast

Rigid vs. Flexible Dieting -- Adam McDonald with guest Bill Campbell, The Health Mastery Show

Bill Campbell shares some unique and fascinating research from his lab at the University of South Florida. He found no difference in physique outcomes between lifters who followed a strict meal plan versus lifters who took a "flexible" dieting approach. Interestingly, the flexible dieting group actually gained more fat-free mass in the post-dieting period. He says that while body composition wouldn't likely change much with a highly processed diet versus a "clean" diet, there would be a long-term negative impact on health markers. Campbell also notes that eating more processed foods would make it much more difficult to stay in a calorie deficit. He also shares some thoughts on diet breaks and refeeds.

— Mike Howard

More Great Fitness Content

The Hybrid Training Model for Personal Trainers -- Gavin McHale, tonygentilcore.com

Improve Your Copywriting Skills by Using This Formula -- Lucas Rubix

"Should I Do XYZ?" -- John Berardi, @drjohnberardi

Roar Like a Lioness -- Rashonda Thornton with guest Sha-Lai Williams, The Dietitian Against Diets

Heated Topics Around Nutrition -- Bradley Goldman with guest Mike Doehla, NBS podcast